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Thursday evening Cardinal news and notes

Hollis Braune has spent the offseason lifting with Michael Dyer and feels like he's ready to drop more bombs than Corey Ray.

After last night's win, Louisville has now won 136 consecutive games when carrying a lead into the 9th inning.

Is this about the uniforms?

Owensboro's Aric Holman, once a Louisville recruit, is headed to Mississippi State, and not prep school as previously planned.

Louisville-Clemson is the 4th-best emerging college football rivalry.

Louisville's placement in the ACC Atlantic, where it landed after moving from the Big East in 2014, makes the division even more top-heavy than it already was.

The Atlantic is home to Florida State and Clemson, who have combined to win the last four ACC titles. Adding Louisville to the mix gives the division three schools that had double-digit-win seasons all but once since 2012 (the Cardinals in 2014).

Louisville-Clemson has some extra oomph because both are up-and-coming teams that are trying to knock off the established king of the mountain, Florida State. The Cardinals and Tigers will have to battle each other first to determine who will challenge the Seminoles.

The two teams have met only once in history—last season, when Clemson eked out a 23-17 victory.

U of L's Sebastian Stiefelmeyer kept his dreams of a national title alive by defeating Georgia's Austin Smith 3-6, 7-6(7-5), 6-4 to advance to the NCAA Singles Championship Round of 16.

Damion Lee tells the C-J's Jeff Greer that he will arrive in Louisville for good over 4th of July weekend.

The Louisville Cardinal lists the Do's and Do Nots of college.

Big ups to the Cards fans in Nashville.

"But baseball is boring." You know what's not boring? An excuse to drink on a Wednesday night cheer for a top-ranked Louisville sports team playing in the postseason. Ditto for Thursday afternoons. Grow up.

Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel, who are in town for the "Dream Classic" at the KFC Yum Center, both say that Louisville would be the perfect home for a new WNBA team.

The Petrinos are back at it.

The preseason NBA game at the Yum Center this October will feature the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic.

With today's news about the date of the Kentucky game, here's what we know for sure about Louisville's 2015-16 non-conference schedule:

Dec. 2 at Michigan State (ACC-Big 10 Challenge)
Dec. 5 vs. Grand Canyon
Dec. 16 vs. Kennesaw State
Dec. 26 at Kentucky

We're all just really, really happy to be in the ACC.

Is Jaylen Johnson poised for a breakout season?

Simmons College in Kentucky is launching a basketball program. It's a college in Kentucky so I have no doubt that it will be successful.

Luke Hancock is doing some endorsement work:

Louisville lands at No. 35 in the preseason Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI).

And finally, ESPN's Andrea Adelson has some fun with ACC division realignment.