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I_medium Streaking the Lawn says it's time to celebrate this Virginia basketball team, which will bid farewell to its seniors on Saturday night against Louisville.

I_medium Updated national championship odds because whatever everything sucks.

Team                      2/4/16               Current Odds (3/3/16)

Kansas                         12/1                  5/1

Michigan State              12/1                  5/1

North Carolina               6/1                    9/1

Kentucky                      20/1                  10/1

Oklahoma                    15/2                  12/1

Xavier                           20/1                  12/1

Villanova                      16/1                  14/1

Virginia                         25/1                  14/1

Duke                            14/1                  20/1

Maryland                      11/1                  20/1

Iowa                             12/1                  25/1

Wisconsin                     200/1                25/1

Miami FL                      28/1                  28/1

Arizona                        33/1                  33/1

California                     100/1                33/1

Indiana                         33/1                  33/1

Iowa State                    25/1                  33/1

Oregon                         40/1                  33/1

West Virginia                 28/1                  33/1

Wichita State                 25/1                  33/1

Purdue                         25/1                  40/1

Texas                          33/1                  40/1

UConn                          40/1                  50/1

LSU                             33/1                  66/1

Providence                  40/1                  66/1

Texas A&M                   28/1                  66/1

Utah                             200/1                66/1

Notre Dame                  150/1                75/1

Baylor                           150/1                100/1

Dayton                         200/1                100/1

Pittsburgh                     150/1                100/1

Syracuse                     50/1                  100/1

Vanderbilt                    100/1                100/1

Gonzaga                      100/1                150/1

USC                             100/1                150/1

Butler                            100/1                200/1

Florida                          100/1                200/1

Michigan                      100/1                200/1

St. Mary's                     150/1                200/1

VCU                             200/1                200/1

Cincinnati                     250/1                250/1

South Carolina              150/1                250/1

Valparaiso                    150/1                250/1

Ohio State                    300/1                300/1

San Diego State            500/1                300/1

BYU                             500/1                500/1

Chattanooga                 Off the Board    500/1

Colorado                      200/1                500/1

Florida State                 300/1                500/1

Georgetown                  250/1                500/1

Marquette                     300/1                500/1

St. Joseph's                 Off the Board    500/1

UCLA                            150/1               500/1

UNLV                            300/1                500/1

Washington                   200/1                500/1

Boise State                   500/1                Off the Board

Memphis                      500/1                Off the Board

And player of the year odds:

Odds to win Naismith College Player of the Year

Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)                        1/3

Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)           5/2

Grayson Allen (Duke)                             10/1

Ben Simmons (LSU)                              15/1

I_medium The Louisville women's swimming and diving team had eight swimmers selected as the NCAA Division Swimming and Diving Committee announced the swimmers who qualified for the 2016 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships earlier this week.

The championships will be held March 16-19 at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Institute of Technology will serve as host.

I_medium The ACC women's tournament is underway. Get hyped.

I_medium With the ladies likely playing their first two NCAA Tournament games at the KFC Yum Center, now is the perfect time to lock down your tickets to those games.

I_medium I'm not above a 7:30 a.m. March tennis tailgate.

Not even close to being above it.

I_medium Bret Bielema is throwing shade at Bobby Petrino, which means Louisville will be beating Arkansas by 40 in a bowl game within the next decade.

I_medium The first buzzer-beater of college basketball's 2016 season arrived earlier today.

I_medium "60 Minutes" is the latest national program to give Louisville basketball some unwanted attention.

I_medium ESPN's Chris Fallica, who was on our radio show yesterday, lists Louisville as one of the five best value bets in college football for 2016.

Louisville (60-1)

Was I one year early in predicting Louisville's success for 2015? It sure looked like it, based on how well QB Lamar Jackson finished the season. After a 2-4 start, in which all four losses were winnable games, the Cardinals kept it together and won six of seven to finish the year. Bobby Petrino is looking at roughly 18 returning starters next year, and the Cards' ACC road games are Boston College, Syracuse, Virginia and (obviously the tough one of the bunch) at Clemson. It's pretty manageable for a team that should put up a lot of points this year -- if the O-line matures as it should.

I_medium Cortnee Daley and Julia Wood each scored three goals to lead the Louisville lacrosse team to a 10-4 win over 6th-ranked and perennial national powerhouse Northwestern on Thursday.  The win improved U of L to 6-0 on the season, matching the best start in school history. It's also the first time the Cards have ever beaten the Wildcats.

I_medium The Louisville baseball team starts a three-game set with Princeton tomorrow afternoon at Jim Patterson. Here's your series preview.

I_medium Sports mascots ranked from the most nude to the least nude. Big Red has no shame.

I_medium Russ Smith is the No. 1 NBA prospect in the D-League.

Former All-American at Louisville and second-round NBA Draft pick; averaged 18.1 PPG, 4.2 APG, 1.9 SPG on assignment last season; quick play-maker with the ball in his hands, can wreak havoc as an on-ball defender

I know I'm jaded, but it's beyond me how he can't find a full-time home in the big league.

I_medium Houston's improved 2016 schedule is highlighted by its Thursday night showdown against Louisville.

I_medium Pete Nochta's homecoming is one of the best local stories of 2016.

I_medium The Cavalier Daily previews Saturday night's game in Charlottesville.

I_medium Before watching Kevin Willard's Seton Hall team take on Butler last night, Rick Pitino checked out four-star Indianapolis guard Paul Scruggs from the class of 2017.

I_medium And finally, here's your schedule of hoops on TV tonight:

Georgia at South Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN2

Memphis at Temple, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Illinois at No. 14 Maryland, 7 p.m., ESPN

Massachusetts at Rhode Island, 7 p.m., CBS Sports

Bradley at Loyola (CHI), 7 p.m., ESPN3

Stetson at Lipscomb, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Arkansas-Little Rock at Appalachian State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN3

Florida Gulf Coast at North Florida, 7:30 p.m., ESPN3

Connecticut at No. 24 SMU, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Cincinnati at Houston, 9 p.m., CBS Sports

Northwestern at Penn state, 9 p.m., ESPNU

No. 25 California at No. 18 Arizona, 9 p.m., ESPN

Drake at Missouri State, 9:30 p.m., ESPN3

Stanford at Arizona State, 11 p.m., FS1

Cal Poly at UC Irvine, 11:30 p.m., ESPN3

Go Anteaters.