—It’s game day for the fourth-ranked U of L women’s basketball team, which hosts Virginia at 7 p.m. Here’s a preview.
—BC Interruption recaps the Eagles’ loss to Louisville.
—Louisville is up to No. 19 in the updated NET rankings.
—If you saved your ticket stub from last night’s men’s game, you can get into tonight’s women’s game for just 4 bucks.
—Everyone wants to throw parties for Clemson football now, and I hate it.
—Louisville has faced two of Sports Illustrated’s First Team Midseason All-Americans, and it’s guaranteed to face at least one more.
—Sports Business Daily is the latest entity to look at Louisville’s diminishing basketball attendance.
—Deng Adel is going to be rocking the No. 99 in Cleveland.
—Louisville doesn’t crack Matt Norlander’s power rankings for CBS.
—Christen Cunningham is one of the guests on the latest episode of Evan Daniels’ college hoops podcast.
—Checking out the new attractions on Louisville’s Whiskey Row is one of Thrillist’s “best new things to do in America” for 2019.
—Eric Crawford shares his thoughts from Louisville’s win over BC.
So the Cards are 3-1 now in the ACC, and are an overtime loss away from being 4-0. Everybody knows, the schedule is back-loaded. But Louisville is improving, and may pack a load of its own in some games that nobody expected them to win early in the season.
Handling success can be difficult. Mack is hoping his team learns to deal with it.
“I think we learned a tough lesson at Pitt, I felt like Pitt played harder than our team. You can throw the names out, past records, who’s coaching; the team that has the hungrier disposition on any given night is going to put themselves in a position to win. I felt like our mindset versus Pitt’s mindset, were two very different levels. I don’t think that has been the case the last two games. We have to continue that. With success, people pat you on the butt. Compliment you. Tell you “wow, what a game” I can imagine our guys are hearing it on campus fifty times more than I am because I just stay in my office and watch film. They have to maintain that hunger and play with it on the defensive end.”
The pressure, you see, won’t stop coming. But Louisville, with each game, looks a little bit better prepared to meet it.
—LaMelo Ball is coming to Kentucky this weekend, but if you want to film him or his team in action, you have to pay Big Baller Brand $3,500. Because that’s completely reasonable.
—This is the best thing that I’ve been a part of this basketball season.
Gotta bring it every night.
—After two weeks back on the Louisville football staff, Stephen Field is now headed to Miami to coach the tight ends.
—Louisville signee Aidan Igiehon might be the best high school basketball player in New York, but his heart is still in Ireland.
Aidan Igiehon, also known to his team as the “Irish Hulk,” never thought he’d leave his home country until he was 13.
That’s when Igiehon flew over for a basketball tournament and found himself defending the tournament’s best player.
”He went for a layup and I blocked it,” Igiehon says. “Then I dunked it. They were like, ’Wow who is this kid?’”
The Irish native’s high school coach, Jeff Weiss, says he’s a generational talent and is “irreplaceable” to the team.
”In my 30 years he’s obviously the most talented player we’ve had,” Weiss said.
Igiehon now lives with his aunt and uncle but says Ireland and his mother are always in his thoughts.
”My country and my mom are inspirations,” Igiehon says.
—Tre Jones might be back for Duke as soon as Saturday, proving once again that “out indefinitely” in Durham translates to “no more than one game.”
—Speaking of Duke vs. Virginia on Saturday, the Cameron Crazies raised money to get K.J. Maura, UMBC’s point guard last season, in the house for the game. Maura had planned on attending, but UMBC head coach Ryan Odom and Coach K wound up shooting it down.
—Nothing about the rules of amateur basketball make any sense.
—Jeff Goodman lays out the 12 most disappointing teams in college basketball this season. UCLA is No. 1.
—Oklahoma transfer QB Austin Kendall is headed to West Virginia.
—Jairus Brents’ traffic case has finally concluded.
—Ray Spalding continues to ball out in the G League.
.@dallasmavs assignee and 2018 2nd Round Pick @RaySpalding_4 notched another DOUBLE-DOUBLE for the @TexasLegends on Wednesday night, tallying 20 PTS, 14 REB, 4 AST & 4 STL @LouisvilleMBB ↗️ @dallasmavs ➡️ @TexasLegends pic.twitter.com/OKzRB4dgJs— NBA G League (@nbagleague) January 17, 2019
—Swish Appeal previews tonight’s Louisville-Virginia game.
—College Hoops Watch gives some love to Jordan Nwora.
—With Clemson taking care of Georgia Tech last night, Boston College is now the only team in the ACC still searching for its first conference win.
—Jeff Greer breaks down Jordan Nwora’s performance against BC with GIFS. I’ll post his tweet instead of linking to the site that shall not be named.
Some lunchtime reading: I cut up some clips showing Jordan Nwora's quick release and smart movement and positioning in Louisville's win over BC to detail how he scored a career-high 32 points. https://t.co/aYtmvEdY9a pic.twitter.com/RGSLoQTvZf— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_) January 17, 2019
—Seeing Jim Calhoun coach in D-III arenas feels wrong.
—Georgia Tech will celebrate Anthony Morrow Day when it hosts Louisville on Saturday.
—And finally, Louisville football has reportedly added a new strength coach from New Mexico.