No. 23 Oregon Welcomes Washington, Washington State
Jan. 20, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . Oregon's run through the Northwest continues when Washington and Washington State come calling at McArthur Court this week. Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the Ducks and Huskies renew a rivalry that has produced more close games than any other in the last seven years. Saturday at 6 p.m., Washington State concludes Oregon's three-game home stand. Both games will be televised live by the Oregon Sports Network.
PROPER PERSPECTIVE . . . Recently, ESPN.com national college basketball writer Andy Katz listed Oregon, now 12-4, among his disappointments at the halfway point of the season, citing mainly the Ducks' inside game and rebounding woes. Valid points, but through 16 games a year ago, Oregon was also 12-4 with losses to Portland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Arizona State -- none of which made the NCAA Tournament. This season's four losses are to Arizona, California, Stanford and Cincinnati, who would likely all be in the NCAA Tournament if bids were given out today. Those teams' combined record through last weekend: 48-11!
TICKETS AT MAC . . . There are still a handful of reserve tickets left (including some that have been returned by opponents) for key Pac-10 games against Washington on Jan. 23 and Washington State on Jan. 25. Once those seats are sold, another 200 obstructed view reserved will go on sale. Obstructed view reserved is all that is left for USC on Feb. 27. The Feb. 6 Stanford, Feb. 8 California and March 1 UCLA games are sold out.
TENTATIVE OREGON STARTERS
F 3 Robert Johnson 6-8 250 Sr. 9.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, .658 FG Pct.F 33 Luke Jackson 6-7 215 Jr. 17.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.1 apgC 40 Brian Helquist 6-9 260 Sr. 3.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, .564 FG Pct.G 1 James Davis 5-10 175 Jr. 9.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 41 3 FGG 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 175 Jr. 19.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.2 apg