Cardinal News and Notes Wednesday afternoon

– Spread check (basketball): Cincinnati through May 8th.

– Spread check (football): Kentucky at 3.

– The fourth-ranked Louisville volleyball team wraps up its regular season tonight at 6:30 p.m. in South Bend against Notre Dame. A win earns the Cardinals at least a share of the regular-season ACC title. Here’s a preview.

—Thumbnail Maps vs. Cats:

– The ‘Starting 502’ podcast reacts to Louisville’s recent record-breaking loss.

—Brett McMurphy’s latest bowl projections pit the Cards against Purdue in the Pinstripe Bowl.

—CFP Chair Boo Corrigan speaks about the committee that ranks Louisville 25th in its latest ranking.

Putting Louisville in the top 25 against a more deserving Big Ten team with better results against common opponents

BOO CORRIGAN: Yes, Louisville has won five of their last six games. They are 5-3 against teams ranked above .500. They also have this win over UCF. Two of their losses were against Florida State and Clemson, and by making sure we go over the top with an open mind which teams are in that 7-4 range and making sure we do everything we can to find out which ones who deserve it. But with what we do, there’s no talk of conferences or anything like that. We try to find the best 25 teams.

—Louisville defensive end commitment Adonija Green is reportedly considering Ole Miss.

– The FCS transfer portal is open and Louisville has made an offer to Texas A&M Commerce WR Andrew Armstrong. Armstrong, a sophomore last season, rushed for 1,020 yards and 13 touchdowns on 62 receptions in 2022.

– It shouldn’t be that bad.

– LHL’s John Clay previews Louisville vs. Kentucky in podcast form.

– Louisville Report’s Matt McGavic predicts a 13-point win in Cincinnati tonight.

– Eric Crawford shares his thoughts on Louisville’s humiliating loss to Texas Tech.

There’s no good in losing games on national TV and having the entire college basketball world talking about how bad you are. That alone can have a deterrent effect on recruitment.

Louisville coaches need to put aside the current philosophy and find a way to compete. Install some sets. Get the ball in the right places for the right players. Shorten the game. screw up the game Switch defenses and seize the time. Win ugly but win.

This isn’t Norman Dale stubborn about breaking players. This tries to win a game to make players feel good about taking the next step, and the next. Until you find Jimmy Chitwood in the transfer portal or something.

A few more things. Everyone knew Louisville would struggle this season. But they shouldn’t fight so much. They’re bad, but not that bad. The suggestion of giving them better tools to compete is not an indulgence in expediency. It recognizes the human need not to get kicked in the tail every night.

Second, what you see on the court is not necessarily what Payne teaches. These coaches know basketball and know good basketball. You know basic basketball. But for some reason it doesn’t matter to this group of players.

We’re getting close to the point where the reason doesn’t matter to most fans. In fact, we’re probably already there.

– Louisville’s ACC Big 10 Challenge matchup with Maryland next Tuesday has been scheduled for a 7 p.m. pick on ESPN2. Kevin Willard and the Terrapins start 5-0.

– There was nothing official from U of L or the players, but I would say that Trevion Cooley and Jalen Mitchell no longer on the Louisville roster is a pretty solid indication that neither is back for next season will be.

– Happy 10th anniversary of butt fumbling.

– Duke Basketball Report wonders if this is already a lost season for Louisville.

—U of L student-athletes achieved a division-record 92% Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the most recent report released by the NCAA.

– The right energy for the rest of the Rivalry Week.

– Cardinal Authority has five takeaways from Scott Satterfield’s pre-Kentucky press conference.

– The Courier Journal sports team makes their predictions for Saturday, and all four writers take the cards over the cats.

Air conditioning: Louisville wins, 31-24. Despite the Cardinals’ efforts to reach the end zone, they have found a variety of ways to score, whether on offense, defense, or special teams. They’re currently playing with a ton of confidence and are able to put their stamp on a turnaround season by beating rival Kentucky for the first time since 2017.

RB: Louisville wins 31-28. Kentucky’s defense, as they almost always do, will keep the Wildcats in this game to the end. But the seasonal woes on offense and special teams are too much to overcome against a group that’s playing as well as Louisville. Those issues will surface again Saturday at the worst possible time: The Wildcats, who have blocked five kicks this season (the most in the 131-team FBS), will have a game-defining field goal as time expires.

BD: Louisville wins 24-20. It won’t be easy for Louisville to pick up points. For all of Kentucky’s offensive weaknesses, the defense — especially when it’s reasonably healthy — is legitimate. But it’s hard to imagine the Cats building up an offensive threat against the defensive front of the map.

BRA: Louisville wins 17-14. Kentucky hasn’t surpassed 21 points in more than a month, and that trend could continue against Louisville’s strong defense if the Wildcats don’t score a defensive or special-team touchdown. U of L’s offense could defeat Malik Cunningham, but Cardinals’ superiority (and Britain’s struggles) in the kicking game will be the deciding factor in Scott Satterfield’s maiden Governor’s Cup victory.

– A trend is that the cards will outperform the cats this year.

– Here’s what Jeff Walz had to say after his team won 1-2 in Battle 4 Atlantis.

–Louisville’s two awkward performances in Maui and at times when no other major sporting events were happening mean the Cards’ record-breaking start has garnered some serious national attention (for all the wrong reasons).

The cards have also garnered attention from Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption, and I believe every show/podcast that covers college basketball at some point this week.

– Three U-of-L field hockey players received National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-West Region awards. Julie Kouijzer and Aimee Plumb were selected to the first team, while Emilia Kaczmarczyk was called up to the second team.

– Talkin’ week.

– The Comeback has compiled the most notable reactions to Louisville’s one-sided loss to Texas Tech.

– The latest episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone podcast is here.

—One positive this week was that the Cardinal fans in Maui were awesome.

– RIP to former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown, who famously wore a half Louisville/half Kentucky hat at the 1983 Dream Game. Brown was 88.

—Here’s a transcript of Kenny Payne’s postgame comments from yesterday.

— Scott Satterfield and Bryan Brown both lobbied Tuesday to make Yasir Abdullah the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

—Rick Bozich explores why Kentucky has dominated the soccer rivalry with Louisville in recent years.

– Malik Cunningham is still “everyday”.

– Here are Scott Satterfield’s full comments on Kentucky from yesterday’s press conference:

– A pair of Cardinals were named ACC swimmers of the week.

—Rueben Owens says he had another great visit to the U of L last weekend.

—Happy Thanksgiving Eve, 20-somethings.

– Venues for the 2027-2030 Final Fours have been announced and wow boy is Las Vegas getting a Final Four.

—After a few days on the sidelines, The Mike Rutherford Show returns this afternoon. We’re online from every end of the game in Western Kentucky until 6 p.m. You can stream here.

– And finally beat Cincinnati.


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