January 16, 2017

Quentin Snider expected to miss 2-3 weeks with hip injury

By Jordan Shim–

Men’s basketball point guard Quentin Snider is expected to miss the next 2-3 weeks with a strained hip flexor, suffered during Saturday’s 78-69 win over No. 7 Duke.

Snider landed hard after scoring a layup in the second half. He finished the game, but showed discomfort. The injury will not require surgery.

Snider’s absence comes at an inopportune time as the Cards are in the thick of conference action. He leads the team in assists, and is second on the team in minutes and scoring. He upped his offensive production the past three games, averaging 15.7 points and six assists.

Coach Rick Pitino has options, but lacks a true point guard to step in and run the offense.

Graduate transfer Tony Hicks, senior walk-on David Levitch and redshirt freshman Ryan McMahon have all played the position off the bench this season. It’s likely Pitino will turn to sophomore Donovan Mitchell to play the point. Freshmen VJ King, who has two starts this season, would then start at shooting guard.

U of L’s next game is against Clemson on Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. before going on the road for No. 12 Florida State and Pittsburgh.

File photo / The Louisville Cardinal

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