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Despite the ban, Kyle Miller, Brennan Rooney and Cullen Rooney are still letting the good Irish people of New Orleans know about the Cards.

I_medium If you don't have any plans for tomorrow, but want to eat, drink and watch basketball, the Galt House's "Beefsteak, Bourbon & Basketball" event has you covered.

Here are the details:

This event is on March 17, 2016 beginning at 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Archibald Coachran Ballroom (3rd Floor, RIVUE Tower) of the Galt House Hotel.  Tickets are $125 per person (all-inclusive), and 

GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE:

2 Tickets to the 2016 Division 1 Men's Championship Games (Saturday & Monday's Games)
4 Night Hotel Stay in Houston, TX & $1000 towards airfare.  

All Raffle Proceeds & A Portion of Ticket Sales Benefit  "Blessings in a Backpack" 

The Menu

-Grilled steaks served on toasted French bread with seasoned mushrooms & tobacco onions on the side. 
-RIVUE Mini Crab Cakes
-Fresh House Made Sea Salt Potato Chips
-Asparagus Au Gratin
-Bottled Domestic & Craft Beers
-RIVUE Signature Wines
-Bourbons, Spirits & hand-passed signature Cocktails

If you're interested in attending, you can purchase tickets here or call 502-589-5200.

I_medium Luke Hancock remains awesome.

I_medium Ray Spalding was born premature and weighed just 3 lbs., 2oz., at birth, forcing him to spend the first month of his life in the NICU. That being the case, Ray returned to the place where he spent his first month so he could say thank you.

You can see all the photos from his visit here.

I_medium 7-foot center Ike Obiagu from the class of 2017 picked up a scholarship offer from Louisville on Tuesday.

I_medium The U of L women are preparing for their tournament opener on Friday against Central Arkansas.

I_medium CCBM is always making plays in the nation's capital.

I_medium Your ACC hoops "power plays of the year" (video).

I_medium Eight life hacks that will make watching the tournament at work that much easier.

I_medium The definitive Card Chronicle bracket of 2016 has arrived:

I_medium It should come as little surprise that the Instagram All-American Team, determined by the Instagram accounts with the most followers, is dominated by Duke and Lexington Basketball Academy.

FIRST TEAM

Grayson Allen, Duke (@graysonjallen)

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky (@tulis3)

Brandon Ingram, Duke (@b_ingram13)

Alex Poythress, Kentucky (@alexthegreat22)

Marcus Lee, Kentucky (@justmarcuslee)

SECOND TEAM

Matt Jones, Duke (@_matt13jones)

Jaylen Brown, CAL (@fchwpo)

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State (@denzelval45)

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin (@nigel_hayes)

Theo Pinson, UNC (@tpinsonn)

THIRD TEAM

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana (@yogiferre11)

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma (@buddylove242)

Justin Jackson, UNC (@jjacks44)

Frank Mason III, Kansas (@fmason0)

Perry Ellis, Kansas (@pelliz34)

Monte Morris, Iowa State (@mr.biggametae_himself)

James Blackmon, Jr. Indiana (@jimmybuckets1_)

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga (@kwiltzj)

I_medium I actually don't think it's that awesome.

I_medium The 50 NCAA Tournament players you need to know before tomorrow's action tips off.

I_medium You'll need a Wall Street Journal subscription to read it, but WSJ writer and U of L Dennis K. Berman comes to terms with his favorite team's scandal and the fact that there's no more Cardinal basketball to watch this month.

I_medium Via Bovada, the ACC has the best odds of being the conference that produces the national champion:

Which Conference will win the 2016 NCAA Men's Championship?

ACC                             2/1

Big 12                           5/2

Big Ten                         7/2

Pac-12                          5/1

Big East                       7/1

SEC                             15/2

Conference USA           25/1

Atlantic 10                     66/1

Missouri Valley              66/1

I_medium If you haven't shirked your Friday afternoon responsibilities yet, this is the time.

And if you need a letter from Walz himself to get out of work, he can make that happen. Even if your boss is the mayor.

I_medium The latest episode of the "35th & KY Podcast" features none other than DeJuan Wheat himself.

I_medium One-third of the 15,000 people surveyed for this study said they'd rather make their complete browsing history public than miss all of the NCAA Tournament. The other two-thirds responded either that they don't care that much about the tournament or that they frequently search for clown porn.

I_medium Two local legends.

I_medium In today's "holy sh-t, I'm old" news, Damon Stoudamire has been named the new head coach at Pacific.

I_medium My man Seedy K weighs in with his feelings after going through a Cards-less Selection Sunday.

I_medium Future Card Jamari Peacock is already reppin'.

I_medium The two local high school basketball players who hit shots that landed them at No. 1 on SportsCenter's top plays proved they weren't one-hit wonders by duplicating their feats on camera.

I_medium You have less than a day now to sign up for the CC Bracket Challenge.

I_medium Championship odds for every team in the field:

Odds to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship

Kansas                                     5/1

Michigan State                          11/2

North Carolina                           7/1

Kentucky                                  10/1

Virginia                                     12/1

Oklahoma                                 14/1

Oregon                                     14/1

Villanova                                   18/1

Duke                                        25/1

West Virginia                             25/1

Xavier                                       28/1

Indiana                                      33/1

Maryland                                   33/1

Miami (Florida)                          33/1

Purdue                                      33/1

Texas A&M                               33/1

Arizona                                     40/1

California                                  40/1

Iowa State                                 50/1

UCONN                                     50/1

Utah                                         50/1

Baylor                                       66/1

Iowa                                         66/1

Texas                                       66/1

Wichita State                             66/1

Gonzaga                                   100/1

Notre Dame                              100/1

Providence                               100/1

Seton Hall                                 100/1

Vanderbilt                                100/1

Wisconsin                                 100/1

Cincinnati                                  150/1

Dayton                                     150/1

Syracuse                                  150/1

Butler                                        200/1

Colorado                                  200/1

Michigan                                   250/1

Oregon State                            250/1

Northern Iowa                            300/1

Pittsburgh                                 300/1

St. Joe's                                   300/1

USC                                         300/1

VCU                                         300/1

Chattanooga                             500/1

Hawaii                                       500/1

Temple                                     500/1

Texas Tech                               500/1

Tulsa                                        500/1

Arkansas Little Rock                  1000/1

Austin Peay                              1000/1

Buffalo                                     1000/1

CSU Bakersfield                        1000/1

Farleigh Dickinson                     1000/1

Florida Golf Coast                     1000/1

Fresno State                             1000/1

Green Bay                                 1000/1

Hampton                                   1000/1

Holy Cross                                1000/1

Iona                                          1000/1

Middle Tennessee State             1000/1

Southern U                                1000/1

South Dakota State                   1000/1

Stephen F. Austin                      1000/1

Stony Brook                             1000/1

UNC Ashville                             1000/1

UNC Wilmington                        1000/1

Weber State                              1000/1

Yale                                          1000/1

I_medium Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell had a chance to catch up before the recent game between the Celtics and the Rockets.

I_medium Ticket packages for the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in November are already available.

I_medium The 5th-ranked Louisville baseball team rolled over Xavier yesterday and is back in action against Wright State today.

I_medium The ACC Digital Network has a video of Louisville's most memorable moments from 2015-16. It's not as good as Crum's Revenge's.

I_medium And finally, I'm off radio the next two days so I can handle my tournament responsibilities here at SB Nation, so expect some extra saltiness from 3-6 on 93.9 The Ville.