—Spread check: Louisville by 3.5.
—NET Rankings Update: No. 37 (down 11 spots from Saturday).
—Tomahawk Nation previews tonight’s tilt.
—Cool, cool, cool, cool.
Louisville falls from No. 16 to unranked in today's AP men's basketball poll. That is its largest drop from ranked to unranked since the poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989-90.https://t.co/HByhwegcE9— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) January 18, 2021
—Of course we aren’t the only big name absent from this week’s rankings.
Historic AP Poll this week.— Bryan Ives (@awaytoworthy) January 18, 2021
No North Carolina or Duke for the first time since the week of Dec. 27, 1982 (702 straight polls)
No North Carolina, Duke or Kentucky for the first time since the week of Dec. 18, 1961 (1,043 straight polls)
—U of L falls out of Gary Parrish’s daily hoops rankings for CBS.
—Louisville is down to No. 28 in Andy Katz’s Power 36 rankings.
—Here’s the GoCards.com recap of the U of L women’s basketball team’s Sunday trouncing of Florida State.
—Highlights from the FSU win:
—The U of L track and field squad posted two wins to close out the McCravy Green Invitational Saturday at UK.
—Chris Mack said his entire team “was MIA” for Saturday night’s game in MIA.
—The Miami Herald recaps The U’s victory.
—Louisville stays at No. 4 in the women’s basketball power rankings from The Athletic.
—Carlik Jones’ effort against Wake Forest was one of the top performances in the ACC for the past week.
I’d argue that he was even better against Miami, but I can see why you’d highlight the winning effort.
—Louisville’s Kianna Smith has been named the College Sports Madness ACC Player of the Week.
—The CJ’s Shannon Russell shares some thoughts on Louisville’s loss to Miami.
—Bills legend Cornelius Bennett says Lamar Jackson is the closest thing he’s seen to Barry Sanders.
—Another preseason top five ranking for the Louisville baseball team:
Preseason @d1baseball Rankings ⚾️— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) January 18, 2021
3. Texas Tech
6. Ole Miss
7. Mississippi State
—Ohio State QB Justin Fields is headed to the NFL.
—State of The U celebrates its Saturday night win over Louisville.
—The CJ highlights the impact Martin Luther King Jr. had on the state of Kentucky.
—Even in defeat, Lamar remains the best.
—Trinity’s Bradley West, the MVP of each of the last two Kentucky 6A state title games, is headed to Louisville as a preferred walk-on.
—Hopkinsville WR Reece Jesse has committed to U of L.
—Louisville has also added QB Tyler Jensen to its roster for 2021.
—Frank Ponce says farewell to The Ville.
—Congrats to Louisville kicker James Turner for earning a scholarship. Definitely earned after last season.
—Louisville’s 2021 season-opener against Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has officially been slotted for a Labor Day night kickoff on Monday, Sept. 6.
—Jon Rothstein does not have Carlik Jones as even an honorable mention Midseason All-American.
—This is glorious.
Denny Crum & Eddie Sutton (1987)— College Basketball Classics (@ClassicsCBB) January 16, 2021
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—Jeremy Pruitt is out at Tennessee, making him, I believe, the 18th UT football coach to be fired in the last 10 years.
—Matt McGavic of Louisville Report likes Florida State by four tonight.
—TuTu Atwell talks with an Eagles blog about what he could bring to Philadelphia.
—FSU’s rivals site previews tonight’s game.
What to Watch For: Both teams played on Saturday, and Louisville’s loss at Miami wasn’t over until after 10 p.m. ET on Saturday night. Now less than 48 hours later, the Cardinals have to take the court again.
Florida State was able to get enough contributions from other players that the loss of Barnes wasn’t a critical blow, but how long can the Seminoles play at this level without the potential lottery pick? There’s no word yet on Barnes’ status for the game tonight, but he’s questionable at best.
Louisville, like always, is a good defensive team with highly talented athletes all over the floor. Johnson is one of the best rebounding guards in the conference and Jones has become the go-to scoring threat for the Cardinals.
For the Seminoles, a win over Louisville would be a huge boost to their hopes of winning back-to-back regular-season ACC titles. They’ll definitely look to continue to their hot shooting against the Cardinals. After scoring 105 against N.C. State on Wednesday night, they put up another 82 against the Tar Heels on Saturday, despite it not being a high-possession game.
The Seminoles are not only 37 of their last 38 from the free-throw line, but they’ve also hit 20 of their last 34 3-point attempts. Leonard Hamilton has said all year that he thought he had a good shooting team, and over the past week the Seminoles lived up to that promise.
The ‘Noles will have to stay hot tonight, and continue to improve defensively and on the boards, to be able to come away with a victory at Louisville.
—Eric Crawford recaps the U of L women’s team’s Sunday win over FSU.
—Charlie Strong has officially joined Urban Meyer’s staff in Jacksonville.
—Skip Snow of USA Today likes the Seminoles by three tonight.
—And finally, beat Florida State.