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The best manger scene in Louisville resides at the Heck house.

I_medium Spread Check: Louisville by 27.

Happy Northridge Hate Week to you and yours.

I_medium Waking up to these tweets provided the perfect start to the week.

DRAGOOOO.

I_medium Terry Rozier makes Fox Sports' All-ACC team for the past week.

I_medium The U of L women's team is 11-1 and ranked in the nation's top 10, but still seems to be flying a bit below the radar. Jeff Walz is cool with that.

I_medium Teddy Bridgewater came home to Miami on Sunday and put on a nice show.

I_medium Montrezl Harrell sits at No. 3 on Sports Illustrated's most recent Wooden Watch.

3. Montrezl HarrellLouisville

Year: Junior
Postion: Forward
Stats: 17 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 62.1 FG%

Luke Winn beat me to gif-ing perhaps the best play of the season in Power Rankings yesterday. But this play is so good that it bears repeating.

Harrell is taking 52.6 percent of his shots at the rim, according to hoop-math.com, and his field-goal percentage there is a staggering 90 percent. Louisville's biggest issue offensively continues to be that it isn't using Harrell enough. Guards Terry Rozier and Chris Jones are each using a higher percentage of possessions (23.7% and 26.2%, respectively) and a higher percentage of shots (25.1% and 27.8%, respectively) than Harrell (23.2 %Poss, 21.6 %shots) -- and using them less effectively.

I_medium The Cards found a way to win without their best player on Saturday, and they're going to have to do it again on tuesday night.

I_medium DukeReport.com sees Louisville and Virginia as the biggest threats to the Blue Devils' ACC title hopes, and wonders which one of the two is better.

I_medium Holly Anderson's bowl season viewing guide for Grantland is quite entertaining.

Belk Bowl: no. 13 Georgia vs. no. 21 Louisville

(Tuesday, December 30, 6:30 p.m., ESPN)

The absolute least: Off the field, the Belk Bowl provides players with a shopping spree to (where belking else?) Belk, putting it neck and neck with the Hawaii Bowl in early-onset dadlife enabling. A playoff between the floral shirts of the West and the no-iron khakis of the East would instantly age all participants and onlookers to a permanent chronological state of 47 years old.

On the field, Mark Richt is going to approach former Bulldogs and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Grantham at midfield before this game, and they're going to shake hands, and Grantham is going to put just a little too much aggressive squeeze into his side of things, and Richt is going to serenely ignore it and ask how Grantham's family is doing, and he's going to mean it, and that's going to make Grantham soooooo much madder.

I_medium Louisville baseball: the show rolls on.

I_medium Campus Insiders previews Louisville-Cal State Northridge. Hashtag, Rivalry Week.

I_medium The Boston Globe says that Louisville is the only team that can stop Kentucky .... and then goes on to say that Louisville isn't going to stop Kentucky.

I_medium Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton is unlikely to reclassify to 2015, but does plan on taking an official visit to U of L.

"Louisville talked to us about it, but right now it makes more sense for him to stay put in 2016," Tank Thorntonsaid.

He added: "We're still thinking about it."

Louisville head coach Pitino met with the 6-foot Thornton last week and broached the possibility of the 2016 point guard joining the program next season. Louisville has already missed out on guards Antonio Blakeney and P.J. Dozier and will need a floor general to replace the departing Chris Jones.

"He felt like Derryck would be the best point guard in either class and it makes sense for him to come on in early and we'll put the ball in your hands and just let him take over," his dad said.

I_medium The best college basketball photos from the past week.

I_medium Miami Central junior safety Jamel Cook says Louisville is very high on his list.

I_medium Get yer Ls up.

I_medium The Wildcats have spent the last couple of weeks talking about how all they have to do is worry about playing against themselves.

I_medium "Louisville is way more obsessed with Kentucky than vice versa" is the least accurate talking point in a rivalry littered with falsities.

I_medium U of L commit and South Carolina Mr. Football was apparently the fastest player at the 78th annual Shrine Bowl.

I_medium There are still just nine undefeated teams left in college basketball, and NBC is tracking their progress here.

I_medium Louisville commit Ray Spalding and Trinity defeated former U of L commit Antonio Blakeney and Oak Ridge (FL) on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the prestigious City of Palms Classic. The Shamrocks will play Monteverde (FL), the nation's No. 1 team with the nation's No. 1 prospect (Ben Simmons), tonight at 7:15.

I_medium And finally, Mark Ennis and I are on ESPN 680 tonight from 6-7:45 talking about the Western win, Saturday's big game and everything in between (so the Northridge game...it's in between those two things). Listen anytime on ESPNLouisville.com.