IOWA CITY -- It the Louisville Cardinals feel slighted, they're keeping it to themselves.
"No, we don't feel under-seeded," said senior Tia Gibbs. "We're just ready to play. Nobody cares about seedings except the fans and the media. A game is a game."
Louisville (30-4) was the NCAA runner-up last year. The Cardinals are ranked No. 4 in the most recent USA Today coaches' poll and sports an RPI of 8.
But when the pairings came out Monday, they were a No. 3 seed in the Louisville Region.
If the first-round favorites win -- Louisville faces Idaho (25-8) at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, then No. 25 Iowa (26-8) meets Marist (27-6) at 7 -- the Cardinals will be facing a home-court disadvantage in Round 2 on Monday.
"It is what it is," said Louisville Coach Jeff Walz. "We're excited to be here, because Iowa draws well and has knowledgeable fans.
"There's nothing better than to have a great crowd in front of you, even if it's on the road. I would rather play in front of a loud, hostile crowd instead of nobody."
In the days preceding the selections, Walz had an inkling the Cardinals might be coming to Iowa.
"There were two or three sites that I thought were good possibilities, and this was one of them. I thought we might be coming to Iowa, but I wasn't sure whether it would be here or Ames."
Idaho Coach Jon Newlee figured the Cardinals would earn a higher seed.
"I would have thought they would have been better than a No. 3," he said. "I thought all along they would have been maybe a No. 1, or certainly a No. 2.
"Without a doubt, we didn't get the best end of that. They have so many weapons. They're so big and strong."
NCAA qualification has its privileges. For the Iowa Hawkeyes, it's in the form of can't-miss-it footwear.
The Hawkeyes will wear bright yellow Nike Zooms in the postseason. Ally Disterhoft loves them.
"We say, thank you so much," Disterhoft said, beaming. "They're a little flashy. They're pretty."
As for uniforms, the Hawkeyes will wear their standard home whites -- not "gold" -- against Marist.
A spokesperson in the ticket office at Carver-Hawkeye Arena said that 4,800 tickets for Sunday's first-round games had been sold as of 1 p.m. Saturday.
The second round is at 8:30 Tuesday night; 2,600 tickets have been sold for that.By comparison, Marist's home court -- McCann Arena -- seats 3,200. The largest crowd the Red Foxes have played in front of was 4,499, at Ohio State on Nov. 23.