Ducks Head to Corvallis for Civil War
Jan. 16, 2002
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . Oregon and Oregon State meet for the 315th time as Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., hosts the Civil War presented by your Northwest Dodge Dealers. The Ducks are looking to go 6-1 in Pac-10 play for just the second time in the last 63 years, while the Beavers are trying to snap Oregon's five game series winning streak. The Beaver Sports Network will broadcast the game in the state of Oregon.
A win over Oregon State Saturday would give Oregon a 6-1 start to league play for just the second time in the last 63 years. The Ducks also started the 1999-00 season 6-1 in conference play, but prior to that, you have to go back to Oregon's NCAA Championship season of 1939. That squad, coached by Basketball Hall of Famer Howard Hobson, got off to an 11-1 start in the Pacific Coast Conference.
The Ducks lead the Pac-10 -- and rank fourth nationally this week -- in scoring offense (87.3).
The Ducks continue to be a much-improved defensive team. Through its first 17 games, Oregon is surrendering just 67.6 points per game, compared to 76.6 ppg at the same point a year ago.
Oregon's 11. By defeating Willamette last week, Oregon improved to 11-0 at Mac Court for the first time in 64 years, and for only the second time in school history. The only other time the Ducks started a season 11-0 at home was in 1937-38, that squad went a perfect 16-0 in Eugene as a prelude to the 1938-39 NCAA Championship team. Overall, the 11-game home winning streak is Oregon's longest since a 12-game streak that spanned the 1969-70 and 1970-71 seasons (Jan. 24, 1970 to Jan. 9, 1971).