*UofL checks in at #35 in collegiate licensed merchandise sold
*Louisville is #2 in SI’s Power Rankings (with a nice look at how UofL changed their pick-and-roll during their Final Four game)
The Cardinals are the inverse of Indiana: Their No. 1-ranked defense put them in the national title conversation, but their 103rd-ranked offense held them back. How will they score more in 2012-13? By getting breakout years from sophomore forwards Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear, giving transfer Luke Hancock (a superb facilitator at George Mason) major minutes on the wing, and creating easy points for point guard Peyton Siva in pick-and-roll situations, because he lacks a jump shot. You have to wonder what might have happened against Kentucky in the Final Four had Louisville solved the pick-and-roll puzzle sooner.
*Big 12 hires a new Boss
“Expansion is going to be an ongoing point of consideration for us. I certainly am not going to presume a direction that we will go.
“I think, though, as you consider expansion, it has to be expansion that has, as its roots, the enhancement of the league. There’s nothing magic about 11, 12 or 10 (members).”