So, the bench is likely going to be needed again.
Freshman Quentin Snider, who could get his first start of his career, after playing quality minutes on Wednesday against Pittsburgh. Anas Mahmoud and Chinanu Onuaku also played key minutes for the Cardinals in the win over the Panthers.
"I liked the way our freshman carried us,” Pitino says. “They didn’t hurt us at all and Quentin really helped us.”
Blackshear, who averages 10.6 points and 4.6 rebounds, only played one minute against Pittsburgh. He suffered a hip pointer in practice on Wednesday and aggravated it during the early stages of the game.
Pitino said he may not be ready for N.C. State (14-11, 5-7).
"He’s not ready for contact," the coach said. "I would say he’s about 60-70 percent back. Whether he’ll play, I’m not sure. I would lean the other way. It’s a hip pointer and they’re not easy. He still was grimacing with certain moves. So we’ll what happens."
Pitino said among the likely options without Blackshear would be moving Terry Rozier to the wing and inserting Snider into the lineup. Rozier, who is second on the team with 5.7 rebounds a game, would be backed up by Shaqquan Aaron and Anton Gill.
"I'm not sure," Pitino said. "We’ll try (Rozier) in practice today to see if he can learn the plays at the three spot. The one thing Terry will do is rebound. Shaqquan hasn’t shown any great prowess for rebounding, and neither has Anton. We know Terry can."
Pitino said senior guard Chris Jones is "just fine," after being benched for what Pitino called "just a bad game," in the second half against the Panthers.