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Wednesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

There were Louisville, Florida, West Virginia, Syracuse and Kentucky fans in Nathan Strutzel's wedding party. See if you can identify at least one of the allegiances.

I_medium Spread Check: Louisville by 4.

I_medium Regardless of what the weather does or does not do, tonight's game will go on as planned.

I_medium If you haven't yet read David Gardner's piece on Terry Rozier for Sports Illustrated, stop everything you're doing and take care of that right now.

To understand Terry Rozier, all you need to do is watch him walk out of the KFC Yum! Center after an overtime win over North Carolina at the end of January. He's played 43 minutes and scored 22 points in an incredible, improbable comeback from 18 points down in the second half, at which point gave the Cardinals a roughly five percent chance to win.

After the game, he listens to his coaches, congratulates his teammates, talks to the media, takes a shower and walks back onto the court.

In the stands, his sister is waiting for him. It's not impossible for her to go upstairs on a walker, but it is challenging, and he's lifted her out of games since high school. Gina asks him if he's too tired to do so that night, and he says of course not. He's climbing, and he's not leaving anyone in his family behind. Whether on his arms or in his arms, he'll carry his family with him wherever he goes.

I_medium The Louisville baseball team improved to 8-4 with a 7-6 win over visiting Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday. Redshirt freshman Blake Tiberi, who cut his hair for the first time in over two years with the hope of breaking out of a slump, went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI.

The Cards will start play in the ACC this weekend when they host No. 15 Miami for a three-game weekend series. First pitch for Friday's game is set for 3 p.m., while both Saturday and Sunday's games will start at 1 p.m.

I_medium R.I.P., Chris Jones flopping jokes.

Time for Kentucky fans to man up, laugh a little, and take their medicine .... right?

Not sure why I ever think it's going to be any different.

I_medium Five sons of former Louisville basketball players were or still are standouts in the 7th Region this season.

I_medium The Chicago Tribune discusses the overtime history between Louisville and Notre Dame.

Six times in the last 10 meetings, Louisville and Notre Dame have had to play at least one overtime.

The only season since 2009 the Irish and Cardinals haven't played an overtime game was last season, which Louisville spent in the American Athletic Conference before joining the ACC.

But the rivalry is back on Wednesday at Louisville's Yum Center.

"The last recruiting weekend there was an event in Louisville this past July," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "I was out to dinner and I don't know how many Louisville fans come up and go, 'Coach, can't wait until next year, you know we're going to play overtime.' Their fans and our fans, they identify with it."

I_medium A nice photo gallery of Jude Schimmel saying goodbye to the Yum Center crowd during her Senior Day.

I_medium Class of 2016 sharp-shooter Maverick Rowan (who, yes, is named after the character in "Top Gun") will be on-hand for Louisville's game against Virginia on Saturday.

I_medium CBS' Matt Norlander does a great job with a story that lots of people are hesitant to talk about: fathers in college basketball.

I_medium Ted.

I_medium ESPN reveals its five most intriguing people for the 2015 ACC football season.

I_medium Four Cardinals make this graph of NFL first round draft picks who weren't blue chip recruits.

I_medium Mike Brey is one of my all-time favorite non-Louisville coaches, and I couldn't be happier that he's back in town right now.

I_medium Boston Magazine has a really good read on how Brewster Academy, the current home of future Cardinal Donovan Mitchell, became the best high school basketball team in the country.

I_medium Our friends over at Strait Pinkie are having a one-week only "buy 2, get 1 free" March Madness sale. All you need to get the deal is the promo code "MARCHCC."

I_medium Speaking of Mitchell, here he is in a fresh highlight video:

I_medium Earl Clark on Luke Harangody or Kyle Kuric on Scott Martin .... who ya got?

I_medium The Sporting News says that Kentucky is once again the best state for college basketball.

Mid-January rank: 1. Division I teams: Seven
Carrying the state flag: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 16 Louisville and No. 25 Murray State
Supporting schools (with Pom/RPI rank): Eastern Kentucky (114/151), Western Kentucky (138/115)
Combined record for these five teams: 115-20

Need to know: Both Kentucky and Murray State are undefeated since we did the first state ranking in mid-January. That's an impressive way to help the state strengthen its grip on the top spot, eh? There are only three teams in the country with perfect conference records, and two of them call this state home (UK in the SEC and Murray State in the Ohio Valley). Louisville has hit a rough patch or two, but Rick Pitino's team is still ranked and still a team nobody wants to face when the NCAA Tournament rolls around. And the two supporting schools on this list have shown their mettle with impressive road wins this season - Eastern Kentucky won at Miami and Western Kentucky won at Ole Miss. The Bluegrass State is a worthy choice for No. 1.

I_medium A look at how "House of Cards" is basically "Saved by the Bell."

I_medium Notre Dame's Rivals site predicts a 64-60 Cardinal victory tonight.

I_medium Louisville is just 3-11-2 against the spread at home this season.

I_medium The Syndey Morning Herald has a feature piece on Cardinal-to-be Deng Adel.

Later this year Adel moves to the University of Louisville, one of US college basketball's most celebrated programs, which, under legendary coach Rick Pitino, churns out winning seasons and successful professional players.

The 19-year-old, 202-centimetre Adel hopes his athleticism and skills will be honed by the Cardinals, which have another Australian of South Sudanese descent in centre Mangok Mathiang.

Mathiang offered Adel plenty of advice on classes, schooling and basketball at college before the younger player made his decision.

"I never thought that for where I came from, a school like that would be interested in me," Adel said.

I_medium Your full ACC schedule for the evening ahead:

7:00 PM #12 Notre Dame at #16 Louisville

8:00 PM Miami (FL) at Pittsburgh ESPN 3
8:00 PM Wake Forest at #3 Duke ESPN 3

I_medium And finally, beat Notre Dame.