Louisville graduate transfer guard Tony Hicks has seen his playing time increase in recent games following an injury to point guard Quinten Snider, but that came to a stop on Wednesday.
The school announced that the Hicks suffered a broken bone in his right hand during the team's 106-51 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening. The injury occurred while he was diving for a loose ball during the first half. He finished the game with his fingers taped, with further evaluation discovering a spiral fracture of his fourth metacarpal.
"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."
Hicks played 20 minutes, scoring 10 points with four assists without a turnover in the win against the Panthers. That came on the heels of his career-best outing as a Cardinal when he scored 16 points in a loss at top 10 Florida State.
He's appeared in 16 games this season, starting one, and is averaging 4.1 points per game.
U of L hosts N.C. State on Sunday for a 1pm game at the KFC Yum! Center.