Quentin Snider is out for 2-3 weeks with a hip injury. Without the starting point guard fans were concerned on what to expect from the Louisville men's basketball team. However, their questions were answered when Louisville defeated Clemson 92-60.
Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel had terrific offensive games. They pair scored 18 points apiece. Adel played nearly every minute and Mitchell was on the court for 31 minutes.
The #12 Cards finished the first half on a 10-0 run to lead 41-31. The first half wasn't all that pretty though. The Tigers held a lead early on that got up to nine points before Coach Pitino called a timeout. He settled his team down and continued searching for the right lineup.
Pitino ended up having freshman VJ King play much of the game in Snider's place. King scored 14 points while pulling in two rebounds, dishing out an assist, and being credited with one steal.
Jaylen Johnson posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. In the second half things went south as Johnson was jawing with Clemson's Elijah Thomas. Both players received a technical and were told to stop arguing. When they continued the referees t'd the duo up again, resulting in ejections.
The Cardinals improve to 16-3 and 4-2 in the ACC. Clemson, who has struggled since conference play began falls to 11-7 and 1-5.
There is a quick turnaround for Louisville. They travel down to Tallahassee to face #9 Florida State on Saturday for 1 2:00 p.m., tip-off.