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Monday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Althea Pearl Salansky is totally over the Mangok/Deng thing and is ready for a monster road win tonight in New York.

I_medium Spread check: Louisville by 3.

I_medium Very excited to get out of this Monday-Saturday routine after tonight. It makes it impossible to fully digest the weekend game and leaves us starving for basically the entire work week. Not cool.

I_medium Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician gives us three things to watch for inside the Carrier Dome tonight.

I_medium You're fake news, Yahoo Sports.

I was going to chalk this up as an innocent mistake until I saw the "yet another win." Now I think they need to burn for this.

I_medium Pro Football Focus says DeAngelo Brown is going to be a late-round steal for somebody. I'm still shocked that he's pegged as a late round pick.

I_medium Watched this twice.

I_medium These numbers on heroin use in Louisville so far this year are outrageous. Don't do drugs, kids.

I_medium Shawn Watson talks about joining Pat Narduzzi's staff at Pitt.

I_medium Campus Insiders likes the 'Cuse tonight.

Louisville vs. Syracuse Prediction

This is a key game for the Orange in their quest to make the tourney. Louisville is the better overall team, but Boeheim and Co. are unbeaten in ACC play at home. The Carrier Dome will rock again after a last-minute bucket proves to be the difference in an Orange win.

Louisville vs. Syracuse final score prediction: Syracuse 71, Louisville 69

I_medium Four of the five staff members over at TNIAAM like the Orange tonight as well.

I_medium The guy who stormed the court on Saturday reportedly threatened to kill everyone in the arena and then kicked out a window in the cop car he was placed in. Don't do drugs, kids.

I_medium If you go to The Met, you'll notice that St. Valentine was throwing L's back in 1380.

So basically we're going to win tonight.

I_medium The U of L women's swimming and diving team is all set for the ACC Championships this week.

I_medium Rick Pitino is right: the home ACC crowds have been terrific.

I_medium The AP previews tonight's game.

I_medium U of L softball, which got its season off to a 4-1 start over the weekend, is ready to embrace the challenge of 2017.

I_medium Eric Crawford gives his take on Louisville-Syracuse.

1). LOUISVILLE VS. THE ORANGE ZONE. When you talk about Jim Boeheim and Syracuse, you have to talk about the 2-3 zone. There have been some offensively challenged Louisville teams that have struggled with it. This should not be one of them.

The Cardinals looked out of sync in attacking Miami's 2-3 zone Saturday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center, but that inefficiency hasn't been the norm this season. While they've faced zone defenses on just 14 percent of their possessions this season, they were -- until Saturday's game against Miami -- the nation's No. 1 half-court offensive efficiency team against zone defense. As it is, they come into Monday's game No. 2, at 1.187 points per possession.

Louisville has scored on 50 percent of its possessions against zone defenses this season, one of only two teams in NCAA Division I to score at 50 percent or higher. Indiana, which ranks No. 1 in the half-court against zones, is the other.

For Louisville against the Syracuse zone, as with most teams, the three pointer is a key. No team in the Power 5 (or Big East) gives up a higher percentage of its field goals from three-point range than Syracuse (43.5 percent).

I_medium Syracuse.com lays out 10 keys to tonight's game.

I_medium Rick Pitino will make an appearance on this afternoon's Ramsey & Rutherford at 4:30. Chris Klenakis will drop by at 3:30.

I_medium And finally, beat Syracuse.