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Tuesday Afternoon Cardinal News And Notes

Bryson Elam is attempting to dream the final few weeks of the offseason away.

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I_medium ESPN announced Monday that the Dec. 27 basketball game featuring the fighting Cardinals of the University of Louisville and the next-level focused Blues of Lexington Basketball Academy will tip-off at 2 p.m. As previously announced, the contest will be televised on ESPN2.

I_medium gives a brief recap of the first scrimmage of fall camp.

I_medium Using the same math the Washington Post used in its analysis of college basketball players' worth, the C-J calculated that Russ Smith was worth $5.3 million to Louisville last season. Trez was worth about $5 million.

Dillon Avare's value? Priceless.

I_medium It's been real for a while, but now it's starting to feel really real.

I_medium ESPN's Andrea Adelson previews Louisville.

Best-case scenario for 2014: Gardner develops at warp-like speed and the defense immediately thrives in the new 3-4 scheme, finding players to step in and fill major holes along the line and in the secondary. Louisville pulls the surprise card as a new member of the ACC and posts a winning record against the four toughest teams on the schedule (Miami, Clemson, Florida State and Notre Dame) to hit the double-digit win total for a third straight season. 

Worst-case scenario for 2014: Gardner fails to develop as anticipated and the offense sputters along, unable to take advantage of the talent it has at the skill positions. The defense cannot find adequate replacements for Marcus Smith, Preston Brown, Hakeem Smith or Pryor and struggles against a much tougher schedule. Louisville cannot quite manage the difficulties the ACC presents and ends up barely above .500.

I_medium Michael Dyer is huge.

I_medium Me too, man.

I_medium Jeff Greer recaps Monday's U of L football practice -- as told by Bobby Petrino and Lorenzo Mauldin.

I_medium ESPN released its full "Big Monday" schedule yesterday, and the Cards will make just one appearance this season.

Here's the full lineup:

ESPN's Big Monday Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
January 5 7 p.m. Notre Dame at No. 6 North Carolina ESPN or ESPN2
9 p.m. No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 17 Texas ESPN or ESPN2
January 19 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at No. 2 Duke ESPN
9 p.m. No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 10 Kansas ESPN
January 26 7 p.m. No. 21 Syracuse at No. 6 North Carolina ESPN
9 p.m. No. 17 Texas at No. 16 Iowa State ESPN
February 2 7 p.m. No. 7 Virginia at No. 6 North Carolina ESPN
9 p.m. No. 16 Iowa State at No. 10 Kansas ESPN
February 9 7 p.m. No. 2 Duke at Florida State ESPN
9 p.m. No. 16 Iowa State at No. 19 Oklahoma ESPN
February 16 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at No. 7 Virginia ESPN
9 p.m. No. 10 Kansas at West Virginia ESPN
February 23 7 p.m. No. 8 Louisville at Georgia Tech ESPN
9 p.m. No. 10 Kansas at No. 23 Kansas State ESPN
March 2 7 p.m. No. 7 Virginia at No. 21 Syracuse ESPN
9 p.m. Baylor at No. 17 Texas -or- No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 16 Iowa State ESPN -or- ESPNU

I_medium The Cardinal Sports Zone folks are back with their weekly basketball recruiting notebook.

I_medium Kicked off wedding week yesterday by taking down the U of L Press Box Tournament championship with my teammates Paul Rogers, Jody Demling and Katie Petrino. We may have been slightly aided by the fact that one of us is one of the better college golfers in this region. If you need a hint, it's the one of us who is still in college. I'm not just gonna spoon feed you, though. Do some work.

Also thanks to Paul for shouting out tmjoel01's work of art on the radio this morning, a post which the voice of the Cardinals believes to be the funniest in Card Chronicle history. Tmjoel01, you made it, man. It took a super creepy photoshopped picture of David Levitch fixing my bow-tie, but you made it.

I_medium I'm very glad this didn't make the cut yesterday.

I_medium NBC's Rob Dauster takes a closer look at Donovan Mitchell, whom he says was snatched away from Providence by Louisville.

I_medium Butler's 2003 upset of Louisville is distinguished as its biggest of the 2000s. Kick rocks forever, Darnell Archey.

I_medium And finally, USA Today has Louisville at No. 29 in its preseason countdown, and says the season-opener against Miami is the biggest game of the year for the Cards. Had the publication taken down the 2013-14 LCPT, the Cardinals would have landed somewhere in the FCS rankings.