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Final Four bound.

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—Lamar Jackson continues to be held to a different standard on the field than other quarterbacks in the 2018 draft class.

—With an ultimate Cinderella on one side and two blue-blood 1-seeds on the other, the Final Four should give us the best of both worlds this year.

—Terry Rozier tore it up for the Celtics Sunday night.

—Romeo Langford says Louisville’s coaching hire won’t have any impact on his college decision.

—Damion Lee’s resilience has been rewarded with a second 10-day contract with the Hawks.

—Remember Brendan McKay? He’s still really, really good.

—Donovan Mitchell continues to do ridiculous things.

—Hey may have left Louisville early, but Mitchell remains committed to getting his college degree.

—After signing him just three days earlier, the Chicago Bulls waived Jaylen Johnson on Monday.

—Updated Bovada odds on the Final Four, where Villanova is now a clear favorite.

2018 NCAA Championship - Odds to Win

Villanova 1/1

Michigan 5/2

Kansas 13/4

Loyola Chicago 9/1

Exact Finals Matchup

Michigan vs. Villanova 11/10

Michigan vs. Kansas 13/4

Loyola Chicago vs. Villanova 10/3

Loyola Chicago vs. Kansas 15/2

Exact Finals Outcome

Villanova beats Michigan 2/1

Villanova beats Loyola Chicago 4/1

Michigan beats Villanova 9/2

Kansas beats Michigan 11/2

Michigan beats Kansas 6/1

Kansas beats Loyola Chicago 9/1

Loyola Chicago beats Kansas 19/1

Loyola Chicago beats Villanova 22/1

Final Four Game Lines

Loyola Chicago vs. Michigan

Loyola Chicago +5

Michigan -5

Total 129

Kansas vs. Villanova

Kansas +5

Villanova -5

Total 155

—The behind the curtain details pertaining to the Tennessee football coach search are even more insane than we could have imagined.

—Deng Adel was supporting both the women’s team and Donovan Mitchell Sunday in Lexington.

—The Washington Post ran a lengthy feature on Rick Pitino last week, focusing on his desire to get back into coaching and he and his attorney providing more evidence that would seem to point to him not knowing about the Brian Bowen situation. There’s also a great quote in there about Jim Gatto not being able to get him Yeezys. You can read the feature here.

—As many predicted he would, former Louisville commit Anfernee Simons is skipping college entirely and heading straight to the NBA.

—Walter McCarty has been hired as the new head basketball coach at Evansville.

—Great stuff per usual from Marc Murphy.

—Still got this fat ass ring shirts are now just 15 bucks.

—UConn beat out Pitt to land the services of now former Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley. Pitt is now reportedly targeting former Duke standout and current Blue Devil assistant Jon Scheyer.

—This video on Donovan Mitchell is pretty awesome.

—Lamar Jackson worked out for the Houston Texans last week.

—Former Hargrave Military head coach and NC State assistant A.W. Hamilton has been named the new head coach at Eastern Kentucky.

—Congrats to Breno Giacomini on signing with the Oakland Raiders.

—Former Cardinal football standout Marcus Smith has launched a personal website where he aims to tell his own story.

—Did Butler and Florida agree to a home and home over Twitter? Probably not, but the interaction was still cool.

—Shoutout to Lou City for getting its own beer.

—Grayson Allen’s lengthy and bizarre college career ended with him coming within about a centimeter of being an Elite Eight hero.

—The Cincinnati media seems to be coming around on Chris Mack taking the Louisville job.

—If you haven’t seen this video of Jeff Walz showing his entire team up yet, you need to change that.

—Eric Crawford writes about the scene in Lexington on Sunday.

—The updated U of L football roster has some notable changes in weight.

—If you missed it, Preston Brown is now a Cincinnati Bengal.

—I don’t know what you do with something like this, but solid grab.

How many times in life are you going to get the opportunity to snag a real NIT court sticker? Why not?

—The U of L women have been dominant on the road to Columbus, and defense has been their driving force.

—The Cards will face Mississippi State in the Final Four, and will hope to fare better than the football or men’s basketball teams did in their season-ending games against the Bulldogs.

—NFL Network is going to provide live coverage of Louisville’s pro day on Thursday morning.

NFL Network will provide live coverage of Louisville’s Pro Day starting at 11:00 AM ET on Thursday, March 29th. NFL analysts Rhett Lewis,Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks provide in-studio analysis while NFL draft guru Mike Mayock reports live from Louisville with top quarterback prospect Lamar Jackson and cornerback standout Jaire Alexander.

Move The Sticks: Lamar Jackson 360 provides a full scouting report ahead of Pro Day. The podcast is available here.

—U of L baseball dropped two of three to Clemson over the weekend. The Cards are now No. 20 in the new Slugger Top 25 poll.

—Tubby Smith is the new head coach at his alma mater, High Point.

—And finally, your must-read of the day is this piece on the close relationship between Donovan Mitchell and Darrell Griffith.