—NET Rankings Update: No. 10
—For the second time this season, Dana Evans has been named the ACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
—Out of all the fantastic stuff this U of L hoops video team has put out over the last few months, I think this is the best.
—Malik Williams’ game-sealing dunk on Saturday was the top ACC play of the week (video).
—Michael DeVoe, Georgia Tech’s leading scorer, may not be available for Wednesday night’s game against Louisville.
—Louisville is up to No. 6 in ESPN’s hoops power rankings.
6. Louisville Cardinals (15-3)
Previous ranking: 12
This week: vs. Georgia Tech (Wednesday), vs. Clemson (Saturday)
For the first two months of the season, Louisville had trouble winning when Jordan Nwora didn’t play well. But against Duke on Saturday — on the road, likely the toughest game Louisville is going to play this season — Nwora had a season-low six points on 12 shots ... and Louisville had one of its most efficient offensive performances in the past month. The biggest factor was the continued emergence of freshman guard David Johnson. He had 11 points and four assists against Pittsburgh, and then truly broke out with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists against Duke. Chris Mack has been looking for consistency and playmaking from the point guard position; he might have his answer in Johnson.
—Louisville is No. 2 behind only Florida State in ACCSports.com’s new power rankings.
—Scott Satterfield is the latest guest on Eric Wood’s podcast, which you can listen to here.
—Speaking of podcasts, check us out:
Eyes on you, Simmons.
—In this interview, Peyton Siva talks about life in Europe, his relationship with Rick Pitino, and what it was like to win a national title.
—Kentucky Kingdom will be featured on this week’s episode of “Undercover Boss.”
—Danielle Lerner writes for The Athletic that Louisville showed its true colors Saturday night in Durham.
When Duke denied Jordan Nwora the ball — he finished 3-of-12 from the field with six points — Louisville did not panic.
When Duke battled back on the offensive glass and at the foul line to tie the game with under seven minutes remaining, Louisville did not panic.
When Johnson went down clutching his previously injured left shoulder with three minutes left and the lead down to one, Louisville did not panic.
Sutton made a pair of free throws and Williams added a two of his own, and like that, the lead was back to five. Then Kimble picked up a Tre Jones turnover and passed ahead to Williams, who threw it down with such authority it could give Duke forward Jack White nightmares.
On the bench, normally unexcitable assistant coach Mike Pegues extended both arms to hold his players back, but it was all he could do to keep himself from running onto the court. Guard Ryan McMahon, tasting victory, waved his hand and mouthed “bye, bye” to the Duke crowd.
“We never got rattled, even when things got tough for us,” Williams said. “They tied the game, we kept playing. We kept fighting.”
—ESPN’s Jeff Borzello has a really good read on Jordan Nwora, his growing confidence, and his decision to come back to Louisville.
—Highlights from the U of L women’s team’s road triumph over North Carolina on Sunday.
—A group of about 30 Louisville athletes spent their Monday morning volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Louisville.
—In addition to the officiating card, Mike Krzyzewski was more than willing to play the “we’ve got freshmen” card after being upset twice in one week.
Did I hear you say you wanted Malik's dunk set to My Heart Will Go On?— Gabe Duverge (@GabeDuverge) January 20, 2020
Okay well if you say so.... pic.twitter.com/QlJkMFgjzA
—Baseball America is the first publication to not have Louisville at No. 1 in its preseason poll. They have Dan McDonnell’s club at No. 2.
—The U of L men’s tennis team opened up its 2020 season with a takedown of No. 10 Virginia.
—It’s the first Big Monday of the year, which means I’m contractually obligated to post this video:
Here’s the lineup:
Texas at No. 14 West Virginia (7 p.m./ESPNU)
NC State at Virginia (7 p.m./ESPN)
Oklahoma at No. 1 Baylor (9 p.m./ESPN)
—Former Louisville and Male High wide receiver Keion Wakefield is transferring to West Virginia.
—These seem like good stats.
At 7-6, Louisville is the only school to have a winning record vs. Mike Krzyzewski with nine or more games played.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) January 19, 2020
Chris Mack and Matt Doherty are the only head coaches in men's college basketball history to win their first games in both the Dean E. Smith Center and Cameron Indoor Stadium.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) January 19, 2020
Mack is the only one to do it as the visiting coach in both arenas.
—Chane Behanan is back in jail for allegedly failing to make several child support payments.
—The Duke Chronicle recaps the team’s loss to Louisville.
—Congrats to Khwan on the new deal.
—Congrats to Ballard on backing up its King of the Bluegrass title with an LIT championship. Even more impressive is that Chris Renner is doing all this with a freshman point guard. Remember the name Jack Edelen.
—U of L signee Jay Scrubb scored 29 points, grabbed 12 boards and dished out six assists for John Logan College over the weekend.
—Louisville is No. 6 in Gary Parrish’s daily rankings for CBS.
—And finally, Josh Pastner (definitely not Michael Scott) previews Wednesday’s game against Louisville.