Since news of Quentin Snider's strained hip flexor broke on Monday night, debate has swirled over how Louisville would proceed in his temporary absence.
The first answer to that question appears to have been revealed with the release of U of L's game notes for Clemson, which have redshirt freshman Ryan McMahon listed as the team's starting point guard. Jaylen Johnson is also listed as the starting power forward ahead of Ray Spalding, a deviation from the lineup of the past several weeks. The other three starters remain Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel and Anas Mahmoud.
McMahon is averaging just 5.5 minutes and 2.1 points per game. He has appeared in all but three of Louisville's games, and knocked down a pair of key three-pointers late in the team's 71-64 win over Purdue.
Even with McMahon starting, it's safe to assume that we'll see a healthy dose of the other proposed lineups on Thursday night. Donovan Mitchell will likely slide over to the point for a period of time, VJ King will probably get a try out at the two, and Tony Hicks will also get his fair share of time to run the show.
Despite their conference record, Clemson is a team that could just as easily be 4-1 in conference play. They're also a desperate team that needs to start compiling some resume wins quickly if they want to make the NCAA Tournament and (likely) save head coach Brad Brownell's job. That's not an ideal scenario for a Louisville team that's going to need to experiment with some different lineups in order to figure out the best way to proceed without their starting point guard. Still, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Let's get it, RyMac.