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Kate Vanderlip, Daphne Arnold, Niki Royce, Amanda James and the Impractical Jokers are ready for the taste of ACC victory to return.

I_medium Spread Check: Louisville by 22.

I_medium The new Bracketology from CBS has Louisville slipping from a 2 seed to a 4 seed.

I_medium Louisville is No. 4 in the final ACC football power poll from ESPN.

Louisville Cardinals
Record: 9-4 overall, 5-3 conference
Previous ranking: 4
It wasn't the type of finish Bobby Petrino was hoping for and 10 wins in Year 1 would have been quite a statement for the ACC newcomer, but the future is bright for the Cardinals. If Louisville can settle on a quarterback in 2015, the Cards are a dark horse in the ACC.

I_medium The mother of 2016 five-star recruit Terrance Ferguson says Louisville is the team currently recruiting her son the hardest.

I_medium Practice is underway for this weekend's East-West Shrine Game which will feature Gerald Christian, Dominique Brown, John Miller, BJ Dubose, Jamon Brown and Deioontrez Mount. The game will be played at Saturday at 4 p.m. on the NFL Network.

I_medium The season of questionable ticket picture selections continues.

Not a great sign.

I_medium This story on Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton is your non-UofL assigned reading for Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

I_medium Playing Virginia Tech for the first time in 20 years got me thinking about the most famous Hokie from the old Metro days: Ace Custis. The guy, who had an ace playing card tattoo on his left arm, used to just absolutely tear the Cards up, and wound up having his VT jersey retired the year after he graduated. If you search for him on Google images, the first image that comes up is Custis dunking on Beau Zach Smith.

Please observe the picture and former Cardinal Robby Wine's response.

I would have given anything for that reality show.

I_medium Anthony Davis has guaranteed that Kentucky will win the national championship this season. Your move, Beau Zach.

I_medium I stand strongly in favor of this.

I_medium Congratulations to U of L junior righthander Kyle Funkhouser, who has been named a preseason First Team Louisville Slugger All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

I_medium Streaking the Lawn (Virginia) has a nifty new ACC basketball schedule matrix that showcases home and away success.

I_medium I have never been a proponent of Ohio State football, but I must admit that seeing this tweet from Ezekiel Elliott before the 2013 national championship game makes me feel a lot better about what happened last night.

I_medium The Cards are nowhere to be found on ESPN's first way too early top 25 for next college football season.

I_medium Tough break for Syracuse, which has lost star freshman Chris McCullough for the season to a torn ACL.

I_medium Cardinal fan and Chronicloid Alex Kimura has started a really cool movement called Sharing America's Marrow (SAM). Starting later this month, SAM will be traveling around the country and going to all 50 states with a goal of registering 50,000 bone marrow donors in 2015.

The organization was started after Alex's sister, Sam, was diagnosed with a bone marrow failure disease and couldn't find a donor for the transplant that would cure her. To help her and the thousands of other patients needing transplants, SAM is hoping that we find heroes and raise a lot of awareness around this cause.

The journey will begin a week from today, and SAM is holding a launch party at Against the Grain on Monday to kick things off.

To learn more about this organization or donate to the cause, you can visit the Sharing America's Marrow website.

I_medium Class of 2016 five-star Miles Bridges says he plans on visiting Louisville.

I_medium The first ACC Digital Network college hoops power poll of the season has Louisville at No. 4.

I_medium Our friends at Beaux Tied have a stellar deal for this month. Get that Valentine's shopping done early, ladies.

I_medium If you haven't seen it yet, North Carolina's locker room celebration on Saturday was quite boisterous.

I_medium Gerod Holliman talks with Scout about his decision to leave for the NFL and his struggles early on at Louisville.

I_medium Terry Rozier is hoping that he can lead Louisville down a road to the Final Four that will go through Cleveland.

That means Rozier, a sophomore guard, has a chance to bring his team back home, as the 2015 NCAA Midwest Regional is set for Cleveland, March 26 and 28.

"Now that would mean a lot,'' Rozier said. "That is definitely where we want to be. I know I have a lot of support back home. No matter how much is going on, there's a lot of love back there, and that's something I'm looking forward to."

Rozier, 20, is athletic and quick and leads the team in steals and is No. 2 in rebounds, despite being 6-2, 190 pounds.

There is a quirkiness about Rozier that makes him endearing, considering he can't sleep without a fan and he wears the number '0' because, to him, it means, every day, every practice, every game, is to start all over.

By all accounts, this could well be Rozier's last season with the Cardinals. If Louisville's season continues as it has -- the Cardinals are 14-2, 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and comfortably nestled among the top 10 in the weekly AP Top 25 poll -- Rozier is expected to apply for the NBA draft. Last summer, in fact, part of that plan was put into motion.

"I went to a couple camps that put me on a stage to have a breakout year this year,'' Rozier said. "I went to Lebron James' camp, and Kyrie's (Irving's) Top 20 point guard camp, so it was a lot of fun.''

The emphasis, Rozier said, was to fine tune his point guard skills.

"Just being a leader, being a point guard, I know that is what I am being looked at for the next level,'' he said. "We need to win a lot of games. The farther we go, we're headed for a national championship, the better it is for us as a team, and individually.''

I_medium Gobbler Country, SB Nation's Hokie site, previews tonight's game.

I_medium And finally, beat Virginia Tech.