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Quarantined Cardinal Kids (QCK’s) continue to put on a happy face and support the squad.

—With the addition of Carlik Jones, Rob Dauster has bumped Louisville from unranked to No. 14 in his updated early top 25 rankings for NBC Sports.

—Jordan Nwora has officially entered the 2020 NBA draft.

—Chris Mack will be holding a teleconference with members of the media at 2 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss the latest updates with the U of L basketball team.

—Pat Forde lays out what he believes are the best Final Four and national title games of all-time. Louisville’s 1975 loss to UCLA and 2013 win over Michigan both make the cut.

—Jordan Sperber with a nice montage of the strongest part of Carlik Jones’ game.

And also what he can do against a more aggressive ball screen defense:

—Almost 80 college underclassmen have declared for the NBA Draft. Here’s the complete list.

—Louisville landing Carlik Jones kicks off Three-Man Weave’s “Three Things” feature.

—Danielle Lerner’s exit interview series continues (Athletic link) with Ryan McMahon.

How much did Coach Mack help you on and off the court?

He helped me tremendously. He was a great coach just like my other two coaches. He’s great at holding me accountable but also at letting me hear it when I’m doing something he likes, and is brutally honest when I’m doing something he didn’t like. As a people-pleaser it allowed me to progress my game because it was very straightforward what he wanted on the court. Then off the court, Coach Mack’s your all-around guy. He’s a role model to me, he has a great family, he’s a great person, and he keeps it 100 percent all the time. If I ever coach, I think I want to be a lot like Coach Mack.


Looking back at your time at Louisville, what do you think your legacy is?

Most importantly, a guy that was very loyal and stuck with the program, with the university, through a lot of hard times, the good and the bad. More specifically, I feel like I was one of the better shooters in Louisville history and I tried to give my all every second out there on the court to help get as many W’s as possible. I’m not worried about my own stats or personal accolades, but overall I think the adversity I went through at Louisville will kind of be my legacy.


How did your experience at Louisville live up to your expectations?

Blew past my expectations. I came in not knowing what to expect, what role I would be in in this program, if I would make impact on winning. That kind of diminished every single year as I found my own single area in every team I was on, whether I was redshirting my freshman year or out on the floor. Playing for this city in one of best arenas in the country, night in and night out, was a dream come true. It’s everything I wanted out of my college experience. People can look back at the adversity I’ve faced, but I hope that doesn’t overshadow all the good things because it really was a dream come true. I couldn’t imagine playing ball anywhere else.

—Louisville football’s offense built on the knowledge it gained in 2019 during the spring practices it was able to hold.

—Mike Leach’s SEC tenure is off to a bit of a rocky start.

—Braden Mack: Baller.

—Bill Self spending 40 minutes breaking down the film of the last seven minutes and OT of the Dayton game is actually really interesting.

—Players open up about the art of faking injuries in college football.

—The British Open is officially canceled.

—Here are the full details on how the NFL’s “virtual draft” is going to work.

—Former Michigan sharpshooter Duncan Robinson tells the story (Athletic link) of how players on all four teams almost boycotted the open practices before the 2018 Final Four.

—Despite being projected as a first round pick, Scottie Lewis is returning to Florida for his sophomore season.

—I don’t think I ever noticed the Dez “Fitzgerald” call here.

—David Teel, who has been to 28 Final Fours, lists the 10 best of those games that he’s witnessed.

—As universities and athletic departments hemorrhage money, highly-paid college coaches may need to start accepting pay cuts to save sports.

—Jay Bilas and Evan Daniels talk about a wide range of topics pertaining to college sports.

—An all-time early ESPN2 moment.

—The CJ looks at the decision that’s still looming for Louisville signee/NBA hopeful Jay Scrubb.

—Class of 2021 defensive end Ryheem Craig from North Carolina has received an offer from U of L.

—David Johnson checks in from his home in the 502.

—Here’s the Cincinnati Enquirer’s story on Queen City native Carlik Jones’ commitment to Louisville.

—The LEO has 10 things for you to do in isolation this week. Do seven of them involve masturbation? You’ll have to click and find out.

—Louisville signee D’Andre Davis has been named an Indiana All-Star.

—The latest on Jody Demling, who remains hospitalized with Covid-19.

Keep up the prayers, good thoughts, etc. for Jody and his family.

—In one of the billion simulations that are still going on out there, Louisville will face Kansas for the national title tonight.

—DraftKings has the over/under win total for Louisville football in 2020 set at 6.5.

—Just in case you haven’t had your fill, here’s Evan Daniels with even more Carlik Jones:

—Louisville has added walk-on QB Matt Bennett to add depth to the position for 2020.

—The CJ tells you how you can keep supporting the Louisville small businesses currently fighting to survive.

—And finally, stay safe and stay home if you can.