—The Louisville baseball team’s midweek struggles continued Tuesday night with an 11-7 loss to Kentucky. The Cards desperately need some pitching depth to emerge as they enter the heart of the regular season.
—The U of L softball team will try to do what the baseball team couldn’t when it hosts No. 10 Kentucky Wednesday night.
—Arizona has fired Sean Miller. Apparently you have two options in these situations: A termination or a lifetime contract. Nothing in between is allowed.
—Louisville is No. 4 in The Athletic’s early women’s basketball top 25 for 2021-22.
Louisville takes the No. 4 spot
The Cardinals are losing Dana Evans to the WNBA and Elizabeth Balogun to the transfer portal (remember, it’s possible to return after entering the transfer portal, so nothing is set in stone yet). But thus far, they’ve also been big winners in the transfer portal, picking up Syracuse’s Emily Engstler and Vanderbilt’s Chelsie Hall. Evans’ shoes will be impossible to fill with a single player, but Hailey Van Lith will be ready to step into a larger leadership role as she makes the jump from her freshman to sophomore year.
—Louisville lands in the “under consideration” section of Andy Katz’s way-too-early Power 36 rankings for the 2021-22 men’s college hoops season.
—Sports Illustrated’s early top 25 does not feature the Cardinals.
—Virginia Tech sharpshooter Jalen Cone is headed to ... Northern Arizona?
—SportsBetting.ag has Louisville at 28-1 to win the 2022 men’s NCAA tournament.
—Bovada has the Cards at 25-1.
—Miami hoops star Chris Lykes is transferring to Arkansas.
—The 15th-ranked Louisville lacrosse team will host No. 8 Duke on Thursday.
—Louisville’s Gabriela Leon was named the ACC Field Performer of the Week.
—A new episode of the CC Podcast dropped yesterday.
—Sacred Heart is moving on in the girls Sweet 16.
VALKYRIES WIN!— Sacred Heart Basketball (@ValkyriesBBall) April 7, 2021
Sacred Heart 64
Knott County Central 32#GoHeart pic.twitter.com/lFhOeKUoHa
—Ricky O’Donnell writes that the Baylor Bears were a superpower hiding in plain sight.
—Dane Brugler 2021 NFL Draft guide for The Athletic is here. He has TuTu Atwell as the 95th-best overall prospect in the draft.
—Congrats to Nick Albiero on being named the ACC Swimmer of the Year and to Arthur Albiero on being named the ACC Coach of the Year.
—So The Sandlot was made in 1992 and set in 1962, which means if they were making the same movie now, it would be set it in ... this is not a fun game.
"Heroes get remembered, but legends never die."— ESPN (@espn) April 7, 2021
28 years ago today, The Sandlot hit theaters ⚾ pic.twitter.com/1lkOtnUM5O
The Sandlot, Major League and The Bad News Bears were actually all released on April 7.
—247 Sports ranks the best available transfers in college basketball.
—Greg Bishop writes for Sports Illustrated that the enduring images from this college basketball season will be Baylor’s championship, Gonzaga’s run at history and the perhaps permanent emergence of ... Basketball Casual?
—Cardinal Authority has a Q&A with women’s basketball transfer Emily Engstler from Syracuse.
—Nature is healing.
Baylor vs. Gonzaga averaged 16.92 million viewers last night on CBS. Most watched basketball game, college or pro, since the deciding Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) April 6, 2021
—Speaking of ratings, the Louisville-Stanford women’s game was the highest-rated men’s or women’s regional final in the city of Louisville this year.
—It’s time to bring Josh Pastner back to Tucson.
—The Sporting News counts down the 37 best college basketball teams that didn’t win the national championship.
—Very cool move by the One Shining Moment crew.
you may notice this year's One Shining Moment lingers for an extra second on a Grand Canyon player, showing him make a spectacular block, then showing a close-up. It's Oscar Frayer, who died in a car accident days after GCU's tourney game. I'll remember him whenever I watch it. https://t.co/NAmBsiXzDr pic.twitter.com/5KyDmJ4DN9— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) April 6, 2021
—Vince Tyra says his expectations are to have 75-80 percent of the typical football season ticket sales in 2021.
—With the Panthers trading for Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater’s future is once again unclear.
—Miami transfer Matt Cross is bringing a skill with him to Louisville that the Cards desperately need.
—Cardinal Authority talks to the latest Louisville men’s basketball addition, Jarrod West.
Q: WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE ROSTER AT LOUISVILLE WHEN YOU ARRIVE ON CAMPUS?
West: ”I am going to bring really good leadership and really good work ethic. I am going to put the time in every day and do everything that I can do to win. I can shoot, I can dribble and pass, I can run the pick and roll and I feel like I can run a team. I think defensively I can go with anyone in the country at my position. I am really confident in myself and in my abilities. The leadership qualities, the work ethic, the intangibles that go along with my game, I feel like there’s a lot that I can bring to this team and this program.”
Q: DID CARLIK JONES COMING BACK OR NOT HAVE ANY KIND OF AN IMPACT ON YOU?
West: ”Honestly, not that much at all. You know coach Mack was honest with me from the jump and that really made it easy for me and it was something that I really appreciated, that he was being so honest with me. He felt like if he doesn’t come back then that opportunity is going to be there for me to play and if he does come back then my opportunity is going to be there to play. He feels like we can really be good playing together if he does come back and if he doesn’t come back then I can really be a big help to the team.”
—The Akron Beacon Journal writes that TuTu Atwell may have the burst the Cleveland Browns need.
—The book remains out on the 2021 Louisville baseball team.
—And finally, Jeff Walz’s Cards are No. 6 in ESPN’s early rankings for next season.