—Spread check: Louisville by 9.
—NET Rankings Update: No. 10.
—U of L signee Hailey Van Lith scored 46 points on Saturday to break the Washington girls career state scoring record, which had stood for 15 years.
—The Athletic’s Seth Davis does the thing where he gets coaches to give anonymous scouting reports on the other teams in their leagues. The take on Louisville is probably about what you’d expect.
Louisville: “They have pros in the frontcourt, but their guard play is not elite. To win a national championship, you usually have to have great guard play. They’ve won because they can shoot the 3 at a high clip, but if their guards are not making 3s that would be a problem because they don’t make plays for the other guys. Jordan Nwora is a susceptible defender. He doesn’t move his feet, can’t really keep guys in front of him. It’s hard to defend him on the perimeter, though. You gotta limit his catch-and-shoots, make him bounce it multiple times. They’re an older team. They do point guard by committee, but they can go to different guys. Defensively, they’re a gapped-up pack-line team that’s physical. They’re not overly athletic. It will be interesting to see what they do if they get into a game with a real athletic team that they’re not able to just physically punk.”
—Four of the six writers over at TNIAAM like Louisville to take care of Syracuse tonight.
—Charlie Strong has officially joined Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama as a defensive analyst.
—I’m talking Louisville’s struggles and general college hoops nonsense on the latest episode of Titus and Tate.
The “historically weak bubble” era is over. Long live the “gotta get to 68 teams somehow” era.
—I’m also talking about this weird season for the ACC on the new episode of An ACC Podcast.
—Conor Shea over at CardinalSports.com tries to unlock the secrets to Louisville’s recent struggles.
—At least one gambler thinks 9 is too high a number for the Cards to cover tonight.
Who is Louisville?
Is this the team that wins at Cameron Indoor Stadium or the team that loses at Georgia Tech? The answer is both, and it is reflected in their trends.
While the Cardinals are a minty fresh 14-1 straight up at home and 20-4 SU as a favorite, they are just 12-13-1 against the spread overall and 7-7-1 ATS at home. As the home team, the Cardinals underperform the spread by an average of -2.0 points per game.
The totals follow the same trends at 8-7 overall, but Louisville has gone over in five of their last seven games.
It’s just too many points
The most interesting thing about this game so far is that the total has decreased by six points, yet the spread has only fallen by 0.5. Apparently, the public likes this Louisville defense that just gave up 141 points to Georgia Tech and Clemson, while also liking an offense that scored 120 points in those same two games.
Fade the public here. Louisville will win this game, but they won’t cover the number. I also think this is going to be a rock fight that doesn’t get to 140.
—Chris Dobbertean’s latest mock bracket for SB Nation has Louisville as a 3-seed facing Winthrop in the first round.
—According to Hudl, Louisville signee JJ Traynor has been the best player (video) in the state of Kentucky this season.
Infrared D.O.N.s coming soon...— Troy Turbeville (@VilleontheVille) February 19, 2020
—TNIAAM has five things for Syracuse fans to keep an eye on tonight.
—Cameron Teague of the CJ writes about Elizabeth Balogun’s recent experience with the Nigerian national team.
—If you’re going to force a good coach out, you better be damn sure that you have an even better replacement already lined up and ready to sign. If you don’t, you could be Pitt.
With its loss to Florida St, Pitt has at least 12 losses for the sixth-consecutive season. It had one such season in the 13 years prior to that. Never, ever, ever underestimate the work Jamie Dixon & Ben Howland did with that program (not that these two seasons are on Jeff Capel)— Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG) February 19, 2020
—Huge U of L fan Andre — one half of the Brotha to Brotha team — is still in need of some medical help.
—Top Cardinal hoops recruits Zion Harmon and Khristian Lander will both be in the house for tonight’s game against Syracuse.
—Any rational person understands why Scott Satterfield was the 2019 ACC Coach of the Year.
2019 New Coach Impact— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) February 18, 2020
Best/Worst 1-year changes in my Game Grader formula from 2018-2019:
+31 Louisville / Satterfield
+25.2 Ohio State / Day
+22.7 UNC / Mack Brown
+8.2 Kansas State / Klieman pic.twitter.com/XiTWFvMKjj
—Hayes Gardner of the CJ says it’s not time to press the panic button on Louisville basketball.
—A happy home opener day to the second-ranked Louisville baseball team, which is hosting Wright State at 3 p.m.
—Joe Lunardi still has Louisville hanging on to a 3-seed in his latest Bracketology.
—This video has me very excited for the Kevin Garnett Showtime documentary that’s coming out this fall.
Kevin Garnett on Tim Duncan's trash talk— John Ledesma (@JohnnyNBA) February 16, 2020
"He didn't talk in sentences, he hit you in phrases. No gangsta shit." pic.twitter.com/ZdAMlkEOt4
—Sports Illustrated previews Thursday night’s game for the U of L women against Georgia Tech.
—Here’s the official GT preview for that same game.
—National interest is picking up for class of 2022 standout D’Ante Davis, the younger brother of Louisville signee D’Andre Davis.
Davis has a scholarship offer from Louisville, but the Cardinals are not alone here in this recruitment of the 6-foot-6 prospect who checks in at No. 74 in the 247Sports Top247 for the class of 2022.
“I am also hearing from Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Butler, Xavier and some others,” said Davis.
He continued, “I have been to games at Louisville, Butler and Purdue.”
Clearly, Davis and his family have a close relationship with Louisville, and he says it is great to hear from the Cardinals.
“Louisville has been great to me,” he explained. “The coaching staff has shown a lot of love, and I have talked to them some, and I really like them.”
—Your college hoops NET viewing guide for tonight.
—The Duke Chronicle looks at the likelihood of the Blue Devils winning their first outright ACC regular season title since 2006.
—This from last night was beyond atrocious.
Florida gets a Technical foul here which is upheld on review. And please pray for Arkansas’ Adrio Bailey’s health as he took an absolutely brutal shot.— Bad Sports Refs (@BadSportsRefs) February 19, 2020
*Trigger Warning* pic.twitter.com/73eLfWjmSZ
—Inside the Loud House says that Syracuse has been overly reliant on the outside shot in recent weeks and needs to focus more on paint touches.
—The Syracuse Post-Standard serves up the major details you need to know about tonight’s contest.
—If you have the means to help out the Ladybirds, you should definitely help out the Ladybirds.
In this new era it appears the Ladybirds are having to do some fundraising. They've given us nothing but entertainment, excellence, and championships for decades so give a little back if you can. #GoCards #L1C4 pic.twitter.com/6zL7Fygsrb— Rachel (@snicklefritz35) February 18, 2020
—The Game Haus has a draft profile of Mekhi Becton.
—Running into a Louisville team with a renewed sense of urgency isn’t great timing for a Syracuse team that is desperate for a major win.
—The Spread likes the Cards by double-digits.
—Looks like it’s time for Teddy to get paid/get to play.
With Drew Brees official announcement that he will return to New Orleans, there is the unofficial news that Teddy Bridgewater will not.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 18, 2020
—Rick Bozich likes the talk from the Louisville camp right now, but says now it’s time to back it up, especially on the defensive end.
—And finally, beat Syracuse.