NCAA Basketball: Find Out Quentin Snider's Inspiration For Beating UK
The Louisville Cardinals were able to notch a victory on Wednesday night by defeating their bitter rivals, the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
The Cardinals ended the game victorious, with a final score of 73-70, marking their sixth victory for the season. It is also only the second loss by the Wildcats to the Cardinals since head coach John Calipari took over the reigns in 2009.
Indeed, it was a monumental victory for the Cardinals. It was a sweet outcome particularly for junior point guard Quentin Snider, who described the game and victory as "the best one ever."
As noted in a report by Yahoo! Sports, Snider was originally supposed to play for Illinois. But upon the departure of top prospect JaqQuan Lyle who then moved to Ohio state, Snider decided to commit himself to the Cardinals, which is also his hometown team.
The rivalry between the Cardinals and Wildcats is a historic and noteworthy one, to say the least. Snider has been at the forefront of it as a player since his freshman year in 2014. At the time, he only logged a single minute. In 2015, he only played 28 minutes, and these instances have been forgettable for him because of the result and lack of minutes.
According to Snider, these abysmal performances of his were ones that stuck to him like glue. So when he got the opportunity to play against the Wildcats this year, he made sure to make the most of it.
"Last year's performance, it kept in my mind all year. This was pretty much a revenge game. I had it circled," Snider said.
To his credit, Snider did make major contributions in the game. He ended his night with career highs: 22 points, six rebounds and 19 field-goal attempts. It was a performance which his teammates believe would now be stuck with him, as a new set of memories for his collegiate playing career.
"He's going to live with this for the rest of his life," said teammate Donovan Mitchell.
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