Always the player to cut up with the media, University of Louisville junior Mangok Mathiang made a joke when reporters walked towards him in the Cardinals' locker room on Saturday night after a loss to Virginia.
"I didn't even play," he laughed. "But I already know what you want to know."
The 6-foot-10 Mathiang, who has been sidelined since Dec. 19 with a broken foot, was said to be pursuing a transfer to Nebraska by the newspaper in Lincoln, Neb., but he said "that's not true."
Mathiang said he first heard of the article from former U of L teammate Anton Gill, who transferred from the Cardinals to Nebraska after last season. But he told the U of L staff he intends to return.
"He was like, 'What is this mate'?" Mathiang said. "And I said I don't know and to be honest I don't even know anybody on the Nebraska (coaching) staff. I was like, to be honest, that's the first time I have heard about it."
Mathiang said he told Gill that he was "all Cardinal right now."
"If anything like that was to come out, it would certainly be from me first," Mathiang said.
Mathiang averaged 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 10 games this season before he broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot on Dec. 19. He has been out every since and said he started working out recently."
"If we would have been able to play in the tournament," Mathiang said. "I think I would have been able to play."