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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville players expect to make another NCAA tournament run, last year's ended at the Final Four.

The second-ranked Cardinals feel they can win it all.

Louisville returns 11 players from a 30-10 team that won the Big East Conference tournament and reached the Final Four for the first time since 2005. They lost to eventual champion Kentucky in the semifinals.

Injuries forced several Cardinals to play key roles and the experience has created depth on this year's team.

Leading the way are guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith, center Gorgui Dieng and forward Chane Behanan, who each averaged at least 9 points per game last season. That balance reflects an unselfish attitude that the Cardinals believe will lead to a national title.

Louisville opens the season Nov. 11 against Manhattan.

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