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L's up from the White House

I_medium Spread check: Louisville by 11.5.

I_medium The longest winning streak in the ACC at the moment? Georgia Tech.

I_medium State of the U recaps Miami's win over Louisville.

I_medium Something else cool to keep an eye on tomorrow night.

I_medium Jeff Brohm's Western Kentucky team is expected to be the class of Conference USA once again in 2016.

I_medium Sheldon Rankins absolutely destroyed the NFL Combine (34 inch vertical leap!) and is now being pegged by most draft experts as a lock to be a top 15 pick.

I_medium Don't worry, they'll screw it up.

I_medium Shoni and Jude Schimmel's parents are suddenly in the middle of a racial firestorm in New Mexico.

I_medium Bellarmine starts its postseason run in GLVC Tournament play on Friday.

I_medium On March 11, I'll be Jeff Greer's guest for "Coffee with the Courier" at Quills Coffee on West Cardinal Blvd. We'll discuss the future of Louisville basketball, answer questions, and you'll be able to drink free coffee. For more information, check the event page on Facebook.

I_medium This pretty much saved my Saturday.

I_medium The Oxford Eagle recaps Ole Miss baseball's "statement win" over Louisville on Sunday.

I_medium The Cardinal lacrosse team remained unbeaten with an overtime win over Boston College on Sunday.

I_medium Louisville checks in at No. 4 in the latest ACC power rankings from the C-J.

I_medium The U of L men were in attendance to watch the women's team take on Miami on Thursday.

And the U of L women's golf team was in the building to support the men on Saturday.

I_medium Former U of L assistant Kevin Willard has Seton Hall rolling and ready for its first NCAA Tournament appearance in a decade. I wrote about the patience and perseverance of everybody associated with that program finally paying off.

I_medium Rutgers is the worst major conference team ever. Ever. Still, they probably won't lose by 60 in their conference tournament like they did two years ago.

I_medium The University of Louisville men's swimming and diving team won a gold, a silver and a bronze and finished second in the final evening of the 2016 ACC Men's Championships Saturday night in the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The NC State Wolfpack won the ACC crown with 1402 points followed by the Cardinals' 1067.5. UNC had 897.5, Virginia Tech 892 and Georgia Tech rounded out the top five. Virginia was sixth with 737, followed by Notre Dame (678), Duke (643), Florida State (606), Pitt (345), Boston College (192) and Miami (92.).

"I am proud of the way we fought over the seven sessions," said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero.  "We got one more ACC record and along with two more school records from Grigory Tarasevich in the 200-back and Zach Harting in the 200-fly. Now we put the finishing touches on our NCAA team and get ready to compete in Atlanta."

I_medium Pretty much me for the next month except I'm alone and drinking and no one's filming me.

I_medium Louisville slipped just two spots to No. 4 in the updated Baseball America Top 25.

I_medium Kevin Keatts inherited a UNC-Wilimington program that hadn't finished with a .500 record since 2006, and he just led them to their second regular season conference title in as many seasons on the job. They'll shoot to make the big dance by winning the CAA Tournament title this week.

I_medium Yep, conference tournaments start tomorrow. That means I'm slaving away on my annual Championship Week primer ... and sobbing.

I_medium Stop being so awesome, it only makes it worse.

I_medium College hoops on TV tonight:

Syracuse at No. 7 North Carolina (7 p.m./ESPN)

Oklahoma State at No. 17 Iowa State (7 p.m./ESPNU)

No. 2 Kansas at No. 25 Texas (9 p.m./ESPN)

I_medium And finally, John Ramsey is back today after his two-day vacation last week, and we'll be talking with Sheldon Rankins at 3:15. Listen live here.