LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Top 25 teams, hide your point guards!
Hours after Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. was carried off the court in Cincinnati, Louisville junior Quentin Snider will miss the next two-to-three weeks with a strained hip flexor, per a press release. The Cardinals are coming off a 78-69 victory over #7 Duke.
Snider, who is Louisville’s main facilitator, fell hard in the second half of the aforementioned win. The homegrown talent remained in the game, despite the fact, and finished with 13 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Thankfully, surgery is not required and he will need only rest and rehabilitation to make a full recovery.
The 6’2″ guard is having a career-season in red, black, and white. Snider currently possesses career-highs in every major statistical category, averaging 12.1 points, 2.6 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game in 18 games. He is the second leading scorer behind backcourt mate Donovan Mitchell (13.6 PPG) and the only Cardinal to not leave the starting lineup through the first two-plus months.
With Snider out, Rick Pitino will be sans a true point guard and one of his primary scorer. No guard outside of Mitchell is responsible for more than two assists per game while senior Tony Hicks is the highest scoring true backcourt replacement option. Hicks is producing a measly 3 points in just under 10 minutes per game.
Aside from going big and starting four forwards with the 6’3″ Mitchell, 6’6″ freshman V.J. King could be the benefactor of extra playing time. King, a five-star recruit ranked 23rd in ESPN’s 100, has been disappointing in his first collegiate campaign. The swingman has struggled in limited minutes (13.9) and is producing 6.1 points per game on 41.7% shooting.
Snider’s absence is coming at the worst possible time. Last Saturday’s showdown started a three-game stretch that brings Jaron Blossomgame’s Clemson Tigers to the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday and sends the Cardinals to #10 Florida State two days after.
15-3 (3-2) Louisville sits fourth in the ACC, two games behind conference leader Notre Dame.
– P. Wesner