Louisville’s Wayne Blackshear had a classy response for a dumb question by a reporter.
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West Vriginia’s Daxter Miles Jr. was the first player to fall victim to generating a media soundbite with his now infamous “36-1” comment regarding Kentucky. When prompted with a question about the Wildcats, Louisville’s Wayne Blackshear made sure he wouldn’t become the second.
Blackshear not only took the high road with his response, he completely posterized the reporter asking it.
"Q: Do you feel Kentucky is getting too cocky with being so close to undefeated?A: No, not at all–I mean, I don’t understand that question–it has nothing to do with me or my team. I guess you guys want to get a sound bite to enhance a rivalry story but I have high respect for those guys. I know a lot of them and they’ve always shown me great respect as well, including Coach Calipari. I mean, I’ve saw nothing cocky from them. They are a great group of guys who conduct themselves with dignity. I saw some of the comments from WVU players so if those guys want to respond then I think they should but I will hopefully worry about Kentucky April 6th and right now I want to talk about NC State so I want to get to the guys who can ask a real question."
Kudos to Blackshear for avoiding a media trap on an irrelevant question. Hopefully he was able to answer some real questions afterwords.
Despite a season that looked like it was about to come off the rails in February, Rick Pitino was able to guide Louisville to the Elite Eight with a 75-65 win over NC State in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday night. Pitino will face fellow March magician Tom Izzo and Michigan State on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.
Blackshear has been a major reason why the Cardinals have advanced this far as one of Louisville’s best players in the tournament behind Terry Rozier. The senior scored 19 points in Louisville’s opening round win over UC Irvine and had a huge chasedown block in the closing minutes against Northern Iowa in the round of 32.
Both teams have a long way to go before a potential Kentucky-Louisville rematch in the championship game, hence why the question was so useless in the first place. The media hype would be astronomical if it came to that, but at least Blackshear is ready for it.
[H/T: Barstool Sports]
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