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CRAWFORD | Ankle injury will sideline Louisville's Lewis against Wake Forest

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Trey Lewis at ACC Media Day. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Trey Lewis at ACC Media Day. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Rick Pitino had already decided to make a change in the starting lineup at guard for Sunday afternoon's Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Wake Forest, but after graduate transfer Trey Lewis suffered what he termed a "bad" sprained ankle in practice Friday, he's adjusting again.

In his blog at RickPitino.net, Pitino said Lewis, the team's No. 2 scorer at 14.7 points per game, will be out for Wake Forest. At a news conference earlier in the day, he had said he planned to start Lewis at point guard and freshman Donovan Mitchell at the two.

Now he'll turn back to sophomore Quentin Snider at point, but is working to decide on a suitable backup.

"(David) Levitch is option one," Pitino wrote. "Ryan (McMahon) off redshirt option two. There is no foreseeable third option."

Snider is averaging 9.3 points per game and leads the Cardinals with 54 assists but is coming off a rough outing against Kentucky, in which he went scoreless (0 for 5 from the field) and had only one assist. But Pitino credited Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis with Snider's tough afternoon.

"He's playing against one of the best point guards in the nation," Pitino said. "And what I like about Ulis is that not only does he make some shots from the (midcourt) logo, but he's also one of the best defensive point guards in the nation. So that type of point guard, most guards are going to have difficulty with. You have to give credit not so much to Quentin not playing well, but give credit to Ulis."

Mitchell played well at Kentucky, was on the court for most of the second half, and finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

"You never know when you have a new team, a young team, when the bright lights come on who is not going to be afraid of the bright lights, well it's obvious that the big stage does not bother Donovan Mitchell," Pitino said. "You could see it in that game. And it's obvious that the big stage doesn't bother Damion Lee or Trey Lewis as well. . . . We're going to start Donovan in this game because it gives us another strong outside threat."

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