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Cards Get Mad 2007-2008 Preseason Lovin'

Mad is the operative word in that headline considering that the 2006-2007 season is just two days old, but Louisville is being heralded as a national title contender so hell let's talk about it.

ESPN dork bracketologist Joe Lunardi talked about his initial 2008 Bracketology yesterday and said that he had Louisville as the top seed in the West region. Kansas is Lunardi's number one overall seed, with North Carolina and Memphis State being the two other top dogs.

Over at CBS Sportsline, everyone's least favorite college sports writer Gary Parrish gave his early top 26 (the 25 plus one thing still isn't cool Parrish and it's never going to be) and had the Cards penciled in at number five.

5. Louisville My guess: Nobody leaves early. My explanation: Assuming Derrick Caracter doesn't flip out for no reason, Rick Pitino should have another Final Four-caliber team.

UCLA is Parrish's top choice as the number one team in the nation, with Kansas, Memphis and North Carolina rounding out his top four. Others of note include Marquette at 13, Indiana at 14, Villanova at 15 and Florida at 26.'s resident 13-year-old Luke Winn (I have to make fun of everyone I talk about today, apparently it's part of my six-figure contract) also chimed in with an early top ten, and had Louisville at No. 6.

6. LOUISVILLE: Rick Pitino's collection of blue-chip youngsters -- particularly breakout NCAA tournament star Edgar Sosa, who dropped 31 on Texas A&M in a near second-round upset -- look ready to out-duel Marquette and Notre Dame for the Big East title.

Winn's top five consisted of North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, Memphis and Ohio State in that order. Indiana came in at No. 10, and Notre Dame, Marquette, Georgetown, Syracuse, West Virginia and Pitt were all listed as "On the Fringe."

Seven months? Seriously?