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It's not quite as cold in Louisville as it is in Antarctica this morning, it just feels that way ... although T.C. Marcum might disagree. Regardless, we have our bird masks and basketball, and that's enough.

I_medium Oklahoma's loss to Iowa State last night marked the first time since 1949 that five different No. 1 teams have suffered defeats before the season got into the month of February. It was also the 14th time that an AP top 10 team has lost since Jan. 1.

Nobody is safe.

I_medium Jeff Greer has a good story on Trey Lewis and his current shooting woes. The cover art that the C-J went with to accompany the story yesterday, however, was not fantastic. It wasn't Jeff's fault, but feel free to blame him anyway.

"I'm looking for my jump shot now," he said Thursday with a sheepish grin. "I think I lost it. I'm sending 'Missing' signs out, looking for my jump shot."

Jokes aside, Lewis, who has 13 rebounds and nine assists in the three games since his slump began, isn't worrying too much, and neither is coach Rick Pitino.

A career 42-percent shooter who has averaged double-digit points in each of his last three college seasons, Lewis is instead focusing on how he can help U of L in other ways when his shot isn't falling.

Against Pittsburgh, Lewis was tasked with slowing down veteran point guard James Robinson, who scored three points on 0-for-6 shooting and committed three turnovers in 35 minutes. On offense, he concentrated on getting the ball to big man Chinanu Onuaku in the post.

"You go through some slumps sometimes and you have to find ways to lead your team," Lewis said. "You have to find ways to do other things to help us win."

I_medium The Louisville women stunned NC State with a furious late rally over the weekend to win their 10th straight and stay unbeaten in the ACC. Here's your recap.

I_medium With Oklahoma going down and No. 2 North Carolina's next three games coming against Wake Forest (at home), Virginia Tech (on the road), and Boston College (at home), I'd say there's  a very real chance that the Tar Heels are the No. 1 team in the country when they come to the KFC Yum Center on Feb. 1.

I_medium V.J. King had some Cardinal support in the building Monday night.

I_medium Your updated bizzaro ACC standings following Duke's loss last night (it's third straight to an unranked opponent for the first time since 1968):

2015-16 ACC Standings

TEAM CONF GB OVR
North Carolina 5-0 - 16-2
Clemson 5-1 0.5 12-6
Pittsburgh 4-1 1 15-2
Virginia Tech 4-1 1 12-6
Louisville 3-1 1.5 14-3
Notre Dame 3-2 2 12-5
Duke 3-3 2.5 14-5
Miami (FL) 2-2 2.5 13-3
Syracuse 3-4 3 13-7
Virginia 2-3 3 13-4
Florida State 2-3 3 12-5
Georgia Tech 1-4 4 11-7
Wake Forest 1-4 4 10-7
Boston College 0-4 4.5 7-10
NC State 0-5 5 10-8

I_medium Louisville will be taking on Kentucky in swimming this weekend, and the Wildcats are simply hoping to win a few events.

I_medium DeAngelo Brown gets some ink from his hometown paper.

I_medium Trey Lewis is awesome.

I_medium Louisville is a No. 6 seed playing VCU in the latest bracket forecast from the folks at NBC.

I_medium Rodjay Burns referring to Ohio State as his "dream school" doesn't seem like a good sign.

I_medium Welcome to the new ACC, where unpredictability and balance reign supreme.

"Virginia Tech is good, but we played great for a half," Krzyzewski said. "And Wake didn't play well today, but Wake was playing really well, and that was a big win for us. Boston College is undermanned. But the rest of the teams can win."

And have. Virginia Tech, one of the ACC's worst teams in recent seasons, beat Virginia, which has been one of the league's best. Clemson has defeated Louisville, Duke and Miami - three ranked teams - in three consecutive games. Notre Dame went on the road and beat Duke on Saturday.

The ACC has always been a difficult league, and conference play is always chaotic. And yet entering the third week of January it appears especially so this season, probably because of the surprise teams - Clemson, Virginia Tech - near the top of the conference standings.

The early emergence of the Tigers and Hokies have thrown upside down the ACC's supposed tiers. They were easy to identify last year, with Duke and Virginia at the top, Notre Dame, Louisville and UNC in the next grouping, N.C. State, Miami and Syracuse in the one after that, and so on.

The bottom of the conference was orderly, too, with Wake Forest, Boston College, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech clearly the four worst teams.

Eventually the standings will sort themselves out, and we'll be left with similar tiers this season. Except, outside of Boston College at very the bottom, who knows what those tiers will look like.

Will Clemson stick around at the top of the league? It's difficult to discount a team that has done what the Tigers have in the past week. Can Virginia Tech, which began the season with a loss against Alabama State (No. 312 in the country, according to kenpom.com) continue to thrive in the clutch?

Ultimately, for the teams in the middle of the ACC - and, again, that appears to be every team but UNC at the top and Boston College at the bottom - that's what it will come down to: an ability to win close games, of which there should be no shortage in the ACC this season.

I'm sure Boston College fans can't get enough of this "pretty much every team in the league can beat you besides Boston College" talking point.

I_medium Four-star wide receiver Chris Taylor-Yamanoha may have visited Washington recently, but he's all Cardinal.

I_medium In (potentially) less awesome football recruiting news, Jawon Pass has confirmed that he will be making an official visit to Alabama this weekend.

I_medium Louisville is the No. 4 seed in the Midwest in the latest Bracketology from ESPN.

I_medium This kid is about to eat the CCBM and that's why it looks so weird and terrified.

I_medium IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox (great manager) has cancelled the remainder of the girls basketball seasons for the Pike and Ben Davis teams following a nasty on-court brawl in a game on Saturday afternoon

I_medium Here's a video look at Louisville baseball's trip to the Dominican Republic from last October.

I_medium U of L is now in the top three for running back Dea Williams, who is currently committed to SMU.

I_medium Way to ruin a birthday, Mike.

I_medium State of the U (Miami) has Louisville at No. 4 in its latest ACC power rankings.

I_medium The U of L women's tennis team took their season opener with a 4-2 win over Western Kentucky Saturday morning at the Bass Rudd Tennis Center. The Cardinals took the doubles point and then three singles matches for the win.

I_medium Pretty cool.

I_medium The Louisville women (14-5, 6-0) swept the ACC awards for the past week.

I_medium Don't trip the refs, kids. You'll get suspended.

I_medium Fox Sports looks at Louisville's hiring of Keith Heyward.

I_medium ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg is "really impressed" by Louisville.

I_medium Everything was Gorgui, and nothing hurt.



I_medium Jeff Walz will be coaching seven McDonald's All-Americans next season.

I_medium Garrick McGee's kids continue to be awesome.

I_medium Tomahawk Nation goes inside the box score from Florida State's big win over Virginia on Sunday. The Seminoles come to the Yum Center Wednesday night.

I_medium If you're interested in working for ESPN Louisville, that can happen.

I_medium Rick Pitino was in New York on Monday watching recruit Rawle Alkins, who was reportedly not very impressive.

I_medium Lamar Jackson gets a shout in ESPN's "Best and Worst of Bowl Season."

Best "Hello World" performance: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson ran for a career-high and Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl-record 226 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 227 yards and two TDs in a 27-21 win over Texas A&M. He became the third quarterback to run and throw for at least 200 yards in a bowl game, joining Vince Young in 2006 and Johnny Manziel in 2012.

I_medium Maybe the best news of the day: former Cardinal player/coach Pete Nochta is officially cancer free.

I_medium Kelsi Worrell is a finalist for Kentucky Sportsman of the Year, but we all know she's already brought home the big hardware for 2015.

I_medium You don't want these Cards.

I_medium Louisville still has the No. 1 adjusted defensive efficiency and is No. 6 overall in the latest Ken Pom rankings.

I_medium A look at the weekend TV sports ratings in Louisville.

I_medium The legend continues.

I must find this person and interview he, she, it. I simply have to know more about how something like this happens and continues to happen.

I_medium The Cards are now the team to beat for Georgia linebacker Tobias Little.

I_medium Louisville is one of the biggest winners when it comes to college football's early entry declarations.

Louisville. The Cardinals will be a trendy sleeper pick in the offseason, although competing in the same division as Florida State and Clemson -- two potential top-five teams -- gives them a ceiling. Still, in addition to boasting a promising offense thanks to the rise of QB Lamar Jackson, the defense got excellent news with the announced returns of LB Keith Kelsey, LB Devonte Fields, S Josh Harvey-Clemons and CB Shaq Wiggins. Kelsey led the team in tackles, Fields had 11 sacks, Wiggins had 11 pass breakups and Harvey-Clemons had 88 tackles and three picks. This has been a stellar defense the last two years under coordinator Todd Grantham, and while the losses of senior DE Sheldon Rankins and LB James Burgess hurt, underclassmen have given Louisville a lot of great news. This could be a top-10 defense in 2016.

I_medium And finally, John is off today, so the man, the myth, the legend Eric Wood himself will be in studio with me to co-host R&R from 3-6 on 93.9 The Ville. If you listened to the show when Eric filled in over the summer then you know that the guy knows his college hoops and that this will be an entertaining three hours.

You can listen live here or by calling 605-477-9680 and selecting the second option.