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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

It’s been a long week for both Samuel Turner and for Santa.

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—Spread check (Music City Bowl): Mississippi State by 4.

VegasInsider clarified yesterday that there was a mistake on their website, and that the Bulldogs have been the actual favorite this whole time.

—It’s game day for Cardinal volleyball, which faces No. 2 Texas in the Sweet 16 today at 4 p.m. ET in Austin.

—Love that we’re still getting these videos even after a loss.

—Steven Enoch has no regrets about his time at UConn or his decision to take his college career to Louisville.

—U of L QB commit Chubba Purdy is a First Team All-State selection in Arizona.

—Purdy also made headlines on Friday morning by confirming that he’ll be taking an official visit to Florida State this weekend.

—Purdy’s father says his son is “not decommitting from Louisville” and that the visit to FSU is just “a last-minute thing.”

—Jeff Walz wants no part of the Satterfield-Mack prank war.

—Sam Vecenie’s updated NBA Draft big board (Athletic link) has Jordan Nwora at No. 30 and Dwayne Sutton at No. 98. Jay Scrubb also makes an appearance at No. 49.

— gives confidence picks on all 40 bowl games, and the pick they are the 11th-most confident about is Mississippi State covering 3.5 in the Music City Bowl.

—I never thought I could love the Ravens like this.

—One year during WWI, the government let Army and Navy play everybody except each other, because the Secretary of War thought they’d use up too much time and energy prepping to play each other.

—The LEO has five things to do in Louisville this weekend.

—Every time he plays it seems like it produces a new bit of history.

—Louisville is No. 4 in Gary Parrish’s daily rankings for CBS.

—This is an all-time rivalry troll move that I couldn’t applaud more if you’re a senior going out on top.

Iowa took down Iowa State in Ames, 84-68.

—Speaking of basketball rivalries, the Memphis vs. Tennessee one has been the gift that keeps giving for the past year. Here’s a full timeline of hate to catch up on before the two meet tomorrow afternoon in Knoxville.

—Larry Vaught says that not many teams on the UK women’s team’s schedule are going to have the combination of size and athleticism that Louisville does.

—Friday Irrelevance, quadruple helping with some semi-relevance at the end:

—LB recruit Mason Cobb was impressed by his visit to U of L.

—Cardinal Authority’s Jody Demling has a primer for the Cardinal football recruiting weekend ahead.

—Jordan Nwora is No. 19 on 247 Sports’ NBA Draft Big Board.

No. 19 | Jordan Nwora, SF, Louisville

247Sports Composite: No. 88 in 2017

Last spring, Nwora strongly considered going to the NBA Draft, but he opted to return to school to improve his stock. He’s doing just that. Nwora is a weapon on the offensive end that can score it all three levels. A confident shooter, Nwora has made 25 of 57 (43.9%) of his three-point attempts. That percentage is even more impressive considering the difficulty of shots he often times takes. Nwora’s long-range shot helps his middle game too, as he’s comfortable ball-faking, decking it and getting to mid-range or in to pull-up or throw a runner off the glass. We knew he had offense, but Nwora has also improved his defensive effort and is consistently playing harder and with better energy. Nwora is averaging 20.8 points and 7.5 rebounds through 10 games.

—Micale Cunningham and Javian Hawkins discussed the start of bowl prep with the media on Thursday.

—The CJ looks into why Jeff Walz chose to redshirt McDonald’s All-American Nyah Green.

—The demand for postgame Lamar jersey swaps has become so high that he has to have extra jerseys ready to go so he doesn’t let any opposing players down.

—The official EKU website previews the game tomorrow against Louisville.

—Every team in college basketball should have at least one script jersey.

—A total of 72 former or current University of Louisville student-athletes, spirit group members and support staff will earn their degrees at the 2019 fall commencement ceremony at the KFC Yum Center this evening. Congrats to all of them and to all the other U of L graduates.

—And finally, beat EKU.