Shakur Juiston and C.J. Walker are both questionable to play when Oregon opens the Pac-12 schedule at Colorado on Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
Juiston missed the past five games with a lower leg injury, but planned to practice Tuesday and possibly play against the Buffaloes. Walker missed Tuesday’s practice with a back injury.
“We’ll get everybody healthy here soon I hope,” UO coach Dana Altman said. “Hopefully, we can get one or both of those guys to play sometime this weekend. It will be a game-time decision for both of them.”
The fourth-ranked Ducks (11-2) visit Colorado in a matchup of two of the four teams that tied for the best nonconference records in the Pac-12. Oregon visits Utah (9-3) on Saturday afternoon.
Walker is averaging 6.0 points and 2.9 rebounds, but played just seven minutes in Sunday’s 98-59 win over Alabama State and sat out the entire second half. Walker has started all five games that Juiston missed due to injury.
Juiston, a 6-foot-7 grad transfer from UNLV, is averaging 8.8 points in eight games while ranking second on the team with 6.5 rebounds.
“It would be big to get Shakur back, he’s a big player for us,” Oregon senior guard Payton Pritchard said. “He is a senior, he’s experienced and physical. If he’s able to play, that adds to our depth and makes us even better.”
Oregon freshman N’Faly Dante has been battling tendinitis in his knee, but is averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in three games off the bench since being declared eligible Dec. 14.
“He’s getting better,” Pritchard said. “He’s learning a lot right now. It is hard to adjust coming in the middle like that, especially not coming in early. He has been thrown in the fire, but I think he’s doing great.”