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Despite losing 2 players to injuries, seventh-seeded LSU prepares for No. 3 seed Louisville

  • LSU's Shanece McKinney works on layup drills during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 29, 2014. LSU plays Louisville in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    LSU's Shanece McKinney works on layup drills during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 29, 2014. LSU plays Louisville in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)  (The Associated Press)

  • LSU's Danielle Ballard answers questions during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 29, 2014. LSU plays Louisville in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    LSU's Danielle Ballard answers questions during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 29, 2014. LSU plays Louisville in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)  (The Associated Press)

  • LSU's Theresa Plaisance, right, talks to a teammate during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 29, 2014. LSU plays Louisville in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    LSU's Theresa Plaisance, right, talks to a teammate during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 29, 2014. LSU plays Louisville in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)  (The Associated Press)

Louisville knows that LSU will be a different team than the one it routed in November.

Not only do the seventh-seeded Tigers (21-12) enter Sunday's regional semifinal confident following their second-round upset of No. 2 seed West Virginia, they're unfazed by losing Jeanne Kenney and Raigyne Moncrief to injury in each of their NCAA tournament victories.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz quickly notes how LSU has overcome that adversity, an important fact he hopes his third-seeded Cardinals (32-4) remember because the Lady Tigers are hungry to prove they can play through their obstacles.

LSU also might want to settle a score against the Cardinals after getting pasted 88-67 by them in the preseason WNIT. Louisville has opened with two lopsided tournament wins, but Walz has warned his team not to be overconfident.