Rick Pitino said after Monday's loss to Marquette that he was surprised leading scorer Kyle Kuric was unable to play and that he was "positive" the senior tri-captain would be ready to go on Saturday against Pittsburgh.
"Now it's looking doubtful," Pitino said Thursday afternoon.
Kuric sustained a high ankle sprain on the first play of practice last Friday, forcing him to miss the next day's win over DePaul and Monday's loss to the Golden Eagles. His average of 13.0 points per game is best on the team.
Earlier this week, U of L also announced that junior forward Rakeem Buckles had suffered a torn ACL and would miss the remainder of this season as well as all of 2012-13. Talented freshman guard Wayne Blackshear still hasn't played yet because of a shoulder injury. Junior guard/forward Mike Marra has been gone since the third game because of a torn ACL.
In all nine Cardinals have missed at least one game this season because of an injury. That's a number that doesn't include freshman Kevin Ware, who suffered a "knee bruise" earlier this week but is expected to play on Saturday.
Only four regulars - Chris Smith, Gorgui Dieng, Chane Behanan and Jared Swopshire - have competed in all 19 games for Louisville.
"Last year was difficult, but this year has been a disaster in terms of practice," Pitino said. "I don't have a bunch of Allen Iversons. We need practice. We haven't been able to do that very much because we have had eight or nine guys quite a bit."
I'll bet decent money on Kyle playing Saturday. Everyone knows how important this game is.