The preseason college hoops rankings are now rolling in at full force, and two of the nation's most prominent networks both have Louisville slotted in their top 10.
First up is CBS, which puts U of L at No. 10.
Coach: Rick Pitino
Last season's record: 31-6
Comment: A roster headlined by Chris Jones, Terry Rozier, Wayne Blackshear and Montrezl Harrell is plenty talented enough to make Louisville's transition into the ACC a smooth one. Rick Pitino should find himself at least in the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season.
Projected starting lineup this season:
- G: Chris Jones
- G: Terry Rozier
- G: Wayne Blackshear
- F: Montrezl Harrell
F: Mangok Mathiang
The worldwide leader is a bit higher on the Cards, putting Rick Pitino's team at No. 7.
The announcement came, as news tends to do these days, via Twitter: "Been on my mind heavy but I love the feeling of being a Louisville cardinal an (sic) I will be wearing this for the next yr."
And with those 140 characters, plus a nifty artist's drawing from the account of @monstatrezz, Louisville went from a potentially good team for the 2014-15 season to a potentially very good team.
Montrezl Harrell means that much, especially for this particular roster. Rick Pitino has more than enough perimeter options to choose from -- Wayne Blackshear, Terry Rozier, Chris Jones, plus a talented incoming freshman class -- but he needed a big man. He got an exceptional one, and better, a proven commodity.
Harrell, who surprisingly eschewed the NBA for one more year, averaged 14 points and eight rebounds for the Cardinals as a sophomore, tossing in 49 blocked shots for good measure.
Louisville still will hover on the outside edge of Final Four picks thanks to a few issues -- Jones has to get better with the basketball; Blackshear needs to assert himself more -- but if the Cards aren't a lock, they are certainly better than a longshot.
All thanks to 140 characters.
Louisville is No. 9 in the preseason coaches' poll, and will find out its preseason ranking from the Associated Press on Friday afternoon.