Ducks Host Aussies in First Exhibition

Nov. 4, 2002

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WHAT'S ON TAP . . . Oregon opens the exhibition season by hosting the Australia Institute of Sport Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at McArthur Court (9,087).

TIME CHECK . . . Yes, the start time of Wednesday's exhibition is 7:30 p.m., as opposed to UO's usual 7 p.m. tip for non-televised weeknight games. Pac-10 media day is being held Wednesday morning in Los Angeles and the game was pushed back a half-hour to accommodate the traveling party.

LOOK UP . . . Notice anything different? Brand new banners commemorating all of Oregon's past conference championships, NCAA appearances and NIT appearances are now hanging from the rafters. Similar banners are also in place for the other University teams that compete at Mac -- women's basketball, wrestling and volleyball. The 2002 Pac-10 championship banner will be revealed later this season.

SCRIMMAGE REPORT . . . Luke Ridnour looked sharp with 27 points, 11 assists and seven steals in Oregon's second intrasquad scrimmage last Friday. Rid hit 12-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-4 three-pointers. Luke Jackson added 21 points (9-of-13 shooting) and five steals. James Davis came off the bench for 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Andre Joseph chipped in 13 and big men Robert Johnson and Ian Crosswhite each had 11, while Matt Short added 10. Jordan Kent led the true freshmen with 9 points, four assists and three steals. The teams combined to shoot better than 60 percent from the field, which is the main reason that the scrimmage's top rebounder -- Johnson -- only came up with seven boards.

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