No. 19 Oregon Ventures North for Weekend in Evergreen State
Jan. 22, 2002
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . Oregon's run through the Northwest schools continues with a trip to the Evergreen State to face Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24 in Seattle and Washington State on Sat., Jan. 26 in Pullman. The last time Oregon headed to Washington as a ranked team (an unbeaten 10-0 in January of 1997), the 17th-ranked Ducks were swept by their northern neighbors and ended up in the NIT. The Oregon Sports Network will carry the Washington game live in the state of Oregon, while Fox Sports Net will televise the Ducks and Cougars live regionally.
TENTATIVE OREGON STARTERS
F 3 Robert Johnson 6-8 235 Jr. 8.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, .539 FG Pct.F 33 Luke Jackson 6-7 215 So. 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, .896 FT Pct.F 25 Chris Christoffersen 7-2 300 Sr. 9.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, .563 FG Pct.G 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 165 So. 13.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.9 apgG 20 Frederick Jones 6-4 209 Sr. 15.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.4 apg
QUICK HITS...A brief look at what to watch for this weekend:
6-1. Last Saturday's win over Oregon State gave Oregon a 6-1 start to league play for just the second time in the last 63 years. The Ducks also started the 1999-00 season 6-1 in conference play, but prior to that, you have to go back to Oregon's NCAA Championship season of 1939. That squad, coached by Basketball Hall of Famer Howard Hobson, got off to an 11-1 start in the Pacific Coast Conference. If Oregon defeats Washington Thursday night, the Ducks will be 7-1 in league play for the first time since Hobson's 'Tall Firs.'
High Octane. The Ducks lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense (85.1).
Defense. The Ducks continue to be a much-improved defensive team. Through its first 18 games, Oregon is surrendering just 66.7 points per game, compared to 76.1 ppg at the same point a year ago.
Oregon's six Pac-10 wins exceeds already last season's total (5-13). The Ducks have also matched last year's overall win total of 14.
Oregon's 11. By defeating Willamette last week, Oregon improved to 11-0 at Mac Court for the first time in 64 years, and for only the second time in school history. The only other time the Ducks started a season 11-0 at home was in 1937-38, that squad went a perfect 16-0 in Eugene as a prelude to the 1938-39 NCAA Championship team. Overall, the 11-game home winning streak is Oregon's longest since a 12-game streak that spanned the 1969-70 and 1970-71 seasons (Jan. 24, 1970 to Jan. 9, 1971).
Luke Jackson had a career-best effort in scoring with 28 points at Portland. But Thursday, he returns to the scene of his best all-around game: a triple-double (14 pts, 11 reb, 10 ast) last year at Washington that was the school's first in nearly 30 years.
JC transfer Robert Johnson has five 10-rebound games in his first year as a Duck and leads the team at 7.8 boards per game. Johnson debuted with a double-double -- 14 points and 10 rebounds -- against Alabama State and was named to the America's Youth Classic all-tournament team. He recorded his second double-double -- 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds -- at ASU and collected his third with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Oregon State.