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Elle Hackney and her parents have found their Christmas tree, now all they want are wins over Wisconsin and Kentucky.

—Spread check: Wisconsin by 4.

—Cardinal Authority looks at what’s next for the Louisville football recruiting class of 2021.

—Matt McGavic of Louisville Report is predicting a 2-point Badger victory tomorrow.

—I take back what I said just yesterday about all script uniforms being awesome.

This makes it look like the Cards will be taking on the Walgreens All-Stars tomorrow.

—Bucky’s 5th Quarter is not a fan of the look.

—The Kentucky appeals court has ruled that Louisville’s Topgolf project was approved properly, rejecting the claims of the neighbors trying to prevent the project from (finally) happening.

—Emina Ekic, perhaps the best women’s soccer player in U of L history, is foregoing the rest of her college eligibility to begin her professional career.

—Jaraye Williams remains the one Louisville football commit from the class of 2021 whose status is up in the air.

—Sports Illustrated looks at how Clemson mastered the art of (legal) sign stealing.

—Sportskeeda is picking Wisconsin over Louisville.

—We is smart.

—Sunday’s Louisville-Miami women’s basketball game has been postponed.

—U of L has officially confirmed the transfer of redshirt freshman Nyah Green, a former McDonald’s All-American.

University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz announced today that redshirt freshman Nyah Green will transfer from the University of Louisville and has entered her name into the transfer portal.

“Nyah reached out to us and felt that a move was the best thing for her,” said Walz. “Nyah is a very talented player and an excellent student. We wish her nothing but the best moving forward.”

—The 2020-21 U of L rowing schedule is here.

—Still relevant.

—If you want to hear all of Keith Wynne’s thoughts on Louisville football’s recruiting class of 2021, you can do so here.

—The two Wisconsin writers for 247 Sports both like the Badgers over Louisville by double digits.

PREDICTION - EVAN FLOOD

I like a lot of the stretches of basketball Wisconsin is playing. Now, can they do it for close to 40 minutes?

Against Loyola (IL), who looked like a potential NCAA Tournament team and perhaps the eventual winner in the Missouri Valley Conference, it wasn’t always pretty, but the Badgers maintained control of that game and then threw the haymaker with the 19-2 run in the second half.

Aside from the final minutes against Marquette, Gard has always been able to count on this defensively. UW is giving up just .86 points per possession and rank seventh nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency per KenPom. Louisville has feasted thus far on four opponents outside the top 50, including three outside the top 125.

I think it’s going to be tough to overcome an 18-day layoff, especially when UL hasn’t faced a power-five opponent to this point. The Cardinals also could be quite shorthanded, with just 7-8 scholarship players making the trip to Madison.

Wisconsin 66 Louisville 56

PREDICTION - JOSH SCHAFER

COVID-19 moved this game to one of the final days of nonconference play and COVID-19 also diminished the significance of this game for the Badgers. Louisville is expecting to have seven or eight scholarship players for the game. While it’s unclear who the player or two that me about because of coronavirus protocol, it will still have an impact on the Cardinals rotation. It’s also worth noting that this will be the U of L’s first game back after a two-week pause. Basketball team’s haven’t played great coming off those pauses this year.

This could be a game where Wisconsin plays a little fast than normal. They’ve shown it in spurts this season and it could work against a team that didn’t have much physical activity for a few weeks. With a limited roster and a shortened rotation, Wisconsin’s deep bench should be able to wear down the Cardinals as the game carries on.

Look for Wisconsin’s big men to have a bounce-back game down low as Louisville doesn’t have a player like Cameron Krutwig to slow down Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter in the post.

Wisconsin 72 Louisville 61

—Wisconsin writer Mike Lucas looks at the three keys to the game from his vantage point.

—Here’s the officially U of L preview for tomorrow’s game.

—And finally, beat Wisconsin.