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Monday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

Regardless of who wins tonight, this just about sums up Monday in Louisville.

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I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium First off, apologies for the extremely sporadic posting over the last 48 hours. My Mac is dead after a water damage disaster and has left me using a 2006 laptop which takes about five minutes to load a page.

It's been a real, real fun couple of weeks.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The Louisville baseball team pulled off a six-run comeback on Sunday to take its weekend series with Memphis.

Here's how it went down:


I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Nothing substantial or new on the Montrezl Harrell front outside of the fact that he is in Louisville and played pick-up with Chris Jones at Bellarmine today. I don't think you can read too much into that, although it's certainly better news than if he wasn't back in town.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium ESPN breaks down (video) Gorgui Dieng's game-changing rise to prominence for the Timberwolves.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Teddy Bridgewater visited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Calvin Pryor, meanwhile, spent his day with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium History:

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Connecticut has used its three losses to Louisville as motivation during its run to the national title game.

UConn lost to Louisville three times, which lost to Kentucky twice, which lost to Florida three times, which lost to UConn twice. Matchups, matchups, matchups.

I'll hate you forever, 2014 NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Wayne Blackshear's AAU coach says that it was "just a terrible decision" for Wayne to go to Louisville.

Mac Irvin Fire club coach Mike Irvin says he instructs his players to wait as long as possible before committing.

"The only one of our guys that didn't hold out for a while was Wayne Blackshear," Irvin said. "He made an early decision and it was a mistake. Just a terrible decision to go to Louisville. We told him that at the time. They shouldn't have rushed it."

This is college basketball today. Wayne has been to two Final Fours, he's won a national championship and he's also going to leave U of L with as many academic awards as any player in program history...but all that is the product of a terrible decision.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Kentucky superfan Drake has a bandwagon quiz for other Kentucky superfans to take before tonight's big game.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Former U of L recruit Michal Cekovsky is headed to Maryland.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The only good thing about this Monday in the city of Louisville is that it's the last one we'll have to face before the start of the Derby Festival. That kicks off on Saturday with Thunder over Louisville, and if you're a Cards fan looking to dull the pain of the past few weeks, the Galt House would like to help you out.

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There are still a handful of tickets available at GaltHouse.com.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Your nationally ranked women's lacrosse team took care of Cincinnati over the weekend.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Marcus Smith is selected in the third round of the latest NFL Mock Draft from SI.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Without the rights to the tournament games, WDRB has turned to the classic 1986 video game "Double Dribble" to show Final Four highlights. Well done.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium ESPN's KC Joyner makes the case for drafting Teddy Bridgewater (Insider).

The risk/reward involved in investing a first-round pick in a quarterback is tremendous. Two years ago, famed NFL general manager Ernie Accorsi told ESPN's Colin Cowherd that no price is too high to pay if the quarterback turns out to be great, but, if he turned out to be a bust, the move could set a franchise back five to seven years.

Although none of the quarterbacks in this year's class is considered a can't-miss prospect, it seems this type of home run or strikeout dichotomy is making teams think twice about selecting Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, in particular, with one of the first choices in the 2014 NFL draft.

The puzzling part about this trepidation is there are an overwhelming number of factors pointing toward Bridgewater being as close to a sure thing QB prospect as can be found in any year's draft -- and, if he does slide, he could end up being a steal for the team that takes him.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The task for the U of L women's basketball program has now become adjusting to life without Shoni Schimmel.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Being trounced by Louisville three times was the biggest downer of an otherwise magical season for Connecticut.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium EDSBS looks at the worst case scenario for every ACC football team this season.

Louisville: Casual cynics think the Cardinals will struggle in their first post-American season by getting beat up on by the top teams in the conference, but that's not a truly ACC way to fail. No, we're talking about losing to Virginia AND Wake Forest all before October. That's pain. That's ACC.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Former U of L assistant Kevin Keatts is hoping to bring Louisville's up-tempo style with him to UNC-Wilmington.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium And finally, Mark Ennis and I will be on the radio tonight from 6-7:30 previewing the national title game as well as talking about less depressing things. Listen live on ESPN 680 or anytime on ESPNLouisville.com.