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Shoutout to Reid for doing Thanksgiving right and turning his turkey into Lamar Jackson.

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—Spread check (basketball): Louisville by 21.

—Spread check (football): Louisville by 4.

—The U of L defense is moving on after “laying a big fat egg” against Miami.

—Lamar Jackson and Trae Young becoming brothers born out of disrespect makes me so happy.

—If Mekhi Becton is unavailable Saturday against NC State, Scott Satterfield and Dwayne Ledford will turn to versatile sophomore Adonis Boone.

—U of L men’s soccer standout Cherif Dieye has been named an All-ACC Second Team selection.

—All of you are cordially invited to JJ Traynor’s signing at Bardstown High School this afternoon.

—Louisville has had its fair share of all-time stars in recent years, and women’s soccer All-American Emina Ekic is in the process of joining the club.

—It’s really tough to get through, but this piece on gun violence and high school football is extremely well done.

—Bill Connelly’s S&P Projections have Louisville-NC State as a dead heat.

—Louisville is up to No. 3 in Gary Parrish’s daily rankings for CBS.

—Fresh Kimble hasn’t scored a ton for Louisville yet, but he’s still poised to be a crucial piece for the Cards in 2019-20.

—Not sure if anyone caught any college basketball on Tuesday, but Walter McCarty had himself a nice little evening.

In the span of a single week, the Wildcats managed to beat No. 1, become No. 1 and then lose at home to a 25-point underdog that won just 11 games last season and got taken to overtime by a Division II team in an exhibition two weeks ago. These things just don’t happen. Or didn’t. Kentucky had won 52 consecutive games against unranked nonconference opponents at Rupp Arena and never, in 39 previous tries, lost such a game while ranked No. 1. If this wasn’t the program’s worst loss ever in that building, it certainly was the most unexpected.

That Kentucky was served such a cold slice of history by one of its own only adds to the insult. McCarty is in his second season as a head coach, and he just made sure Kentucky will drop from the No. 1 ranking when the new polls come out in a week. At least the Wildcats didn’t pay the Purple Aces $90,000 to deliver that humiliation. Can you say awkward?

It was just a strange night, including that surreal moment after the game when Tony Delk wrapped McCarty in a bear hug and the two former UK stars celebrated a stunning loss by their alma mater. Delk squeezed him so hard a tear popped out and trickled down McCarty’s cheek.

“How about that, brother?” he said before escaping Delk’s grip. “I gotta get out of here. I’m too emotional.”

—Also this:

Additional shouts to former Cardinal player and assistant Logan Bauman, who is now an assistant on McCarty’s staff at Evansville.

—There are 22 prospects in the basketball class of 2020 who remain uncommitted. Louisville is still listed as a choice for three, but it seems like the Cards are only a true player for one (Jalen Terry).

—Speaking of the basketball recruiting class of 2020, the conference having the most success with said class is ... the ACC.

—Brekken is the only kid in this class who really gets Thanksgiving.

—Former Louisville tight end Keith Towbridge has been signed to Washington’s practice squad.

—Former Louisville long-snapper Colin Holba has been signed to the practice squad of the New York Giants.

—The one AP voter who had Louisville No. 1 instead of Kentucky this week took a little bit of a virtual victory lap last night.

That is one brave son of a bitch.

—Tom Fornelli of CBS looks at who’s underrated and who’s overrated in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

—247 Sports plays know the foe with NC State.

—At least one player on Indiana State’s roster grew up dreaming of suiting up for Louisville.

ISU has two players who understand that culture — New Albany native Cobie Barnes and Corydon native Bronson Kessinger.

Kessinger is actually from Meade County, Ky. originally — his family moved to Corydon when he was five — and he admits that the culture of Kentuckiana basketball still pulls at his heart strings.

”Growing up in my extended family you’re either a Kentucky or Louisville fan. I’ll admit I’m on the Louisville side of that. I’ve always been a Louisville fan, I’ll even admit, I’m still a Louisville fan. I just have to hide it a bit,” Kessinger said.

Kessinger has another connection to Louisville through former Cardinals guard Kevin Ware. When Kessinger broke his leg during his high school career in 2015, Ware — who suffered a similar catastrophic leg fracture in the 2013 NCAA Tournament — reached out to offer support to Kessinger.

”I grew up watching the greats at Freedom Hall and even the first year of the Yum Center. It’s pretty special to me [to play at Louisville] and I have a lot of friends and family coming to see me,” added Kessinger, who said Earl Clark was his favorite Cardinal.

Well, this is the only night of the year I won’t be pulling for Bronson Kessinger. Also, his red goatee is tremendous.

—Lamar Jackson takes on Deshaun Watson in Houston this weekend. His history both against Watson and in Houston is not great.

—Chris Mack says his team needs to be prepared against an Indiana State team that boasts a talented and experienced backcourt.

—And finally, beat Indiana State.