No. 11 Ducks Host Highlanders
Dec. 26, 2002
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . Oregon goes for its school record-tying 23rd consecutive win at home when the UC Riverside Highlanders come calling on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 2:30 p.m.
WHY 2:30? . . . The game was originally moved to 2:30 to accommodate an Action Sports Cable Network broadcast. Since that network folded last month, there were discussions about moving the game back to 6 p.m. However, while ACSN was still afloat, a third party scheduled a wedding on campus for the evening of the 28th. Moving the basketball game back would have created numerous parking conflicts around McArthur Court. Not wanting to throw a damper on anyone's wedding, the UO Athletic Department decided to leave the game at 2:30 p.m.
THE MAC STREAK . . . Oregon's current 22-game home winning streak is tied for eight-longest nationally. BYU is the leader at 40 games, followed by Tennessee Tech (33), Gonzaga (29), Oklahoma (28), Western Kentucky (27), McNeese State (26), Alabama (25) and Oregon and Marquette (22). BYU, McNeese State and Marquette also play their next home game on Saturday. The streak is the second-longest at UO:
UO Home Win Streak Dates 23 Feb. 13, 1937-Jan. 6, 1939 22 Nov. 15, 2001-present 15 Jan. 15, 1926-Feb. 22, 1927
The last team to defeat UO at Mac was USC, Feb. 24, 2001. The last non-league team to stop the Ducks at home was Cal State Northridge Dec. 11, 1999; since then, UO has won 21 straight at Mac versus non-conference foes.