—Spread check: Florida State by 2.5.
—Tallahassee.com says this Florida State team is just starting to hit its stride.
—We’ll never apologize to the rest of the 2004-05 Conference USA, nor should we.
Largest conference scoring margin through 9 games (since 1998):— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) February 8, 2019
1. '19 Gonzaga +263
2. '11 Belmont +237
3. '17 Gonzaga +233
4. '98 Kansas +220
5. '05 Louisville +215
5. '18 Gonzaga +215
—Louisville is a three seed opening up against Northern Kentucky in Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology.
—The CJ’s Danielle Lerner serves up three keys to a Louisville win over Florida State on Saturday.
—Arguably the best player in the class of 2020 is expected to pick Tom Crean over John Calipari on Monday.
—There’s a new Muhammad Ali documentary coming to HBO in May.
The two-part HBO Sports documentary WHAT’S MY NAME | MUHAMMAD ALI, chronicling the extraordinary life of one of the 20th century’s most iconic figures, debuts TUESDAY, MAY 14 (8:00-10:40 p.m. ET/PT), with both chapters airing back-to-back in a special television event, it was announced today by Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and CINEMAX Programming, and Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports.
The documentary will also be available on HBO GO, HBO NOW, HBO on Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.
WHAT’S MY NAME | MUHAMMAD ALI is the first feature-length HBO production from SpringHill Entertainment, with LeBron James and Maverick Carter serving as executive producers, and is directed and executive produced by acclaimed feature-film director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “Southpaw,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Equalizer” franchise). Exploring Ali’s challenges, confrontations, comebacks and triumphs through recordings of his own voice, it paints an intimate portrait of a man who was a beacon of hope for oppressed people around the world and, in his later years, was recognized as a global citizen and a symbol of humanity and understanding.
In addition to relying on Ali himself to guide viewers through his remarkable journey, WHAT’S MY NAME | MUHAMMAD ALI features archival footage, some of it previously unseen.
—College basketball coaches often go by feel when determining the time to empty their benches and send the walk-ons in.
—This visual is hysterical.
Apparently Adam Sandler yells out “Sandman!” every time he makes a shot in pickup hoops, according to Chris Mack.— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_) February 8, 2019
—An actual MLB scout watched Bull Durham and gave a thorough breakdown of both Crash Davis and Nuke LaLoosh.
—The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Louisville RB Malik Williams.
—Yahoo’s Pete Thamel looks at the college basketball coaching carousel and (deservedly) crushes former U of L assistant Wyking Jones.
CALIFORNIA – The hiring of Wyking Jones was the single-worst high-major basketball hire of the past decade, an inevitable and unmitigated disaster that no one outside the walls of Berkeley could have envisioned working. Cal is 13-41 overall in two seasons, winless in Pac-12 play this year and generally hopeless. Cal isn’t flush with cash, but it’s hard to imagine them continue floundering with an overmatched coach. The obvious hire here should have been made last time – Montana’s Travis DeCuire, who is a former Cal associate head coach from better times. This being Cal, they could slog through another year of Jones to save money.
—GoCards.com previews Louisville-Florida State.
—Louisville up to No. 14 in the updated NET rankings. Also of note: Lipscomb is up to No. 31. If they rise one more spot into the top 30, Louisville’s win over the Bisons will become a Quad 1 win.
—Cards fans in South Florida, there will be a game watch tomorrow at the Dave and Busters located in the Oakwood Plaza off of I-95 at 3000 Oakwood Drive in Hollywood, FL.
—The Chiefs have put the kibosh on Patrick Mahomes’ pickup basketball career.
—Very cool that Donovan Mitchell will be on the broadcast team for the Slam Dunk Contest this year.
Donovan Mitchell will be on the TNT broadcast announce team during the Slam Dunk Contest this year, along with Kevin Harlan, Kenny Smith, and others.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) February 7, 2019
—A GIF preview of this weekend’s biggest ACC games.
—Louisville softball opened up its 2019 campaign with a disappointing 3-0 loss to Idaho State on Friday.
—This is awesome.
Proud to announce that at my Dick Vitale Gala May 10th we will present a research grant in memory of Tyler Trent for 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS!The grant will be for Osteosarcoma which took Tyler’s life. @TheVFoundation @jksports https://t.co/79dnnUhLQq— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) February 8, 2019
—Asia Durr has been named a Senior CLASS Award finalist.
—U of L men’s soccer has added Bryan Green as associate head coach.
—Some highlights from Thursday night’s romp over Syracuse.
2️⃣5️⃣ point victory.— Louisville WBB (@UofLWBB) February 8, 2019
5️⃣th win over a ranked opponent.
: Highlights from the W over No. 15 Syracuse ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/ZqG1wpH7Sa
—FSU’s official website previews Saturday’s game.
—Streaking the Lawn has Louisville at No. 4 in its ACC power rankings heading into this weekend.
—The Daily Nole previews Louisville-Florida State.
What to Watch For
3-point shooting: With the exception of an ugly win last weekend against Georgia Tech, one major improvement during FSU’s 4-game winning streak has been 3-point shooting. The Seminoles were again lights out during Tuesday night’s win at Syracuse, going 11-for-22 from deep. During the winning streak, FSU has shot better than 46 percent and currently ranks sixth in the ACC in 3-point percentage. The Cardinals are currently fifth in that category at a clip of better than 36 percent for the season. Ryan McMahon was 4-for-5 from distance in Monday’s 72-64 win at Virginia Tech and 4-for-7 in three games against the Seminoles last season. Leading scorer Jordan Nwora ranks fourth in the ACC with 56 made 3s. P.J. Savoy leads FSU with 34 3-point makes. Surprisingly, senior Terance Mann leads the team by shooting at a 44 percent clip from beyond the 3-point arc.
Terance Mann: After a sluggish start to ACC play, Terance Mann seems to have found his groove for the Seminoles. Over the last three games, Mann is shooting 68 percent from the field and 4-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc while grabbing better than eight rebounds per contest. Mann is averaging 14.7 points per game over that span and is coming off a season-high tying 22-point performance against the Orange. In three games against Louisville last season, Mann averaged 14.7 points and shot 58 percent. Mann finished with 25 points and eight rebounds in last season’s match-up in Tallahassee. He also had the blocked shot that sealed FSU’s 80-76 win last season in Louisville.
Turnovers: Among ACC teams, only Georgia Tech is turning the ball over more than Florida State. The Seminoles give it away an average of 14.5 times per game and did so 21 times against Syracuse on Tuesday night. FSU turned the ball over 13 times in each of the three match-ups with Louisville and finished -9 over the three contests, losing the battle every time. FSU does force nearly 16 turnovers per game and is in the middle of the pack in the conference in turnover margin. Louisville forces 12.8 turnovers and gives it away 12.6 times per contest. In ACC games, Louisville is forcing the third-most turnovers at 14.2 per game.
—TNIAAM recaps the Syracuse women’s team’s loss to Louisville.
—And finally, beat Florida State.