No. 22 Oregon Travels to UCLA, USC
Jan. 27, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . Oregon returns to Pauley Pavilion -- the site where last season, it clinched its first outright conference championship in 63 years -- to play UCLA on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The extended weekend in L.A. continues Sunday when the Ducks meet USC at noon at the Sports Arena. Both games will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net.
FROM THE RESEARCH DEPT. . . . The Duck bench has outscored the opponent's bench in 14 of 18 games this season, and Oregon is 12-2 when it gets more from its bench than the opposition. On the year, the Duck bench has a 422-359 (23.4-19.4 per game) advantage.
JACKSON UPDATE . . . Junior wing Luke Jackson suffered a severe laceration on his right ring finger (palm side) in a collision with Doug Wrenn during the first half of Oregon's Jan. 23 win over Washington. The cut required 13 stitches (yes, for those into coincidences, that's the same number uniform worn by the other Luke). Jackson, Oregon's No. 2 scorer (16.4 ppg), top rebounder (6.4) and the only player ranked among the Pac-10's top 10 in points, rebounds, assists and steals per game, did not play Saturday against Washington State. Jackson had appeared in all 80 previous games during his Oregon career, and had started 52 straight dating back to the beginning of last season. It was actually the first game Jackson missed since his sophomore year at Creswell High School. He is doubtful for the UCLA game.
TENTATIVE OREGON STARTERS
F 3 Robert Johnson 6-8 250 Sr. 8.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, .651 FG Pct.F 35 Andre Joseph 6-3 185 Jr. 9.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 apgC 40 Brian Helquist 6-9 260 Sr. 3.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, .568 FG Pct.G 1 James Davis 5-10 175 Jr. 10.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 50 3 FGG 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 175 Jr. 19.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.5 apg
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