No. 15 Oregon Wraps Home Season with Cougars, Huskies
Feb. 18, 2002
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . The Ducks go for their first perfect home record in 64 years and try to retain at least a share of the Pac-10 lead this weekend when the Washington schools come calling. Oregon hosts Washington State on Thursday, Feb. 21 and Washington on Saturday, Feb. 23. Thursday night's game against WSU will be for co-leadership of the conference as 10-4 Oregon's two closest rivals, Stanford (10-4) and USC (10-4) meet Thursday night in Los Angeles.
TICKET UPDATE . . . 350 reserved seats remain for the Feb. 21 Washington State game, while the Feb. 23 home finale against Washington is sold out. Reserved seats are $18 and obstructed view are $12. The ticket office phone number is 1-800-WEBFOOT.
SENIOR SALUTE . . . Saturday night's game against Washington will mark the final home game for seven Duck seniors. Players Frederick Jones, Chris Christoffersen, Anthony Lever, Ben Lindquist, Mark Michaelis and Kristian Christensen, along with manager Greg Lawrence, will be honored in pregame ceremonies.
TENTATIVE OREGON STARTERS
F 3 Robert Johnson 6-8 235 Jr. 7.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, .541 FG Pct.F 33 Luke Jackson 6-7 215 So. 16.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.1 apgC 25 Chris Christoffersen 7-2 300 Sr. 8.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, .535 FG Pct.G 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 165 So. 15.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.0 apgG 20 Frederick Jones 6-4 209 Sr. 18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 apg
QUICK HITS...A brief look at what to watch for this weekend:
Perfection. Oregon is trying for its first perfect home season in 64 years. The last squad to go undefeated at home was the 1937-38 team that went 16-0. With a pair of wins over the Washington schools, the 2001-02 Ducks can match that squad's school record for wins at Mac (16), the 14 home wins already on the books this season is the second-most in Oregon history. Overall, the Ducks have just three perfect home seasons in 96 years of basketball.
Undefeated at Home Wins at McArthur Court 1911-12 7-0 1937-38 16 1925-26 6-0 2001-02 14 1937-38 16-0 1944-45 12 2001-02 14-? 1959-60 12
Mac Streak at 14. Oregon's current 14-game home winning streak (all this season) is the school's longest in 63 years -- since the school-record 23-game home winning streak that lasted from Feb. 13, 1937, to Jan. 6, 1939. The current streak is also the third-longest on the UO books:
Home Win Streak Dates 23 Feb. 13, 1937-Jan. 6, 1939 15 Jan. 15, 1926-Feb. 22, 1927 14 Nov. 15, 2001-present 13 Feb. 18, 1911-Jan. 31, 1913
With a win Thursday, Oregon can move to 11-4 in the conference, which will be the Ducks' best record in league play since the 1938-39 NCAA Championship team was 13-2 after 15 Pacific Coast Conference games.
With a win Thursday, Ernie Kent will tie John Warren (1945-51) for sixth on the Oregon coaching victories list with 87.
With two more wins, Oregon will lock up the ninth 20-win season in school history.