Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Louisville Guard Tony Hicks Suffers Broken Hand

Louisville guard Tony Hicks is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after breaking his hand in last night's game at Pittsburgh.

Here's a release from UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville graduate guard Tony Hicks suffered a broken bone in his right hand during the Cardinals' 106-51 victory at Pittsburgh on Tuesday and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

Hicks broke the bone while fighting for a loose ball in the first half of the game. He finished the game with his fingers taped together and upon further examination this morning, a spiral fracture of his fourth metacarpal was discovered.

"Tony was just fitting in at the point position and has made great progress," said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. "We will keep him in great condition and hope we make a long run in the tournament so he can play in his first NCAA Tournament. It's time for Ryan (McMahon) and David (Levitch) to pick up their defense. Injuries are part of the game and we will get stronger."

A graduate transfer from South Holland, Ill., Hicks has played his best of late with increased playing time while Quentin Snider is out with a hip injury. Hicks scored a season-high 16 points at Florida State last Saturday and had 10 points and four assists without a turnover last night in his first starting assignment at Pittsburgh. He has averaged 4.6 points and 1.1 assists for the season.

Louisville (17-4, 5-3 ACC) is back in action on Sunday when the Cardinals play NC State in the KFC Yum! Center at 1 p.m.

UPDATE: Rick Pitino now says the injury will only sideline Hicks for 4-6 weeks:

Kevin Stallings Ejected During, Dejected After Historic Loss to Louisville

Kevin Stallings wasn't a popular hire by Pittsburgh during the offseason.

Now many fans, and even a former player, are calling for Stallings to be fired after last night's historic 55-point loss to Louisville.

Former Pitt star Levance Field didn't hold back on social media last night:

After the game, Stallings rambled to the media for more than 17 minutes without really having an explanation for what just happened:

Stallings was ejected from the game with his team trailing by 41 points:

Louisville Hands Pittsburgh Worst Loss in 111 Years

(13) Louisville 106
Pittsburgh 51

Final from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game recap by UofL:

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Donovan Mitchell scored a career-high 29 points, Anas Mahmoud added 14 while making all seven of his shots and No. 13 Louisville overwhelmed Pittsburgh 106-51 on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals (17-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) rebounded from a close loss at No. 10 Florida State on Saturday by handing the reeling Panthers the second-worst loss in the program's 111-year history.

Louisville held Pitt (12-8, 1-6) to 25 percent shooting (13 of 51) and never let the Panthers in the game. Pitt went without a basket for more than 12 minutes during the first half as the Cardinals built a 37-13 lead and kept pouring it on.

Michael Young led Pitt with 12 points but the Panthers showed little life despite having a week to prepare. Coach Kevin Stallings didn't stick around to watch the carnage. Stallings was ejected with just under 15 minutes to go after arguing with officials.

The Cardinals fought gamely while falling on the road against the Seminoles despite missing guard Quentin Snider, who is out with a strained hip flexor. They didn't need to work nearly as hard this time around. Less than two weeks after surviving a 43-point onslaught from Pitt forward Jamel Artis in an 85-80 victory at home against the Panthers, Louisville kept Artis in check. The senior forward was held to nine points on 3-of-11 shooting, his lowest total of the season and 13 points below his season average.

There were no such offensive issues for the Panthers. Louisville's guards had no trouble beating the Panthers off the dribble to work the ball inside to Mahmoud and Deng Adel. The Cardinals outscored Pitt in the paint 52-12, outrebounded the Panthers 48-26 and poured it on long after things had been decided. Louisville was pressing up 36 points in the second half and didn't slow down even as coach Rick Pitino emptied his bench.

The result was Pitt's worst loss since falling to Westminster College 106-13 in 1905, the year the basketball program started. The Panthers suffered their worst loss in the 13-year history of the Petersen Events Center earlier this month when Miami beat them by 26. The Cardinals doubled it easily.

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