—Bowling Green’s Justin Turner was one of my favorite mid-major players in the country this season, and now Louisville is one of the many high-profile programs trying to snag the grad transfer. He’s an elite-level scorer who can knock down the outside shot and would step right in and play the two for us next year.
—Kylee Shook is one of four finalists for the Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
—Louisville checks in at No. 16 on Rob Dauster’s way too early top 25 for NBC Sports.
GONE: Jordan Nwora, Dwayne Sutton, Steve Enoch, Fresh Kimble, Ryan McMahon, Darius Perry
COMING BACK: David Johnson, Samuell Williamson, Malik Williams, Josh Nickelberry, Aidan Ighiehon, Jaelyn Withers
WAIT AND SEE: Jay Scrubb
NEW FACES: Jay Scrubb, D’Andre Davis, J.J. Traynor
PROJECTED STARTERS: David Johnson, Jay Scrubb, Samuell Williamson, Aidan Ighiehon, Malik Williams
The Cardinals are going to build around sophomores David Johnson and Samuell Williamson as well as junior Malik Williams this season. Johnson and Williamson have both shown flashes of having star potential. The major question mark is going to be who steps forward at the four, and whether or not JuCo transfer Jay Scrubb makes it to campus or opts to head directly to the professional ranks.
—Jeff Borzello’s early top 25 for ESPN does not feature the Cards.
—Northing is normal, but here’s a sports column from Jason Gay of the WSJ anyway.
—Those “most popular ____ in every state” maps are always riddled with lies.
Hey Louisville and the state of Kentucky, I have photographic proof that we are NOT a “Swedish Fish Halloween Favorite state!” During hoarding, quarantine & essential only time, Swedish Fish are fully stocked and untouched! @BiggestBiscuit @LJthaFiasc0 @CardChronicle @MarkEnnis pic.twitter.com/PsxrAvxtn2— Phillip Farris (@PhillipFarris1) March 23, 2020
—The Sporting News is hosting a favorite canceled sports bracket.
—Nine sports books to read while you’re in social isolation.
—Jamon Brown has set up a GoFundMe account so his J. Brown Foundation can give financial assistance to people impacted by COVID-19.
—Jordan Nwora 2019-20 highlights:
—Duke’s Tre Jones and Florida State’s Devin Vassell are among the notable players who, in the last 48 hours, have announced they will be entering the NBA Draft.
—In what should come as a surprise to no one, Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu has been unanimously selected as the AP Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.
—This is a quarantine day 235 take, not day 11.
“Lamar Jackson is the poor-man’s Taysom Hill. It’s not the other way around. That’s what we have in Taysom. That’s why the Saints aren’t messing around. He eventually will be taken care of.” - @BradyPoppinga pic.twitter.com/dW66eAE7S5— Benjamin Criddle (@CriddleBenjamin) March 23, 2020
—Lucas Aulbach of the CJ looks at the way the canceled NCAA tournament has impacted the potential pro careers of multiple Cardinals.
—Jordan Nwora is No. 13 in Sports Illustrated’s ranking of the top 50 players from the past college basketball season.
—Brian Bennett writes for The Athletic about the best NCAA tournament game he ever saw: Louisville’s 2005 Elite Eight comeback win over West Virginia.
For perhaps the first time in his life, Rick Pitino was speechless.
He walked into the locker room at halftime of Louisville’s 2005 Elite Eight game against West Virginia and simply paced back and forth. He didn’t know what to say after the Mountaineers had drained 10 first-half 3s, built a 20-point lead and took a 13-point cushion into intermission. Pitino had always been a master of preparation and scouting reports. But after those first 20 minutes of the West Regional final in Albuquerque, N.M., he scrapped the plan. His players came up with a new one. They wanted to come out of their matchup zone and go back to pressing full court and trapping. Pitino had abandoned that style much of the year because of a short bench, and he was reluctant to ask for that much effort in The Pit, which sits about a mile above sea level.
“But we were like, we don’t give a damn — we’re pressing anyway,” recalls Larry O’Bannon, a senior guard on that Cardinals team. “It was the first time we kind of took charge, and he sat back and listened to us for a change. If it was going to be our last game, we were going to go out playing the way we were supposed to be playing.”
—Kyle Kuric highlights from his 2019-20 season in Barcelona can be viewed here.
—Livestreaming the Northern Lights from the comfort of your home is cool.
—Everything is still so weird.
8:30 am looking up bardstown rd from baxter pic.twitter.com/hwcxzJ51fD— Chris Hatfield (@ChrisDHatfield) March 23, 2020
—Ashland High School is 33-0 and bidding to become the first unbeaten Kentucky state champion since 1948, but probably won’t get a chance to seal the deal.
—BetOnline has some early lines for the 2020 college football season, including Louisville being a 21-point underdog at Clemson and the Battle for the Governor’s Cup being a pick ‘em.
—The move you have to make in this situation.
My favorite #kubball story:— Matt Kleinmann (@matt_kleinmann) March 22, 2020
As the game was ending, I ran on the court to celebrate early.
I knew there would be photos, so I took my warmups off early, so my name and number would be shown.
Because of this, got to see my name on the cover of USA Today.
Didn’t play a minute. pic.twitter.com/izVjDt7BZv
—Here’s a handy list of local restaurants that are still open and providing carry out and/or delivery.
—Jordan Nwora has been named a Third Team All-American by the USBWA.
—Louisville has made the cut for a pair of 2021 defensive backs.
—This is wonderful.
My new favourite thing is Italian mayors and regional presidents LOSING IT at people violating quarantine. Here's an eng subtitled compilation. "I hear you wanna throw graduation parties. I'm gonna send the police over. With flamethrowers." #Covid19 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/NbYuWePIVt— (@protectheflames) March 21, 2020
—Darnell Archey’s “one shining moment” is one we’d all like to forget.
—A writer for The Key Play looks at every ACC mascot and whether or not he could beat them up.
—TuTu Atwell checking in and cutting off his own “Go Cards” to show his respect for the CC podcast.
—247 Sports has a new list of class of 2021 prospects Louisville fans should have their eyes on.
—USA Today lays out why Mekhi Becton is going to be a top 10 pick.
—And finally, quarantine rec of the day: Knives Out. I honestly hadn’t heard all that much about it so I went in with fairly tempered expectations, but I thought it was wonderful. It also has a pretty broad appeal, which is especially beneficial given our current circumstances.
Highly recommend the viewing experience.