—Fresh off a sweep of Virginia Tech, the Louisville baseball team is back in action tonight when it hosts No. 8 Kentucky at 6 p.m. The Cards have won eight of the last 10 against the Cats, but dropped an 8-5 decision two weeks ago in Lexington. Here’s a preview of Tuesday night’s tilt.
—This was cool.
—The Louisville Cardinal’s Dalton Ray celebrates the unsung heroes of U of L athletics: the pep band.
—Jeff Greer explains why Chris Mack mentioning Courtney Ramey by name a few weeks ago was/is not an NCAA violation.
There was some concern on Monday that Louisville re-recruiting Ramey after Mack publicly mentioned him by name was a violation of NCAA rules, but a Louisville spokesman said schools are allowed to publicly confirm if they are or are not recruiting a prospect.
This is what Mack specifically said last Monday about Ramey: “Coach Pitino had Anfernee Simons and Courtney Ramey coming to Louisville. We’re not recruiting those guys, so I can use their names. They were coming here, and they were going to help on the perimeter. So what an opportunity for a fifth-year transfer to come in and play in the backcourt, which is where they identified the help needed.”
The NCAA declined to comment. Section 188.8.131.52 in its Division I bylaws lays out the rules related to a situation like this.
”Before the signing of a prospective student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent or an institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or before the institution receives his or her financial deposit in response to its offer of admission, a member institution may comment publicly only to the extent of confirming its recruitment of the prospective student-athlete,” the rule states.
—The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has an interesting deep dive on Aspire Academy, which relocated to Louisville before this school year.
—The recruiting news continues.
—Chris Mack and Mike Pegues spent part of Sunday paying an in-home visit to DeMatha class of 2019 guard Justin Moore.
—Shoutout to the U of L men’s club volleyball team for winning won Gold at the D1AA National championships over the weekend. The team went 9-0 in the event to bring home the hardware.
—Bleacher Report re-drafts the 2017 NBA Draft, and Donovan Mitchell goes No. 1 overall.
1. Philadelphia 76ers (via Celtics): Donovan Mitchell
It would be too difficult for the Philadelphia 76ers to look past Donovan Mitchell, already a 20.5-point-per-game scorer for a No. 5 seed in the West.
Markelle Fultz could get there in a few years, but there is can’t-pass certainty with Mitchell plus plenty more upside for him to hit, being that there is room for him to improve his three-point shooting (34.0 percent) and playmaking (3.7 assists).
And there are still questions concerning Fultz’s jumper, considering he’s only taken one three-pointer in 14 games.
With Ben Simmons running the point and JJ Redick entering free agency, Mitchell, who’d become the team’s second star scoring option, would also be a fit and need at shooting guard.
—Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault talks about why the franchise drafted Myisha Hines-Allen.
—Someone help out my guy Harley.
Unfortunately Harley is back w/ @kyhumane through no fault of his own. This is Harley's 5th time at the shelter & we are heartbroken for him. We have decided to place Harley in a foster home while he waits for adoption. Please share for Harley! #Adopt https://t.co/hEpfXJfhNB pic.twitter.com/5ymWL0nEwq— KY Humane Society (@kyhumane) April 16, 2018
I mean those eyes. Come on.
—Pro Football Focus dispels the myth that “all Lamar Jackson does is run around and make plays.”
—Nick Solak is still tearing it up.
#Rays No. 12 prospect Nick Solak, acquired from the #Yankees in the 3-team Brandon Drury deal, is the 2B on our Prospect Team of the Week after batting .429 with 9 walks and 3 stolen bases: https://t.co/DpRVobJLIn pic.twitter.com/oyDN3QlnLp— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 16, 2018
—Michigan’s Moe Wagner has played his final college game.
—Saturday Blitz has five takeaways from the U of L spring game.
—She looks just as beautiful as I remembered.
Fellow UofL football fans, as you reflect on your lives this rainy Sunday afternoon, please know that the Keg of Nails is in good hands. pic.twitter.com/5cabYXzR04— pb (@youknowmepb) April 15, 2018
—A report from the Albany Times Union over the weekend said Rick Pitino has interest in the coaching vacancy at Siena. Pitino has since denied that he has interest in the gig. Patrick Beilein (John’s son) is considered the front-runner to land the job.
—The Bowling Green Daily Herald has more on Jack Randolph’s commitment to Louisville.
Incredible gesture: An @olivegarden in Chattanooga, Tennessee, comped an $800 bill tonight for the Marshall County High School track team after hearing about what the student-athletes and coaches went through, following the shooting in January.— Chris Jung (@iamchrisjung) April 14, 2018
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—The latest SB Nation mock draft has the Seattle Seahawks stunning everyone and taking Lamar Jackson.
—A look at the top 10 dunks from Donovan Mitchell’s rookie season.
—Well I don’t care for this one bit.
The New York Jets have assigned jersey #2 to Teddy Bridgewater. pic.twitter.com/fJdQDy5q6S— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) April 16, 2018
Christian Hackenberg has no business wearing No. 5 for a team that also claims Teddy Bridgewater.
—Kansas continues to play the victim when it comes to this whole FBI deal, but no one who follows college basketball is buying it.
—The ACC leads all conferences with 47 former players participating in the NBA Playoffs. Four of those players are from Louisville.
—Spring game sights and sounds.
—Eric Crawford breaks down Louisville’s approval of up to $4.25 million to pay Chris Mack’s buyout at Xavier.
—The number of 3-pointers in the NBA somehow plateaued for five seasons. And then came the 3-point revolution. What happened?
—And finally, beat Kentucky.