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Ice cream, Madison Square Garden, Louisville basketball and mini New York Knicks glass trophies(?): an unbeatable combination....with or without the Knicks thing.

I_medium It's the fourth day of our holiday partnership with the Galt House, and today we recommend you checking out the Dancing Bellmen, who are putting on a show every day at 5 p.m. between now and Christmas.

I_medium The Crimson Quarry examines what went wrong for Indiana in their loss to Louisville.

I_medium Inside the Hall looks at the film from the game.

I_medium Georgia will begin practicing for the Belk Bowl on Dec. 17.

I_medium Matt Norlander of CBS says that Louisville's performance against Indiana Tuesday night has the college basketball world looking ahead to Dec. 27.

"As far as how we are against Kentucky, I don't really get too concerned. We're going to give them everything we've got. No team has really pressured them. There's no team out there that plays how we play," Harrell said. "That's why I think we have the advantage on people. Everybody can try to pressure and practice to prepare for it, but nobody can run it how we run it. Nobody has been in the condition we have been in. When we get on the floor, you might try to tweak your press offense for it, but there's no way to prepare for our press.

"We know those guys play five-in, five-out type thing, but whatever five is in, they're going to get pressed. We're not going to take off our press because they've got a lot of size. We're going to make their bigs handle the ball and we're going to see if their bigs can beat us [that way]. We are going to get after them. For 40 minutes, we're going to give them as much as they can handle."

Props to Harrell for addressing the Kentucky questions, even challenging UK more than two weeks out. He is ready and, damn, is he already fired up.

That's why we want that Kentucky-Louisville be a matchup of unbeatens. If anything, the pressure is now on the ultra-praised Wildcats to oblige. It's likely, for sure, but not guaranteed they'll also be flawless on Dec. 27. First, they'll need to get past North Carolina at home this Saturday (noon on CBS, streaming live on CBSSports.com) and then beat UCLA on Dec. 20 at the CBS Sports Classic, in Chicago. Clear those hurdles and the teams will be a combined 23-0.

And these are currently the top two statistical defense in the country, allowing 82.6 (UK) and 83.7 ('Ville) points per 100 possessions. We already know Kentucky's on pace for historical D in the modern era. Now you see Louisville is right there with them.

That ... I mean, come on. How terrific would that be? For the teams, the fans, the sport, even the general sports world. Kentucky-Louisville has rewarded us so often over the past decade, with both teams consistently being relevant, ranked and winning national titles. This could be an all-timer. Outside of the 2012 and 2014 NCAA Tournament meetings, you might argue Dec. 27 would offer up the biggest game in the history of the rivalry.

I_medium Montrezl Harrell sits at No. 13 on Sports Illustrated's latest big board for the 2015 NBA Draft.

I_medium According to USA Today's recently released database of assistant coach salaries, Todd Grantham is the sixth highest-paid assistant in college football.

I_medium The Indianapolis Colts mascot is a monster.

I_medium Shaqquan Aaron spoke with the media on Wednesday and admitted that sitting out has been an extremely tough start to his college career.

"It's been tough," he said. "I mean, there's two different ways to look at it: Either you can be sad and not work, or just look at it as just putting a fire in you to work, and I've just been working and waiting for my opportunity."

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"It's been difficult, but I would say it's kind of a learning aspect too, because sitting on the bench I'm seeing things that you can't see when you're playing," he said. "So when I'm ready to play, I'd know the little things that I saw or something my teammates should do...I look at it both ways. Of course it was tough watching, but it's a positive, too."

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"I haven't played a basketball game in a while, so it'll be exciting," he said. "I'll probably be a little nervous, but as soon as the ball goes up in the game, all the nerves go out the window, so I'll be good."

I_medium It's been a day and I still cannot stop watching this vine of the young man who was recently tasked with guarding 7'6 prospect Tako Fall.

I_medium A guy hitting on women on Tinder using nothing but Darren Rovell tweets is the best thing of the week.

I_medium NBC's Rob Dauster was impressed by Louisville's offensive outburst last night, but wonders if the performance was more about the Cards' improvement or the fact that Indiana is not a team interested in playing any defense.

I_medium At least one person at Rupp Arena enjoyed Columbia's performance last night.

I_medium Your full schedule of announcers for bowl season, which includes the nugget that Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer and Cara Capuano will have the Belk Bowl call.

I_medium Bobby Petrino and company continue to be able to get some huge prospects to make official visits to Louisville. If they could land, or away, just one or two of these guys, it would be enormous.

I_medium U of L baseball has announced its captains for the 2015 season.

I_medium Yahoo gives Louisville an A- grade for its performance Tuesday night.

A- - Louisville

How did Indiana shoot nearly 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc against Louisville's formidable defense and still lose by 20 points? Simple. The Hoosiers gave the Cardinals far too many extra possessions.

Nineteen Indiana turnovers against Louisville's aggressive ball pressure were a big factor, as was the Cardinals punishing the smaller Hoosiers on the glass for 24 offensive rebounds. All-American candidate Montrezl Harrell had six and seven of his teammates tallied at least two as Louisville gobbled up well over half its 43 missed shots on the night en route to a 94-74 victory.

Forcing turnovers and converting second-chance points kept Louisville in good position most of the game until it finally began stringing together stops and pulled away midway through the second half. Harrell finished with 21 points - mostly on an array of dunks - and starting guards Terry Rozier and Chris Jones combined for 50 points. Louisville improved to 8-0 and passed its last significant test before its showdown with Kentucky at the end of the month, meaning there's a good chance both teams will enter that game unbeaten.

I_medium The Cards are a No. 2 seed in the West according to the latest bracket watch from Sports Illustrated.

I_medium The senior highlight reel for Lamar Jackson, who was recently named the the Lou Groza Awards High School Player of the Year, is ridiculous.

I_medium CCBM in the garden:

With Matt Norlander of CBS:

And back in the Garden:

I_medium Congratulations to U of L volleyballers Katie George and Tess Clark on being named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-East Region Team. In addition, Clark won the East Region Freshman of the Year Award.

I_medium Well I booked it. So...what happens now?

I_medium Earl Clark is headed to China, where someone would make millions if they'd just give him his own damn reality show. Easiest money-making opportunity in the history of mankind.

I_medium This is pretty absurd.

He's not the league's Defensive Player of the Year though.

I_medium Both Louisville and Georgia have recruited Charlotte very well, which makes the Belk Bowl even more of a big deal for the two programs.

I_medium CBS' Jon Rothstein says that Louisville has the best backcourt in college basketball.

Is there really a debate that Louisville has the best backcourt in college basketball?

Not in my opinion. One could make a case for Wichita State's perimeter trio of Fred Van Vleet, Ron Baker and Tekele Cotton or Gonzaga's duo of Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell, but the Cardinals' tag team of Chris Jones and Terry Rozier is about as lethal as it gets.

Like a flock of seagulls going after a ham sandwich, Louisville's starting backcourt tandem gets after its opponents and disrupts things on every possession. In Tuesday's 94-74 victory over Indiana, Jones and Rozier combined for 50 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, and four steals while also forcing the Hoosiers to commit 19 turnovers.

It will be very interesting to see this duo match up with Andrew and Aaron Harrison as well as Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker when Louisville plays Kentucky on Dec. 27 at the KFC Yum! Center.

I_medium Bobby Petrino's second stint at Louisville is going quite well so far.

I_medium And finally, the Indianapolis Star takes a look at the likelihood of a Louisville-Indiana series actually happening.