—Computer rankings update:
Ken Pom: 39
—Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield will address the media tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 to talk about U of L’s early signees and announce some more additions to his first Cardinal coaching staff.
—Manual High School football standout Aidan Robbins has confirmed that Wednesday afternoon he plans on signing his national letter of intent to play for Louisville.
On Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at DuPont Manual High School at 3:15 PM, I will be signing my Letter of Intent to the University of Louisville. I’m staying home! #L1C4 pic.twitter.com/YzAnxEOwXd— Aidan Robbins (@theaidanrobbins) December 18, 2018
—A group of Louisville fans looking to help out the needy this holiday season are hosting a charity donation drive this Friday, Dec. 21 at Molly Malone’s in St. Matthews. Boxes for community contributions will be place at the location from 11 a.m. to midnight. More information on the drive can be found here.
—SI looks at how the wins have piled up for the Ravens with Lamar Jackson as their starting quarterback.
—Jeff Greer writes about how Louisville is managing Akoy Agau’s health and his minutes.
Akoy Agau was in his usual gregarious mood on Friday, the day before Louisville’s 83-70 win over Kent State at the KFC Yum Center.
But there was more to the pep in his step than just his personality and his typically affable approach to life. Agau, the 24-year-old graduate transfer with one of the more interesting backstories in college hoops, has made it deeper into a college season without an injury or a health flareup than he ever has. He knocked on wood as he acknowledged it, hoping he could continue his run of good luck.
There is, however, much more to Agau’s durability than luck. The Cardinals haven’t swathed the 6-foot-8 post in bubble wrap. He doesn’t travel in ice. It’s just a dedicated, by-the-minute approach to staying upright and healthy that has allowed Agau to appear in nine of 11 games, including four shifts with double-digit minutes. He knows his role, and he has consistently played it well, averaging 3.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while providing energy and leadership off the bench.
“He’s not an everyday practice player — he takes more reps off than anybody on the team — but my concern was being able to have him each and every game for whatever role we needed him in, and knock on wood, so far so good,” Louisville coach Chris Mack said. “In those moments when he’s not physically practicing, he’s out there talking. He’s providing a voice. He’s a really good leader. He’s an incredible story. Sometimes when a guy doesn’t practice, they just sort of check out. He doesn’t do that, and that’s a benefit to our team.”
—Jake Lourin spent some time in Boone, NC to give some added background on where Scott Satterfield came from.
—The accolades continue to roll in for Louisville soccer’s Tate Schmitt.
—Notre Dame’s Rex Pflueger confirms that he’ll miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in the team’s Crossroads Classic win over Purdue on Saturday.
Positive Thoughts only✌️ @Plus__Thinking pic.twitter.com/BJZLCMZ2gi— Rex Pflueger (@rexpflueger) December 17, 2018
What a terrible couple of years for Mike Brey’s program when it comes to injuries. The Irish were already thin before Pflueger went down. Senior captian Elijah Burns left the program last month.
—The AP has named Brian Kelly as its Coach of the Year for 2018.
—CFP scenario odds from Bovada:
College Football Playoff - Championship Game Exact Result
Oklahoma Beats Notre Dame 22/1
Oklahoma Beats Clemson 16/1
Alabama Beats Notre Dame 9/2
Alabama Beats Clemson 5/7
Notre Dame Beats Oklahoma 28/1
Notre Dame Beats Alabama 18/1
Clemson Beats Oklahoma 13/2
Clemson Beats Alabama 7/2
—Memphis State sold out a home basketball game for the first time in a decade and a fan wound up taking a dump on the floor behind a concession stand. This is why they aren’t allowed to be relevant in basketball anymore.
—While it may have been a plop fest up on the concourse, it was a flop fest down on the court.
Have another look at the Memphis flop-fest. My favorite part is the double-flop at the end.— Ryan Moses (@RMoses10) December 15, 2018
(Also, note the ref on the baseline called the last foul on the other side of the court) pic.twitter.com/6pQJrxTXII
—The NCAA powers that be are citing “academics” as one of the key reasons why the FBS playoff shouldn’t expand any time soon. Nevermind that the organization’s primary moneymaker is college basketball’s postseason, which in some cases has student athletes on the road consistently for four consecutive weeks.
—Last night in the ACC:
No. 11 Florida State 85, Southeast Missouri State 68
Wake Forest 67, Davidson 63
Gardner-Webb 79, Georgia Tech 69
Tonight in the ACC:
No. 2 Duke vs. Princeton (6 p.m./ESPN2)
Clemson vs. Charleston Southern (7 p.m./ACCNE)
Notre Dame vs. Binghamton (7 p.m./ACCNE)
Syracuse vs. No. 14 Buffalo (8 p.m./ESPN2)
—Lamar Jackson got a chance to sit down with his playing idol, Michael Vick, before Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.
Lamar Jackson and Michael Vick with Sicko Mode in the background. pic.twitter.com/pPQoap72q9— YT: Kofie Why? (@KofieYeboah) December 17, 2018
—Rick Bozich has Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana all ranked this week.
—Former Louisville grad transfer QB target Riley Neal has picked Vandy.
—You can track all the college football grad transfers here.
—David Levitch is building America’s next high school basketball superpower at North Oldham.
BREAKING NEWS: A very reliable source tells KPR that former Louisvile Trinity star PG Justin Powell has enrolled in North Oldham (KY) HS. Powell was KYs #1 2020 prospect when he left to enroll in Montverde Academy last season. @BlueChip_Report @PURE_PROSPECTS— Kentucky Prep Report (@KY_PrepReport) December 17, 2018
—Louisville is No. 28 in Andy Katz’s Power 36 rankings.
—Even the most boring week on the college hoops calendar was loaded with excitement.
Another week of exciting plays and buzzer-beaters pic.twitter.com/iIcQHsIPmh— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) December 17, 2018
—Join me on the Samuell Williamson hype train, world.
2. Which committed 2019 player have you seen this winter whose potential impact in college should be getting more notice?
Bossi: I just can’t help but think people across the industry haven’t made a big enough deal of how good Samuell Williamson could be for Louisville. Maybe others haven’t seen enough of him or maybe it’s him going bonkers when myself and Corey have seen him this season, but he’s a guy that we feel will move up from his current spot of No. 35 in the 2019 Rivals150. As far as I’m concerned, he’s a McDonald’s All-American quality recruit and should be an instant impact guy for Chris Mack.
—Matt Norlander takes a look at Romeo Langford and how he became a legend in this area before ever setting foot on a college court.
—My life as a Lions fan in 20 seconds.
The Detroit Lions have been eliminated from playoff contention... again. pic.twitter.com/mH0fDcpUE3— Ste Mitch (@YaBoySteveMitch) December 16, 2018
—U of L baseball’s Logan Wyatt is a Second Team preseason All-American.
—Moore High DE JJ Weaver still plans on signing with Kentucky, even though BBN sort of terrifies his mom.
Weaver’s stated reason was that he wanted to sign with friends in February, but the expected delay set off an alarm for a restless Big Blue Nation. The response he received on social media was such that it ultimately prompted Weaver and his mother Stacey Sherrell to reply on Twitter to ease concerns, insisting he wasn’t going back on his commitment to Kentucky.
“That’s crazy,” Weaver said. “My momma was crying about it, everything. She thought people were going to come after me, do something to me. But it’s good. Everything is perfect now.”
Weaver ultimately opted to sign in December after all, telling the Courier Journal that he now plans to sign at his school Wednesday, the first of three days in the early signing period.
—On this day exactly 14 years ago, Patrick Sparks walked twice and was not whistled for the transgression either time. To celebrate, walk somewhere today.
—Seth Davis has Louisville in his top 25.
.@TheAthleticCBB— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) December 17, 2018
—”Merry Terry” Rozier surprised a family with Christmas gifts last week.
—Montrezl Harrell also made someone’s holiday season.
Thank you @MONSTATREZZ for making this young mans (@chubs93)dream come true! He hasn’t stopped talking about “the shoe” you gave him last night! Bless you and thank you for giving him a momento he will never forget! #dreamsdocometrue pic.twitter.com/nQdgvimE2L— Kathy Huneke (@KHuneke21) December 16, 2018
—Punter Patrick Otter has committed to Louisville.
—Early national signing day is not going to be nearly as lively tomorrow as it was for U of L a year ago. The CJ takes a look at what to expect.
—Louisville worst offensive game so far this season (Lipscomb) is one of the best worst games of any team in college basketball.
And the offensive version of this graph (best worst game) has Duke at the top. Something’s gotta give when they play Texas Tech on Thursday pic.twitter.com/XCxi9myUXr— Jordan Sperber (@hoopvision68) December 16, 2018
—Todd Sharp’s firing made The Daily Mail.
—And finally, former five-star QB Justin Fields is leaving Georgia.
I wonder how important great tap water is to him. If it’s a high-priority ...