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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Go Cards. Go USA. Go basketball.

I_medium It's a huge series in Charlottesville this weekend with No. 2 Louisville taking on No. 16 Virginia. The action begins tonight at 9. Here's your preview.

I_medium Speaking of Louisville baseball, Adam Duvall is picking up right where he left off.

That sound.

I_medium Feel like Jordan Bell is the best value here.

2017 NCAA Tournament - Odds to win Most Outstanding Player

Justin Jackson (North Carolina)              7/2

Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga)              4/1

Joel Berry (North Carolina)                     5/1

Dillon Brooks (Oregon)                          7/1

Tyler Dorsey (Oregon)                           7/1

Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina)       15/2

Kennedy Meeks (North Carolina)            8/1

Jonathan Williams (Gonzaga)                 8/1

Isaiah Hicks (North Carolina)                  12/1

Jordan Mathews (Gonzaga)                    12/1

Jordan Bell (Oregon)                             17/1

Przemek Karnowski (Gonzaga)               19/1

Dylan Ennis (Oregon)                            35/1

PJ Dozier (South Carolina)                     55/1

Duane Notice (South Carolina)               55/1

Chris Silva (South Carolina)                    55/1

I_medium Loved this story from Jeff VanGundy about Richard Pitino being a brat when he was chaperoning him at a carnival way back when.

I_medium If you didn't know, Frank Martin loves Pitbull.

I_medium Mike Zimmer thought he'd help Teddy Bridgewater's rehab by ... tickling his foot?

I_medium With Devin Hairston and Tyler Fitzgerald on the roster, both Louisville's present and future at the shortstop position are looking good.

I_medium Every Final Four fan in 90 seconds.

I_medium U of L national champion Mallory Comerford has been named the ACC Swimmer of the Year.

I_medium V.J. King reflects on his freshman season.

I_medium Someone actually wrote this and thought it was a normal thing to do.

I don't know, Linus ... I just don't know.

I_medium It's looking like Wichita State to the AAC is going to happen. If it does, expect the Missouri Valley to target Valparaiso to will the Shockers' spot.

I_medium Mike DeCourcy says if South Carolina wins two more games it will become the most surprising NCAA tournament champion ever. I agree with him.

I_medium Ken Pomeroy hands out some superlatives for the 2016-17 season, including biggest comeback, biggest upset, and most disappointing team.

Most-disappointing team

#12 Virginia. (February/March change in AdjEM: -6.21) The wacky thing about Virginia showing up here is that the Cavs had seven wins after February 1 and six of them were by double-digits, including games against Louisville and North Carolina. But four of their seven losses were by double-digits as well. The offense was completely inept at times and the season ended with a 26-point drubbing by Florida. It didn't help Virginia's rating that the ACC had a disappointing postseason as well. Others: 2. UAB (-5.95), 3. St. Francis Brooklyn (-4.68), 4. San Diego (-4.46), 5. Yale (-4.39).

Except when they were playing us.

I_medium For three of the four coaches in Phoenix, the Final Four brings both uncertainty and opportunity.

I_medium Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn sits down for a candid conversation with former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison.

I_medium Louisville's red chrome helmet is in the final four for the best helmet design (at any level) of 2017.

I_medium Brandon Radcliff was bummed that he didn't get an invite to the combine, but that doesn't mean he's giving up on his NFL dream.

"It was a little devastating," he said. "I was down for about five minutes."

Radcliff's spirits raised with the encouragement of family and friends, and he turned his attention to training for U of L's pro day, which took place Thursday with representatives from 30 NFL teams on hand at the Trager Center.

"It was definitely a motivation for me," said Radcliff of not getting a combine invite. "It was fuel for my fire. I expected to get one just because those guys who (did get invited), I felt I could go there and compete with those guys. It would have put me at a level playing field. ... But when I didn't get that invite, it just gave me fuel to go out there and do a little bit better -€” or a lot better. I just wanted to go out there and outwork those guys."

I_medium James Quick was invited to the combine, but he spent U of L's pro day trying to make up for a performance that he was disappinted by.

I_medium Indiana native Mark Titus writes about Archie Miller and the importance of the Hoosier basketball coach being an "Indiana guy."

I_medium Happy anniversary, Pervis .... and all of us.

I_medium The U of L softball team edged Indiana in Wednesday's annual Border War game.

I_medium WDRB recaps Louisville's Pro Day.

I_medium Campus Insiders looks at what to expect from Lamar Jackson in 2017. If you don't want to click the link, the answer is "cool shit."

I_medium And finally, Rick Pitino said today that he expects to sit before the NCAA infractions committee in April and that he looks forward to that day.