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Monday evening Cardinal news and notes

They didn’t come home with a win, but Louisville dentists Jo Ellen and Chip Gerlach and 94-year-old Jerry (Gerald the Great) Kincaid still represented the Cards well in Tallahassee.

—Spread check: Duke by 6.5.

—Tomahawk Nation shares its thoughts on Florida State’s OT win over Louisville.

—I know there’s been some pushback on the themed home basketball games, but Duke wearing black on the road for “the other team’s funeral” has become one of their staples, so I like that we’re at least taking that away.

—Louisville kicked off spring practice this afternoon inside the Trager Center. Via Jody Demling, Malik Cunningham was the quarterback who was running with the first team on day one. Puma Pass was No. 2 and early enrollee Evan Conley, as you would expect, is starting off at No. 3.

—Louisville signee David Johnson from Trinity has been named as the 7th Region Player of the Year and is a finalist for Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball award.

—It may have been a joke, but Louisville players weren’t overly thrilled about a recruit fake committing to U of L before putting on an FAU hat.

—I serve up the 10 things you need to know from the weekend that was in college hoops, including Bill Walton biting into an open flame on live television.

—Despite it being a Tuesday night game, Duke is shaping up to be the most expensive ticket of Louisville’s 2018-19 season.

The Louisville Cardinals have an average listing ticket price of $129 for the season. But when Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils come to town, it’s an entirely different story.

According to TickPick, the no-fee secondary ticket marketplace, ticket prices for tomorrow’s Louisville-Duke game are 133% more expensive than the season average, with a current average listing price of $300. The best/most expensive seat is going for $1,083 (Section 105, Row B). This makes it the most expensive home game of the Cardinals season.

The ”get-in” price for tomorrow’s game is $50. By comparison, tickets to Saturday’s game against Clemson are available for a little over half that, at $27.

—A full offseason of being able to work with Lamar Jackson has the Baltimore Ravens excited about 2019.

—Some Louisville-Duke game notes from the Blue Devil side.

—Louisville falls five spots to No. 21 in Andy Katz’s Power 36 rankings.

—The only UConn-Memphis State highlight you need to see.

—Louisville football is No. 87 in the first S&P rankings for the 2019 season.

—I went on the ACC Nation podcast to talk about Louisville basketball, Cardinal football, and answer a spelling challenge.

—The Cardinal lacrosse team kicked off its 2019 season with tough back-to-back losses to Northwestern and Marquette.

—For anyone still in need of Black Out attire for tomorrow night ...

—The Bengals have formally requested permission to interview Todd Grantham for its vacant defensive coordinator position.

—Asia Durr is one of 30 players who has been named to the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy Women’s Midseason Team.

—Duke loves road games.

—This is a comforting stat.

—Louisville is still at No. 15 in the updated NET rankings.

—One of the top DB prospects in the state of Ohio is high on Louisville and Cort Dennison.

—Tonight in the ACC:

No. 4 Virginia at No. 8 North Carolina (7 p.m./ESPN)

—Here’s the preview for Louisville-Duke.

—Murray State’s Ja Morant blocked one shot with two hands on Saturday.

—Louisville softball is off to a 3-2 start in its first year under head coach Holly Aprile.

—The CJ examines how Louisville can pull off “the ultimate upset” of Duke.

—Wyatt Battaile is feeling the love.

—All but four of the Louisville baseball team’s 56 regular season games will be available to watch on an ESPN platform. Here’s the full TV schedule for the 2019 season.

—Over at The Crunch Zone, LJ Nesbitt reacts to the week that was in Cardinal basketball.

—And finally, Athlon serves up a preview of Louisville’s spring practice.