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The Louisville Cardinals Are The No. 1 Team In The Country

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When Louisville takes the court against Connecticut tonight in Hartford, they will doing so as the No. 1 team in the country in a regular season game for the first time in program history.

Louisville garnered 18 of the possible 31 first-place votes in the coaches' poll, with No. 2 Indiana (6) and No. 3 Duke (3) snagging the other 13. The story was pretty much the same on the AP side of things, where the Cards were the top choice on 36 of the 65 ballots cast. Indiana (13), Duke (14), Kansas (1) and Michigan (1) also earned No. 1 votes.

This is just the second time Louisville has been voted No. 1 in a non-end of the season poll. The only other time the Cards achieved the status was the final poll before the 2009 NCAA Tournament, in which U of L vaulted to the top spot following its Big East tournament title and a loss by North Carolina in the ACC tourney quarterfinals.

Here's the complete AP Top 25:

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And the coaches' poll:

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Awesome.