It’s about that time of the year again. You know that time. You know it all too well. Typically it starts with a sprained ankle, then it’s usually followed by a torn ACL. The black cloud engulfs the program and hard times set right back in for Louisville fans. Death, taxes and the black f*cking cloud of Cardinal basketball. Those are the only certainties in life. I thought that perhaps we finally saw the last of it when the team exceeded expectations last March and went to the Final Four (unexpectedly). But it appears like it might have been to good to be true. The cloud started to descend on the program last Saturday with a close loss to Syracuse at home. No big deal. But then the cloud grew with road losses to Villanova and Georgetown. It went from a rain cloud to a small funnel. Now, with today’s news that the team will be without both Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware, not only for tonight’s game but for the foreseeable future, it’s about to spin into a full blown hurricane.
Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein just sent out the following email:
Blackshear, Ware Out For UofL Men’s Basketball
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two University of Louisville men’s basketball players will not play in tonight’s game against Pittsburgh in the KFC Yum! Center.
Wayne Blackshear suffered a sprained right shoulder in practice on Sunday. The injury is expected to sideline him for a short period. Kevin Ware has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified reason.
A starter in 19 of the Cardinals’ 20 games, Blackshear is averaging 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and his 30 three-point goals are second-most on the team. Ware is averaging 3.8 points and nearly 16 minutes a game.
My heart literally sank when I saw the caption of the email.
Look, I don’t wanna speculate on what happened with Ware. It could be a multitude of things, and hopefully he can get himself in order and he won’t have to sit out the remainder of the season. I don’t know why, but I just get the vibe he isn’t happy here. I don’t have any specific news, it’s just an opinion. As for Blackshear, he looked like he bumped his shoulder pretty good when he got smacked with that screen in the second half of Saturday’s Georgetown game. He was visibly favoring his arm and I have to believe that it played a role in him re-injuring it during yesterday’s practice. One thing is for certain: a really, really tough game tonight against Pitt just got even tougher. The Cards will now need Luke Hancock and Tim Henderson to play huge minutes. Where’s Angel Nunez when you need him?