No. 5 Oregon Goes Coast-to-Coast to Play Pepperdine, Cincinnati

Dec. 12, 2002

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WHAT'S ON TAP . . . Oregon leaves the State of Oregon for the first time this season on a protracted two-game swing, beginning Saturday, Dec. 14 at Pepperdine, when Ernie Kent goes for his 100th career coaching victory with the Ducks. The Oregon Sports Network will televise the game live in Oregon beginning at 7:30 p.m. Then it's off to the East Coast for the Jimmy V Classic against Cincinnati, Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:00 p.m. (PST) at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. ESPN will televise that game live nationally with Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Michelle Tafoya announcing the contest.

DUCKS ATTAIN HIGHEST MARK IN POLLS . . . On the heels of last week's win over No. 14 Kansas, Oregon climbed to No. 5 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls, which represents the highest ranking ever for a Duck basketball team. Prior to this year, the highest the Ducks had ever been ranked in the AP was No. 8, which happened during two consecutive weeks in January, 1975 -- Ernie Kent's sophomore season. The UO's previous high in the coaches poll was a tie for sixth in the 2001-02 postseason poll.

OREGON ON CHAMPIONSHIP RUN? . . . The Ducks are in the midst of a trio of games that finds them playing three straight defending conference champions. Kansas won the Big 12, Pepperdine was co-champions of the WCC and Cincinnati won Conference USA. All three advanced to the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

KEY STAT . . . Oregon has forced at least five more turnovers than it has committed in all five games this season. The Ducks also have more assists than the opposition in all five games thus far.

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