Blackburn: Morant Does "Things You've Never Seen"

Murray State was not a one-man band, Carter Blackburn says, but Ja Morant was "the special piece of the puzzle"

The DA Show
March 25, 2019 - 1:32 pm
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Ja Morant’s NCAA Tournament didn’t last as long as some people envisioned, but it was fun while it lasted.

“Pretty electric,” CBS Sports play-by-play announcer Carter Blackburn said on The DA Show. “It’s why you show up every time at the gym or the football stadium or whatever – because there’s a chance you’re going to see something that you’ve never seen before, and you never know when it’s going to happen.”

Morant, the Murray State star, opened the NCAA Tournament with a triple-double against Marquette, finishing with 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds in an 83-64 win. The performance was, in a word, dazzling.

“Right before your eyes, you see things you’ve never seen,” Blackburn said. “He’s right-handed, and he’s making incredible left-handed passes and incredible left-handed dunks. He is so ready for this stage. Marquette – who nearly won the Big East – was just overmatched by a sophomore from Murray State.”

Blackburn called Murray State’s NCAA Tournament game last year against West Virginia, also in a 12/5 matchup. Morant finished with 14 points, three rebounds, three blocks and two assists in an 85-68 loss.

“He was a very good player who played a so-so game,” Blackburn said. “They lost, and nobody was talking about Ja Morant’s performance in the NCAA Tournament.”

What a different a year makes. Morant averaged 24.6 points and 10.0 assists this season, leading Murray State to the OVC Championship. The Racers carried a 12-game winning streak into the Round of 32 but lost to No. 4 Florida State, 90-62, on Saturday. Morant fished with 28 points, five rebounds and four assists.

“Really a good overall team – not just a one-man band,” Blackburn said. “But clearly, Ja was the special piece of the puzzle.”