Men's Basketball Heads to Corvallis
Feb. 11, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP . . . Both the Ducks and Beavers are in need of a victory to bolster their postseason aspirations when Oregon and Oregon State meet Saturday, Feb. 15 in Corvallis for round two of the Civil War. The Beaver Sports Network will televise the 6 p.m. game live in the State of Oregon.
KENT REACHES 100 WINS AT UO, 200 CAREER . . . Ernie Kent recorded his 200th career coaching victory when the Ducks defeated No. 25 Stanford on Feb. 6. Earlier this season, Kent became the sixth coach in Oregon history to reach 100 coaching victories at UO (defeating Pepperdine on Dec. 14). In six years at Oregon, Kent has a 110-63 record and is 200-143 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). Kent is now just two victories behind Dick Harter -- his college coach -- for fifth on the UO career list. Harter was 112-82 in seven years (1972-78).
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 19.3 points and 6.4 assists per game. He is just the third Duck to reach 400 career assists (422), and ranks fourth in career steals (128) and three-pointers (170). Ridnour also ranks 15th in UO career scoring (1,174). 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.
RID SETS CONSECUTIVE FREE THROW MARKS . . . Luke Ridnour set school and Pac-10 records for consecutive free throws last weekend. He combined to go 10-for-10 against Stanford and California to raise his current streak to 47 straight makes. Last Thursday against Stanford, he broke the Oregon mark of 40, set by John Greig over the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons. Then Saturday against California, he surpassed Ryan Mendez (Stanford) for consecutive makes in Pac-10 games -- 46 in 2001. Next up is the league record for all games -- 49 by Mendez, also in 2001. Ridnour has not missed a free throw since his last attempt against Arizona State on Jan. 4. Since then: at Cal (4-4), at Stanford (5-5), at Portland State (0-0), Oregon State (9-9), Washington (0-0), Washington State (11-11), at UCLA (4-4), at USC (4-4), Stanford (6-6) and California (4-4).
TENTATIVE OREGON STARTERS
F 3 Robert Johnson 6-8 250 Sr. 7.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, .614 FG Pct.F 33 Luke Jackson 6-7 215 Jr. 16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.9 apgC 5 Matt Short 7-0 235 Fr. 2.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, .614 FG Pct.G 1 James Davis 5-10 175 Jr. 10.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 63 3 FGG 13 Luke Ridnour 6-2 175 Jr. 19.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.4 apg