Louisville trying to take advantage of playing host to Middle Tennessee, Purdue, Liberty

The Louisville Cardinals really like playing at home, and they are doing their best to make sure they keep that advantage now they're hosting the NCAA tournament.

Coach Jeff Walz has them staying in their dorms and going to class as he tries to keep the Cardinals' routine as close to normal as possible. They may hit their season average of 9,577 in the KFC Yum! Center with Walz expecting between 8,000 and 10,000 fans.

Walz said Saturday he definitely doesn't want to change anything that might throw a kink in the plan. His fifth-seeded Cardinals went 14-2 at home this season and play No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee on Sunday in the Oklahoma City regional.

Sunday's other first-round game features No. 21 Purdue and 13th-seeded Liberty.