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Tuesday morning Cardinal news and notes

Shoutout to Lauren Macy for fully embracing the Josh Pastner or Michael Scott challenge.

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—The Louisville women’s basketball team stays at No. 4 in this week’s AP top 25. The Cards will take on No. 24 Florida State Thursday night.

—Updated computer rankings for U of L men’s basketball:

NET: No. 16

Ken Pom: No. 18

Sagarin: No. 17

And for anyone interested in the RPI — which the committee will no longer be using — Louisville is No. 17 there as well. Kansas is No. 1 ... which is why the committee will no longer be using those rankings.

—Andy Katz has Louisville at No. 20 in his updated Power 36 rankings.

—The Christen Cunningham name pronunciation mystery has been resolved.

—Former Cardinal outfielder Josh Stowers was part of a three-way trade Monday that sent Sonny Gray to the Cincinnati Reds and sent Stowers to the New York Yankees.

— has Louisville at No. 5 in its updated ACC power rankings.

No. 5 Louisville

Over the weekend, Louisville hit just seven 3-pointers and attempted only 14 free throws; however, the Cardinals still scored 1.08 points per possession in a win over Georgia Tech, thanks to another monster performance from Jordan Nwora.

While working against one of the better defenses in the nation, Nwora went for 25 points (on 16 FGA), eight rebounds and two assists. It’s his ninth game with 20+ points this season.

Christen Cunningham continues to emerge, too. The grad transfer point guard dished out 11 assists to zero turnovers. Cunningham is just the 30th player this season, and the first from the ACC, to hand out 10+ assists and record zero turnovers. For the season, he’s assisted on 29 percent of his teammates’ field goals while on the floor, per KenPom.

—Seven area high school boys basketball teams are in the top 10 of this week’s AP poll.

—Florida State’s social media team misfired badly with a bizarre MLK Day graphic.

—This video breaking down Saturday’s Duke-Virginia game is a must watch for any basketball nerd.

—LJ Nesbitt shares his thoughts on the Georgia Tech route over at The Crunch Zone.

—The latest episode of Carly Fiorina’s podcast is an interview with U of L president Dr. Neeli Bendapudi.

—Montrezl Harrell’s latest kicks paid tribute to Serena Williams.

—247 Sports has a Q&A with new U of L football recruiting coordinator and social media director Tyler McEntire.

—Sharing the ball effectively has been one of the keys to ACC success so far for Louisville.

—Next game thread image?

Or maybe one of these?

The nostalgia is almost too much for one N&N.

—Could signee Evan Conley be the answer to Louisville’s quarterback concerns?

—Despite the fact that this one features me saying “get got,” these videos remain the best.

—Louisville signee David Johnson led Trinity to the LIT title over the weekend and was named the MVP of the tournament.

—The biggest stars at Indiana and Purdue right now both grew up on the same street ... and both should have gone to Louisville. Definitely not bitter about it though. Definitely not.

—Coby White talks about how losing at home to Louisville by 21 served as a turning point for this North Carolina team.

—Despite the national conversation that started last week, Zion Williamson is having too much fun playing college basketball to even think about shutting it down early.

—Nearly a year to the day of the Marshall County High School shooting, Jeff Greer has a tough read on the family of Bailey Holt, the Louisville-loving 15-year-old who was one of two students shot and killed that day.

When they weren’t at the games, the Holts had their traditions at home. If the game started before 9 and Jasen was still working, he knew Bailey would keep him updated through text messages. They had a few spots in the house where they’d watch. If they were in Jasen and Secret’s bedroom, Bailey would start out relaxed on the bed, but as the game intensified, she’d sit up and scoot to the edge of the bed.

“She wasn’t into yelling and screaming during games,” Jasen says, “just sort of watching them really closely. The yelling and stuff, that wasn’t her.” He nods at Lilly, who giggles. “Lilly is the yeller. Bailey would tell her to quiet down.”

At this point, everyone in the Holt living room is laughing. Their two daughters obsessed over their favorite team in different ways. Later in the conversation, Lilly cuts in with an important note. Her favorite players used to be Donovan Mitchell and Quentin Snider, but her current favorites include Christen Cunningham and Jordan Nwora.

Last season, six weeks or so after Bailey’s death, U of L invited the Holts to a game at the Yum Center. Louisville lost in excruciating fashion to Virginia that night, but it was an unforgettable experience for the family. They met athletic director Vince Tyra and saw a wild game.

They also received video messages from former Louisville star Peyton Siva and interim coach David Padgett, himself a former standout. For Bailey’s funeral, the school sent jerseys of her favorite players.

“I can’t say enough about the community,” Secret says, “and how wonderful they’ve been.”

—Cam Newton says he wants to be a mentor for Lamar Jackson.

—Last night in college hoops:

No. 11 North Carolina 103, No. 10 Virginia Tech 82
No. 6 Michigan State 69, No. 13 Maryland 55
No. 9 Kansas 80. No. 24 Iowa State 76

—Tonight in the ACC:

Clemson at Florida State (7 p.m./ESPNU)
Notre Dame at Georgia Tech (7 p.m./ACCNE)
No. 2 Duke at Pittsburgh (9 p.m./ESPN)
Wake Forest at No. 3 Virginia (9 p.m./ACCNE)

—Congrats to Deng Adel on his first career points in the NBA.

—College Hoops Watch says better defense has set the stage for an upward flight from Louisville.

—State of the U (Miami) has Louisville all the way up at No. 4 in its ACC power rankings for this week.

—From thinking that his career might be over after his injury at the 2015 Music City Bowl to now being a member of a Super Bowl team; it’s been quite a ride for Trevon Young.

—A 10-year-old Louisvillian reportedly took his own life after being relentlessly bullied at his school. Shoutout to all the parents who have serious and consistent conversations with their kids about how to treat people. RIP to Seven Bridges.

—U of L swimming received three commitments over the weekend.


People don’t forget.

—Logan Wyatt has received a third preseason All-American nod.

—The U of L women’s tennis team took care of Miami of Ohio over the weekend.

—Bucky out here throwing all sorts of shade.

—Ten Louisville football recruits to watch.

—Happy birthday, VJ.

— lists its top 50 prospects for the upcoming draft.

—Louisville football players say there’s definitely a new vibe around the program.

The Cardinals won’t begin spring ball for a few weeks but the players have been in meeting with the new coaching staff and winter workouts with the new strength and conditioning staff have been going on for a couple of weeks.

And already the players can tell a difference.

“It’s not really a new program, it’s just a new vibe,” safety TreSean Smith said. “We have new coaches from some new areas, so they kind of bring in a little bit of their energy and combine that with our energy and it works out for us.

“We are just trying to work hard to get better. Everyone here wants to get better.”

Added sophomore cornerback Chandler Jones: “Like TreSean said, the vibe is different. Everything is just more upbeat around here.”


—The rosters for the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game will be revealed Thursday at noon on ESPN’s “The Jump” and at 3 p.m. Samuell Wlliamson would seem to be the Louisville signee with the best chance at seeing his name on that list. If it happens, he’d be the first Burger Boy of Chris Mack’s coaching career.

—And finally, we’re on the radio from 3-6 this afternoon talking Louisville sports and other nonsense. You can listen here.