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Updated: 2016-12-08T18:58:03-05:00


Final Heisman Trophy odds: Lamar Jackson still an overwhelming favorite



The final Heisman Trophy odds from Bovada still have Lamar Jackson as the overwhelming favorite to bring home the award Saturday night. Jackson is currently sitting at 1/25, well ahead of second choice Deshaun Watson, who is 7/1.

Here are the final odds in front of Saturday's ceremony:

Odds to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy

Lamar Jackson (QB Louisville)                           1/25

Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson)                         7/1

Baker Mayfield (QB Oklahoma)                          50/1

Jabrill Peppers (S Michigan)                              50/1

Dede Westbrook (WR Oklahoma)                       66/1

Thursday evening Cardinal news and notes


Santa only comes to houses with CCBM trees. Sam Gardner of Fox Sports says Lamar Jackson put himself at the front of the Heisman race by keeping it simple all year long. Growing up in Palm Beach County, Florida, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson often used video games as an escape. A particular fan of the NCAA Football series during its existence, Jackson would bury himself in the game for hours upon hours in high school, winning the Heisman Trophy with Cam Newton or Robert Griffin III — also known as Auburn QB #2 and Baylor QB #10, in video game parlance — while holding onto the far-off hope that he might someday do the same in real life. But now that his own time has finally come, Jackson, the current Heisman frontrunner and one of five finalists for the 2016 award, is feeling more inclined than ever to dive back into his console, lest he become distracted by hubbub surrounding his candidacy. "I try to stay grounded," Jackson, a sophomore, said Saturday in Orlando when asked about this coming Saturday's awards ceremony in New York. "I stay in my room and try to play video games to keep my mind off stuff like that. Or me and my friends, I play video games with them or go out and play basketball. But I don't really try to watch TV to see where they've got me at and stuff like that. "That's not me," he continued. "I've never been like that." As he did on the coaches and media's teams, Lamar Jackson headlines the Associated Press' All-ACC team. Anas rules. This Philly Voice profile of Temple coach Fran Dunphy is very good. Gonzaga is good, but Washington -- even with potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz -- is an embarrassment. Both of those things were evident last night. The bar has been set unbelievably low for 2017. We did a poll this time 4 years ago and 52% of Americans said they believed in Santa. This year it's 31%. 2016 really destroyed our souls — PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) December 8, 2016 [...]

Seedy K’s GameCap: Southern Illinois


Cardinals jump out early, cruise to a ho hum 74-51 victory Last night at the Yum! -- the game, the crowd, the level of excitement -- was summed up in one visual there for all in the gym to see. During the first media timeout of the second half, after the Cards had started the period with a 9-2 run to push their lead to 46-28, it was time for Smile Cam, yet another timeout commercial diversion to confirm that U of L hoops is nothing if not bought and sold. There on the big screen framed by the sponsoring info was a fellow dressed in Cardinal red, leaning back in his seat, his hands clasped behind his head, his eyes half closed. As Sean Moth started to gig the dude in a friendly way -- "Hey, this is SMILE cam" -- the fans paying attention started to titter. Though the fellow seemed oblivious, the camera didn't move. When he finally realized he was the object of attention, he still didn't smile or change his expression, but gave a halfhearted wave, as if to say, "Yeah, whatever." What a perfect metaphor for the evening. Louisville pushed out to a 10-0 lead on 7 points by Mangok Mathiang and a Donovan Mitchell trey. Louisville netted its first five shots, while the visitors started 0/6. By the time the relatively small, late arriving, unenthusiastic crowd all got to their seats, it was 21-4. More people were then checking Facebook on their phones than watching the action. * * * * * The ho hum 23 point victory came in another of these December scrimmages against overmatched foes that have become the norm in the Yum! era. There were a few moments -- operative word: few -- worth mentioning. Other than that, there's just not much to talk about. Matz Stockman drained a nifty turnaround deuce to push the lead to 19-4. Then covering his spot on the press at midcourt like concrete road block, he forced the Saluki dribbling toward him to lose the ball out of bounds. With 3:18 to play before the break, ever steady Ryan McMahon on a give and go threw a beautiful one-handed hook pass to Ray Spalding for an emphatic point blank two. 35-18. On the next Cardinal possession, Mitchell hit Deng Adel with a three quarter court Lamar Jacksonish bullseye for an easy fastbreak layup. 37-18. Which positive sequence was followed immediately by a negative one to end the half. A spate of bad U of L passes and turnovers, led to an 8 zero Southern Illinois run to cut the visitors' deficit at the break to 11. Jaylen Johnson's second half hustle was best exemplified, when he went to the floor for a tieup at 46-30. (Sure enough he wasn't rewarded. The visitors got the rock because of the possession arrow.) Tony Hicks played a steady intense game, without doing anything spectacular. Though, for my money, I'd give those minutes, most of them anyway, to McMahon. Finally, with a bit over six minutes until the buzzer, Spalding pilfered the ball from Mike Rodriguez at the Salukis' FT line, and took it the length of the court for a slam. By that time, the crowd was thinning out, and those that remained sounded more like a murmuring gathering of Bats fans at Slugger Field, than a college basketball audience. (I'm not mentioning the lack of enthusiasm by the Cardinal faithful in attendance to denigrate them, only to emphasize how little fervor there was in the gym.) * * * * * So this '16-'17 edition of the Louisville Cardinals remains an enigma. Flashes of gorgeous, flowing offense are offset by short possessions of quick, ill-advised shots. Periods of lock down D, are counterbalanced by other interludes when opponents drive the lane with impunity and are open for uncontested treys. (To be fair, U of L still has the #1 defense in the land, according to numbers guru Ken Pomeroy.) So, those of us who love the Cardinals are still scratching our heads, wondering what will become of this squad, what shall be its fate? I'm inclined to say the team still has no identity. And it really doesn't, but it's still early, the holiday season is just co[...]

Highlights: Louisville 74, Southern Illinois 51



So much Mangok for your faces.

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Louisville cruises to 74-51 win over Southern Illinois



Louisville scored the game's first 13 points and never looked back on their way to a workmanlike 74-51 win over visiting Southern Illinois Wednesday night.

Ten different Cardinals scored at least two points in the game, led by Mangok Mathiang's 15. Deng Adel also gave one of the best performances of his sophomore season to date, recording his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Though U of L was just 4-of-17 from beyond the arc, the Cardinals used their superior size and speed to force 17 Southern Illinois turnovers and outrebound the Salukis by 12.

I could write more about this tonight, but this felt like the most uneventful contest of the season to date. The defense was great per usual, the offense started hot, went stagnant, and then was just ok, and nothing particularly crazy or funny happened. Basically, this will be the "oh yeah, I totally forgot about that" game when we look back at things three months from now. And that's fine.

Here's your box score:


How to watch Louisville-Southern Illinois on TV



Louisville's 7 p.m. Wednesday night game against visiting Southern Illinois is an ACC Regional network game, which means locally you'll be able to catch it on Fox Sports South.

If you live outside the Louisville area, here's a list of affiliates that will be carrying the contest:

• FOX Sports South/FOX Sports Carolinas
• FOX Sports Sun
• FOX Sports Midwest Plus/FOX Sports Indiana Plus
• Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
• YES - Delayed Broadcast at 12am
• NESN Plus
• ROOT Sports Pittsburgh Plus
• SportsTime Ohio
• FOX Sports Detroit Plus
• FOX Sports North Plus
• FOX Sports Southwest - SA, HOU, LA
• FOX Sports San Diego
• FOX Sports Prime Ticket
• ROOT Sports Rocky Mtn.
• ROOT Sports Northwest
• Also on ACC Network Extra through the

The game will also be available on the ACC Network Extra/ESPN3/WatchESPN app, as long as you don't live in a blackout area. The link to watch the game is here.

Louisville leads the all-time series 3-2, but the two teams haven't met since 1976.