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On the first day back from the holidays, Matt Kurtenbach's boss found out the downside of being a huge Texas A&M fan who isn't afraid to make friendly wagers.

I_medium The Louisville women improved to 2-0 in ACC play with a 78-65 win at Georgia Tech on Sunday. The Cards have suddenly won seven in a row heading into Thursday night's home game against Virginia Tech.

I_medium Blogger so Dear has some advanced stats from last night's game.

I_medium Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated is buying Louisville.

Louisville (11-2)€” BUY

The main question I've had about Louisville wasn't so much the soft schedule but how long it would take its freshmen to grow up. That question might have been answered on Sunday night, when Rick Pitino gave 6'3" freshman guard Donovan Mitchell his first start of the season, and Mitchell responded by going for 18 points and eight rebounds in a gritty win over Wake Forest. I also like the way the ACC schedule sets up for them, starting with a bunch of road games against bottom-tier teams and then feeding in back-to-back home games against Virginia (Jan. 30) andNorth Carolina (Feb. 1).

I_medium There is a college basketball game tonight featuring the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country (Kansas is No. 1 in the AP and Oklahoma is No. 1 in the coaches'). That doesn't happen often.

All-time meetings between No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the regular season

12.17.51: No. 2 Kentucky def. No. 1 St. John's 81-40

12.21.54: No. 1 Kentucky def. No. 2 Utah 70-65

12.14.64: No. 2 Michigan def. No. 1 Wichita State 87-85

1.20.68: No. 2 Houston def. No. 1 UCLA 71-69

12.15.73: No. 1 UCLA def. No. 2 North Carolina State 84-66

1.19.74: No. 2 Notre Dame def. No. 1 UCLA 71-70

1.26.74: No. 2 UCLA def. No. 1 Notre Dame 94-75

11.29.75: No. 1 Indiana def. No. 2. UCLA 84-64

12.26.81: No. 1 North Carolina def. No. 2 Kentucky 82-69

1.9.82: No. 1 North Carolina def. No. 2 Virginia 65-60

12.15.84: No. 1 Georgetown def. No. 2. DePaul 77-57

1.26.85: No. 2 St. John's def. No. 1 Georgetown 66-65

2.27.85: No. 2 Georgetown def. No. 1 St. John's 85-69

2.4.86: No. 1 North Carolina def. No. 2 Georgia Tech 78-77 (OT)

2.13.90: No. 2 Missouri def. No. 1 Kansas 77-71

2.10.91: No. 1 UNLV def. No. 2 Arkansas 112-105

2.3.94: No. 2 North Carolina def. No. 1 Duke 89-78

2.5.98: No. 2 North Carolina def. No. 1 Duke 97-73

12.10.05: No. 1 Duke def. No. 2 Texas 97-66

2.25.07: No. 2 Ohio State def. No. 1 Wisconsin 49-48

2.23.08: No. 2 Tennessee def. No. 1 Memphis 66-62

11.12.13: No. 2 Michigan State def. No. 1 Kentucky 78-74

I_medium On a related note, I wrote about Kansas' Wayne Selden earlier today. The junior has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the country so far this season. You don't have to read it if you don't want to.

I_medium He's not wrong.

I_medium Via Pro Football Focus, the only starting cornerback in the NFL who didn't allow a touchdown pass this season was William Gay.

I_medium Speaking of Gay, he is one of four former Cardinals who will be on the active roster of playoff teams starting next week. It's a group which includes Teddy Bridgewater, who helped the Vikings lock up the NFC North division title with a win over Green Bay Sunday night. The Vikes will host the Seahawks next weekend.

I_medium According to College Football News, Lamar Jackson gave the second most-impressive performance of the bowl season.

I_medium Your post-holiday Monday could have been worse.

I_medium Louisville is paired up against Western Kentucky in the latest women's Bracketology from ESPN.

I_medium Rock M Nation (Missouri) reacts to the hiring of Greg Brown.

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

I_medium Love that the '91 Fiesta Bowl is coming up during the lead up to this year's national championship game.

I_medium Gerod Holliman says that he has signed a futures contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I_medium And finally, Louisville has been named as National Geographic Travel's No. 1 city for food. Thanks, Papa John.