No. 13 Oregon Visits No. 20 Stanford, California
Feb. 4, 2002
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . The Ducks look to remain atop the Pac-10 standings and break a long losing streak at Maples Pavilion when they visit the Bay Area for games at Stanford on Thursday, Feb. 7 and California on Saturday, Feb. 9. Holding a one game lead on USC (8-3) and Arizona (8-3) heading into this week's action, Oregon will try to win at Stanford (6-4) for the first time since Don Monson's Ducks emerged from Maples as 83-69 victors on Jan. 13, 1986.
TENTATIVE OREGON STARTERS
F 3 Robert Johnson 6-8 235 Jr. 8.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, .541 FG Pct.F 33 Luke Jackson 6-7 215 So. 15.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .875 FT Pct.C 25 Chris Christoffersen 7-2 300 Sr. 9.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, .553 FG Pct.G 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 165 So. 14.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.0 apgG 20 Frederick Jones 6-4 209 Sr. 16.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.0 apg
QUICK HITS...A brief look at what to watch for this weekend:
'Duck' Vitale? ESPN's Dick Vitale proclaimed Oregon as his national 'Team of the Week' following Oregon's wins over No. 13 UCLA and No. 23 USC. His comments, taken from ESPN.com: 'At MacArthur Court, the Oregon Ducks are a perfect 13-0 at home after big wins over UCLA and USC. Coach Ernie Kent's team is atop the Pac-10 standings now. The dynamite trio of Luke Ridnour, Luke Jackson and Freddy Jones proved they were ready by blowing out UCLA. Then the Ducks handled the Trojans and Sam Clancy. What a fantastic week for Oregon!' Alas, just like the Pac-10, which has yet to honor a Duck with it's 'Player of the Week' award despite Oregon's solitary stand in first place, the hyperbolic Vitale went with Stanford's Casey Jacobsen (49 points vs. Arizona State) as his player of the week.
5-0 vs. Top 25. The Ducks have won all five meetings with teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll: No. 11 Arizona (Eugene), No. 15 Arizona (Tucson), No. 14 Stanford (Eugene), No. 13 UCLA (Eugene) and No. 23 USC (Eugene). It is the first time in school history that UO has beat five ranked opponents in one season.
Oregon is 7-1 against teams ranked in the top 50 of the most recent Ratings Percentage Index (RPI): wins over No. 6 Arizona (twice), No. 19 UCLA, No. 30 California, No. 31 Stanford, No. 40 USC and No. 47 Pepperdine. The only loss came at No. 46 Minnesota.
Oregon's current 9-2 record in the Pac-10 is its best start to conference play in 63 years, the 1938-39 NCAA Champion team was 10-1 after its first 11 league games (and ran that to 11-1 before its only other PCC loss that year) in the Pacific Coast Conference.
High Octane. The Ducks lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense (85.5).
Defense. The Ducks continue to be a much-improved defensive team. Through its first 22 games, Oregon is surrendering just 68.9 points per game, compared to the 77.3 points per game the Ducks allowed last season.
Mr. Jones' Opus. Senior guard Frederick Jones continues to impress in his final year in an Oregon uniform. A lot of the preseason media attention was focused on the need for Jones to become a more consistent player. Well guess who's scored in double figures in 16 straight games? Steady Freddie. Since he was held to six points in the Dec. 2 loss at Portland, Jones has been on a roll. He's scored 15 or more points in 11 of those 16 games. During his career, Oregon is 27-7 when Jones scores 15 or more points.
More on Fred. Perhaps Jones' accomplishments won't be truly appreciated until after he has graduated because he's never dominated like a Terrell Brandon or a Ron Lee, but he currently ranks among the UO career top 11 in eight different categories: points (8th/1,363), field goals (11th/458), three-point field goals (6th/115), free throws (8th/332), free throw percentage (8th/.791), assists (3rd/321), steals (3rd/119) and blocked shots (4th/67). No other Duck can make that claim, the closest are Kenya Wilkins (1993-97) and Anthony Taylor (1984-88) who both rank in the top 11 in seven different categories. He's also on the verge of his 500th career rebound (498) which will make him one of a select few with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.