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Tuesday morning Cardinal news and notes

Caleb Stout plans to legally change to Mangok the second he turns 5. He has a tenuous grasp on the inner-workings of the name-changing process. He's young.

I_medium There's a pretty solid Friday doubleheader set up with the Louisville baseball team taking on Wake Forest at 5 and the football team playing its spring game at 7. Admission to both events is free, and it's also dollar beer/dollar soda night at Jim Patterson Stadium.

I_medium I really thought heading into this season that Louisville baseball would be the major U of L program most challenged by the move to the ACC. Instead, the Cards are dominating the conference in a way they didn't dominate the Big East or the AAC, and are now the No. 3 team in the country according to Perfect Game. That's the highest ranking in program history.

Dan McDonnell's team is also No. 7 in the RPI, which could wind up being a huge boost in the team's very real quest to earn a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. Some very exciting days lie ahead at Jim Patterson Stadium.

I_medium Speaking of the Cardinal Nine, they are back in action tonight in Columbus, where they'll take on Ohio State at  7 p.m. You can watch the game live on the Big Ten Network.

I_medium Donovan Mitchell tells the Courier-Journal that he will graduate from Brewster Academy next month, then spend a week at home before heading to U of L for good in early June.

I_medium This is just fantastic.

I love this place.

I_medium The Cincinnati Reds sent former U of L star Chris Dominguez down to the Louisville Bats on Monday.

I_medium Is this good?

I_medium The ACC lost some more star power on Monday when Virginia's Justin Anderson announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft. The Cavaliers are still likely to be a top three preseason pick in the conference.

I_medium Starting today, you will be able to use emojis in the comments section. Now, this world is all yours.

I_medium Congratulations to the U of L spirit groups on bringing home three national titles from the NCA-NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance National Championships in Daytona over the weekend. The Small Co-Ed Cheer Squad, the All-Girl Cheer Squad and the Ladybirds all were crowned best in the country.

I_medium It's like a still from a horror movie about zombie Louisville fans.

I_medium Ray Harper claims he doesn't know who Geno Auriemma is, which, in the extremely unlikely case of that statement being true, says more about Harper than it does Auriemma.

I_medium Taylor County star Quentin Goodin tells that he'd like to commit before the start of his senior season, and adds that his dad is a Louisville fan.

I_medium The U of L women check in at No. 7 in this ESPN way too early top 25 for 2015-16.

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Jeff Walz's new foundation has been established with Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore coming off great rookie seasons. Sprinkle in another outstanding incoming freshman class and the Cardinals will qualify as the best young team in the country.

I_medium The Louisville lacrosse team is feeling the pain of the move to the ACC, as the ladies are 9-5 overall but just 1-4 in conference play.

I_medium Likely Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharaoh arrived in Louisville on Monday. Mark Coomes wonders if he's a super horse or just super lucky.

I_medium Ballard standout Jalen Perry has committed to Middle Tennessee State.

I_medium Speaking of Ballard standouts, DeVante Parker has an important announcement.

I_medium Class of 2016 guard Jagan Mosely from famed St. Anthony (NJ) says he plans on visiting Louisville.

I_medium And finally, Russ Smith finally got some extended court time for the Grizzlies Monday night, and responded by scoring 16 points and dishing out 4 assists in just 10 minutes. Smith finished the game +25, and helped the Grizz turn what had been a 32-point deficit to the Warriors into a 111-107 loss. Maybe he should play more.