The Big East seized a trio of No. 1 seeds in the men's 2009 NCAA Tournament, with Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut joining North Carolina from the Atlantic Coast Conference on the top line. This year marked the first time three teams from a single conference have garnered top spots. The 2009 season was extended for 65 elated teams and their fans hoping to make it to Detroit the first weekend in April, but Sunday was the end of the road for some bubble teams like Penn State and St. Mary's. Heading up the South region is North Carolina, which will play Radford University. The Tar Heels claimed a No. 1 seed for the third straight season and the 13th time overall, the most in tournament history. Big East tournament champion Louisville leads the Midwest region after having not been in the top four ranked teams of the USA Today, ESPN or AP polls since week 2 in the regular season. Louisville will play the winner of the play-in game, which features Morehead State vs. Alabama State. Despite losing early in the Big East Tournament, Pittsburgh hung on to take the spot in the East region, where it will play East Tennessee State. Pitt has a lot to prove, considering it has never beaten a team seeded sixth or better in the tournament.
College basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale believes the East is "the toughest region of all four." In that region, Duke, the winner of the ACC Tournament, is seeded second and Villanova is third.
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