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Wednesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

The CCBM summer tour 2015 rolls on in the Virgin Islands, where folks are more than ready to take down Fullerton.

I_medium Over the next three days (Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - Friday, June 5, 2015) Louisville Athletics will hide twenty-five (25) #FlyWithUs flyers around Louisville - 75 total flyers. Flyers that are part of the contest will be marked with #FlyWithUs and include a UofL Baseball themed trivia question.

If you spot one of these flyers around town, be sure to share a photo on Twitter or Instagram, along with #FlyWithUs and your answer to the trivia question. Fans that send a photo and trivia answer will be entered for the chance to win a Louisville Baseball themed prize. Eighteen (18) prize packs will be given at random to fans that successfully complete a #FlyWithUs submission.

I_medium Kendall Rogers of ranks Louisville/Fullerton as the 7th best of the 8 super regionals, but says that's more about the strength of the matchups in this round than it is the likelihood of the Cards/Titans series being a dud.

Ranking The Super Regionals

1. Vanderbilt at Illinois — The drama in this one is just fabulous with the defending champions needing to get past darling Illinois on the way to a possible repeat in the College World Series.

2. Florida State at Florida — Sure, the Seminoles and Gators have already met a few times this season. But now it's weekend starter vs. weekend starter, and let's face it, the stakes are much higher.

3. Texas A&M at TCU — The Aggies and Horned Frogs have been two of the more consistent teams this spring, and it's only fitting the two will meet this weekend to decide Lone Star State supremacy.

4. Louisiana-Lafayette at LSU — Remember when the Cajuns almost beat Ole Miss to get to the College World Series last season? Well, if you thought the Cajuns were pumped up about that possibility, imagine the feeling of euphoria if they can send the high-octane Tigers packing for the postseason.

5. Missouri State at Arkansas — This super regional might not be the national leader, but it's going to be a terrific series with the Bears possessing two outstanding starting pitchers in Matt Hall and Jon Harris, among other key cogs. Still, the Hogs, at home, in front of a massive set of crowds is a daunting task for Keith Guttin and the Bears.

6. Maryland at Virginia — Now that the Terps are in the Big Ten Conference, this suddenly turns into a terrific ACC vs. Big Ten bout this weekend at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers, who have played very well over the past week, are red-hot, while the Terps are back to their old ways here recently, putting on an impressive display in the Los Angeles Regional.

7. Cal State Fullerton at Louisville — Usually, this series would be of high acclaim, but it's behind in the pecking order because of just how terrific some of these matchups are this weekend. Fullerton is pushing all the right buttons right now, while the Cards have been incredibly consistent the entire season, and put on a show in the Louisville Regional.

8. Virginia Commonwealth at Miami — This could still end up being one of the more intriguing super regionals, but it definitely lacks some glamour. VCU made an impressive statement this past weekend by winning the Dallas Regional, and could become this year's Omaha darling by taking care of business against the Hurricanes this weekend.

I_medium This in-depth look at Chris Smith's anxiety-riddled season with the Knicks is a nice reminder that these guys we're following and talking about are actual people.

I_medium Odd indeed.

I_medium A pretty cool infographic breaking down all the reasons why Louisville is awesome.

I_medium Should Louisville basketball adopt a fan dress code?

I_medium The C-J's Steve Jones has a recap of this afternoon's relatively uneventful Governor's Cup Luncheon.

I_medium Shake it off, coach.

I_medium U of L recruit Molly Sauer has been named to the USA Volleyball 12-player U.S. Women's Junior National Team (WJNT) roster that will train and compete this summer.

I_medium Your field and post positions for Saturday's Belmont:

Post Horse M-L odds Jockey Trainer
1 Mubtaahij 10/1 Irad Ortiz, Jr. Michael de Kock
2 Tale of Verve 15/1 Gary Stevens Dallas Stewart
3 Madefromlucky 12/1 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher
4 Frammento 30/1 Mike Smith Nick Zito
5 American Pharoah 3/5 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert
6 Frosted 5/1 Joel Rosario Kiaran McLaughlin
7 Keen Ice 20/1 Kent Desormeaux Dale Romans
8 Materiality 6/1 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher

I_medium The Salute Your Shorts reunion last weekend confirmed what we've all been assuming: Donkeylips still rules and Dina is still a babe.

I_medium There are plenty of personnel moves across the ACC, but not at Louisville.

I_medium Via Jeff Goodman, Rashad Muhammad (Shabazz brother) has gotten his release from San Jose State and Louisville is one of the many programs that has already come calling. Muhammad, a sophomore guard, averaged 13.9 ppg last season.

I_medium Good stuff from Luke Hancock and Scotty Davenport.

I_medium Kentucky ranks in the top 10 nationally when it comes sidewalk fans.

I_medium A Houston website looks at the Cougars' season, including week two against Louisville.

9/12 at Louisville: Bobby Petrino's Cardinals represent the first real threat that the Cougars will face in 2015.

This team is coming off of a down year by Louisville standards, finishing with a 9-4 overall record and a 14-37 drumming at the hands of Georgia in the Belk Bowl.

Herman's team should have a decided advantage on both defense and in the run game.

If the Cougars can turn in a victory on their trip to the Bluegrass State, it just might gain them a little more national attention and confidence to start the season.

I_medium Love this idea.

I_medium Arizona has the weakest crop of tight ends in the NFL, a reputation Gerald Christian is hoping to change.

I_medium Louisville has turned up the heat (INTERNET PHRASE ALERT) on 2016 point guard De'Aaron Fox.

I_medium Dan McDonnell says the pitching rotation of Funkhouser/McKay/Rogers will stay the same this weekend.

I_medium And finally, Ramsey and Rutherford is back on the air from 3-6 on 93.9 The Ville. Listen right here or die.