Thursday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

Cardinal love at The Equator from UK medical students Millie and Alison, who are always fighting the good fight in Lexington.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Spring Game forecast: High of 68, low of 55 with a 60 percent chance of rain.

If we could go ahead and just get today's weather for another 24 hours, we'd owe you one...I'm talking to Kevin Harned.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium We can now add a 2014 Sagarin national championship to our 2014 Ken Pom national title. Defending champs forever.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Luke Hancock: still the man.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The 64 best moments from the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium SI breaks down Trez's decision and says he could wind up being a lottery pick in 2015 if he stays.

Montrezl Harrel, Louisville

Moving to the ACC stage and moving into an even more featured role for a Cardinals team that loses All-America guard Russ Smith might be compelling reasons for the 6-foot-8, 240-pound sophomore to return. With an impact year, Harrell might be looking at the lottery in 2015. But he's at least physically ready, and if he has first-round evaluations, that could be enough for him to bolt now.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The U of L baseball team is about to begin a huge weekend series at No. 7 Houston. Here's your preview.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium This piece from Stephen Godfrey on a bona fide college football "bag man" is worth your time.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Gorgs.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The first "Girl Meets World" trailer is out, and it's...kind of awkward to watch. I'm still very conflicted.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium ESPN confirms that Josh Harvey-Clemons is planning on transferring to Louisville.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Some thoughts from the C-J's Jeff Greer on U of L's final spring practice.

On offense, it's freshman running back LJ Scott, who enrolled early but already has a 6-foot, 228-pound frame that's college-ready. DeVante Parker looks as good as you'd expect. He's big and graceful at the same time, and looks poised for a big season. James Quick had a tough practice last week when I saw him, but the former heralded recruit seemed more comfortable this week. And 6-5, 202-pound Matt Milton, a junior, has made an impact this spring as well.

The offensive line looks good, though it's hard to tell when they aren't wearing full pads and moving through full-speed simulations. Gerald Christian had an impressive off-season and should be a factor at tight end.

At quarterback I don't think there's any doubt that Will Gardner will be the leader for the starting job out of the spring. He takes the first-team snaps, and on Wednesday showed the kind of accuracy that will let the team's playmakers get the ball and do their thing. He had some nice zip on his deep balls early in last week's practice, but his second half of that session showed he still had some decision-making work to do.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Ricky O'Donnell looks at the sad state of DePaul basketball and whether or not the Blue Demons will ever be able to generate excitement in Chicago again.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Peyton Siva: making plays.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Sports Illustrated has Teddy Bridgewater going to the Titans in its latest mock draft.

11. Tennessee -- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

The reality facing Bridgewater, who once was the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft, is that if not Tennessee, then his draft-night wait might extend until the lower reaches of the first round. But I don't think the Titans, with new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, will let that scenario unfold. Whisenhunt knows the night-and-day difference quality quarterbacking can make from his Arizona head coaching experience, and Tennessee can't afford to pass on a prospect of this level with only the oft-injured Jake Locker as a legitimate starting option as he enters his make-or-break fourth season in Nashville.

Calvin Pryor also gets scooped up in the first round.

21. Green Bay -- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

There are a lot of teams ahead of the Packers who could spoil this almost-perfect scenario for Green Bay, but Pryor would be a draft-night gift for a secondary that has lacked a consistent playmaker in the deep middle since Nick Collins' exited the lineup in early 2011 with a serious neck injury.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Speaking of Pryor, he spent much of his Thursday visiting with the Chicago Bears.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The St. Matthews area has the highest life-expectancy in Louisville, while the Old Louisville/downtown area has the lowest.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium For those looking to keep up with the cheer and dance teams as they compete in Daytona:

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The full transcript of Bobby Petrino's press conference this afternoon.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium College football guru Phil Steele's first projection of how the preseason AP Top 25 is going to look:

1.   Florida State
2.   Alabama
3.   Oregon
4.   Auburn
5.   Oklahoma
6.   Ohio State
7.   UCLA
8.   Michigan State
9.   Baylor
10. South Carolina
11. Georgia
12. Stanford
13. LSU
14. USC
15. Notre Dame
16. Clemson
17. Wisconsin
18. Missouri 
19. Texas A&M
20. Ole Miss
21. Texas
22. Washington
23. North Carolina
24. UCF
25. Louisville

You're not cute, UCF. You think you're cute, but you're not cute.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_mediumQ&A with U of L receivers coach and new Miami Hall of Fame inductee Lamar Thomas.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium This is what you're missing if you're not heading out to these signings:

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Mark Coomes of Insider Louisville says that the ridiculously high expectations that come with being the head coach of the Kentucky basketball program have made it a stepping stone job.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Michael Bush met with the New England Patriots on Wednesday.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Former Card Zach Price has been dismissed from the Missouri basketball team.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium And finally, the first super early ESPN Bracketology for 2015 is out, and has Louisville as a No. 3 seed in the Midwest. Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Michigan are your four No. 1 seeds.

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