Ducks Prepare for Sweet 16
March 18, 2002
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . The Pac-10 Champions advance to the Sweet 16 where they will play sixth-seeded Texas in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Friday, March 22, in Madison, Wis. The winner of the Oregon-Texas game will face the winner of the Kansas-Illinois game on Sunday, March 24. CBS will televise all tournament games live.
NCAA NOTES . . . This is Oregon's first trip to the regional semifinals in 42 years, in the 1960 classic, the Ducks defeated New Mexico State 68-60 to make the round of 16, and then got past Utah 65-54 to advance to the regional final. There, eventual NCAA runner-up California beat Oregon 70-49. The Ducks are making their second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last three years and their third appearance in the last eight seasons. In 2000, the seventh-seeded Ducks lost to No. 10 Seton Hall, 72-71, in overtime in Buffalo. In 1995, The No. 6 Ducks were upset by No. 11 Texas, 90-73, in Salt Lake City. The first round win over Montana (81-62) was Oregon's first NCAA Tournament victory since that win over Utah in 1960. This is the seventh appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament for the Ducks. Oregon won the very first NCAA Championship in 1939 (defeating Ohio State, 46-33), and the leading scorer in that game (13 points) Ret. Navy Admr. John Dick, a UO season ticket holder who attends nearly every home game, is expected to accompany the team to Madison.
OREGON-TEXAS FAMILIAR FOES? . . . Though it will be just the third NCAA Tournament meeting between Oregon and Texas, the Longhorns will become the team the Ducks have faced more than any other in NCAA play (passing Utah -- two games). The two squads got things started in 1939 -- during the very first NCAA Tournament -- where Oregon defeated Texas 56-41 in San Francisco. From there, the Ducks went on to defeat Oklahoma (55-37) and Ohio State (46-33) to win the NCAA crown. In 1995, the 11th-seeded Texans upended the sixth-seeded Ducks 90-73 in Salt Lake City. On the gridiron, Oregon and Texas squared off in a memorable 2000 Holiday Bowl where future Heisman Trophy finalist Joey Harrington rallied the Ducks to a 35-30 victory. In women's hoops, Oregon and Texas met in Austin during the 2000-01 season.
TENTATIVE OREGON STARTERS
F 3 Robert Johnson 6-8 235 Jr. 7.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, .534 FG Pct.F 33 Luke Jackson 6-7 215 So. 16.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.1 apgC 25 Chris Christoffersen 7-2 300 Sr. 8.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, .550 FG Pct.G 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 165 So. 15.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apgG 20 Frederick Jones 6-4 209 Sr. 18.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.1 apg
DUCKS SET PAC-10 THREE-POINT RECORD . . . Last Saturday against Wake Forest, the Ducks netted 12 three-pointers to bring their season total to 287 and break the Pac-10 record of 279, set by Arizona in 1994.
500-POINT CLUB . . . For the first time in school history, Oregon has three players who have scored 500 points in the same season. Frederick Jones leads the way at 614 (fourth all-time), while Luke Jackson is at 548 (11th all-time) and Luke Ridnour is at 513 (16th all-time).
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