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Lifelong Cardinal fan Sue Stepnik passed away over the weekend. She was a U of L graduate who traveled the country to follow her Cards for years. She was also one of the supporters who gave donations to get a shovel in the ground at what is now Cardinal Stadium. She’s pictured here getting ready for the 1986 national championship game in Dallas.

NET Rankings Update: No. 49 (down two).

—The Louisville baseball team’s 20-game winning streak over Morehead State came to an end on Tuesday with a rough 5-2 loss to the Eagles at Jim Patterson. It’s early, but the Cards need to find some offense.

—Eamonn Brennan’s latest Bubble Watch for The Athletic still has Louisville in the “work to do” section.

Louisville (13-5, 8-4; NET: 46, SOS: 45): Big win for the Cardinals on Saturday. Of course, it wasn’t as big as a late-February overtime win at Duke normally is; Duke is just OK this year, and Duke’s fans weren’t in the building, and so the whole thing rings kind of different. But still, beating Duke of late hasn’t been easy, and Louisville had gone its entire 2020-21 campaign without notching a Quadrant 1 win. At Duke, even in its diminished state, still counts. Throw in a 7-0 record against Quadrant 2, the fact that ‘Ville’s remaining games are against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and Virginia at the Yum! Center, along with this extremely pure photo of Chris Mack’s next-morning celebration, and Louisville fans should be feeling pretty good about things at the moment.

—A couple of years after winning the dunk contest, Donovan Mitchell will try to add NBA All-Star Break 3-Point Contest champion to his resume too.

—Jeff Walz is a Naismith Coach of the Year semifinalist.

—Dana Evans has been named the Kay Yow Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

—De’Rail Sims was mic’d up during Louisville football’s Tuesday practice.

—Bellarmine will make its Atlantic Sun tournament debut Friday night against Stetson, which it swept in the regular season. The Knights are the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

—Jack Harlow performed six songs as the latest artist featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.

—The start of the 2021 Louisville Bats season has been delayed by a month.

—Nice to see this guy back on the bump striking dudes out.

—Five U of L women’s basketball players have been named to the ACC’s All-Academic team.

—Last night in the ACC:

Pittsburgh 70, Wake Forest 57
Georgia Tech 81, Duke 77 (OT)

—I woke up thinking about this dance and Pastner’s repeat use of “uncredible.”

—Donovan Mitchell is featured in the new HBO documentary “The Day Sports Stood Still” about March 11, 2020. The doc premieres on March 24.

—The spring season for the Louisville men’s soccer team gets underway Thursday night at NC State.

—Christi Mack is the guest on the latest episode of Jeff Greer’s podcast.

—The Valley always delivers.

—A very big week for Louisville basketball took an unexpected turn yesterday.

—Mel Kiper identifies Dez Fitzpatrick as one of the wide receivers he likes as a potential draft target for the Baltimore Ravens.

—They grow up so fast.

—Despite being limited by an injury this spring, Marshon Ford continues to be a leader for Louisville football.

Kentucky lost.

—A Fern Creek senior has received over $1 million in scholarship offers from colleges.

—Tonight in the ACC:

Clemson at Syracuse (5 p.m./ACC Network)
NC State at Notre Dame (7 p.m./ACC Network)
Boston College at No. 11 Florida State (9 p.m./ACC Network)

—The Horizon League quarterfinals were bananas last night. The top seed won in triple overtime, the second-seed lost in overtime in historically improbable fashion, and the only game that didn’t go into overtime was won at the buzzer by NKU.

The best part of the video the Norse guard who had no idea his team won because he was already hiding his head in anguish.

—Hundreds of Baylor fans showed up at the airport to celebrate the team’s first regular season conference championship in 71 years.

—Swish Appeal previews the ACC women’s basketball tournament.

—U of L has offered a pair of quarterbacks from the class of 2023.

—David Johnson going full Michael Jordan curly haired security guard.

—Louisville Report breaks down the ACC tournament seeding possibilities for the men’s basketball team.

—Mykassa Robinson remains Jeff Walz’s x-factor.

—And finally, Louisville’s game against Virginia Tech was canceled because of contact tracing concerns, and not a positive test within the Hokie program. VT’s Saturday game against NC State has also been canceled. Here’s hoping Mike Young’s team is able to play in next week’s ACC tournament.

Also, we’ve still beaten Vah Tech 17 straight times.