—Spread check: Louisville by 3.5.
—The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay says you need to stop what you’re doing and start watching Lamar Jackson change football.
—Louisville has turned the page from Miami to NC State.
—The locker room footage is purposefully short here. Get the sense Chris Mack’s mood didn’t provide the videographers with much that they could use.
—Big Red Louie has three final thoughts on the loss to Miami.
—Forbes has a feature piece on local rapper and Cardinal fan Jack Harlow.
—Gorgui’s still got bounce.
—The U of L women’s soccer team will host Lipscomb in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
—That same day, the fourth-seeded U of L field hockey team will host Michigan in the first round of that NCAA tournament.
—Rick Bozich talks with Dave Borges of the New Haven (Conn.) Register, who is the only AP voter who didn’t have Kentucky at No. 1 on his ballot this week. His top spot went to Louisville.
“It was nothing against Kentucky,” he said. “Actually, I’m surprised I’m the only one who didn’t vote Kentucky No. 1. I thought Duke or North Carolina would get some votes, too.”
Nothing complicated or diabolical about Borges’ ballot. He said that he voted Louisville second and Kentucky seventh in his preseason ballot.
When top-ranked Michigan State lost (to UK) and Louisville rolled over Miami and Youngstown State, Borges moved the Cardinals up one spot.
”I’ve been high on this Louisville team for a while,” Borges said. “I like the roster, I like the talent, I like Jordan Nwora, I like Steven Enoch (who played at UConn). I think they have a chance to be really good.
”After they won those two games, I didn’t have any reason not to jump them up.”
—The Cincinnati Bengals have waived former Louisville LB Preston Brown.
—SportsBetting.ag still has Russell Wilson as the favorite to win NFL MVP, but Lamar Jackson isn’t far behind.
Russell Wilson +175
Lamar Jackson +250
Deshaun Watson +600
Aaron Rodgers +900
Christian McCaffrey +900
Patrick Mahomes +1400
Tom Brady +2000
Drew Brees +2500
Jimmy Garoppolo +2500
Dak Prescott +3300
Kirk Cousins +3300
—LJ Nesbitt is back with a post-Miami version of BucketHatism.
—Four-star class of 2020 small forward Josh Hall has announced a final three of Louisville, NC State and DePaul. All signs point to NC State.
—Adam Miller (2020) has also announced a final three.
I will be verbally committing November 21st pic.twitter.com/scZLBYQuXJ— Adam AceWolf Miller (@AceWolf44) November 11, 2019
All signs on this one point to Illinois.
—Everything on the U of L equipment auction site is half-off until it’s all gone.
—Louisville is down seven spots to No. 60 in this week’s S&P Rankings.
—Louisville’s new NWSL expansion team will be “Proof Louisville FC,” which is just an awful name.
—There is no one like Lamar Jackson in the NFL, and the Ravens are thriving because of it.
—Ken Pomeroy covers the issue of stolen identity (Athletic link) in college basketball.
The person I feel the sorriest for is Santa Clara’s D.J. Mitchell. He transferred from Wake Forest and the move appears to have worked out well. Mitchell went from a reserve role at Wake to a key member of the Broncos, tallying 18 points in each of the team’s first two games this season, both wins. All while being much closer to his Clovis, Calif., home.
But Mitchell is competing with a namesake playing at Hartford. It remains to be seen who becomes the most famous D.J. Mitchell since the Hartford version is coming off the bench as the team’s backup point guard. But the Hawks’ D.J. Mitchell has averaged 13 points a game in that role, so there could be some confusion about which D.J. Mitchell is the D.J. Mitchell.
And that’s especially unfortunate to Santa Clara’s D.J. Mitchell because he already had his identity stolen once. While at Wake Forest, Mitchell went by his given first name, Donovan. He’s Donovan Mitchell. And yet he can’t be Donovan Mitchell because there’s another Donovan Mitchell who’s one of the best basketball players on the planet.
—David Teel of The Daily Progress writes that starting the ACC basketball season with conference tilts produced ragged games, large crowds and more intrigue.
—Louisville will be looking to clean up its rebounding issues Wednesday night against Indiana State.
—Shoutout to Marty Smith. This is great.
As I recorded my standup for my LSU-Alabama wrap, @MartySmithESPN gave some advice & encouragement. I'm a big fan of his dating back to his NASCAR days, but this was next level. To quote him, "Be kind. Work hard. The rest takes care of itself." Words to live by. Thank you man. pic.twitter.com/niiE3rJtDW— Jack Patterson (@JPattersonTV) November 12, 2019
—Cameron Teague of the CJ looks at what went wrong for the Louisville secondary against Miami. Spoiler: A lot.
—ACC basketball on tap for tonight:
Pittsburgh at Robert Morris (6 p.m./ESPNU)
Central Arkansas at No. 2 Duke (7 p.m./ACC Network)
Howard at Notre Dame (7 p.m./ACC Network Extra)
Miami at Central Florida (9 p.m./CBS Sports Network)
—And finally, Lookout Landing pens a 2020 MLB Draft profile of Reid Detmers.