Ducks Visit No. 25 USC, UCLA
Jan. 22, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . The sunny skies of Southern California welcome the Ducks for a challenging road trip to USC on Thursday, Jan. 25 and UCLA on Saturday, Jan. 27. Thursday's game is a matchup of the top two scorers in the Pac-10: Oregon's Bryan Bracey (19.3 ppg) and USC's Sam Clancy (19.0 ppg). The Oregon-UCLA game will be shown live nationally on Fox Sports Net. It is the first of five straight on FSN for the Ducks.
TRIP TO PAULEY MARKS 25th ANNIVERSARY OF STREAK STOPPER . . . Nearly 25 years ago, an Oregon Duck team that included current head coach Ernie Kent and assistant Greg Graham went into Pauley Pavilion and did something that no one had been able to do for nearly seven years -- defeat UCLA at home. The Bruins won 98 consecutive games at home between the 1969-70 season and that game on Feb. 21, 1976. That's the longest such streak in conference history and the third-longest of its kind in NCAA history. But the Ducks, led by Ron Lee, Greg Ballard and Stu Jackson, brought UCLA's streak to an end with a resounding 65-45 victory. The game was also significant in that it was Oregon's first-ever win at Pauley Pavilion.
LINE OF THE WEEK: Bryan Bracey: 20.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, .500 FG Pct. (12-of-24), .789 FT Pct. (15-of-19). The senior forward from Chicago had back-to-back double-doubles as Oregon split a pair versus the Washington schools last weekend. The Pac-10's leading scorer had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the 72-71 overtime loss to Washington, and scored 17 points with 10 rebounds in the 81-66 win over Washington State. For the weekend, Bracey shot .500 from the field (12-of-24) and .789 from the free throw line (15-of19). He also had a career-high five steals against Washington.
99 RED BALLOONS . . . Flo Hartenstein will play in his 100th career game at Oregon when he takes the floor Thursday against USC. The native of Mainz, Germany, has missed only five games in his career despite an assortment of injuries. He is the second Duck in as many years to reach 100 career games, A.D. Smith played in 117 during his five-year Oregon career.
OREGON TENTATIVE STARTERS
F 21 Julius Hicks 6-8 235 Sr. 7.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 bpgF 33 Luke Jackson 6-7 210 Fr. 7.7 ppg, 3.8 rpgC 54 Flo Hartenstein 6-9 260 Sr. 3.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, .600 FG Pct.G 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 165 Fr. 7.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.9 apgG 34 Anthony Norwood 6-3 185 Jr. 12.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.3 apg
HEAD COACH ERNIE KENT . . . Ernie Kent (Oregon `77) is in his fourth year at Oregon. He has a 65-39 ledger with the Ducks and a 10-year career record of 155-119. 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).
WORKING OVERTIME . . . Thursday's one-point overtime loss to Washington was the third time this season The Ducks have played more than 40 minutes. Oregon also went into overtime against Auburn and Northern Arizona. This marks the third straight year that Oregon has played three overtime games.
LUCKY SEVEN . . . Under Ernie Kent, Oregon is 18-7 in its last 25 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 83.2 points per game (Stanford is first at 84.8). The Ducks are also fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.471) and free throw percentage (.720). Individually, Bracey leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 19.3 points per game, while Frederick Jones is 12th at 13.9 ppg and Anthony Norwood is 18th at 12.8 ppg. 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 8.2 three-pointers made per game and ranks second in three-point field goal percentage at .367. Individually, Anthony Norwood is third in three-pointers per outing, hitting 2.5 a game. Oregon's 123 threes put it on a pace to hit 230 in this 28-game season and possibly challenge 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).
THE LIFE OF BRYAN . . . The leading scorer in the Pac-10 coming off a pair of double-doubles this weekend, 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 19.3 points and 7.2 rebounds a game. He is shooting 53.5 percent (100-of-187) from the field. He is the only player in the Pac-10 to rank in the top 10 in scoring (19.3/1st), rebounding (7.2/8th), FG Pct. (.535/10th), FT Pct. (.811/9th) and 3-FG Pct. (.485/2nd). 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). He got his third double-double (23 pts., 10 reb.) in the overtime loss to Washington (plus a career-high five steals) and followed that with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Washington State. That's eight 20-point efforts in 15 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: 13.9 points per game through 15 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 5.9 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. He almost secured the first triple-double at Oregon in nearly 30 years when he had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against WSU.
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 got his first collegiate start against Washington State and scored nine points with seven rebounds. He has scored in double figures in three of the last four games. He led the team in scoring at Cal with 12 points and led the team in rebounding at Stanford with seven. Then he scored 15 points (one shy of his career high) with six boards against Washington. Jackson scored a career-high 16 points in the 110-87 defeat of UIC on Dec. 12. He's averaging 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
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. Ridnour has nearly a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio (59-to-36), is fourth in scoring at 7.8 points per game and leads the team at 3.9 assists per game (seventh 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. He also scored a season-high 15 points in the Louisville win.
JULIUS' HOOKS . . . Senior center Julius Hicks is second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage. He's shooting 61.3 percent from the field for the year (49-of-80). The long arms Hicks have also been on display this year. On the season, Hicks has 18 blocks and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 (1.20 bpg). His 18 blocks this season is almost halfway to Oregon's season record of 42, set by Blair Rasmussen in 1984. He's also just five blocks shy of entering the season top 10 at 23 (Henry Madden, 1997). The San Francisco native is averaging 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
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 15 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 15 games, Norwood is third on the team in scoring (12.8 ppg) and leads the team with 38 threes.
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 a steal against Washington, leaving the German just five 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. He made his first start of the season vs. WSU.
THE GREAT DANE . . . Oregon back up center Chris Christoffersen scored a career-high 11 points in the win over WSU. That followed a five-point, seven-rebound (career high) effort in the Louisville win for the Roenne, Denmark, native.
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 threes off the bench.
ABOUT USC . . . The Trojans, who have been ranked in the top 25 all season, are 13-4 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-10. Sam Clancy is second in the league in scoring at 19.0 points per game. Brian Scalabrine (14.5 ppg), David Bluthenthal (14.2) and Brandon Granville (13.6) are also in double figures. The Trojans are among the league leaders in steals (7.8/2nd) and blocks (4.1/3rd) per game, which helps USC rank second in turnover margin at plus-2.65. Granville leads the Pac-10 in assists per game at 6.0, while he ranks second in steals at 2.0. Clancy is the league's leading shot blocker at 2.47 per game.
TENTATIVE USC STARTERS
F 24 Brian Scalabrine 6-9 250 Sr. 14.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.0 apgF 34 David Bluthenthal 6-7 220 Jr. 14.2 ppg, 7.6 rpgC 50 Sam Clancy 6-7 240 Jr. 19.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 bpgG 5 Brandon Granville 5-9 175 Jr. 13.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 6.0 apgG 12 Jeff Trepagnier 6-4 195 Sr. 6.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg
ABOUT UCLA . . . The Bruins are 10-5 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10, having had their six-game winning streak snapped by Arizona last Saturday. The six-game streak was the longest during Steve Lavin's tenure at UCLA. The Bruins lead the Pac-10 in steals, averaging 8.0 per game. Jason Kapono leads the conference in free throw shooting at 90.7 percent and ranks fifth in scoring (17.7 ppg). Earl Watson leads the league in steals at 2.1 per game. Freshman forward T.J. Cummings has been solid off the bench in Pac-10 play averaging 11.8 points per game since the conference season began.
TENTATIVE UCLA STARTERS
F 23 Matt Barnes 6-7 230 Jr. 10.8 ppg, 7.1 rpgF 24 Jason Kapono 6-7 206 So. 17.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.4 apgC 50 Dan Gadzuric 6-11 235 Jr. 11.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.5 bpgG 1 Jason Flowers 6-0 182 Sr. 1.7 ppg, 0.8 rpgG 25 Earl Watson 6-1 195 Sr. 14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.7 apg
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 entered the career three-pointers made list during the Washington game by hitting his 81st and added another three to that total against WSU. His 84 career threes now rank ninth, ahead of Jordy Lyden's 82 (1990-95) and Terrell Brandon (1989-91) and Darius Wright (1998-00), who each netted 81 career threes. Next up is No. 8 Frank Johnson (87/1987-89). Jones, a guard, had his 52nd career block in the Washington State game, which ranks seventh. 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, while Julius Hicks needs eight more to crack the top 10. Hicks needs just five more blocks to enter the single-season top 10. On the other side of the coin, Hartenstein had a steal in the Washington game, which leaves the German with 68 career and just five shy from entering that career top 10. Jones needs just two more swipes for a spot in the steals top 10.
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.
WASHINGTON STATE RECAP . . . Frederick Jones scored 19 points and Bryan Bracey added 17 as Oregon defeated undermanned Washington State 81-66 Jan. 20 at Mac Court. The win ended the Ducks' three-game losing streak and sent the Cougars to their 29th straight Pac-10 road loss. Bracey and Jones, the Ducks' top-two scorers and rebounders, were held out of the starting lineup for the first time this season as head coach Ernie Kent called for 'just a little shakeup.' Jones had eight rebounds and eight assists, while Bracey added 10 rebounds (fourth double-double of the season) for Oregon. Chris Christoffersen came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points for the Ducks. The Cougars dressed only seven players because head coach Paul Graham sent six players back to Pullman for violating an unspecified team rule. Among the missing were starter Framecio Little and reserve Eddie Miller, Washington State's second leading scorer at 10.1 points per game. Still, the Cougars made a game of it until a 24-10 second-half run gave the Ducks a 62-43 lead. David Adams led Washington State with 19 points.
WASHINGTON RECAP . . . Curtis Allen slipped through Oregon's defense for a layup with six seconds left in overtime to help Washington upset Oregon 72-71 Jan. 18 at Mac Court. Luke Ridnour sank a jumper at the buzzer, but officials ruled the shot came too late. Thalo Green had a career-high 22 points and Curtis Allen added 12 to lead the Huskies (8-9, 2-3 Pac-10), who beat Oregon at McArthur Court for the second straight season for the first time since 1981-82. Bryan Bracey, who entered the game leading the Pac-10 in scoring at 19.2, had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks (10-4, 1-3). Eighteen of his points came in the second half and in overtime. Luke Jackson added 15 for the Ducks. Washington led from the start of the game until the final minute, when a pair of free throws by Bracey put the Ducks ahead 62-61 with 47.5 seconds left. Another free throw by Bracey with 18 seconds left gave the Ducks a two-point lead. But a layup by Allen with 11 seconds left tied the score and sent the game into overtime. In the extra period, the teams traded baskets until Bracey put Oregon on top 71-70 with 50 seconds to go. A missed shot by Washington, followed by an Oregon turnover, gave the ball back to the Huskies with under 10 seconds to play. Allen weaved into the lane between Oregon defenders and laid the ball off the backboard for the game-winner. It was the third time in the last five meetings that Ducks and Huskies have gone to overtime.
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.