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Frank Franklin II, Associated Press
Louisville's Peyton Siva (3) celebrates with teammates after an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati in the final of the Big East Conference tournament in New York, Saturday, March 10, 2012. Louisville won 50-44.

Fresh off its Big East tournament title, surging Louisville received a 4 seed in the West regional and will face Davidson in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

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The Cardinals (26-9) had an up-and-down season and appeared to be fading in the final weeks of the regular season with a home loss to South Florida and another at Syracuse to cap a 2-4 stretch.

But point guard Peyton Siva and Louisville's three seniors — Kyle Kuric, Chris Smith and Jared Swopshire — put on a show in New York as Louisville finally showed some signs of offensive life to go along with its stout defense.

Now they'll get a test in the tournament against the Southern Conference champion Wildcats (25-7) in Portland, Ore.