Behold, the soundtrack of your winter:
--Via the U of L press release, 20 of the Cardinals' 31 games will be played against teams that participated in post-season competition last season, including at least 13 from the NCAA Tournament (NCAA Tournament: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Kentucky, Marquette, Memphis, Notre Dame twice, USF twice, Syracuse twice, Western Kentucky; NIT: Illinois State, Seton Hall twice; College Basketball Invitational: Pittsburgh; plus three opponents in the Battle 4 Atlantis). Including the seven other Battle 4 Atlantis participants, U of L's opponents collectively won an average of over 20 games last season (620-412 combined record, .601 winning percentage).
--DePaul Day 2013 will take place on Feb. 27. Not the biggest fan of Wednesday holidays, but we'll make this thing work.
--Louisville featured on both the first Big Monday of the season - Jan. 14 at UConn - and the last Big Monday of the season - March 4 against Cincinnati at home.
--Love ending the season with back-to-back Saturday games on CBS. I always feel like the late regular season games on CBS are a great primer for the tournament.
--Senior Day against Notre Dame could be intense/very overtimey.
--FIU in The Bill feels right.
--Manhattan will be a decent test in the opener. Steve Masiello has made some tremendous strides in a remarkably short period of time up there.
--I am excited about all of this.