University of Louisville senior Wayne Blackshear was expected back at practice on Thursday afternoon after suffering a hip pointer on Wednesday and missing all but the first minute of the Cardinals’ 69-56 win over Pittsburgh.
The senior from Chicago averages 11 points and 4.7 rebounds a game for the Cardinals and is expected to play in Saturday’s game against North Carolina State.
Blackshear said Mangok Mathiang was going up for a dunk in Wednesday’s practice before the game against the Panthers when his knee hit him in the hip.
“I tried to work it out and stretch it,” Blackshear said. “(Trainer Fred Hina) said I could give it a go, but the first time I tried to come off that pick and then I turned it just went from there. It’s pretty sore.
“But I should be fine. It was just when it happened really.”
Blackshear said it happened just before the Cardinals went to a pre-game dinner and then right to the arena for the game, so there was not much time for the trainers to work on the injury.
“I’ll be fine,” he said.
Freshman Shaqquan Aaron logged 24 minutes in place of Blackshear, who only played one minute of the game. Aaron had one steal, one assist and one blocked shot and missed his only two field-goal attempts.
“His numbers weren’t great but he didn’t hurt us,” Rick Pitino said of Aaron. “And that’s what I’ve told those guys, they have to get in there and just play.”
Added Blackshear: “Those guys showed Coach that he can trust them.”