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NET Rankings Update: No. 10 (up one spot).

—Danielle Lerner writes for The Athletic about the U of L women’s team’s third straight ACC regular season title and its first outright championship.

—The Louisville Cardinal recaps last night’s ACC regular season title-clinching win inside the KFC Yum Center.

—Cardinal Authority predicts who will replace each of the nine starters lost from last year’s Louisville football team.

—Shoutout to SVP for joining the “gotta get to 68 teams somehow” train.

—Jordan Nwora is down to No. 51 and David Johnson is up to No. 69 on Sam Vecenie’s latest NBA Draft big board for The Athletic. Jay Scrubb, for those wondering, does not make an appearance.

—Stadium’s Jeff Goodman has a good look at the college hoops coaches who appear to be on the hottest of seats at the moment, the ones who appear to have saved their jobs, and the ones who look like they might be about to make a move.

—Highlights from Thursday night’s win over BC:

—Both Sports Illustrated mock brackets have Louisville clinging to a 3-seed.

—After a rough stretch where they dropped six of eight games all in brutal fashion, the Bellarmine Knights have now won four in a row.

—As Scotty Davenport says, “the basketball gods work in mysterious ways.”

—This Fresh Kimble tribute is awesome.

—Keith Oddo is the man.

I’m going to need the parents to stop breaking down at the end of these I’m gonna keep losing it.

—The Wall Street Journal looks at this college basketball season without a household name.

—Louisville is No. 12 in Sports Illustrated’s updated hoops power rankings.

—Jonathan Greenard, who has been extremely complimentary of Louisville during this week’s pre-draft festivities, shares some stories about his time with Lamar Jackson.

—The U of L men’s soccer team has announced its spring schedule.

—The Cardinal track and field squads have wrapped up the first day of the ACC Indoor Championships.

—The Crunch Zone has videos of all six of the Senior Day honorees meeting with the media earlier today.

—Five-star class of 2021 power forward Efton Reid will be taking an official visit to U of L this weekend.

—The U of L baseball team opened its weekend series with Western Michigan with a 4-2 win. Reliever Evan Webster picked up his first career win.

—Malik Williams is “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech. The good news is the Hokies have zero inside presence.

—Mekhi Becton is about to be a very rich man.

—Tickets for the 2020 ACC softball tournament in Louisville are now on sale.

—A monster recruiting day is on the horizon for Chris Mack and his staff.

—Dana Evans is one of the 15 names that people who watch the women’s NCAA tournament are going to need to know.

—It looks like the old extra ball in the outfield track saved a run here.

—BC Interruption recaps last night’s loss to the Cards.

—All of Louisville’s quarterbacks, including Micale Cunningham, are off to a solid start in spring practice.

—The College Basketball Talk podcast debates who the best team in the ACC is.

—Finding out you’re the conference Player of the Year during your fast food restaurant is pretty cool.

Props to the co-worker in the background who acts like this is the most normal thing that’s ever happened at this place.

—Virginia’s defense has just one conference Kryptonite.

—Darius Perry would like everyone to know that he’s not going anywhere.

—The Louisville Zoo is about to welcome some new big cats.

—The U of L women’s tennis team took a loss to No. 18 Miami.

—Please, Jay.

—Christi Mack is the latest guest on the Girl Hustle podcast. You can hear her episode here.

—I enjoyed this Washington Post story on what it’s like to attend a Vermont basketball game in the dead of winter.

—Friday Irrelevance, quadruple helping:

—Louisville softball dropped its first game of the OK State/Tulsa Invitational.

—Here’s the U of L preview of the men’s basketball team’s Sunday game against Virginia Tech.

—All Louisville public golf courses will be open for play on March 1.

—Deion’s suit game has improved tremendously over the years.

—If you missed it, a new episode of the CC pod is out.

—The Daily Press looks at the weekends ahead for both Virginia Tech and Virginia.

As Virginia seeks another postseason resume-builder, Virginia Tech (15-13, 6-11) will be looking to stop the bleeding in a venue that doesn’t bode well for such a thing. Tech, which has lost eight of its last nine games, heads Sunday to No. 11 Louisville (23-6, 14-4).

Since joining the ACC in the 2004-2005 season, Tech has failed to beat just one team in conference play – Louisville. With NCAA tournament hopes gone, and National Invitational Tournament aspirations on life support, a win at Louisville would do wonders for the Hokies’ confidence.

Finding ways to combat ACC Player of the Year candidate Jordan Nwora (team-high 17.9 ppg), center Steven Enoch (9.4 ppg) and forward Dwayne Sutton (9.3 ppg, team-high 8.3 rebounds per game) will be tough for Tech, which rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit against U.Va., only to lose when Clark made a 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left.

The Cards have won 15 straight over the Hokies, tied for their longest active winning streak over an opponent. U of L has also beaten Eastern Kentucky 15 straight times.

—Big Red Louie lays out the teams they don’t want to see the Cards face off against in March.

—Imagine being this lucky.

—And finally, beat Virginia Tech ... on Sunday ... twice.