By Matt Norlander
The Louisville Cardinals are becoming an prime example of attrition's impact on a college basketball team.
Coach Rick Pitino said on radio Tuesday night that his team was dealing with yet two more injuries: Peyton Siva (concussion) and Mike Marra (back). Both are unvailable for Louisville's scrimmage Thursday night against Bellarmine. Normally I think exhibitions are completely meaningless and don't serve as a fortune teller in any mild way.
But with Louisville, the team's probably going to have to examine what it has left and use that exhibition as a litmus test for which players can do what in emergency situations.
The good news: Pitino also said on his radio show that Wayne Blackshear, the highly touted freshman shooting guard, is anticipated to return to the team within six to eight weeks. So, by Christmastime. The initial fear/diagnosis was that Blackshear's shoulder injury and subsequent surgery would sideline for the entire season.
But it turns out the McDonald's All-American should be on the court in time for the big game at Rupp Arena, against Kentucky, on New Year's Eve. Wouldn't that be something? He'll probably aim to get back at least one game before that -- it'd be best not to throw Blackshear into that kind of fire.