Ducks Prepare for No. 25 Stanford, California
Feb. 3, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . The second half of the Pac-10 season gets underway this week as three teams in the league's upper division prepare to do battle in Eugene. Thursday, Oregon hosts No. 25 Stanford at 5:30 p.m., while California comes calling at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be televised live by the Oregon Sports Network.
KENT REACHES 100 AT UO, GOES FOR 200 CAREER . . . By defeating Pepperdine on Dec. 14, Ernie Kent became the sixth coach in Oregon history to reach 100 coaching victories. In six years at Oregon, Kent has a 109-63 record and is 199-143 overall in 12 years. Among Oregon coaches, only William Reinhart (125 games) and Basketball Hall of Famer Howard Hobson (134 games) reached 100 wins faster than Kent (158 games). His next win will be his 200th career victory.
RIDNOUR NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD MIDSEASON TOP 30 . . . Junior guard Luke Ridnour was named to the Wooden Award Midseason top 30 (one of only three Pac-10 players, joining Arizona's Jason Gardner and Luke Walton). The Blaine, Wash., native is averaging 19.1 points and 6.7 assists per game and he has 45 assists in his last five games. He is just the third Duck to reach 400 career assists (415), and ranks fourth in career steals (123) and three-pointers (164). Ridnour also ranks 17th in UO career scoring (1,132). On the assists list, he has passed the likes of NBAers Terrell Brandon (315/1989-91) and Frederick Jones (367/1998-2002) this season and trails only Ron Lee (572/1972-76) and UO's all-time leader Kenya Wilkins (614/1993-97). See p. 4 for career lists.
TENTATIVE OREGON STARTERS
F 3 Robert Johnson 6-8 250 Sr. 8.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, .632 FG Pct.F 33 Luke Jackson 6-7 215 Jr. 16.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.0 apgC 40 Brian Helquist 6-9 260 Sr. 3.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, .551 FG Pct.G 1 James Davis 5-10 175 Jr. 10.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 59 3 FGG 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 175 Jr. 19.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.7 apg