To quote the great Taylor Swift, “I knew you were trouble when you walked in”… which is exactly what we all thought when 2020 brought us basketball season during a worldwide pandemic. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like 22 days between games is a good way to test the patience of an entire fan base and the determination of a team hungry for a national championship.

22 days. This is the amount of time between Louisville’s last game against Duke, where they defeated the Blue Devils 73-49, and their next scheduled game on December 31st, where they’ll once again face Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The No. 2 ranked Cardinals may have been slowed down on the court due to CoVid-19 issues, but that hasn’t stopped them in the classroom. The team achieved a collective 3.094 grade-point average for the fall semester, marking the 13th consecutive semester that the team has averaged a 3.0 or higher.

Hailey Van Lith had a 4.0 earning a Dean’s Scholar, and Elizabeth Dixon, Merissah Russell, and Kianna Smith were all named to the Dean’s List for earning above a 3.5 GPA.

In other academic news, it appears that Louisville commit Alexia Mobley will be graduating early, but will not be reclassifying. She is still a member of the Cards’ 2022 signing class and ranks as the No. 31 overall player of the 2022 class. She recently posted on her twitter page that she achieved a 4.3 GPA and earned 7 college credits this semester. 

While the Cards have been busy in the classroom, I think I can speak for all of us when I say we are ready to see them back on the court. The end game here is to get see them healthy and continue their path toward hanging a banner.  Louisville is scheduled to play Duke on December 31st at 3p.m. EST barring any additional CoVid-19 protocols.

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