Will Richardson, Jermaine Couisnard ruled out for NIT game vs. UC Irvine

This is not what Oregon fans or the men’s basketball team needed to hear a day before they take the court in the first round of the NIT.

According to head coach Dana Altman, the Ducks will be without point guard Will Richardson and Jermaine Couisnard for the rematch against UC-Irvine Wednesday night. Richardson is nursing a sore hip and Couisnard is tending to a sore shoulder.

Altman also said he is not sure of the status of center N’Faly Dante. He hurt his ankle in the win over Washington State in the quarterfinal of the Pac-12 tournament. Although Dante played the next night against UCLA, he clearly wasn’t 100 percent.

This means Keeshawn Barthelemy will receive more minutes as well as Rivaldo Soares, Lok Wur and even perhaps Gabe Reichle. At the center position, Nate Bittle and Kel’el Ware will need to play some extra minutes as well.

The game with the Anteaters is scheduled for 8 pm PST inside Matthew Knight Arena and will be on ESPN2.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire