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Thursday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

SB Nation logo SB Nation 3/5/2020 Mike Rutherford
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NET Rankings Update: No. 8.

—We ask you for so little, Notre Dame. So little. Thanks for nothing.

—The U of L women’s basketball team will open up its ACC tournament run on Friday at 2 p.m against No. 8 seed Syracuse. The Orange took care of ninth-seeded Virginia by a final score of 67-50 on Thursday afternoon.

Louisville split its regular season series with Syracuse, which was one of just two teams to knock off the Cards in conference play.

—Here’s what the U of L men’s team’s NCAA tournament team sheet (the thing the Committee uses to evaluate every team) looks like at the moment:

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—Louisville is No. 13 in the penultimate college hoops power rankings from Matt Norlander of CBS.

—The depth and the balance that Jeff Walz has this season should be able to fuel his team to deep runs in both the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

—Muffet McGraw lost in Greensboro before Jeff Walz even get into town. Hate to see it.

—The ACC Digital Network honors Dana Evans’ ACC Player of the Year win.

—Louisville signee D’Andre Davis’ high school career ended Wednesday night when his Lawrence Central squad took a 68-57 sectional loss to Lawrence North. Central lost three games all season long, each one to North. Davis scored 16 points in his final high school game.

—Cardinal recruit Trey Kaufman (2021) and his Silver Creek squad had better luck in their sectional opener, rolling to an 88-51 win. Kaufman made an unofficial visit to U of L on Sunday and attended the Cards’ senior night win over Virginia Tech.

“It went well,” Kaufman said, also explaining that the list of positives with the Cardinal program is a long one.

“First of all, it is one of the best basketball programs in the country,” Kaufman said. “It’s close to home. I could go on and on about the program.”

In addition to impacting the development of Kaufman, his head coach also has an up-close seat for the star’s recruiting process and is quite familiar with the level of effort the UofL staff is making in hopes of eventually securing his commitment.

“First and foremost, UofL is a great program and they are used to winning and Trey is a winner,” Hoffman said. “Winning is a big thing to him, so that’s first and foremost. Coach Mack is doing a great job. Any time you have an opportunity to play for a highly-respected and a high-degree coach like Mack it’s a great opportunity.”

The relationship between Mack and Kaufman is strong.

“He calls me. He’ll Facetime with me every once and awhile,” Kaufman said. “I believe I have a really good relationship with him.”

—Speaking of Kaufman, the CJ also explores the junior star’s love of magic.

—Jordan Nwora was not named one of the 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Award.

—SB Nation has Teddy Bridgewater at No. 30 on its list of the top 100 NFL free agents.

—Louisville fans in South Florida can attend a game watch for the Cards tilt against Virginia at 4 p.m. at Stout Irish Bar and Grille in Fort Lauderdale.

—Keith Oddo talks more about the Senior Night shot that still has Louisville buzzing.

“Growing up, I used to idolize guys from my hometown, like JJ Reddick and Luke Hancock,” Oddo said. “I remember watching the 2013 (national championship) run and I remember exactly where I was.

I was in my friend’s basement, watching Luke hit three after three, after three after three, and it was unbelievable.”

Fast-forward seven years later and he was able to get a taste of that 2013 moment.

”I texted Luke after the game and I said, ‘Man, I feel like Luke Hancock for a second here,’” Oddo said. “Ryan (McMahon) and I were laughing because Ryan’s hit like a thousand three pointers in the building and he was like ‘I don’t even know if the Yum! Center has gotten that loud for me over the years!’”

Once that shot went in, Oddo says there was a lot to process.

”I’m pretty sure I blacked out after that,” he said.

The biggest thing that will resonate with him is seeing how joyful everyone was about that late-game three-pointer.

”The guy’s reaction. That meant the world to me,” Oddo said. “They swarmed me as if I hit the game-winner.”

—ACCSports.com is reporting that Danny Manning’s agent and Wake Forest are already in negotiations for a buyout.

—Louisville baseball is set to open ACC play this weekend at Wake Forest.

—Congrats to Pete. Nobody deserves this more.

—While attendance for most major American sports has been dropping in recent years, the attendance for women’s college basketball games is surging. The Wall Street Journal investigates why.

—The U of L football staff is using this spring period as a chance to rev up its offense.

Louisville wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer said spring ball has been another step int he right direction towards “trying to win a championship here.”

”It’s the second time around now and we know how the car drives and how fast it goes,” Brewer said. “So, lets put it out there in autobahn and test it, even more, open it up a little bit.

”We’re going to make sure we continue what we do - running the football - and we have done a great job at that. But we’ll see what else we can do.”

Brewer said the big thing about being the second spring is that it was a lot easier to do the install of the offense.

“We pretty much have everything installed of our base,” he said. “The older guys get it - they are just working on fine-tuning and stuff. It’s the young guys, they have smoke coming out of the ears right now. But they’re doing good.

”Individually, they have done well in certain settings and those settings are when they know what to do, they perform well.”

—Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey likes Florida State to take down next week’s ACC tournament.

—The work Dan McDonnell has done since making the jump to the ACC is truly remarkable.

—BetAmerica says Lamar Jackson is one of five NFL players who are due for a regression in 2020.

—Bruce Feldman of The Athletic ranks the top 25 coaches in college football and has Scott Satterfield at No. 10.

10. Scott Satterfield, Louisville: He went 40-11 in his last four seasons at Appalachian State and is pulling off a remarkable turnaround at Louisville, taking over a program that in its final season under Bobby Petrino won two games and lost by an average of 30 points per game. Satterfield injected all sorts of positivity into his new players in 2019, and the Louisville and the Cards went 8-5 and won the Music City Bowl. At his alma mater, he became the first coach to lead a school from the FCS level to FBS and immediately produce three consecutive bowl wins.

—Memphis’ decision to play James Wiseman after he was declared ineligible has put it in dicey, uncharted waters.

—Louisville City FC has signed 16-year-old Jonathan Gomez.

—March rules.

—U of L men’s golf star Matthias Schmid has been named to the prestigious Palmer Cup team for a second-straight year.

—According to Ken Pomeroy, Virginia’s current 7-game win streak ties the modern-era low for combined scoring margin (26).

—It appears the recent trend of flashing lights after night game home runs is coming to Jim Patterson Stadium.

Awesome.

—The Augusta Free Press gives UVA fans the info they need to know on Louisville.

—I am going to spend $200 for a commercial where I talk for 30 seconds about how weird it was that Clemson football fans stormed the field after beating an awful Louisville team in 2018. My only stipulation is that said commercial has to run during at least one Clemson sporting event.

—After an undefeated 2019 season, the Male High School softball team opens 2020 as the No. 1 team in the nation according to USA Today.

—And finally, beat Syracuse.

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