Men's Basketball Continues Tour of Northwest
Feb. 17, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . Oregon's road trip through the Northwest continues when the Ducks hit the Evergreen State for a pair of games against teams battling to make the Pac-10 Tournament. Thursday, Oregon heads to the Palouse to take on Washington State at 7 p.m., while Saturday afternoon in Seattle, the Ducks and Huskies renew their rivalry in front of a Fox Sports Net national television audience.
KENT REACHES 100 WINS AT UO, 200 CAREER . . . Ernie Kent recorded his 200th career coaching victory when the Ducks defeated No. 25 Stanford on Feb. 6. Earlier this season, Kent became the sixth coach in Oregon history to reach 100 coaching victories at UO (defeating Pepperdine on Dec. 14). In six years at Oregon, Kent has a 111-63 record and is 201-143 overall in 12 years. Among Oregon coaches, only William Reinhart (125 games) and Basketball Hall of Famer Howard Hobson (134 games) reached 100 wins faster than Kent (158 games). Kent can tie Dick Harter -- his college coach -- for fifth on the UO career victories list Thursday at Washington State. Harter was 112-82 in seven years (1972-78).
RIDNOUR NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD MIDSEASON TOP 30 . . . Junior guard Luke Ridnour was named to the Wooden Award Midseason top 30 (one of only three Pac-10 players, joining Arizona's Jason Gardner and Luke Walton). The Blaine, Wash., native is averaging 19.2 points and 6.5 assists per game. He is just the third Duck to reach 400 career assists (431), and ranks fourth in career steals (129) and three-pointers (174). Ridnour also ranks 13th in UO career scoring (1,192). On the assists list, he has passed the likes of NBAers Terrell Brandon (315/1989-91) and Frederick Jones (367/1998-2002) this season and trails only Ron Lee (572/1972-76) and UO's all-time leader Kenya Wilkins (614/1993-97). See p. 4 for career lists.
RID SETS CONSECUTIVE FREE THROW MARKS . . . In the last two weeks, Luke Ridnour has set school and Pac-10 records for consecutive free throws made. He's currently at 51 straight and counting. Feb. 6 against Stanford, he surpassed previous Oregon mark of 40, set by John Greig over the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons. Then Feb. 8 against California, he surpassed Stanford's Ryan Mendez for consecutive makes in Pac-10 games -- 46 in 2001. And Ridnour completed the trifecta Feb. 15 at Oregon State when he eclipsed Mendez' mark for all games -- 49, also in 2001. Ridnour has not missed a free throw since his last attempt against Arizona State on Jan. 4. Since then: at Cal (4-4), at Stanford (5-5), at Portland State (0-0), Oregon State (9-9), Washington (0-0), Washington State (11-11), at UCLA (4-4), at USC (4-4), Stanford (6-6), California (4-4) at Oregon State (4-4).
TENTATIVE OREGON STARTERS
F 3 Robert Johnson 6-8 250 Sr. 7.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, .596 FG Pct.F 33 Luke Jackson 6-7 215 Jr. 15.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.8 apgC 5 Matt Short 7-0 235 Fr. 3.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, .592 FG Pct.G 1 James Davis 5-10 175 Jr. 10.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 67 3 FGG 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 175 Jr. 19.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.5 apg