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A very happy 22nd birthday to Jonathan Lustig, whose girlfriend isn't a big Louisville fan, but is a solid enough significant other to submit this Jonathan Lustig collage.

I_medium Steve Jones looks at the first day of spring practice for Louisville, where the big story was Kiola Mahoni being out with a finger injury.

I_medium Louisville baseball hits the road tonight to take on Purdue. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., and you can listen to the action live on 93.9 The Ville.

I_medium Russ Smith and his Delaware 87ers will be on ESPNU tonight at 8.

I_medium Your full U of L football camp schedule for this spring/summer.

I_medium With the Frankie Hughes news from yesterday, Louisville now has an extra scholarship which they seem likely to use on a transfer. Who might that player be? Jerry Meyer says Canyon Barry of Charleston and Kory Holden from Delaware could both be options. Barry, the son of Rick Barry, would be eligible to play immediately.


I_medium Jeff Greer breaks down the Sweet 16 games in order of entertainment value.

I_medium Notre Dame is joining the Big Ten for hockey. I guess that's supposed to make us mad(?), but I could not care less.

I_medium LeBron James saw Northern Iowa's epic collapse against Texas A&M and says he'd "quit basketball" if that happened to a team he was playing on.

I_medium NFL.com has Sheldon Rankins as one of the 10 most underrated prospects in the upcoming draft.

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville: Rankins (6-1 1/8, 299, 5.03) is strong and very athletic (34.5-inch vertical jump). He has the speed and quickness needed for the position. Along with Butler, Rankins stood out at the Senior Bowl. I would expect him to be taken in the 25-40 range in the draft.

I_medium Syracuse.com says the addition of the old Big East schools has made the ACC a deeper and more formidable conference than it already was.

I_medium This picture which keeps making the rounds is actually from Selection Sunday, so if we're talking about the last five years now, we're still tied at the top with Duke and Wisconsin.

I_medium U of L is hosting its first annual suicide prevention walk, which is a very cool thing. Here are the details.

I_medium A Green Bay Packers site profiles Sheldon Rankins.

I_medium Here are the McDonald's All-American uniforms that VJ King will be wearing.

I_medium This is the time of the year where we read too much into everything, so let's start with Mangok Mathiang tagging Chinanu Onuaku in this picture (along with Damion Lee and Trey Lewis) talking about bidding farewell to successful teammates.

I_medium U of L high-jumper Javen Reeves has been recognized as the ACC Men's Field Performer of the Week, while junior long jumper Bre'Yana Wash earned Women's Co-Field Performer of the Week honors.

I_medium The 5th-ranked U of L lacrosse team took care of Cincinnati, 11-7 yesterday.

I_medium We are devolving.

I_medium Former CC contributor Haley O'Shaughnessy breaks down Louisville for the visitors who are coming to town this weekend.

I_medium Greg Walace of Bleacher Report has Louisville as one of college football's "Cinderellas" for 2016.

I_medium Brother I've been there.

Take as much time as you need.

I_medium Jay Wright says Louisville is "a perfect site for the NCAA Tournament."

I_medium Both Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore have been named to the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association's All-Region team, a recognition that makes both eligible for All-American nods from the organization. Hines-Allen was the ACC Player of the Year, while Moore was a first team all-conference performer.

I_medium Louisvillians love basketball so much that they're showing up at the Yum Center open practices.

I_medium Bellarmine's George Suggs reflects on his time with the Knights in a column for WAVE-3.

I_medium Keegan de Lange shot an even par 216 to lead the University of Louisville men's golf team  at  the 2016 Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. As a team, the Cardinals finished in seventh place overall firing 871 for the three-day event.

I_medium Huge series this weekend at Jim Patterson between the preseason favorites in the ACC and the reigning national champions from Virginia. Plan accordingly.

I_medium Here's an awesome idea from The Money Wrench, which will be hosting a "March Sadness" event where it replays the 1980, 1986 and 2013 national championship games. You might remember that a couple years ago the Monkey Wrench had a full "Cardmageddon menu" on the day that Louisville played Kentucky in basketball and Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl. That is a place worthy of your business.

I_medium Cards in Italy:

I_medium It appears Jim Larranga and Miami are spending some time in the Yum Center practice facility in preparation for this week's games.

I_medium Congrats to Chane Behanan, who has been named the MVP of his league in Mexico.

I_medium Former Minnesota wide receiver Mike Wallace took a shot at Teddy Bridgewater after making a move to the Ravens. Related: Mike Wallace isn't cool.

I_medium This is not ok, Luke Murray.

I_medium Some Sweet 16 odds and ends from Vegas:

Odds to win Tournament MOP

Brice Johnson               5/1

Perry Ellis                     11/2

Malcon Brogdon           15/2

Buddy Hield                  15/2

Marcus Paige                12/1

Joel Berry II                   14/1

Josh Hart                      14/1

Wayne Selden Jr.          14/1

Dillon Brooks                16/1

Grayson Allen               20/1

Yogi Ferrell                   20/1

Frank Mason II              20/1

Brandon Ingram             25/1

Anthony Gill                  33/1

Kyle Wiltjer                    33/1

Melo Trimble                 40/1

Elgin Cook                    40/1

Zach Auguste                50/1

How Many #1 seeds will make the Final 4 of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship?

Over                             1½  (-200, 1/2)

Under                           1½ (+150, 2/3)

How Many #1 seeds will make the Final 4 of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship?

0                              10/1

1                              7/4

2                              1/1

3                              9/2

4                              12/1

What seed will the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Champion be?

#1                                 4/7

#2                                 4/1

#3                                 10/1

#4                                 10/1

#5                                 10/1

#6                                 40/1

#7                                 40/1

#8 or higher                   100/1

What will be the highest margin of victory in the Sweet 16 of the 2016 NCAA Tournament?

Over/Under                   17.5

I_medium And finally, is Buddy Hield the best college shooter we've seen since Steph Curry? These three charts say yes.