Cardinals guard Snider returning vs. Miami after hip injury

Louisville's Quentin Snider (4) shoots past the defense of Duke's Harry Giles (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville won 78-69. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino says junior point guard Quentin Snider will play Saturday against Miami after a six-game absence because of a hip injury.

The No. 4 Cardinals’ assists leader and second-leading scorer was expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks after being injured in a Jan. 14 win over Duke. Snider’s recovery instead lasted longer and he just returned to practice this week. Pitino couldn’t say Friday if his guard would start against the Hurricanes (16-7, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) but noted, ”We made sure he was in really good shape before he practiced.”

Louisville (19-5, 7-4) will also have senior center Mangok Mathiang and sophomore forward Deng Adel back after each served one-game suspensions for missing curfew. Both players apologized to fans for their behavior.

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