—Spread check: Louisville by 4.
—The U of L women’s basketball schedule continues to take shape as we go. This time it’s a freshly scheduled game against DePaul (DePaul!) on Friday in the Women’s Jimmy V Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Cards and Blue Demons will tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
—Some changes are also coming to the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic, but those changes should not affect Louisville’s two scheduled games for this week.
The schedule for the men’s basketball games hosted by the University of Louisville, KFC Yum! Center and Galt House Hotel that include the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic multi-team event has been revised for the final four days.
Prairie View A&M will not participate in its remaining two games in the event due to COVID-19-related issues. The Panthers’ games against UNC Greensboro today and Western Kentucky on Thursday have been cancelled. The Louisville event which began last Wednesday as 16 games has been reduced to 14 games.
The schedule for the remaining games has been adjusted to accommodate the remaining teams and is included below. Louisville’s remaining two games in the event televised on the ACC Network against Western Kentucky today at 6:05 p.m. and UNC Greensboro at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 remain unchanged. The remaining games will be televised by ESPN3.
Tuesday, Dec. 1
Western Kentucky vs. Louisville, 6:00 p.m.
UNC Greensboro vs. Winthrop, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
UNC Greensboro vs. Duquesne, 6:00 p.m. *
Thursday, Dec. 3
Winthrop vs. Little Rock, 4 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4
Duquesne vs. Winthrop, 11 a.m. *
UNC Greensboro vs. Louisville, 2 p.m.
Little Rock vs. Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.
* Wade Houston Tipoff Classic games
It’s not overly comforting to hear Prairie View had a positive Covid test 48 hours after playing Louisville, but it sounds like all is good with the Cards, so let’s buckle up for a pair of big ones tonight and Friday afternoon.
—Dana Evans has been named to the women’s Wooden Award top 30 watch list.
—David Johnson has been named to the watch list for the men’s Wooden Award.
—Regardless of what happens tonight, never forget that Rick Stansbury looks like Stuart from MadTV.
—Speaking of Stansbury, he goes six questions with Rick Bozich.
—Hailey Van Lith is the ACC Freshman of the Week. This likely won’t be the last time in 2020-21 you read that sentence.
—Matt Jones has sold Kentucky Sports Radio.
—Jon Rothstein has Louisville at No. 36 (one spot ahead of Western Kentucky) in his power 45 rankings.
—Louisville is up a pair of spots to No. 2 in The Athletic’s women’s basketball power rankings.
How did Louisville leapfrog Stanford?
Stanford beat Cal Poly by 68 points. There’s not much more they could’ve done. They won and they won big. However, when it comes to these rankings, I value quality wins over winning big, and against a team like Cal Poly — which went 11-18 last season — you better win big. Louisville faced Southeastern Missouri, who went 25-7 last season and won the Ohio Valley Conference championship. From that team, they returned their leading scorer and rebounder, the player who led them in assists and the player who led them in blocks. And the Cardinals beat them by 23 points. Louisville then beat Eastern Kentucky, a team that finished below .500 last season, by 43 points. Overall, they have a win against a better opponent than Stanford does.
—The Cards are up a spot to No. 5 in NCAA.com’s women’s basketball power rankings.
—Milt Wagner is the guest on the latest episode of Larry O’Bannon’s podcast.
—The WNBA draft lottery will happen during halftime of Friday’s Louisville-DePaul game.
—Another bowl game with an ACC tie-in has been canceled for 2020.
The Sun Bowl has been canceled this year, sources told @Stadium. Tied as 2nd-longest running bowl game behind only the Rose Bowl, the Sun Bowl had been played 86 consecutive seasons since 1935. It is 4th Pac-12 bowl canceled this year & 3rd with an ACC tie-in— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 30, 2020
Louisville going bowling regardless of its record is becoming less and less likely.
—Racing Louisville FC will have the top pick in the 2021 NWSL draft, which is scheduled for Jan. 13.
—Cardinal Authority previews Louisville-WKU.
—Here’s a look at how former Cards in the NFL fared in week 12.
—Scott Satterfield confirmed Monday night that Louisville’s scheduled regular season finale against Wake Forest is “up in the air.”
Satterfield said his team’s 11th game, which is currently scheduled for Dec. 19 against Wake Forest at home, is “up in the air” because of COVID-19 and scheduling issues.
“We’re just going like we have most of this year and that’s living day-to-day,” Satterfield told Paul Rogers on his radio show. “It’s kind of up in the air right now. We’ll treat this week as a bye week and then I’m sure we’ll hear from the ACC later in the week and go from there.
“At the end of the day, we want to play. Just get us a team and get them in here and we’ll play them.”
—Busting Brackets has three storylines to look out for in the Louisville-WKU game.
—Big Red Louie looks at the good, the bad and the ugly from Louisville’s loss to Boston College.
—Matt McGavic over at Louisville Report is taking the Cards by four tonight.
—Shannon Russell of the CJ writes that rebounding could be the key determinant in who wins tonight’s Louisville-WKU game.
—And finally, beat Western Kentucky.