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Louisville out to prove its better than No. 3 seed as NCAA tournament starts in Iowa City

  • Louisville head coach Jeff Walz watches his team practice for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. Louisville plays Idaho in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Louisville head coach Jeff Walz watches his team practice for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. Louisville plays Idaho in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • Idaho head coach Jon Newlee speaks during a news conference before a practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. Idaho plays Louisville in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Idaho head coach Jon Newlee speaks during a news conference before a practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. Idaho plays Louisville in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville forward Asia Taylor drives to the basket during practice for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. Louisville plays Idaho in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Louisville forward Asia Taylor drives to the basket during practice for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. Louisville plays Idaho in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

Louisville enters the NCAA tournament ranked fourth in the nation but as a No. 3 seed — and with a potential road game against Iowa looming in the second round.

The Cardinals (30-4) appear to have had the misfortune of playing in a league with top-seeded Connecticut, the prohibitive favorite to win it all, and eight teams that failed to make the field.

Louisville begins its quest for a second straight Final Foul trip on Sunday against 14th-seeded Idaho (25-8) in Iowa City.

Iowa (26-8), the host and the sixth seed, faces Marist (27-6) in the nightcap.