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Steve Jenkins is spreading the National Signing Day gospel to the beautiful people of Reykjavik, Iceland. They're going nuts about this Cecil Stallings flip.

I_medium Sooo, pretty good week so far, right? I'm enjoying it.

I_medium The Highchair Emcee strikes again, and it's glorious.

He's also going to be a ball boy for the Georgia Tech game, which is step one towards having Sean Moth's job by next season.

I_medium Part of the magic of last night (but not quite as magical as Rick F'ing Barnes erasing a 21-point deficit against Kentucky), was DePaul stunning No. 11 Providence. My dude Ricky O'Donnell was there as the players STORMED THE STUDENT SECTION because there weren't enough students at the game to storm the court.

This is the greatest February in the history of Februarys ... Februaries?

I_medium Angel McCoughtry will join Darrell Griffith in being honored as an ACC legend in 2016. Not a bad duo to represent Louisville, I'd say.

I_medium Mangok's road to recovery has included some "freestyle" swimming.

Mathiang, a redshirt junior who is a team captain, said he has relied on former U of L star Gorgui Dieng for guidance since fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during the Cards' 22-point win over Western Kentucky on Dec. 19.

He said he doesn't have a specific target date for his return yet, but coach Rick Pitino suggested Mathiang, who averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 10 non-conference games, might not be back until mid-to-late February, perhaps not even until March.

"That right there, I'm not sure of," Mathiang said.

Mathiang has spent hours and hours in a swimming pool, trying to stay in shape and "keep my wind up." He joked that he keeps his head above the water while he swims because he panics "a little bit."

Deng Adel, Mathiang's long-time family friend and his cubicle neighbor in the locker room, started giggling when he heard Mathiang describe his swimming form as "freestyle."

"I saw a shark once and that was it," Mathiang said, sending Adel into a laughing fit.

I_medium ESPN's Todd McShay is now predicting that the New York Giants will select Sheldon Rankins with the 10th overall pick at the NFL Draft.

I_medium He's got a point.

I_medium Louisville is up to No. 13 in ESPN's latest college hoops power rankings.

I_medium Andrea Adelson: another member of the Louisville media spin machine.

I_medium Garrick McGee said on our radio show -- in so many words -- that Louisville fans should not be overly concerned about Lamar Thomas' move to Kentucky.

I_medium Today's U examines what we learned about Louisville after the Cards' upset of North Carolina.

I_medium Athlon ranks Lamar Jackson as the 16th-best quarterback in all of college football for the upcoming season.

16. Lamar Jackson, Louisville

Jackson enters the offseason firmly entrenched as Louisville's No. 1 quarterback. The Florida native has room to grow as a passer (54.7 completion percentage in 2015), but showcased his dynamic, play-making ability with 960 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

I_medium A look back at some old (and current) recruiting rankings give some insight into why Florida State and Clemson have been so dominant in the ACC.

I_medium Jay Bilas' "I helped hang that banner" bit is one of the best running jokes going in college hoops.

I_medium Pat Forde tackles the notion that this will be one of the most wide-open NCAA Tournaments ever in his latest Forde Minutes.

I_medium Eric Crawford gives his three biggest takeaways from Rick Pitino's wonderful blog entry last night.

I_medium Oh.

I_medium Russ Smith is putting up some ridiculous numbers in the D-League, including a new single game assist record.

And just in case you were wondering, the man still isn't afraid to go 1 on 5.

I_medium Jeff Greer has Louisville at No. 3 in his latest ACC power rankings, and said Clemson is the team in the league with the second half schedule best-suited for a top four finish.

I_medium This is why everyone needs to behave on Twitter.

I_medium The Columbus (Ga.) Ledger discusses Jawon Pass' signing with Louisville.

I_medium You know you've made it when you're featured in a Bad Lip Reading video. Congrats, Teddy.

I_medium Myisha Hines-Allen's monster season has her dream of playing in the WNBA looking more realistic than ever.

I_medium Louisville City FC has signed former U of L soccer standout Paolo "Salt" DelPiccolo.

I_medium College hoops on TV this evening:

Illinois at Rutgers, 6:30 p.m., BTN

St. John's at No. 6 Xavier, 6:30 p.m., FS1

Arkansas at Florida, 7 p.m., SEC Network

Notre Dame at No. 17 Miami (Fla.), 7 p.m., ESPN2

Penn State at No. 5 Iowa, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Boston College at No. 9 Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN3

UMass Lowell at Hartford, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Evansville at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Creighton at No. 3 Villanova, 8 p.m., CBS Sports

Omaha at Western Illinois, 8 p.m., ESPN3

Illinois State at Loyola (CHI), 8 p.m., ESPN3

No. 4 Maryland at Nebraska, 8:30 p.m., BTN

Marquette at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m., FS1

Ole Miss at Missouri, 9 p.m., SEC Network

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 9 p.m., ESPNU

Kansas State at No. 7 Kansas, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Southern Illinois at No. 21 Wichita State, 9 p.m., ESPN3

CSU Northridge at UC Riverside, 10 p.m., ESPN3

No. 23 Arizona at Washington State, 10 p.m., PAC12

Arizona State at Washington, 11 p.m., ESPNU

I_medium And finally, Ramsey & Rutherford will be live at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium from 3-6 to cover all the signing day madness. Bobby Petrino will join the show at 4, and assistants will be stopping by throughout the show. As always, you can stream the show live by going to this link.