|Wayne Blackshear will be sidelined with a shoulder injury, while Kevin Ware is also out vs. Pitt on Monday. (Getty)|
This is exactly what Louisville didn't need.
After losing three in a row since being ranked No. 1 in the country, the Cardinals face a prove-it type of game against Pittsburgh on Monday night. Given its struggles, Louisville needed all hands on deck for this one. One more loss, and thoughts of a No. 1 seed are suddenly a long way away.
And then this happened:
Blackshear, a former five-star recruit in high school, has been a starter on the wing for Louisville this season. He is averaging 9.2 points and 3.9 rebounds, but could be sidelined for a few games. Ware, a 6-foot-2 guard, has provided athleticism and defensive aggressiveness off the bench. There is normally not much drop-off in terms of full-court pressure when he's in the game.
With these two guys out, Louisville's vaunted depth takes a major hit. Big men Montrezl Harrell, Stephan Van Treese and Zach Price are essentially the only options off the bench for Rick Pitino on Monday night.
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