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Monday evening Cardinal news and notes

Zach Hamilton was a part of the Louisville takeover of Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.

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—Spread check (football): Louisville by 3.5.

—TuTu Atwell has been added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list. You can vote for him here.

—State of The U serves up a film review of the Hurricanes’ blowout win over Louisville.

—Scott Satterfield says that Mekhi Becton is “day-to-day.”

The 6-foot-7, 369-pound Becton has started 22 straight games for the Cardinals but will be hampered by the injury heading into Saturday’s game against North Carolina State. The Cardinals and Wolfpack will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C.

”I think Mekhi is getting better and will probably be listed as day-to-day,” U of L coach Scott Satterfield said on Monday during his weekly news conference. “We’ll see how he is this week. Obviously, if he’s available to play then we want to play him.

”If you ask him, he says he’s playing. So we’ll see. It’s going to be one of those deals where he won’t be ready to go at the beginning of the week but we’ll see where he’s at during the middle of the week or towards the end of the week.”

Satterfield added that Micale Cunningham and TuTu Atwell both practiced on Sunday and should be good to go against NC State on Saturday.

—Louisville was one of college basketball’s biggest week one winners.

—Seems good.

—The U of L volleyball team toppled Miami on Friday but fell to Florida State on Sunday.

—According to her high school’s Facebook account, five-star guard Hailey Van Lith will decide between Louisville and Baylor on Saturday.

—Kelly Dickey has mastered fatherhood.

—Sitting at five wins, Louisville can’t afford to let one bad game turn into another one.

—Chris Mack will hold his pre-Indiana State press conference Tuesday afternoon at 1:15.

—After beating Florida for a sixth straight year, Florida State paying tribute to both LeBron’s famous championship quote and Jameis Winston’s super weird pregame speech is pretty great.

The Seminoles opened their season with an upset loss to Pitt, which promptly turned around and lost to Nicholls on Saturday. The lesson here is that Nicholls is definitely the best team in the ACC and the SEC and deserves to be No. 6 when the new polls come out this afternoon.

—Louisville is No. 4 in Gary Parrish’s top 25 and one rankings for CBS.

—The crew over at Three-Man-Weave gives their best overreactions to the first week of the college hoops season.

—Archie Miller might be the worst actor I’ve ever seen.

Seems pretty clear that you were familiar with “load management” before the question, Arch.

—Chris Mack’s team is up to No. 4 in ESPN’s updated college hoops power rankings.

—Four-star class of 2020 point guard Jalen Terry says his visit to U of L last weekend went well.

“We like what we have seen from Louisville,” James Terry said. “We’ll sit down as a family and see what’s the best fit, but we got a great vibe from Louisville and are highly considering them.”

A standout at Beecher High School, Terry had been committed to Michigan State since April 2 and de-committed on Oct. 14. Louisville was one of the first schools in contact with Terry once he re-opened the recruiting process.

The elder Terry said there currently are no other visits planned, but there could be one scheduled for this weekend. Terry is also looking at Oregon and several other schools. He said his son “would prefer” to sign in the early signing period, which starts on Wednesday but the father said the family isn’t going to rush things.

James Terry said there are plenty of reasons the family liked Louisville, including Chris Mack.

“He’s a humble guy, a cool guy,” Terry said of Mack. “I picked up that he’s a nice family guy, and I like that.

“We plan on laying the facts down and letting Jalen look at them and make his decision, but Louisville is a highly, highly considered place.”

—The folks over at Backing the Pack react to NC State being an underdog this weekend against the Cards.

—TuTu Atwell makes the ACC Digital Network’s cut for the five best plays of the past weekend.

—On the basketball side, Jordan Nwora makes the cut.

—Gorgui Dieng has received the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his continued efforts to provide sustainable programming and medical assistance to children and families in Senegal. The guy is the best.

—Excited to see this in Cardinal Stadium (relatively) soon.

—Youngstown State is coached by a Bob Huggins protege, which is part of the reason why the Penguins looked like they were out-toughing Louisville for large chunks of Sunday’s game.

—The U of L field hockey team is the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and will host a first round game for the first time in program history.

—The U of L women’s soccer team is also dancing.

—Louisville is No. 6 in Andy Katz’s Power 36 rankings.

—No one knows who the second best football team in the ACC is.

—Here’s the advanced box score from Louisville-Miami ... if you’re into that sort of thing.

—After a remarkable comeback in Saturday’s Eastern Conference final, Louisville City FC is headed back to the USL Championship Final to play for their third straight USL championship. Lou City will host the Championship Final at Lynn Stadium on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be aired live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

—Seth Davis lists (Athletic link) Louisville as one of his most impressive teams from week one of the college hoops season.

Two of those assists came from 6-7 junior forward Jordan Nwora, who also had 23 points (4-of-5 from 3) and 12 rebounds in the win. Seven of the Cardinals’ 14 assists came from their point guard duo of 6-2 junior Darius Perry and 6-foot senior Fresh Kimble, a grad transfer from Saint Joseph’s. Keep in mind that this team is down two big, important bodies: Malik Williams, a 6-11 junior who started 20 games last year; and David Johnson, a 6-5 freshman who had been highly impressive in preseason workouts. Williams broke his foot and Johnson tore the labrum in his non-shooting shoulder. Both are expected to be back in two to four weeks.

“It’s unfortunate that those guys got hurt, but there’s always a bright side to injuries in that it gives other guys reps in practice and games they wouldn’t have had,” coach Chris Mack told me. “Hopefully it makes us a deeper team when they get back.”

The program also benefited from an injury last spring, when Nwora suffered a strained calf that rendered him unable to work out for NBA teams. As a result, he withdrew his name from the draft, and based on what I saw against Miami, the projections of him as an ACC and national player of the year candidate are spot on. Nwora possesses every skill a player needs, and it’s apparent the game slowed down for him. “He’s a prolific scorer, and like every All-American he’s going to be circled on the scouting report,” Mack said. “His ability to take the game as it comes and not force shots is going to be really important. I was proud of him because he had five points at halftime (against Miami) but he was never pressing.”

Moving forward, I’m going to keep an eye on the point guard position. There are enough scorers on this team (another freshman, 6-6 swingman Samuell Williamson, looked terrific scoring 13 points in 24 minutes off the bench) that Perry and Kimble don’t have to be heroes. Mack told me that Perry is “an absolute pest” as an on-ball defender, and as a fifth-year senior, Kimble can add steadiness the way Christen Cunningham did last season. To be sure, Miami did not put up much resistance, and neither did Youngstown State, whom Louisville beat on Sunday, 78-55. But Louisville very much passed my eye test last week. I don’t expect this team will be failing it often.

—Eric Crawford shares some thoughts on Darius Perry’s big Sunday performance.

—I’m gonna need Jay Scrubb to tone it down just a tad here.

—The Sun Sentinel serves up 10 things they learned from Miami’s win over Louisville.

—NC State defensive end Xavier Lyas, who is third on the team in sacks, has announced that he is entering the transfer portal.

—And finally, the Chicago Sun Times covers Bryce Hopkins’ commitment to Louisville.