—Spread check: Louisville by 4.
—Chris Vannini of The Athletic ranks all 133 FBS teams and has Louisville at No. 14. Duke, the Cards’ Saturday opponent, is No. 19.
—Matt Norlander of CBS does not have Louisville in his preseason top 101 rankings for the upcoming college hoops season.
—The Orange Bowl is the new most likely bowl destination for Louisville, according to Bet Kentucky:
—Trinity High School and Bellarmine University product Brandon Pfaadt will get the ball for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 7 of the NLCS tonight. Pretty cool.
Brandon Pfaadt's mindset for Game 7 of the NLCS is the same as me going to a party that I don't really want to go to pic.twitter.com/hMjD4tOjRu— jack (@Jolly_Olive) October 24, 2023
—The Philadelphia 76ers waived Montrezl Harrell on Monday. Harrell, who had ACL surgery in August, is hoping to be back in the league and at full strength some time after the All-Star break.
—Here’s the GoCards.com preview of Saturday’s game against Duke.
—Jeff Walz was working the room at the annual tip-off luncheon.
It’s the personal touch that packs fans into venues like the Galt House on Monday, and into the KFC Yum! Center, where Louisville is among the national attendance leaders annually. Cardinal players sign autographs after every home game, win or lose.
And you could see in the eyes of the seven newcomers who were introduced one by one before Monday’s luncheon, a tinge of surprise when they looked at the size of crowd greeting them.
“I tried to skip the meal to thank everybody,” Walz said. “But with the size of crowd we continually get, I only got to one half of the room. So I want to thank the other half. ... This is something that takes place because of what has gone on in the past. We have only five returning players, and seven new faces. But we still sell the place out. That’s because of what’s gone on here the past 17 years, because of the tradition, the history and the type of young ladies that come through here.”
—A number of local businesses are benefitting from the Louisville football team’s hot start.
—Cardinal Authority updates U of L’s standing in the national statistical categories after the Cards’ bye week.
—At the end ... be still, my heart.
—Big Red Louie makes three bold predictions for Saturday’s game against Duke.
—The Appalachian State field hockey team’s upset of Louisville on Sunday was its first ever win over a top 10 opponent.
—Just getting paid to be loud.
Stephen A. Smith on Lamar Jackson just two weeks apart pic.twitter.com/ar1V6Ek2Z1— Kevin Oestreicher (@koestreicher34) October 23, 2023
—What Jeff Brohm is doing at Louisville looks awfully similar to how Mike Elko got things started at Duke.
—Jeff Walz’s offseason portal work gets some love on this podcast.
—Both Louisville and Duke are looking to avoid the dreaded losing “streak” on Saturday.
—The Scott Satterfield hire continues to befuddle the American public.
—The St. X and Sacred Heart soccer teams will both play in the state semifinals this week.
—Danny Kanell and Brady Quinn preview Louisville-Duke in video form.
—Former Purdue star David Bell credits Jeff Brohm for his smooth transition to the NFL.
—Let’s increase these with a win on Saturday.
Updated ACC championship game appearance odds, via @ESPNStatsInfo— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) October 23, 2023
Virginia Tech: 5%
—The AP has a general preview of the upcoming U of L men’s basketball season.
—Christian Academy topped Assumption to claim the state field hockey championship Monday night.
—For the true tiebreaker sickos out there ...
Alright..... I'm back in.— John (@CardinaIStrong) October 24, 2023
Per ACC tiebreaker rules *if* UNC and Louisville both finish 7-1:
1. Head to head (N/A)
2. Win % Comm Opp (both 5-1)
3. Win % Comm Opp & Order finish (i.e. if Pitt finishes ahead of UVA then UL gets spot)
4. If Pitt/UVA tie it's Conf Opp win % (close!) pic.twitter.com/Az0BIQl5TD
—Mark Lieberman breaks down some film from the Louisville-Simmons game here.
—The early Halloween night forecast for next Tuesday is calling for cold temps and rain.
—Advanced stats for Louisville vs. Duke:
—BetOnline says Florida State is the college football team most likely to finish the regular season undefeated.
—U of L fans in the South Florida area: There will be a game watch on Saturday at Bokampers in Fort Lauderdale.
—Racing Louisville’s Katie Lund is a finalist for the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award.
—This video breakdown of Lamar Jackson’s performance against the Lions is great.
—At least 11 local restaurants are participating in Louisville Hot Brown Week this week.
—U of L’s annual Day of Giving starts tonight at 6:02 p.m.
Might’ve gone with 5:02, but that’s me.
—Louisville is No. 15 in ESPN’s preseason women’s basketball top 25.
Coach Jeff Walz didn’t lament the loss of Van Lith for very long. Instead, he jumped into the transfer portal and found players just as he has the past two years. In 2022, the Cardinals reached the Final Four with a rebuilt roster. Last season, they got to the Elite Eight. Cal transfer Jayda Curry was the biggest prize from the portal, and she should assume the role Van Lith held as the top offensive option in the backcourt. She led the Pac-12 in scoring two years ago and was named the league’s Freshman of the Year. Kiki Jefferson was also a huge acquisition who averaged 18.2 points per game last season, which included a 30-point effort against North Carolina. Sydney Taylor (UMass) and Nina Rickards (Florida) will join Curry in the backcourt, and both are coming off career-best seasons. Preseason AP rank: 17
—After falling at Pitt and having to stew on their first loss of the season during the bye week, Louisville used the extra time to get refocused.
—And finally, it’s NBA opening night, and just four former Cardinals are on opening night rosters this year:
Damion Lee - Phoenix Suns
Donovan Mitchell - Cleveland Cavaliers
Jordan Nwora - Indiana Pacers
Terry Rozier - Charlotte Hornets
Best of luck to all those guys this season.