Wayne ‘The Rock’ Blackshear

Wayne Blackshear Louisville vs. Ohio State 12-2-2014 Photo By Adam Creech Fitted

One of the best things about Wayne Blackshear’s career at Louisville is the number of nicknames Wayne has accumulated during his career.  “Big Game Wayne”, “Fat Wayne” “Eyeliner Wayne”….we can go on and on.  But one thing has been overlooked during this run of Four Sweet 16s, Three Elite 8s, Two Final Fours (hopefully Three), and 3 Conference Championships…….Wayne Blackshear has been the foundation of the program.

“I’ve always felt that Wayne never gets the credit he deserves,” Rick Pitino told reporters in Louisville prior to leaving Louisville.

Consider the accolades:  1000+ point scorer, 400+ rebounds, 100+ steals, nearly 100 assists, 152 made 3-pointers (just outside the Top 10), 3 Conference Championships, 4 Sweet 16s, 3 Elite 8s, 2 Final Fours, and a National Title.

What Wayne do...

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VIDEO: Louisville vs. Michigan State Press Conference

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Louisville

COACH PITINO: We realized two of the players up here, one has been part of multiple Final Fours, the other young man — two of them have won a championship, and they know what this moment is all about. For Q, Terry, and Mangok, although Mangok witnessed it, it’s a first for them. Just to understand, there’s six guys in the locker room that don’t have a clue what this would become if we are to win. So we’re very excited. We’re very pumped up. We know we’re playing a great program, and we know we have to be on top of our game to get a victory.

Q. Montrezl, at this time last year, you were considering leaving school and going to the NBA. Obviously, you’re here now...

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STARTERS & BENCH: Elite 8 Louisville vs. Michigan State

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STARTERS

Quentin Snider Lourawls Nairn, Jr.
6-2, 180, Fr. 5-10, 170, Fr.
Minutes 15 19.5
Points 3.8 2.2
Field Goal % 35.40% 32.90%
3-point % 30.50% 30.00%
FT % 60.00% 52.30%
Rebounds 1.5 1.6
Assists 1.2 2.4
Steals 0.3 0.3
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0.8 0.9
Fouls 1.2 2.1
Terry Rozier Travis Trice
6-1, 190, Soph 6-0, 170, Sr.
Minutes 34.6 33.2
Points 17.2 15.3
Field Goal % 41.8% 39.70%
3-point % 30.9% 37.40%
FT % 78.4% 70.90%
Rebounds 5.2 3.1
Assists 3 5.1
Steals 2 1.1
Blocks 0.1 0.2
Turnovers 2.2 1.7
Fouls 1.7 1.8
Wayne Blackshear Denzel Valentine
6-5, 215, Sr. 6-5, 220, Jr.
Minutes 31.1 33.2
Points 11.1 14.3
Field Goal % 39.4% 43.70%
3-point % 32.3% 41.60%
FT % 76.0% 82.90%
Rebounds 4.4 6.1
Assists 1.2 4.4
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TEAM STATS: Elite 8 “Cards vs. Spartans”

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Louisville Michigan State 2012-13 Championship Team 2011-12 Final Four Team
Points Per Game 68.9 (114th) 71.2 (56th) 74.3 (27th) 68.2 (156th)
Avg Scoring Margin +9.6 (15th) +8.2 (28th) +15.9 (4th) +7.2 (45th)
Field Goal % 43.1% (183rd) 46.8% (30th) 45.6% (55th) 42.2% (221st)
2-point FG% 48.9% (113th) 51.1% (54th) 51.0% (44th) 47.2% (193rd)
3-point FG% 30.6% (310th) 38.6% (27th) 32.9% (216th) 31.8% (271st)
Free Throw % 66.7% (257th) 62.8% (341st) 70.7% (128th) 68.8% (193rd)
Rebound Rate 51.8% (80th) 54.2% (18th) 52.7% (57th) 51.2% (109th)
Blocks Per Game 5.3 (13th) 4.5 (46th) 4.2 (78th) 4.8 (30th)
Steals Per Game 7.8 (19th) 5.2 (281st) 10.8 (2nd) 8.8 (7th)
Assists Per Game 11.6 (84th) 16.6 (4th) 14.5 (42nd) 13.3 (114th)
Turnovers Per Game 11.5 (73rd) 11.9 (108th)
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VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: Louisville vs. NC State Post-Game

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Louisville

COACH PITINO: In 1987 an improbable team went to the Final Four with Billy Donovan, and everybody always says looking back now, “Were those the most two fun years of your life?” I said, what I learned and took away from those moments is I learned to dream for the rest of my life, and I thought everything was possible. Anton and I had an interesting conversation the other day. I called him up, and I was working out, and I said, Son, you’re mentally in a funk. It’s nothing you’re doing wrong because you’re playing behind Terry Rozier, who’s an unbelievable player...

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GALLERY: Louisville Advances to Elite 8

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Louisville Basketball: From the “Core 4″ to the “Cardinal 13″

Student Section Ls White Out Louisville vs. North Carolina 1-31-2015 Photo by Seth Bloom Fitted

In Seattle, Wayne Blackshear dove into the corner of the floor while chasing down a loose ball vs. Northern Iowa in the NCAAs Round of 32.   Blackshear’s teammates followed him over and helped him up.  A simple gesture…….and an important one.  A day earlier Minnesota Head Basketball Coach, former UofL assistant, and Rick Pitino’s son, Richard spoke to the Louisville Basketball team about team chemistry and said, “That’s not going to make the difference between winning and losing, but it is going to bring you closer together.”

Despite callers into radio shows, one thing is for certain…..Louisville Basketball “LOOKS” like a more cohesive unit.  More than likely it has more to do with Pitino’s formula of building teams towards March, than it does the dismissal of Chris Jones...

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Starters & Bench: Sweet 16 Cards vs. Wolfpack

Starting Line-Up Huddle Louisville vs. North Carolina 1-31-2015 Photo by Seth Bloom Fitted

STARTERS

Quentin Snider Anthony “Cat” Barber
6-2, 180, Fr. 6-2, 180, Soph.
Minutes 15 31.6
Points 3.8 12.3
Field Goal % 35.40% 44.90%
3-point % 30.50% 38.50%
FT % 60.00% 73.30%
Rebounds 1.5 3.3
Assists 1.2 3.7
Steals 0.3 0.8
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0.8 2.1
Fouls 1.2 2
Terry Rozier Trevor Lacey
6-1, 190, Soph 6-3, 208, Jr.
Minutes 34.6 35.8
Points 17.2 15.7
Field Goal % 41.8% 43.60%
3-point % 30.9% 38.90%
FT % 78.4% 73.80%
Rebounds 5.2 4.6
Assists 3 3.5
Steals 2 0.9
Blocks 0.1 0.2
Turnovers 2.2 1.9
Fouls 1.7 1.6
Wayne Blackshear Ralston Turner
6-5, 215, Sr. 6-5, 205, Sr.
Minutes 31.1 31.4
Points 11.1 12.8
Field Goal % 39.4% 39.40%
3-point % 32.3% 36.30%
FT % 76.0% 83.80%
Rebounds 4.4 3.3
Assists 1.2 1
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TEAM STATS: SWEET 16 Louisville vs. NC State

Team Huddle Louisville vs. Virginia 3-7-2015 Photo by Mark Blankenbaker Fitted
Louisville NC State 2012-13 Championship Team 2011-12 Final Four Team
Points Per Game 68.8 (115th) 70.3 (75th) 74.3 (27th) 68.2 (156th)
Avg Scoring Margin +9.6 (15th) +4.8 (73rd) +15.9 (4th) +7.2 (45th)
Field Goal % 42.9% (193rd) 43.7% (139th) 45.6% (55th) 42.2% (221st)
2-point FG% 48.7% (123rd) 47.7 (168th) 51.0% (44th) 47.2% (193rd)
3-point FG% 30.8% (308th) 35.4% (116th) 32.9% (216th) 31.8% (271st)
Free Throw % 66.7% (257th) 68.6% (201st) 70.7% (128th) 68.8% (193rd)
Rebound Rate 51.9% (78th) 52.4% (62nd) 52.7% (57th) 51.2% (109th)
Blocks Per Game 5.4 (12th) 5.2 (15th) 4.2 (78th) 4.8 (30th)
Steals Per Game 7.9 (17th) 3.8 (347th) 10.8 (2nd) 8.8 (7th)
Assists Per Game 11.6 (236th) 11.6 (236th) 14.5 (42nd) 13.3 (114th)
Turnovers Per Game 11.6 (84th) 10.5 (19th) 12...
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Louisville vs. NC State Press Conference

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Louisville

Q. Cat Barber was just saying that he’s so quick that he would advise teams not to press him. Do you expect that Rick Pitino will change his philosophy at this late date?
WAYNE BLACKSHEAR: No. It doesn’t matter to us. Chris Jones was just as fast. It really doesn’t matter. Our press is designed to wear you down throughout the game, not from the beginning of the game. So we’ll just wait and see when the press is on.

Q. Montrezl, you guys were just here a month ago. Any advantage to having just played here? They always said the Dome is a tough place to shoot.
MONTREZL HARRELL: I feel like anywhere you go it’s going to be tough to shoot in the beginning because you’re not used to the facility. That’s what these practices are for...

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