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Tuesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

It’s a Card Chronicle Christmas with the Kurtenbachs. This is Cash Kurtenbach meeting Santa for the first time while still thinking about the Indiana loss.

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—Louisville now sits at No. 19 in the NET Rankings, proving why I said from day one that the NET Rankings were mathematically perfect and should never be questioned by anyone.

—You can never get too much of the Cards beating the Cats in basketball.

—The Cards are up to No. 4 in the new AP poll.

—The Louisville men’s team checks in at No. 28 in Andy Katz’s Power 36 rankings.

—After taking an unofficial visit to Louisville over the weekend, four-star Moore High School defensive end JJ Weaver now says he plans on waiting until the spring to sign. Weaver, a Kentucky commit, had been expected to sign with UK this month.

—Shoutout to Adam Hardin for being a hero.

—U of L president Neeli Bendapudi writes an op-ed for the Courier Journal about the importance of getting children involved in the arts.

—Mark Few wants the NCAA to get off its ass and do something.

—Scott Satterfield appears to have an affinity for schools whose fan bases have a high standard for the way their school’s/city’s name is pronounced.

—Louisville is the 18th-best city in America for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

—Four-star offensive lineman Triston Miller has decommitted from NC State and reportedly wants to look at Louisville, the new home of former NC State O-line coach Dwayne Ledford.

—The Courier Journal reports that a handful of U of L football commits were “thrown for a loop” when the new staff informed them that their scholarship offers from the past staff would not be honored.

—Despite not having an MLS team, Louisville was the No. 6 market in America for the MLS Cup.

—Danielle Lerner looks at the effectiveness of Louisville’s three-point shooting so far this season.

—Bleacher Report’s latest mock bracket has Louisville as the next-to-last team in the field.

—Everybody needs shooters, and Louisville’s getting one here.

—The NCAA’s newly-released national graduation rates show that U of L student-athletes have combined for a school-record 88 percent graduation rate. This rate is up 22 percent in a 14-year span.

—Inside the Hall dives into the film from Indiana’s win over Louisville.

—The latest installment of Teddy Bridgewater locker room dancing begins at the 27 second mark.

—Jeff Walz has now taken care of Matthew Mitchell in three straight years.

—The Herald-Leader looks at how siblings Josh Allen and Myisha Hines-Allen injected life into both Kentucky and Louisville.

—Former Indiana standout Eric Anderson has passed away at the age of 48.

—The Lamar Jackson evolution continues.

—Big Red Louie says Louisville’s football recruiting will require patience and trust from the fan base.

—Crimson Quarry has three takeaways from Indiana’s win over the Cards.

—Opening spreads for every college football bowl game are here.

—Love it.

—Kansas State has named Chris Klieman as its new head football coach. Klieman has a 67-6 record as the head coach of North Dakota State and is currently chasing yet another FCS national title.

—Backing the Pack reacts to Dwayne Ledford leaving NC State for Louisville.

—This blew my mind.

—Mallory Comerford is once again setting new American records.

—This past weekend was the most eventful one of the 2018-19 college basketball season to date.

—Jeff Greer was imbedded with the Louisville basketball team for 24 hours before, during and after the team’s loss to Indiana on Saturday.

Some four hours later, Mack walked into his postgame press conference next to the visitors’ locker room and credited Indiana for making the plays necessary to win. He was proud of his team’s effort and toughness, saying the Cardinals kept up with IU and fought “tooth and nail.”

He talked about Phinisee’s 3 and repeated what he told his team the night before, that he might not take the shot unless he had time. He credited the freshman for hitting a big shot. He liked his team’s shots toward the end of the game, lamenting that they just didn’t fall. He explained that Louisville’s centers didn’t contribute enough on offense — Agau, Enoch and Williams combined for eight points, forcing the guards and wings to carry the scoring load. Christen Cunningham and Jordan Nwora accounted for 40 of Louisville’s 67 points.

But it was as he made his opening statement that Mack fit his comments into the ongoing message to his team, the one he said in the 24 hours leading up to the game, and the one he’ll continue saying as he tries to build the program. In the moments where the little things mattered, where the things that break between winning and losing came up, Indiana just came out ahead. It was the difference between 7-2 and 6-3.

“I felt like we had an opportunity to win,” Mack said, “and we didn’t take advantage of it.”

—Zion Williamson tops NBC’s Player of the Year power rankings.

—We beat WKU without him though so clearly he wasn’t needed. Good pass by the staff imo.

—ESPN has named Simone Biles as its most dominant athlete of 2018. Justify, despite not seeing the field for one play during the Louisville football season, checks in at No. 16.

—And finally, John and I are at the Mall St. Matthews food court this afternoon from 3-6 for 790-KRD’s annual Toys for Tots event. This year we’re partnering with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for our 13th annual Drive to bring joy to less fortunate children in Louisville this holiday season.

You can help by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation any time today up until 6 p.m. Also, feel free to give me the finger. You can listen to the show here.