Men's Basketball Hosts Basketball Travelers Monday Night

Nov. 5, 2000

EUGENE -- The Oregon men's basketball team gets the exhibition season underway Monday night at 7 p.m. at McArthur Court against the Basketball Travelers, a team from Nikolaev, Ukraine.

The Ducks are expected to dress 14 of their 15 players. The exhibition will mark the Mac Court debut of freshmen Jay Anderson, James Davis, Luke Jackson and Luke Ridnour, and junior transfer Mark Michaelis. Senior center Flo Hartenstein, who started all 30 games for Oregon last season, will be held out of action as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery.

In addition to Hartenstein (3.7 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game), Oregon returns starting guard Frederick Jones, a junior (9.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg), and six reserves, including senior forward Bryan Bracey (81. Ppg, 3.6 rpg), senior forward/center Julius Hicks (4.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg), senior guard David Jackson (5.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg), junior guard Anthony Norwood (3.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg), junior center Chris Christoffersen (3.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg) and junior guard Ben Lindquist (2.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg). Walk-on senior guard Kristian Christensen and sophomore guard Nate Smith also return from last year's team that went 22-8 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The exhibition is the second of a seven-game tour for the Ukrainians, which began last night at Portland. The Travelers play at Boise State Tuesday night and will also face Idaho State, Weber State, Montana State and Santa Clara during their 10-day tour of the States.

Reserved tickets for the exhibition are $18. General admission tickets are priced at $11 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

Also on Monday, University of Oregon men's basketball coach Ernie Kent and Nike will publicly unveil the Ducks' new home and away uniforms at 11 a.m. at the University Bookstore in an autograph signing session that is free and open to the public. Selected Oregon players will be on hand to model the new uniforms and will also be available for autographs.

In addition, Nike will be giving away brand new 'Bracketville' posters, a continuation of the company's popular college basketball advertising campaign, to the first 1,000 students.

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