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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (10-5, 2-1 Pac-10) will host two more games at McArthur Court this week, a pair of key Pac-10 Conference match-ups against Arizona State and Arizona. UO’s contest with the Sun Devils (12-5, 2-2) will tip-off Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (PST), while the battle with the Wildcats (8-8, 2-2) is scheduled for Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Single-game tickets are for sale online at goducks.com, or in-person sales are available at the Casanova Center Ticket Office and via phone at 541-346-4461 (toll free: 1-800-WEB-FOOT).
The Sun Devils are coming off a pair of home wins last week, with victories over Washington (W, 68-51) and Washington State (W, 71-46). Arizona State has a 37-31 advantage in the series history with Oregon, with ASU winning both games a year ago. Prior to that, UO had won five out of the last six meetings with the Sun Devils.
Arizona split with the Washington schools last week, falling 78-76 to the Cougars before an 87-70 trouncing of the Huskies. UA is 41-23 in the all-time series with the Ducks, including a pair of wins last season. Oregon had won four out of the last five meetings with the Wildcats prior to last season’s series sweep.
OREGON - ARIZONA STATE LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: OSN on Comcast SportsNet NW; Joe Giansante, play-by-play; Rob Closs, color commentary
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• Satellite radio: Sirius 214, XM 193
• Internet: Links to live streaming audio/video and statistics at goducks.com.
OREGON - ARIZONA LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: Fox Sports Net; Ron Thulin, play-by-play; Miles Simon, color commentary
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• Satellite radio: Sirius 214, XM 193
• Internet: Links to live streaming audio and statistics at goducks.com. Follow UO men’s basketball on twitter @duckbasketball for in-game updates and the latest news on the squad.
WARREN, FRIEDER HONORARY CAPTAINS FOR ASU GAME
Charlie Warren, who played at UO from 1959-62, will be Oregon’s honorary captain for the Arizona State game. Warren, who was an all-conference and all-american performer for UO, ranks 16th in school history with 1,301 career points. His 22.2 points per game average during the 1961-62 season still ranks third for best single-season scoring average at UO.
Warren will be joined by former ASU head coach Bill Frieder, who amassed 320 career victories in 17 seasons. He tallied a career mark of 132-108 in eight years at ASU.
The Oregon-Arizona game, slated for Saturday, Jan. 16, will spotlight the “Admiral” John Dick and former Arizona head coach and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Lute Olson. Dick was a starter on Oregon’s 1939 National Championship team, and is one of six former players who have already had their jersey retired.
PORTER BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD, PAC-10 RECORDS IN REACH
In the first half of Oregon’s 95-64 home win over UC Davis Saturday, Nov. 14, senior guard Tajuan Porter set a new school record for career 3-pointers. He passed Orlando Williams (1991-95) who held the previous mark with 282 made 3-pointers in 112 games. Porter has made 311 (now 311-of-797, .390) in 109 games played.
Porter needs 32 more 3-pointers to break the Pac-10 Conference record held by Arizona’s Salim Stoudamire who made 342 career 3-pointers from 2002-05. Next up on the conference list: No. 4 Jason Kapono of UCLA (317, 2000-03) and No. 3 Jason Gardner of Arizona (318, 2000-03). Porter is also on pace to eclipse the Pac-10’s 3-point field goals attempted record held by Arizona State’s Stevin Smith who took 891 career 3-pointers from 1991-94.
PORTER NINTH IN CAREER SCORING AT OREGON
Senior guard Tajuan Porter recently took over ninth place in career scoring at UO (1,590 points in 109 games). He is 54 points shy of moving into a four-way tie for sixth place with 1,644 points (Stan Love, Fred Jones, Malik Hairston). Ron Lee (1972-76) is UO’s all-time leading scorer, recording 2,085 points in 112 career games. If Porter continues to score at his 14.6 ppg clip, he will be on pace to move into fifth place in school history (behind Lee, Luke Jackson, Anthony Taylor and Greg Ballard).
Last season Porter became the 29th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark. Porter reached the milestone in the Ducks 84-77 road win over UC Irvine. He is the 10th player to do so under Ernie Kent, and the fifth player in the last four seasons (Brooks, Malik Hairston, Bryce Taylor, Maarty Leunen) to eclipse the figure under Kent’s direction.
PORTER MOVING UP OTHER CAREER CHARTS
Senior guard Tajuan Porter ranks 10th in school history with 516 career field goals made (516-of-1297, .398). He recently passed Charlie Warren (ASU honorary captain) who made 503 field goals in 80 career games. Next up on that list: No. 9 Fred Jones (1998-02) who made 554 field goals in 125 games. Porter (4.7 FG/g) is projected to finish eighth all-time with 592.
Porter needs just four more steals to jump into Oregon’s top 10 in that statistical category, now with 88 steals in 109 career games. Next on the list: No. 10 Felton Sealey (1977-81) who had 91 steals in 117 games. Porter has averaged 0.8 steals per game, and is projected to finish with 101 steals which would put him in ninth place all-time at UO.
DUNIGAN NEARING TOP 10 IN CAREER BLOCKS
Sophomore center Michael Dunigan needs only seven more blocked shots to move into Oregon’s top 10. The 6-10 post from Chicago, Ill., has 47 blocks in just 42 career games. With a 1.1 blocks per game average, Dunigan is on pace (with an assumed 78 games remaining) to become the school’s all-time leader in that category with 133. Blair Rasmussen (1981-85) ranks first with 116 blocks in 114 career games.
DUCKS CONTINUE REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE
Oregon has a 9-1 record this season when out-rebounding opponents (1-3 when out-rebounded, 0-1 with even number of rebounds). The only time the Ducks have out-rebounded their opponent and lost came in the road loss to Missouri, where UO held a 43-35 rebounding advantage. The Ducks have a 202-145 edge in offensive rebounds through 15 games, with that leading to the UO’s 213-142 advantage over opponents in second-chance points this season.
LAST TIME OUT: OREGON STATE 64, OREGON 57
Oregon State snapped UO’s six-game winning streak in a 64-57 road win last Sunday at McArthur Court in Eugene. The Ducks dropped to 10-5 overall and 2-1 in Pac-10 Conference play. OSU improved to 7-8 overall and 1-2 in league play.
OSU had three players score in double figures, led by Seth Tarver and Daniel Deane who both tallied 15 points. Roeland Schaftenaar added 11 points.
The Beavers shot 41.3 percent from the field (19-of-46), 30.8 percent on 3-pointers (4-of-13). OSU finished 22-of-33 from the free throw line for 66.7 percent. The Ducks were limited to 35.2 percent shooting (19-of-54), making just 4-of-20 on 3-pointers (20 percent). UO made 78.9 percent of its free throws (15-of-19).
Senior guard Tajuan Porter scored a game-high 20 points, but hit just 6-of-20 shots from the field. He was the lone Duck to score in double figures, followed by sophomore guard Malcolm Armstead who scored nine points and sophomore center Michael Dunigan who had eight points.
CEREMONIES PLANNED FOR FINAL MAC COURT PAC-10 GAMES
UO Athletics has announced it will celebrate the final Pac-10 men’s basketball season at Mac Court with commemorative ticket giveaways, a pair of jersey retirement ceremonies and honorary captains for the final nine games at the venue. Complete list of the honorary captains: OSU (Jan. 10) - Terrell Brandon; ASU (Jan. 14) - Charlie Warren, Bill Frieder; ARIZ (Jan. 16) - John Dick, Lute Olson; UCLA (Jan 28.) - Larry Holiday, Bill Walton; USC (Jan. 30) - Greg Ballard; STAN (Feb. 18) - Ron Lee; CAL (Feb. 20) - Chuck Rask, Glenn Moore, Darrall Imhoff; WASH (March 4) - Dick Harter; WSU (March 6) - Kenya Wilkins, George Raveling.
KENT UO’S ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH
Head coach Ernie Kent became Oregon’s all-time wins leader with the Ducks’ 84-77 road win over UC Irvine on Dec. 21, 2008. Kent, now with 229 career victories at UO, moved by Basketball Hall of Famer Howard Hobson who boasted an 11-year mark of 212-124. Kent has a career record of 229-162 in his 13th season with the Ducks.
• 319-242 career coaching record (19th year)
• 2002 Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year
• Seven postseason trips (NCAA and NIT)
• Five NCAA tourneys in the last nine years
• Two Elite Eight appearances since 2002
• Two NIT Final Fours (1999, 2004)
• Only coach in Pacific NW to take his team to an Elite 8 in the last 10 years (two times, ‘02 and ‘07)
• 142-53 (.731) record at McArthur Court
• 73-32 record against teams from Pacific NW
• Coached four first round NBA Draft selections
DUCKS’ BOUNCE-BACK HISTORY
Oregon has produced a winning record following four of the program’s 20-loss seasons: 15-10 in 1922-23 (7-24 in 1921-22), 13-11 in 1957-58 (4-21 in 1956-57), 16-10 in 1972-73 (6-20 in 1971-72) and 15-14 in 1989-90 (8-21 in 1988-89). It didn’t happen in 1992-93 (10-20 after going 6-21 in 1991-92) and 1993-94 (10-17 after going 10-20 in 1992-93).
Additionally, the only three Ernie Kent teams to finish without a winning record also bounced back. A record of 13-14 in 1997-98 turned into 19-13 and a trip to the NIT Final Four in 1998-99. A mark of 14-14 in 2000-01 turned into 26-9, a Pac-10 championship and the NCAA Elite Eight in 2001-02. The Ducks’ 15-18 record in 2005-06 turned into 29-8, a Pac-10 Tournament championship and another NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2006-07 (GW, 2009).
MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA COMING SOON (VISIT MACTOMATT.NET)
Matthew Knight Arena construction is underway with its completion now just over a year away. UO will inhabit the 12,500 seat facility beginning with Pac-10 play of 2010-11.
MactoMatt.net (formerly godunks.net) is a website specific to the arena, including information, seat viewers and gifting opportunities. The customary 24-hour webcam, downloadable media and blogs by UO coaches and staff are also incorporated into the new website.
Highlights of the arena information section include video fly-throughs of the arena bowl, concourse level, club rooms and the facility’s exterior. Fifteen different comparison features are also built-in, accenting the differences in restrooms, concourse width, seat size, parking, in addition to many of the other amenities for the new facility. Fans can track the arena’s progress with an interactive timeline which details the past and future development.
MactoMatt.net’s seat viewer section takes the fans into the arena for a virtual look from all four ticketing areas: terrace seating, loge seating, premier seating and student seating. A downloadable seating chart is also available in this section.
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