Big Game Wayne? Not So Much…

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley
AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

When this season started, some people said that Wayne Blackshear would be the x-factor or the key for the Cards to make a big run. After 2 seasons of injuries and basically being a role player, people were ready for the Wayne Blackshear that was so hyped up when he got to Louisville. He was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and was named the Player of the Year in Chicago over Anthony Davis. He averaged 32.6 points, 14.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 3.7 steals per game as senior. Fans have been patiently waiting for “Superstar Wayne” to show up.

Now I am not one to hate on our own players. In fact, I called many people out who had negative things to say about Chris Jones after the last Memphis game. I always cheer for our guys no matter what. But these stats are just too much to ignore, so I am just putting facts out there. I certainly hope this trend can break soon.

This season, Blackshear is actually averaging a career high in points (8.6), rebounds (3.2), and assists (0.8) per game. But you would not know that if you just looked at the big games that Louisville has played this season. Check out these incredible stats.

11/24 vs North Carolina: L 93-84

17 Minutes

0 Points

0 Rebounds

0 Assists

0 Steals

4 Fouls

0-1 FG

0-1 3p

12/28 @ Kentucky: L 73-66

12 Minutes

5 Points

3 Rebounds

0 Assists

1 Steal

5 Fouls

1-4 FG

0-2 3p

1/9 vs Memphis: L 73-67

12 Minutes

2 Points

3 Rebounds

1 Assist

0 Steals

0 Fouls

1-4 FG

0-2 3p

1/30 vs Cincinnati: L 69-66

5 Minutes

0 Points

2 Rebounds

0 Assists

0 Steals

3 Fouls

0-0 FG

0-0 3p

2/22 @ Cincinnati: W 58-57

16 Minutes

0 Points

1 Rebounds

0 Assists

0 Steals

1 Foul

0-3 FG

0-1 3p

3/1 @ Memphis: L 72-66

16 Minutes

2 Points

3 Rebounds

0 Assists

0 Steals

1 Foul

0-1 FG

0-1 3p

3/5 @ SMU: W 84-71

9 Minutes

3 Points

2 Rebounds

0 Assists

1 Steal

1 Foul

1-3 FG

0-0 3p

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