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Monday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Kylee Nicole Makowsky says the more college basketball she watches, the more she believes Louisville has just as good a chance of winning six games in the tournament as anyone else.

I_medium The 10th-ranked Louisville men's and women's swimming and diving team swept rival Kentucky Saturday afternoon for a ninth straight year in the Ralph Wright Natatorium. The women won 190-110 and the men prevailed 200-100.

Suck it, Cats. You look stupid in your goggles.

I_medium Louisville is a 4 seed in the Midwest taking on Hofstra in the latest Bracketology from CBS' Jerry Palm.

I_medium Russ made it rain inside Wells Fargo Arena over the weekend.

I_medium I'll post more about this later, but for some reason the people with the Caper Event asked me if I'd be interested in auctioning off a chance to play me in HORSE at their event after the Boston College game, and I said sure. All proceeds from the event benefit the Family & Children's Place, which is a really great cause.

If you've always wanted to embarrass me publicly, your ship has arrived. All the details for this thing can be found here.

I_medium Louisville is a No. 5 seed in the latest NBC Bracketology.

I_medium Baby Jaylen:

I_medium Former U of L golfer Adam Hadwin finished 6th at the most recent PGA Tour event.

I_medium Trey Lewis and Damion Lee both seem to have moved past their mini-shooting slumps.

I_medium Good work, Henry.

I_medium American Football Without Borders, the group co-founded by former Cards Breno Giacomini and Gary Barnidge, is auctioning off some pretty cool items to raise money for its cause. AFWB provides at-risk and disadvantaged youth across the world with physical fitness activities, educational workshops, and overall wellness.

I_medium If Louisville lost a game that ended like this, I'm not sure I'd trust myself to interact with other human beings for at least 3 weeks.

Two of the officials involved in that atrocious ending have been reprimanded.

I_medium Former Louisville football assistant Ron English has resurfaced at San Jose State.

I_medium The best part about being recruited has to be the cookie cakes on official visits.

I_medium Jeff Greer continues to break down Louisville's NCAA Tournament profile just to spite me.

I_medium The 17th-ranked Louisville women's basketball team shoots for win No. 12 in a row this evening.

I_medium ESPN's Myron Medcalf asks if 2015-16 is about parity or just bad basketball.

"There's less of a difference between the top 25 and next 25 in a given week," Texas coach Shaka Smart said. "In addition, teams in top conferences are beating up on each other more because players know that everyone is beatable. There seems to be less of a fear this year of the highest ranked teams."

So back to this question on great teams and the quality of college basketball this season.

Any thoughts on this, Chris Mack?

"People are basing this perceived chaos on two programs: Kentucky and Duke," the Xavier coach said via text. "They're usually top five every week of the season. Not so far this year. But, you're telling me this year's Oklahoma, Kansas, UNC couldn't make the Final Four a year ago? I'm not buying the no-great-teams narrative. Garbage!"

OK. Steve Prohm?

"Honestly, I think it's like this every year," the Iowa State coach said. "There's been tremendous parity across the board for a while now. We just don't have the 'Kentucky team' of last year that was so dominating. I think the quality is really good and the games have been tremendous."

It's hard to argue with Prohm and Mack. The edge-of-your-seat action of 2015-16 has been undeniable.

I_medium The folks in Columbu break down Rodjay Burns' Ohio State flip.

I_medium The confidence in Blacksburg appears to be strong for Wednesday night's game.

I_medium If you're looking to become a new Louisville football season ticket holder for the 2016 season, fill out an application now.

I_medium Blogging the Bracket breaks down your Big Monday slate for this evening.


Duke Blue Devils (15-5, 4-3) at Miami Hurricanes (15-3, 4-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Of course, with Blue Devils teetering on the edge of those rankings after their recent three-game losing streak, a trip to Coral Gables could finish the job. However, Duke has struggled more with the Hurricanes at Cameron in recent seasons.

Big 12

Kansas Jayhawks (16-3, 5-2) at Iowa State Cyclones (15-4, 4-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The Cyclones can knock the Jayhawks out of the four-team logjam at the top of the Big 12 with a victory. Note that the Jayhawks went 2-2 against Fred Hoiberg's four NCAA teams at Hilton. We'll see if Steve Prohm's first Iowa State squad can stop Kansas tonight.

Big Ten

Penn State Nittany Lions (11-9, 2-5) at Ohio State Buckeyes (12-8, 4-3), 7 p.m. (BTN)

The Buckeyes need to stop a two-game skid, and a visit from the Nittany Lions is nearly the perfect remedy. Ohio State swept last season's series, but Penn State won both games the year before.

I_medium The Atlanta Journal Constitution recaps Louisville's win over Georgia Tech.

I_medium Sheldon Rankins just missed the cut on ESPN's list of the best 25 ACC players from the 2015 season. I'm sure the massive amount of money he is about to make will help ease the pain of the snub.

I_medium Chinanu Onuaku is currently No. 10 in Ken Pomeroy's player of the year standings.

Kid is really, really good.

I_medium Rick Pitino says that this Louisville team has lifted the spirits of a community that was really down after the events of last fall.

"When we were hit with this, it not only broke our hearts but it broke our spirits, because it's so not what we're about," Pitino told the Courier-Journal. "And then, on top of it, I can't find one damn person, even my nephews, who knew anything about it or saw anything. It just broke my heart into two pieces.

"Then, you get a group of guys like this. They totally raise your spirits and you forget about it. Let the NCAA do their thing. We'll do our thing and just concentrate on basketball. I haven't had a group of guys this nice as people since (his 1986-87 Providence College team). I'm very lucky. I've got two fifth-year seniors who are great kids, great leaders, wonderful people. They've raised the spirits of our town. They've raised the spirits of our team. When you needed a group like this, they came along. We were all pretty down."

I_medium Crazy fact, the Yum Center has hosted the national champion in every season since its opening.

2011 - UConn (71-58 Louisville win)

2012 - Kentucky (UK played its firs two tournament games there)

2013 - Louisville (We played a lot of games there and were awesome)

2014 - UConn (81-48 Louisville win)

2015 - Duke (63-52 Louisville loss)

With the arena hosting a regional final this season, the Yum Center is guaranteed to host at least one Final Four team, but here's hoping the Cards can continue the trend themselves.

I_medium And finally, R&R is back today from 3-6 on 93.9 The Ville. You can stream the show here, or call 605-477-9680 to listen through your phone without using any data.