Ducks Host Washington Schools
Jan. 17, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . The Ducks look to get back on the winning track against the Washington schools this weekend. The Huskies visit Mac Court for a rare non-televised game Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., while the Cougars and Ducks tip it up for a Fox Sports Net regional broadcast Saturday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.
TIME CHANGE . . . Just a reminder that the Washington State game time has changed from its original listing. Initially set for a 7 p.m. start, the game has been moved to 3 p.m. to accomodate the Fox Sports Net regional broadcast.
LINE OF THE WEEK: Luke Jackson: 11.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 20.0 mpg (two games). In the most significant action of his young career thus far, the freshman from Creswell, Ore., notched back-to-back double figure games in a pair of tough road contests at Stanford and Cal. Jackson came off the bench to lead the team in scoring at Cal with 12 points and in rebounding at Stanford with seven, to go along with 10 points.
OREGON TENTATIVE STARTERS
F 20 Frederick Jones 6-4 209 Jr. 13.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.3 apgF 42 Bryan Bracey 6-7 210 Sr. 19.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, .540 FG Pct.C 21 Julius Hicks 6-8 235 Sr. 7.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 bpgG 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 165 Fr. 8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.2 apgG 34 Anthony Norwood 6-3 185 Jr. 13.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.6 apg
HEAD COACH ERNIE KENT . . . Ernie Kent (Oregon `77) is in his fourth year at Oregon. He has a 64-38 ledger with the Ducks and a 10-year career record of 154-118. He won his 150th game as a collegiate head coach Dec. 12 versus Illinois-Chicago (110-87). Kent won more games in his first three seasons as Oregon's head coach (54) than any other Oregon mentor since Howard Hobson (64) from 1935-36 through 1937-38. The former six-year Saint Mary's (Calif.) coach led the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament last season and accomplished some pretty impressive feats along the way: 22 wins was the school's most in 55 years, 13 Pac-10 wins was the most in school history, the first road triumph over a Top 25 opponent since 1977 (67-66 neutral-court win over Wake Forest), a win over the highest-ranked foe since 1995 with the 86-81 upset of No. 3 Arizona. In 1998-99, Kent took the Ducks to a 19-13 mark and a trip to New York City for the NIT Final Four. Prior to St. Mary's, he served two-year tenures as an assistant at Stanford (1990-91) and Colorado State (1988-89).
SCHEDULE SECOND GLANCE . . . Remember those 'expected wins' during November and December against teams from mid-major conferences? Well some of those W's are now helping Oregon's RPI approach the top 50 in the nation. For instance, Entering the weekend, Portland is tied for first in the West Coast Conference with a 2-0 mark (9-6 overall). South Carolina State looks like the team to beat at 5-0 in the MEAC (8-8 overall). Northern Arizona is just a half-game back of Cal State Northridge at 3-1 in the Big Sky (9-6 overall). And Illinois-Chicago is tied for second in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference at 2-1 (8-8 overall). Massachusetts' overall record of 4-10 is still poor, but the Minutemen are off to a 2-1 start in Atlantic 10 play. Plus, you have to factor in Oregon's only non-conference loss to Auburn in the RPI. The Tigers are off to a slow 1-2 start in the SEC after facing Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana State, but are 11-5 overall.
LUCKY SEVEN . . . Under Ernie Kent, Oregon is 18-6 in its last 24 games decided by seven points or less.
HIGH-FLYING DUCKS . . . Led by the conference's leading scorer Bryan Bracey, Oregon ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring at 84.3 points per game (Stanford is first at 85.5). The Ducks are also second in the league in field goal percentage (.481) and third in assists (16.4 per game). Individually, Bracey leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 19.2 points per game, while Frederick Jones and Anthony Norwood are tied for 12th at 13.8 points per game. Oregon's 110 points scored against Illinois-Chicago is the most in the league so far this season and Bracey's 31 points against Auburn is tied for the top individual performance of the year. Other games in which Oregon has notched the Pac-10's best performance include the 13 three-pointers versus Portland State. See page 5 for a complete list of where UO ranks in the Pac-10 stats.
THREE BALL, CORNER POCKET . . . Oregon leads the Pac-10 with 8.9 three-pointers made per game and ranks second in three-point field goal percentage at .390. Individually, Anthony Norwood leads the league in three-pointers per outing, hitting nearly three a game. Oregon's 115 threes put it on a pace to hit 248 in this 28-game season, that would break the school record of 243 set in 1998-99 (32 games). The Ducks have made at least 10 three-pointers seven times this season, with a high of 13 coming Nov. 25 against Portland State (two shy of the school record of 15).
PATIENCE, YOUNG JEDI . . . Freshman Luke Jackson, whose hometown of Creswell is just down the road from Eugene, has lived up to his Oregon State Player of the Year reputation. He had his first back-to-back scoring games last weekend at Cal and Stanford. He led the team in scoring at Cal with 12 points and led the team in rebounding at Stanford with seven. One of the first players off the bench, Jackson scored a career-high 16 points in the 110-87 defeat of Illinois-Chicago on Dec. 12. He's averaging 7.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
THE LIFE OF BRYAN . . . The leading scorer in the Pac-10, senior forward Bryan Bracey continues to be one of the most improved players in 2000-01. After spending last season as Oregon's sixth man averaging 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, Bracey leads Oregon in scoring and rebounding at 19.2 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. He is shooting 54.0 percent (88-of-163) from the field and joins Arizona All-America candidate Michael Wright and USC's Sam Clancy as the only players to rank in the Pac-10's top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. The Chicago, Ill., native recorded his first career double-double in the season opener against Mississippi Valley State with 22 points and 12 rebounds. The 12 boards was a career high. He followed that with a 20-point game in Oregon's road opener at Denver. Bracey was named co-MVP of the Pape Jam after scoring a then-career-high 24 points in Oregon's 91-76 defeat of Massachusetts. Next, he netted 20 in the win over Illinois-Chicago. He followed that with a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds in the overtime loss to Auburn. Then came 22 points against South Carolina State and 28 points in the Pac-10 opener against Oregon State (24 in the second half). That's seven 20-point efforts in 13 games! Bracey became the first Duck score 30 points in a game since Alex Scales had 31 against Arizona State, March 2, 2000.
PAC-10 EM-BRACEYS BRYAN . . . Senior forward Bryan Bracey was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 11-17. The Chicago, Ill., native averaged 25.5 points and 9.0 rebounds a game. Bracey scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting (.778) with seven rebounds and a pair of assists in Oregon's 110-87 victory over Illinois-Chicago Dec. 12. He followed that with a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds (second double-double of the season) in the 101-97 overtime loss to Auburn Dec. 16. For the week, Bracey shot 57.1 percent from the field (16-of-28) and 85 percent at the free throw line (17-of-20).
MR. JONES AND ME . . . It was expected that Frederick Jones would see an increase in his scoring average, and he has: 13.8 points per game through 13 games in 2000-01, compared to 9.7 ppg a season ago, but did you know that the junior from Gresham, Ore., has seen significant improvement in rebounding as well? He's second on the team at 5.8 per game (up from 3.9 rpg a year ago). Jones was named co-MVP of the Pape Jam after scoring 23 points (matching the second-highest effort of his career) and grabbing nine rebounds in Oregon's 91-76 defeat of Massachusetts. He got his third career double-double in the Jan. 6 win over Oregon State with 18 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds.
COOL HAND, LUKE . . . Luke Ridnour, the first true freshman to start at the point for Oregon since Kenya Wilkins in 1993-94, is beginning to hit his stride as Oregon's floor general. In the last seven games, Ridnour has 32 assists (4.6 per game), while committing just 11 turnovers. He also scored a season-high 15 points in the Louisville game. For the season, Ridnour has nearly a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio (54-to-29), is fourth in scoring at 8.0 points per game and leads the team at 4.2 assists per game (sixth in the Pac-10). 'Rid' had a season-high nine assists in the Nov. 25 Portland State game. Back in 1993-94, Wilkins set the UO frosh assists record with 142.
JUICE THROWS A BLOCK PARTY . . . The long arms of 6-8 senior center Julius Hicks have been on display this year. On the season, Hicks has 16 blocks and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 (1.23 bpg). His 16 blocks this season is over one third of the way to Oregon's season record of 42, set by Blair Rasmussen in 1984. He's also just seven blocks shy of entering the season top 10 at 23 (Henry Madden, 1997). The San Francisco native is averaging 7.9 points per game and shooting 64.3 percent from the field (45-of-70), second in the Pac-10.
YOU GOTTA KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK ON NORWOOD . . . Junior guard Anthony Norwood was one of Oregon's best players down the stretch last season and the Tucson, Ariz., native has continued his solid play through this season's first 13 games. Norwood set career highs in points and assists during the 99-90 win at Denver. He scored 25 points, which easily surpassed his previous high of 19 (set last year against Denver) and dished out seven assists. Through this year's first 13 games, Norwood is tied for second on the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) and leads the team with 37 three-pointers.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS . . . Ben Lindquist certainly settled into the role of super sub during the month of December. He had seven points against Massachusetts, four against Illinois-Chicago, a career-high tying 13 against Auburn, eight at Northern Arizona and 10 at Louisville. His shooting percentage during the month was remarkable for a guard: .560 (14-of-25). The junior from St. George, Utah, also seems to like playing Denver. He set his career high last season versus the Pioneers (13) and nearly matched that effort this year (12), with a pair of key three-pointers off the bench.
FLO MOJO . . . Senior center Flo Hartenstein continues to contribute after preseason knee surgery that caused him to miss nearly all of fall camp. Flo came off the bench in the opener against Mississippi Valley State for his first appearance of 2000-01. And in typical workman-like form, Hartenstein contributed five points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action. Against Denver, Flo was again effective off the bench, grabbing nine rebounds with six points and three steals in 23 minutes. He had two more steals in the Bay Area, leaving the German just six shy of UO's career top 10! Flo was also key off the bench in the Louisville win with a season-high 11 rebounds (one shy of a career high) and eight points.
THE GREAT DANE . . . Oregon back up center Chris Christoffersen turned in his finest performance of the season with five points and a career-high seven rebounds in the Louisville win. The Roenne, Denmark, native stepped up with Julius Hicks sidelined with foul trouble and gave the Ducks a much-needed physical inside presence against an aggressive Cardinal squad.
ABOUT WASHINGTON . . . The Huskies are 7-9 on the season and 1-3 in the Pac-10. Washington split a pair of games last weekend, defeating Arizona State 70-68 in overtime and losing to Arizona 89-64. The ASU win snapped a four-game losing streak. UW made six consecutive three pointers during the second half of that game. Senior forward Will Perkins, a reserve a year ago, is one of the most improved players in the league. He leads the Huskies in scoring and rebounding at 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Perkins has seven double-doubles this season. Salem, Ore., native Thalo Green, a senior forward, averages 10.9 points per game. Washington is 5-1 in games decided by four points or less. The Huskies have been good against the perimeter this season, allowing opponents to shoot just 30.2 percent from beyond the arc (second in the Pac-10). UW also grabs 14.9 offensive rebounds per game (second in the Pac-10).
TENTATIVE WASHINGTON STARTERS
F 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. 14.8 ppg, 8.2 rpgF 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. 10.9 ppg, 4.6 rpgC 44 Marlon Shelton 6-10 270 Jr. 5.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 bpgG 10 C.J. Massingale 6-3 195 Fr. 5.4 ppg, 1.4 rpgG 32 Bryan Brown 6-3 205 Sr. 6.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.8 apg
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE . . . The Cougars are 7-6 overall and 1-3 in the conference coming into Thursday's game at Oregon State. WSU has already surpassed its win total from a year ago when the Cougs went 6-22. Junior wing Mike Bush has been very good since returning to the lineup after taking a semester off to shore up his academics. Bush leads the Cougars at 18.4 points per game and grabs 6.4 rebounds per outing. Freshman guard Marcus Moore is one of the best newcomers in the Pac-10, averaging 10.5 points and 3.0 assists per game. WSU averages 7.5 steals per game, third in the conference.
TENTATIVE WASHINGTON STATE STARTERS
F 2 Framecio Little 6-4 207 Jr. 7.1 ppg, 5.4 rpgF 25 Milton Riley 6-9 197 So. 4.4 ppg, 3.0 rpgC 24 J Locklier 6-10 235 Jr. 8.8 ppg, 5.8 rpgG 1 Marcus Moore 6-6 182 Fr. 10.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.0 apgG 5 Mike Bush 6-6 195 Jr. 18.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg
BLUE STREAK . . . The Cougars and Ducks share the dubious honor of holding the longest consecutive losing streak for Pac-10 road games at 27. Oregon dropped that many between 1991-94, while WSU's streak is an active one. There is hope for the Cougars, however, their last Pac-10 road win came Jan. 15, 1998, at Oregon State where WSU plays Thursday night.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS . . . Flo Hartenstein and Frederick Jones are wasting no time in trying to leave their marks on the Oregon career blocks and steals charts. Jones, a guard, had his 51st career block in the Louisville game, which ranks seventh. He passed Keith Balderston (48 blocks, 1984-88) during the Auburn game. Next up is Mike Carson, who had 53 from 1994-99. Hartenstein, with 36 career blocks, is just one away from joining the top 10 himself. On the other side of the coin, Hartenstein had two steals over the weekend in the Bay Area, which leaves the German with 67 career and just six shy from entering that career top 10. Jones needs five more swipes for a spot in the steals top 10. Jones is also on the verge of the Duck career top 10 in three pointers. He hit a pair against OSU to move to 80, just one behind No. 10 Terrell Brandon and Darius Wright, who each netted 81 career threes.
FRESH FACES . . . Oregon got a look at its future in the Nov. 25 84-66 defeat of Portland State. All four freshmen set then-career highs in scoring, led by forward Luke Jackson's 13 (all in the second half). Guard Luke Ridnour scored 12 with a career-high nine assists, while guard James Davis added 10 points (three three-pointers) and center Jay Anderson had four.
TOP OF THE CLASS . . . Oregon's 1999-2000 recruiting class was rated best in the West by most services, including Bob Gibbons and Hoop Scoop's Clark Francis. The four freshmen who make up this stellar class are Parade and McDonald's All-American Luke Ridnour (6-2, 165, PG, Blaine, Wash./Blaine HS), Oregon 3A player of the year Luke Jackson (6-7, 210, F, Creswell, Ore./Creswell HS), sharp-shooter James Davis (5-10, 170, G, Vancouver, Wash./Evergreen HS) and Jay Anderson (6-9, 220, C, Faribault, Minn./Faribault HS). UO's list of newcomers also includes junior forward Mark Michaelis (6-10, 230, F, South Jordan, Utah), a transfer from Brigham Young.
DICKIE V SAYS . . . That Oregon freshman point guard Luke Ridnour is good. How good? Vitale, the ESPN harbinger of over-the-top college basketball analysis, tabbed Ridnour as the Pac-10's 'Diaper Dandy,' aka, his freshman of the year.
STANFORD RECAP . . . Jason Collins' brawn, Casey Jacobsen's bombs and some tough defense propelled Stanford to a victory befitting the nation's top-ranked team. Collins had a career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Jacobsen hit four 3-pointers and had 20 points as Stanford beat Oregon 100-76 Jan. 13 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal were impressive and businesslike in their ninth straight victory over the Ducks. Stanford made an exciting 26-7 rally in the first half highlighted by 11 points from Collins, who made all eight of his free throws. A 16-3 run midway through the second half gave Stanford a 26-point lead which briefly stretched to 29. Jarron Collins, Jason's twin, spent the first half in foul trouble and scored all 13 of his points in the second half, while reserve center Curtis Borchardt had 11 points and Ryan Mendez nine. Anthony Norwood had 14 for the Ducks, who met the nation's No. 1 team for the first time in six years, while Luke Jackson added 10 points and seven rebounds.
CALIFORNIA RECAP . . . Sean Lampley had 23 points and 10 rebounds as California beat Oregon 78-62 Jan. 13 in Berkeley to snap the Ducks' four-game winning streak. Nick Vander Laan added 14 points and seven rebounds for Cal in their Pacific-10 Conference home opener. The Bears moved to 8-0 this season at home. Oregon was led by Luke Jackson with 12 points, and leading scorer Bryan Bracey was held to 10. The Ducks led by as many as five points several times in the first half. But Cal went on a 13-3 run with four minutes left to take a 38-33 lead into the break. The Bears held the Ducks to just 26 points and 26.5 percent shooting in the second half. Cal took a 46-35 lead on Joe Shipp's layup, and built their advantage to 74-53 with 2:33 left in the game.
OREGON STATE RECAP . . . Bryan Bracey scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half as Oregon recovered from an early deficit to rout Oregon State 84-66 Jan. 6 at Mac Court in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. Freddie Jones added 18 points and Anthony Norwood 17 for the Ducks, who have won 14 of 15 against their in-state rival. Deaundra Tanner scored 20 points and Jason Heide had 17 for the Beavers, who ended the game with only seven healthy players after starters Adam Masten and Brian Jackson fouled out. Bracey scored just four points on 2-of-6 shooting in the first half, when the Ducks trailed by as many as 13 before tying it at halftime. Bracey began his burst by hitting a 13-foot jumper 2:23 into the second half. On the next possession, he nailed a 3-pointer, the first of four straight for the Ducks. Bracey finished a 13-0 run with a spectacular two-handed reverse dunk on a lob from Jones that pushed Oregon's lead to 55-38. By the time Bracey completed his flurry - on a difficult baseline jumper - Oregon led 65-44 with just under 10 minutes to go. During a 14:05 stretch beginning in the first half, Oregon outscored the Beavers 56-19. Oregon, leading the Pac-10 in 3-pointers at 8.8 per game, made eight of 16 in the second half. The Beavers figured to slow the tempo against Oregon, which had been averaging 87.4 points per game. But Oregon State came out gunning, making its first seven shots to take a 17-5 lead. Trailing 28-15, the Ducks went on a 10-0 run, highlighted by successive 3-pointers by Luke Ridnour and Jones. Oregon got within 32-30 on a layup and free throw by Julius Hicks. Heide picked up his fourth foul on the play, after receiving his third only 90 seconds earlier. With no other big men to replace him, coach Ritchie McKay had to leave Heide in. A driving reverse layup by Jones tied it 32-all at halftime.
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