Friday, KeyArena, Seattle.
How they got here: Irvine finished tied for second in the Big West Conference regular season, then won three games in the conference tournament to earn the league's automatic NCAA bid. Louisville finished fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference and has been ranked among the top 25 all season.
Last 10 games: Irvine 7-3; Louisville 5-5.
Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: Irvine 0-2; Louisville 4-6.
Best wins/worst losses: Irvine defeated Big West regular-season champion UC Davis, 75-56, at home. The Anteaters lost to Texas San Antonio, 70-62, at home, and at Morgan State, 63-62. Louisville defeated Virginia, 59-57, and North Carolina, 78-68. Both games were at home. The Cardinals lost to Syracuse, 55-53, on the road.
Common opponent: Long Beach State. Irvine split two games, losing, 88-82, and winning, 56-55. Louisville won, 63-48.
Irvine lineup: Starters — G Luke Nelson (10.2 ppg, 4.1 apg), G Alex Young (9.5 ppg, 3.6 apg), G Travis Souza (7.5 ppg), F Will Davis III (13.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg), C Mamadou Ndiaye (10.6 ppg, 5.1 apg). Top reserves—G Jaron Martin (7.5 ppg), C Ioannis Dimakopoulos (3.8 ppg) F Mike Best (3.5 ppg), G Aaron Wright (3.6 ppg).
Louisville lineup: Starters — G Terry Rozier (17.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg), G Quentin Snider (3.2 ppg), C Chinanu Onuaku (3.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg), F Wayne Blackshear (10.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg), F Montrezl Harrell (15.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg). Top reserves — G Anton Gill (2.5 ppg), F Mangok Mathiang (2.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg).
It's a fact: All of England might be rooting for the Anteaters. Well, all those in England who care about college basketball. Nelson and Young played backcourt for Great Britain in the Euro under-20 championships last July. Nelson was born and raised in England, and has been named the country's player of the year in three different age groups. Young is from Portland, but his mother is from England. Nelson's family got Young to apply for dual citizenship. Great Britain finished 11th in the Euro under-20 tournament.