—Spread check: Virginia by 3.5.
—The CJ’s Cameron Teague writes about the importance of the day after the Clemson game for this Louisville football team.
—The Louisville men’s soccer team continued its up and down 2019 season with a home loss to Temple Tuesday night.
—Trez had quite the performance last night in the Clippers’ opening night win over the Lakers. His son approved.
—The ACC has more players on NBA opening night rosters than any other conference, and it’s not all that close.
—Deion Branch is being honored as an ACC legend. The best part about the release is the picture they used is Deion wearing a Louisville uniform with a gigantic ass “C-USA” logo front and center.
—Louisville has offered a scholarship to 4-star guard Jalen Terry from the class of 2020. Terry has scholarship offers from Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa State, but it appears LSU is going to be Chris Mack’s biggest competition here.
—Buddy Hield’s story is pretty awesome.
—Lamar Jackson has made the Ravens appointment television.
—The annual Louisville baseball Pizza Bowl series is all tied up.
—ESPN’s John Gasaway looks at the best player in college basketball history to wear every number. I almost stopped reading after Rashaad Brooks wasn’t the selection for number zero, but was relieved to see a Cardinal did get highlighted just a couple numbers later.
2. Russ Smith, Louisville (2011-14)
See also: Isaiah Thomas (Washington, 2008-11); Grant Williams (Tennessee, 2016-19); Raymond Felton (North Carolina, 2002-05); Nolan Smith (Duke, 2007-11); Jevon Carter (West Virginia, 2014-18); Troy Bell (Boston College, 1999-2003); Lonzo Ball (UCLA, 2016-17); Melo Trimble (Maryland, 2014-17).
The No. 2 jersey has increased its popularity among elite players in recent years but, as you see, it still has some depth issues relative to other numerical choices.
Wes Unseld also got the nod for No. 31.
31. Wes Unseld, Louisville (1965-68)
See also: Shane Battier (Duke, 1997-2001); Pearl Washington (Syracuse, 1983-86); Reggie Miller (UCLA, 1983-87); Bob Lanier (St. Bonaventure, 1967-70); Chet Walker (Bradley, 1959-62).
Unseld arrived at Louisville just after (and played with) Wade Houston, the first African American player in the program’s history. In his three-year career, Unseld averaged 19 rebounds.
Darrell Griffith, Pervis Ellison and Donovan Mitchell each received mentions in the “see also” category for their numbers.
—Louisville’s offense is ready for a Virginia defense that does a fantastic job of swarming to the ball.
—D1Baseball.com serves up a fall report on Louisville.
—Less than two weeks.
Louisville -- you ready?— David johnson ひ (@davidjohnson13) October 23, 2019
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—Kansas and Missouri are renewing the Border War beginning next season.
—There are a bunch of new faces, but the exact same mission for Louisville women’s basketball in 2019-20.
—Road teams in college football have covered the spread 51.2 percent of the time since 2005.
—Decent jump here.
Most improved offenses (yards per play) from 2018 to 2019— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) October 23, 2019
+82 LSU (from 84th to 2nd)
+65 Boston College
+55 Iowa State
+45 Wake Forest
+34 Oregon State
—Cameron Teague answered some questions about Louisville for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
—The CJ’s Lucas Aulbach hands out superlatives for the 2019-20 U of L men’s basketball team.
—Counterpoint: Mark Turgeon.
—Cardinal Authority’s Jody Demling looks at how Louisville football’s class of 2020 commits are performing in their final high school seasons.
—Shakin’ the Southland serves up a film review of the second half of Louisville-Clemson. Feel free not to click.
—Expectations are higher than anyone could have anticipated for year two of the Chris Mack era at Louisville.
—And finally, Gobbler Country (Virginia Tech) still has Louisville at No. 3 in its updated ACC power rankings.