—Spread check: Kentucky by 17.5.
—It’s game day for the 5th-ranked U of L women’s basketball team, which will play at Boise State tonight at 9 p.m. ET. The two teams met in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament, with the Cards running away with a 74-42 win. Here’s a preview of tonight’s game.
—The fourth-seeded Louisville men’s soccer team saw its season come to a brutally disappointing end Sunday night at Lynn Stadium. The Cards were upset 2-1 in overtime by Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
This 2018 U of L team will still always be remembered as the first to ever win the ACC tournament title, and the third straight to be a top four seed in the Big Dance.
—Donovan Mitchell remains a national treasure.
Donovan Mitchell spots a young fan wearing his high school jersey & invites him onto the court pregame! #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/EQksiRwpSC— NBA (@NBA) November 18, 2018
—Single game tickets are now available for the next five Louisville men’s basketball home games.
—Danielle Lerner writes about Steven Enoch finding his comfort zone with the Louisville basketball program.
—Louisville could face two of the top five players in Ken Pom’s Player of the Year standings this week in New York. It will definitely face the early leader.
—Top class of 2019 recruit James Wiseman will announce his college decision on Tuesday. Wiseman is reportedly down to Memphis State and Kentucky.
—Attorneys for Brian Bowen have filed a racketeering lawsuit against adidas. I’m a law school dropout, but this would seem like a hard suit for Bowen to win unless he’s also planning on suing his father.
—Shoutout to frog-voiced John Ramsey on kicking off the Vermont highlight video .
Just the beginning.#GoCards pic.twitter.com/yw06GOzksO— Louisville Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) November 17, 2018
—LJ Nesbitt over at The Crunch Zone reflects on the loss to NC State and rejoices over the fact that there’s only one week remaining in this God-forsaken season.
—Speaking of LJs, Lamar Jackson is the playmaking quarterback the Ravens haven’t had for years.
—Lamar wasn’t leaving without the game ball on Sunday.
STRIP SACK @Lj_era8 was gonna get that game ball pic.twitter.com/dc4mywo6RB— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 19, 2018
—Matt Brown lists 35 programs that should follow UCF’s lead and claim past national titles. He doesn’t list U of L’s 2006 Pickle national title, I guess because he knows we’ve already claimed it.
—ESPN says Asia Durr is poised for an epic final chapter at Louisville.
—Could a really, really bad Louisville team upset Kentucky on Saturday? John Clay says sure.
First of all, UK-U of L is a rivalry game. You know the old cliché about tossing records out the window in a rivalry game and all that. That’s not just one of those go-to phrases TV announcers use to get you interested in a mismatch. It’s a cliché because sometimes it’s true.
If it pleases the court, we wish to introduce Exhibit A, the game film from Kentucky-Tennessee Nov. 26, 2011, at Commonwealth Stadium. The jury might remember UK lacked a single healthy quarterback to face an archrival it had not beaten in 26 years. So wide receiver Matt Roark handled the duties of the most important position on the field. There’s no way UK snaps a quarter-century losing streak with a wideout playing QB.
Final: Kentucky 10, Tennessee 7.
Kentucky had nothing to lose that day just as Louisville has nothing to lose this Saturday. No one is expecting the Cardinals to win, even when a victory over Kentucky would nearly save what has been a disastrously epic season off Floyd Street. (Hiring Jeff Brohm as the new head coach would be a decent consolation prize.)
—The full schedule for the 2018 Louisville baseball season has been released.
—Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t start celebrating ChristMatz before Thanksgiving.
CHRISTMATZ SEASON IS BACK pic.twitter.com/LiY5hCci3M— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) November 19, 2018
Matz finished with 6 points on 3-of-3 shooting a in a 69-64 Minnesota win over Texas A&M.
—Japanese sensation Norika Konno, the third member of Jeff Walz’s 2019 recruiting class, has officially signed with Louisville.
—U of L signee Samuell Williamson and Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey went head-to-head over the weekend. Williamson’s team won by 10 and the Cardinal commit also put up the more impressive numbers.
—Backing the Pack reviews NC State’s demolition of Louisville.
—Ryan Finley absolutely lit up the Cards on Saturday, and now his younger brother, Ben, has also committed to NC State.
—A large group of former players have started a concerted push for Clint Hurtt to be the next head football coach at Louisville.
Let's Bring Coach Clint Hurtt Back to Louisville for the Head Coaching Spot!! Great Coach With Great Recruiting ability! Let's Bring that Passion back to @UofLFootball !!— DeAngelo Brown (@DeBrown97) November 18, 2018
We looking for a new coach!! Why not start with the legendary Clint hurt let's Get him louisville ‼️‼️ Great guy, coach, mentor all aspects you looking for in a head coach and of course can't Leave coach Bedford great guys to build over #GreatStart #L1c4 #CardNation pic.twitter.com/zV0ep2IVjE— James Burgess (@HomesteadLB) November 18, 2018
Clint Hurtt As @UofLFootball Next Head Coach!— Pedro Sibiea (@Droskki) November 19, 2018
I get that the players have an affinity for their old coach, but a guy who received a two-year show cause penalty just a few years ago cannot be considered for this job. Not right now. And he won’t be.
—The Idaho Statesmen tells the story of how “a beer and a bite” resulted in tonight’s women’s basketball game between Louisville and Boise State.
—Lynn Greer III, the son of former Temple star Lynn Greer II who lit up Louisville in the 2002 NIT, will be visiting U of L next week for the Michigan State game.
: BREAKING: 2020 Four-star Lynn Greer schedules his first official visit, to Louisville, he tells Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) November 18, 2018
November 26th-28th, they face Michigan State. pic.twitter.com/iDHeK57dCO
In a related story: I’m old as shit.
—Here’s what Mark Stoops had to say about Louisville during his weekly press conference.
—The CJ previews the matchup between UK’s offense and U of L’s defense. I haven’t read it, but I’m going to go ahead and assume that the Wildcats are given the advantage here.
—First I’m hearing of this. Weird.
FYI, it’s stupid. https://t.co/oa7ewD0eN9— Michael Ryan Ruiz (@MichaelRyanRuiz) November 19, 2018
—Tennessee standouts Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield could each reach career milestones during Wednesday’s game against Louisville.
—The U of L women’s golf team has wrapped up fall play as the No. 28 team in the country.
—David Padgett has some sage coaching advice for David Levitch.
Make sure you wear socks during the game. https://t.co/16WNdFmbUm— David Padgett (@coachDPadgett) November 11, 2018
—And finally, we’re back on the radio from 3-6 today talking about all the events of the past weekend and getting you geared up for one of the biggest Louisville sports weeks of 2018. You can listen here.