—Spread check: Virginia Tech by 3.
—If you’re still looking to soak up a little Schadenfreude on this Monday, the fine folks over at Tomahawk Nation had a instant reaction podcast following Saturday’s game.
—Florida State’s defense had zero answer for Louisville’s offense on Saturday.
—John Calipari says he did not watch the now infamous Chris Mack Twitter video, but heard there was “a lot of whining.”
Chris Mack reignited the intensity of the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry with an inflammatory Twitter video last month.
John Calipari claims he did not even watch it.
“I didn’t,” Calipari said. “Somebody told me about it. I can’t even remember who told me there was a lot of whining on it. I don’t know. Here’s what I would say to you: He and I have talked since then. It never came up.
“Guys that take shots. When you shoot arrows at me, they go through bazooka holes. They barely touch skin, they may not touch skin, so I don’t worry about all that.”
John Calipari has seen that video. He has seen it multiple times.
—The sixth-ranked Louisville volleyball team snapped No. 10 Pitt’s 37 match home winning streak on Sunday.
—The fan base seems to be a bit divided on these retro unis that the Cards will be sporting against Syracuse on Nov. 20.
They aren’t my favorite, and I agree with those who say they look like Nebraska unis, but I also don’t hate them.
—The Louisville field hockey locked up an ACC championship and improved to 7-0 on the season over the weekend. That’s the best start in program history.
—In less than a month we will have Cardinal hoops back.
—Jeff Borzello’s updated college hoops preseason top 25 for ESPN has Louisville outside of the rankings but in the “next in line” category.
—The 13th-ranked Louisville women’s soccer team came up short against Notre Dame on Sunday.
—Baby Dezmond Tell was an adorable monster.
how it started how it's going pic.twitter.com/JjLHnrYA8j— Dezmond Tell9️⃣9️⃣⚔️ (@Dtell_) October 26, 2020
—Your week 7 ACC touchdown remix is here (video).
—LJ Nesbitt welcomes back the good vibes in his latest installment of BucketHatism.
—Dabo remains the most annoying dude.
Why aren’t more of the media doing their jobs and congratulating the football coach on winning the game? https://t.co/UpbOM79qbQ— lukezim (@lukezim) October 26, 2020
—The 3D walkthrough of this Louisville home is ... an experience.
—The CJ’s Shannon Russell takes a stab at projecting Louisville’s starting five.
—The CC attitude era.
—Gobbler Country has five takeaways from Virginia Tech’s loss to Wake Forest on Saturday. The Hokies will try to bounce back against Louisville this week.
—The official VT site has an early look at Saturday’s game.
—I’ve watched the DK Metcalf chase down video probably 30 times at this point, and I enjoyed this breakdown.
i broke down DK Metcalf running 22 miles per hour pic.twitter.com/bct9srwryB— Mike Camerlengo (@MCamerlengo) October 26, 2020
—Louisville fans, players and coaches alike were happy to see Puma Pass back on the field on Saturday.
—Big Red Louie says Louisville finally had its “get right game.”
—If this happens, the game should be stopped and your team should win immediately.
—An added focus on detail paid monster dividends for the Louisville offense against Florida State.
—247 Sports previews Louisville, the No. 23 team in its preseason college hoops countdown.
Johnson’s fellow sophomore, Samuell Williamson (6-7 210) is a bit of a wild card. A McDonald’s All-American and a five-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite, Williamson showed the occasional flashes in a freshman year where he played almost entirely off the bench. Now, he should step into the starting lineup as a sophomore, and he has a smooth offensive game that should see him emerge as a double-digit scorer, if not one of the Cardinals’ top couple scorers outright. But the bigger question is how he’ll come along defensively. A big part of the reason Williamson was on NBA radars was his potential as a 3-and-D type player, but he hasn’t shown enough of the second element. With him likely bouncing between the three and four this year depending on the lineup, Williamson might have to defend multiple positions.
Williamson’s offensive potential makes him a likely candidate to step into Jordan Nwora’s spot, with Charles Minlend (6-4 220) perhaps the best bet to step in for the departed Dwayne Sutton. Minlend, who averaged better than 14 points per game in each of his last two years at San Francisco, is a smart, thickly built player who has shown just enough of a jump shot to be encouraging. While he’s just a career 31.8% 3-point shooter, the second-team All-WCC pick actually has encouraging spot-up numbers, per Synergy, and could get his fair share of open looks. He’s also a positive defender.
Malik Williams (6-11 250) largely split time with Steven Enoch last year, though Enoch was the starter. Williams was the No. 3 center and No. 27 overall player in the 2017 247Sports Composite — that year, 26 players were given five-star rankings, so he just missed — and as he heads into his senior year, early word on Louisville camp has been that he’s taken a step forward. One of the team’s best leaders, Williams was an efficient scorer and the ACC’s best offensive rebounder in league play last year. If he can block shots the way he did as a sophomore, it would be a step forward, and he’s a 31.5 percent career 3-point shooter, so he can step away from the basket if needed.
—Louisville is back in ESPN’s bowl projections, where one writer has the Cards in the Military Bowl (vs. Navy) and the other in the Gasparilla Bowl (vs. Ole Miss).
—The big play was back inside Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.
—And finally, the Tallahassee Democrat serves up its three biggest takeaways from FSU’s blowout loss.