In this wild and weird season, No. 10 Louisville has been quietly going about its business. And after Sunday's win at Cal, that translates to an 11-1 record and likely climbing even higher in the polls.
After seeing protests take place around the country in response to the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, Cal senior Brittany Boyd and assistant Charmin Smith were compelled to make their own voices heard in local protests in Berkeley.
Teams across the country are practicing, preparing and priming themselves for the new season, which the annual Midnight Madness helps tip off. What five things are we most looking forward to when the ball goes up?
For the past several seasons, talent, potential and a parade of All-Americans that should have returned Southern California into a premier program underachieved. That all changed Sunday as the Trojans earned their first NCAA berth since 2006.
After nearly blowing a 30-point lead, Stanford hung on to beat Cal 70-64. The two teams meet again Sunday, with the Cardinal looking to play 40 solid minutes and the Bears trying to finish what they started in Thursday's second half.
Two big games does not a season make. But Colorado knows it has an opportunity to establish itself as a legitimate national contender in its upcoming home games against No. 19 Cal and fourth-ranked Stanford.