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

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder speaks during a news conference before practice for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa is scheduled to play Marist 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.