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Wednesday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

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I_medium I'm very bummed to hear that the C-J's Adam Himmelsbach is headed to Boston to cover the Celtics for the Boston Globe, but also extremely happy for him. He's a really good dude who did a lot of really good work during his time here.

I_medium The first Bracketology of the season from SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean is out, and he joins the throngs of folks saying that Louisville is currently a No. 4 seed.

I_medium Kansas, which has been blown out by both Kentucky and Temple, is No. 1 in the updated RPI. In a related story, nobody should be paying attention to the RPI.

I_medium CBS' Dane Brugler says that the Louisville contingent at the East-West Shrine Game has been the biggest story of the week so far.

Louisville is well represented on the Shrine Game East roster and several former Cardinals stood out during practice on Wednesday, both on offense and defense.

One of the better offensive line prospects at this all-star game, guard John Miller has flashed explosive lower body traits and point of attack power to be a people mover in the ground game. He has also taken well to coaching, improving in several areas throughout the week. On Monday, coaches scolded him for not rolling his hips prior to contact during drills, but he showed much better hip snap prior to engaging with his target on Wednesday. Miller, who played both left and right guard in college, might be the highest rated offensive lineman in this game.

A former high school quarterback, running back Dominique Brown had a disappointing senior season with Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff stealing carries as part of a heavy committee at Louisville in 2014. However, Brown has flashed his athletic potential this week and with his size (6-2, 240), he has the potential to develop into a hybrid H-back role. During Wednesday's practice, he impressed during pass protection drills and as a receiver out of the backfield, creating separation and looking the ball into his hands.

On defense, defensive end B.J. Dubose and linebacker Deiontrez Mount both had their moments during Wednesday, drawing praise from coaches. Dubose brings a lot of energy off the edge, but also showed his discipline during seven-on-seven drills, holding backside contain and sniffing out misdirection plays. He has a lean body type for the position, but plays fast and controlled in space. Mount passes the eye test with a tall, athletic build, but he doesn't have that natural position for the next level. Nonetheless, he did well when asked to drop, covering a lot of ground with his light feet and lower body flexibility. Mount also showed burst off the edge during pass rush drills. His best fit in the NFL might be weakside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

Louisville offensive tackle Jamon Brown and tight end Gerald Christian are also on the East squad, but Christian hasn't been able to practice due to injury.

I_medium Montrezl Harrell is a third team Midseason All-American according to the folks at The Sporting News.

I_medium Cincy Jungle, SB Nation's Cincinnati Bengals site, has an exhaustive look at why the Bengals should have drafted Teddy Bridgewater.

I_medium Louisville recruit Quentin Goodin recorded a triple-double last night in a game against Green County. Goodin notched 17 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.

I_medium Louisville is No. 22 in the final Football Outsiders ratings.

I_medium The ladies will look to remain perfect in ACC play this evening.

I_medium Somehow Donovan Mitchell is not on the list of nominees for the McDonald's All-American game, but his coach believes that is an oversight which will be corrected.

I_medium The Belk Bowl was the 14th-best attended and 9th-most watched game of the 2014-15 bowl season.

I_medium Montezl is just 12 points away from becoming Louisville's newest member of the 1,000-point club, and there's a good chance that Wayne Blackshear could join him there later in the season.

I_medium If the details about Terrence Ross' arrest last weekend -- which include him punching a bar owner who refused to give him free drinks and later punching a police officer -- are true, then he should be done here.

I_medium The best story of this week comes from Bellarmine, where Scott Davenport surprised junior walk-on Michael Parrish with a scholarship in awesome fashion. News, Weather

Parrish's family has had a bit a rough go of things. His father is in jail, which has left his mother to raise three kids on her own.

Parrish's mother, Deborah Thompson -- a single mom who raised three children -- was in tears at first.

"It' been hard," she said. "I've cried and I've bit my fingernails off and I've worked two or three jobs and I've did just about everything possible to make it happen for him."

The next minute she was overjoyed, cheering and crying over the gift.

"I had no idea, you just don't know," she said. "I am a happy mama and now, I can be happy."

Added Davenport: "He's a very deserving young man. I mean, to see a mother and a young man that's a junior in college react like that, that's why you coach."

"He's been giving me little hints here and there, like, 'Keep pushing Mike, keep pushing, your time is coming,'" Parrish said. "And now I see what he's talking about."

Davenport said Parrish has been putting in the hard work in the classroom, and at just 5-foot-8, he has to work hard on the court. He said he earned the scholarship that opened up this season and next.

The value? About $75,000. Now, he and mom can rest a little easier.

Very, very cool.

I_medium The ESPN ACC bloggers take a look at their best and worst predictions from the past season.

I_medium A Purdue alum says he's envious of what Louisville has been able to do with its facilities over the past decade.

I_medium Tickets are now available for the U of L softball Bullpen Club Dinner.

I_medium The last time Duke lost three consecutive games? The 1995-96 season when Coach K had to take some time off because of health concerns. The Blue Devils actually dropped four straight that season and lost to Earl Boykins and Eastern Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

I_medium U of L stated this afternoon that linebacker James Burgess will undergo minor wrist surgery, news that isn't expected to affect his availability for spring practice.

I_medium USA Today says no player in the country has taken more advantage of his expanded role this season than Terry Rozier.

1. Terry Rozier, Louisville: Much of the credit for the Cardinals' strong start has gone to Montrezl Harrell, who likewise has improved drastically. But the story line heading into 2014-15 was about who replaces the scoring void left by Russ Smith. Rozier has been better than Smith in many areas, averaging 17.4 points and 5.4 rebounds a game. He proved he can fill it up, too, evidenced by a 32-point outburst against Western Kentucky on Dec. 20.

I_medium Chane Behanan has been let go by the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

I_medium And finally, CBS' Jon Rothstein says his biggest observation of the week is that Chris Jones has been a changed man since his benching.