—The fourth-ranked Louisville baseball team opened its 2019 season by dropping two of three to nationally ranked Connecticut. The Cards will now enjoy (weather permitting) 14 straight games at Jim Patterson Stadium.
—Louisville falls one spot from No. 16 to No. 17 in the updated NET rankings.
—These are the 12 things you need to know from the weekend that was in college basketball.
—The Athletic did the thing where they have coaches speak honestly and anonymously about the other teams in their conference, and here’s what one had to say about Louisville.
Louisville: “They’re not very good defensively but they’re a skilled offensive team. Jordan Nwora is a special offensive player, but he’s a real weak defender. He just doesn’t guard. Tries to steal every pass. He’s an undersized four so if you have a strong four man you can hurt him inside. He’s more athletic than people think, but he’s not overly tough, Ryan McMahon is not overly tough, Malik Williams is not overly tough. They’ve played a little bit of a softer schedule in the league to this point. They don’t have an elite-level scoring guard, but they run their stuff real well. Nwora has an unbelievably quick release. Their bigs can make 3s. They guard you well, but Duke showed that if you have good athletes you can press them and speed them up.”
The circular thinking points me in the direction of Pastner, but it’d be hard for him to criticize anyone’s defense after what Louisville did to his team. That’s still my best guess though.
—Shoutout the U of L researchers who made what could be a huge discovery in the fight against cancer.
—Bryan Brown’s bringing the intensity at spring practice.
ATTACK today like a CHAMPION ‼️ @CoachB_BROWN @UofLFootball ⚫️#AlwaysAttack #Trust #LsUp pic.twitter.com/5I8WkaKS5R— Louisville FB Recruiting (@ULFBRecruiting) February 15, 2019
—Asia Durr’s assessment of her play in Louisville’s upset loss to Miami on Sunday? “I sucked today. I played like butt.”
She is the best.
—Andy Katz has Louisville at No. 23 in his Power 36 rankings.
—Derby City taking over auto racing.
Fun fact:— Jonathan Lintner (@JonathanLintner) February 18, 2019
Louisville natives crew chiefed the winning cars at Daytona on both Saturday (Travis Mack for Michael Annett) and Sunday (Chris Gabehart for Denny Hamlin).
Mack went to Male and Gabehart to St. X.
—A multi-sport star from Southern Indiana who already holds a scholarship offer from Louisville baseball was a Louisville basketball visitor over the weekend.
—A Purdue student is walking over 100 miles to Tuesday night’s rivalry game against Indiana to help raise money for Tyler Trent’s Cancer Research Fund. He was hoping to raise $10,000 but he’s already passed the 11K mark.
—The 3X3 national championship tournament is going to be back, bigger and better in Minneapolis during Final Four weekend.
We're back for Year Two, and we're doing it BIGGER and BETTER!— 3X3U National Championship (@3X3UHoops) February 18, 2019
Mall of America
(Yes... That MALL OF AMERICA!)
April 5-7, 2019
Winner takes home $100,000
Your bag is packed! #3X3U pic.twitter.com/z0LHSoUsNi
—A horse named “Knicks Go” is currently No. 2 on the road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard. There’s no way that horse winds up making it to the first Saturday in May.
—Here are five teams that could make a play for Teddy Bridgewater.
—U of L signee Nyah Green is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Girls High School Player of the Year award.
—Two really good semi-basketball related tweets here.
so uconn did this "single's section" promotion for today-- buy a ticket through the promo and get a free rose and chocolates and meet other single uconn fans. this was supposed to take place in section 235. that section is subsequently empty pic.twitter.com/hW02iEWi5J— steph ⚾️ (@Steph_Sheehan) February 15, 2019
I was single and went to a basketball game in 2012 at UofL. I caught a heart t shirt that they threw into the crowd. Turned to the girl next to me and handed it to her and said happy Valentine's day. I thought it was smooth as fuck. She took the shirt and never said a word to me.— Kerry R. Baumann (@baumannity) February 15, 2019
—247 Sports has five Louisville baseball newcomers to watch in 2019.
—Dabo Swinney says he’d love for Zion Williamson to play at quarterback at Clemson. If I’m Trevor Lawrence, I’m taking that personally and I’m transferring to Louisville immediately.
—Donovan Mitchell shares the story of how he found out that he was getting a signature shoe.
We filmed so much for @TheCrossover TV at All-Star Weekend. The full episode will be on SI TV later this week, here's a thread of clips for you to watch now! @spidadmitchell told us how he found out he was getting a signature shoe: pic.twitter.com/aQj8BwrFcP— Rohan Nadkarni (@RohanNadkarni) February 18, 2019
—Rick Pitino and Panathinaikos took home the Greek Cup championship on Sunday.
—This story on a football coach who doesn’t have arms or legs is just awesome.
—Tim Sullivan details — because I guess he has to — how U of L women’s basketball does not turn a profit.
—The only thing I take away from this is that we’re definitely winning the national title in 2020.
Louisville’s win over Clemson was its first win with only two players getting assists since a 67-65 win at Florida State on Jan. 20, 1979. That game had a similar ending, with UofL leading by 12 with 1:27 left and Florida State having a chance to tie with less than 0:01 left.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) February 17, 2019
—SB Nation’s Kofie Yeboah went back and graded every single dunk in the history of the Slam Dunk Contest. Donovan Mitchell graded out favorable.
—U of L men’s tennis blanked Austin Peay 7-0 over the weekend.
—Gamblers are not fond of this Louisville basketball team.
—High school basketball district tournaments get underway tonight.
—This made me happy.
This person sold their VHS player on eBay and got a surprise letter in the mail: pic.twitter.com/oaLV8dUFqR— Yoni Mernick (@OriginalYoni) February 17, 2019
—Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician says Syracuse has an opportunity to put its past era of struggles against Louisville behind it starting Wednesday night. I would expect a similar narrative from our side when we get ready for Virginia on Saturday.
—Shakin’ the Southland recaps Clemson’s loss to Louisville.
—Big Red Louie wonders if Darius Perry is turning a corner.
—Love Uber Andre.
CC setting up the pick n roll pic.twitter.com/N4ycJrqinL— UberAndre (@UBERAndre) February 7, 2019
—A new podcast looks at the ACC’s best traditions.
—LJ Nesbitt of The Crunch Zone recaps one of the strangest weeks in KFC Yum Center history.
—And finally, despite the loss to Miami, Louisville remains a No. 1 seed in ESPN’s latest women’s bracketology.