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Monday evening Cardinal news and notes

Louisville basketball hasn’t tasted defeat since Aurora’s arrival into the world, and she wants to keep it that way.

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—The Louisville women’s basketball team is up to No. 3 in the new AP poll, which means it’ll be No. 2 vs. No. 3 when UConn comes to the KFC Yum Center on Thursday.

—Don’t expect Chris Mack to come out in a white suit for Saturday’s White Out game against North Carolina.

—Louisville is No. 15 in Gary Parrish’s top 25 and one rankings for CBS.

—The Cards are No. 14 in Andy Katz’s Power 36 rankings.

—The ACC is in perfect harmony.

—I know this guy was using a formula, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that this ranking of the best rivalries in college basketball is without doubt the worst sports listicle I’ve ever seen.

— has Louisville at No. 5 in its weekly conference power rankings.

No. 5 Louisville

After Saturday’s home win over Pitt, Louisville is now 6-1 in ACC play — winners of five straight. Under Chris Mack, the Cards have been excellent; Louisville has won five league games by 10+ points. Currently, the have a conference game point differential of +95, which is excellent.

Even when Louisville struggles offensively, which it did in the rematch against Pitt (0.97 points per possession, the lowest since the Kentucky loss), it can win with defense. Louisville’s now up to 37th nationally in weight defensive efficiency, per KenPom, even though this team doesn’t force many turnovers (18.3 percent opponent turnover rate).

Against Pitt, though, Malik Williams, who continues to show some skills as a stretch-5 with some rim protection, blocked three shots. The invariably-active Dwayne Sutton grabbed three steals, too.

—Dancing DePaul walk-on Pantelis Xidias is starting to get too much national love. I don’t like it. Need him humble.

—Way to be strong, Kevin.

—Kentucky State has hired Charlie Jackson, most recently the defensive backs coach for the Atlanta Falcons, as its new head football coach. The school parted ways with John L. Smith after the 2018 season.

—An update on all the college basketball players who have already entered the transfer portal.

—It’s been a crazy few years for former Cardinal Trevon Young, who has gone from wondering if his football career was over to being one win away from becoming a Super Bowl champion.

—Louisville is apparently the 10th-worst large city in America for football fans. If we’re talking about just 2018, I’d imagine it would have made the jump to top five.

—LJ Nesbitt over at The Crunch Zone says Louisville basketball is fun again.


—The NCAA has ruled that Miami basketball standout Dewan Hernandez must sit out the rest of this season and 40 percent of next season because he entered into an agreement with and accepted benefits from an agent.

—Via Kelly Dickey, Louisville’s 8-spot jump in this week’s AP poll is tied for the third-largest one week jump in program history.

—Bill Walton claimed during a recent broadcast that he was an extra in the original Ghostbusters movie. It checks out.

—A 10-year-old from Kentucky won his school science fair by scientifically proving that Tom Brady is a cheater.

—The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel gives Louisville an A for the hiring of Scott Satterfield.

Louisville (A): Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield. This grade was somewhat predetermined — whoever got Satterfield was going to land my highest grade. In six seasons at his alma mater, Satterfield, 46, orchestrated the Mountaineers’ transition from FCS to FBS, winning 11 games by his third season and capturing three consecutive Sun Belt titles. When UNC strangely never even called the North Carolina native, Louisville — having missed out on top choice Jeff Brohm — wisely pounced. Tasked with cleaning up the mess left behind by Bobby Petrino, Satterfield should excel at recruiting and development.

—Here’s the U of L recap of the women’s team’s rout of Pitt on Sunday.

—NHL ‘94 was the greatest sports video game ever made.

—If there’s a Bobby Boucher on U of L’s campus, this staff is going to find him.

—Former Waggener standout Jairus Brents is no longer on the U of L football roster. Brents, a former four-star recruit, was academically ineligible for the 2018 season.

—Ken Pomeroy says that if the season ended today, Jordan Nwora would deserve a First Team All-ACC nod.

—Chris Mack’s autographed shoes from the Pitt game are up for auction, with all proceeds going to Jaxen’s Journey.

—Donovan Mitchell remains the coolest.

—This deep-dive on the old Billy Ripken baseball card with the F word on it is terrific.

—Very happy to see this guy wind up getting the car.

—Louisville players have fully bought into Chris Mack’s offensive style, and the results speak pretty loudly.

—Eric Crawford shared his memories of Old Cardinal Stadium.

—And finally, seats from Old Cardinal officially went on sale today, and now they are apparently already sold out.