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Ducks Head to Bay Area for Two Games
Release Date: 01/19/2010
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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (10-7, 2-3 Pac-10) will face a pair of Pac-10 Conference road games this week against California (11-6, 3-2 Pac-10) and Stanford (8-9, 2-3 Pac-10). The Ducks will open with a Thursday night game against the Golden Bears, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (PST) at Haas Pavilion. UO will face the Cardinal Saturday night, with tip-time slated for 5 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

The Bears split a pair of road games last week, grabbing a 93-88 win at Washington State before an 84-69 defeat at Washington. Cal holds a 73-55 edge in the all-time series with Oregon. The Bears swept last year’s games, a 76-69 win at Cal and a 78-60 victory in Eugene. The Ducks last win in Berkeley came on Feb. 9, 2008 (W, 92-70 - a game in which Tajuan Porter scored 23 points).

The Cardinal are coming off a pair of road losses last week, falling 94-61 at Washington before a 77-73 defeat at Washington State. Stanford maintains an 86-44 advantage in the series history with the Ducks. The two teams split last season’s meetings, with the Cardinal winning 77-55 in Stanford and Oregon recording a 68-60 victory at McArthur Court. UO has lost its last 22 games against SU at Maples Pavilion, with the last win coming back on Jan. 13, 1986 (W, 83-69).

• TV: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area - Also on Comcast SportsNet Northwest; Greg Papa, play-by-play; Dan Belluomini, color commentary
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• Satellite radio: Sirius 215, XM 195
• Internet: Links to live streaming audio and statistics at

• TV: None
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• Satellite radio: XM 193
• Internet: Links to live streaming audio and statistics at

Follow UO men’s basketball on twitter @duckbasketball for in-game updates and the latest news on the squad.

Three Oregon players rank amongst the top five in the Pac-10 for several statistical categories. Sophomore guard Malcolm Armstead is third in the league in steals (2.1 spg), fourth in assist to turnover ratio (1.8) and fifth in assists (4.2 apg). Sophomore center Michael Dunigan ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (.592, 58-of-98), while ranking fourth in blocks (1.4 bpg). Senior guard Tajuan Porter’s 2.7 made 3-pointers per game ranks him third amongst conference performers.

In addition, freshman forward E.J. Singler is hitting 85.7 percent of his free throws (30-of-35) which would have him in fourth, and sophomore guard Teondre Williams is making 42.9 percent on 3-pointers (12-of-28) which would put him sixth (neither has the minimum number to qualify for the league rankings).

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 314 (now 314-of-808, .389) in 111 games played.

Porter needs 29 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 in reach of 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.

Senior guard Tajuan Porter recently took over ninth place in career scoring at UO (1,601 points in 111 games). He is 43 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 14.4 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.

Senior guard Tajuan Porter ranks 10th in school history with 516 career field goals made (519-of-1315, .395). He recently passed Charlie Warren 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 three more steals to jump into Oregon’s top 10 in that statistical category, now with 89 steals in 111 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 - good for ninth place at UO.

Sophomore center Michael Dunigan needs only five more blocked shots to move into UO’s top 10. The 6-10 post from Chicago, Ill., has 49 blocks in just 43 career games. With a 1.1 blocks per game average, Dunigan is on pace (with an assumed 77 games remaining) to become the all-time leader in that category with a projected total of 133. Blair Rasmussen (1981-85) ranks first with 116 blocks in 114 career games.

Oregon has a 9-2 record this season when out-rebounding opponents (1-4 when out-rebounded, 0-1 with even number of rebounds). The Ducks have out-rebounded their opponent and lost on two occasions (at Missouri, UO held a 43-35 rebounding advantage; vs. Arizona State with a 36-27 edge). The Ducks have a 234-159 edge in offensive rebounds through 17 games, with that leading to the UO’s 240-161 advantage over opponents in second-chance points this season.


Arizona defeated Oregon 74-60 last Saturday at McArthur Court in Eugene. UA improved to 9-9 overall and 3-3 in conference play with the victory. UO dropped to 10-7 on the year and 2-3 in league action.

Arizona’s Derrick Williams had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Nic Wise and Kyle Fogg each had 19 points in the win. Wise added a team-high five assists and a steal.

The Wildcats shot 51.2 percent from the field (21-of-41), but was limited to 35.7 percent shooting on 3-pointers (5-of-14). UA finished 81.8 percent from the free throw line (27-of-33). The Ducks shot just 33.3 percent on field goals (20-of-60), while making a season-worst 18.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc. UO shot 77.3 percent on free throws in making 17-of-22.

Oregon was led offensively by junior forward LeKendric Longmire who had a team-best 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Sophomore guard Malcolm Armstead had 16 points and two steals, and fellow sophomore Michael Dunigan had 14 points and two blocked shots from his post position.

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.

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 229-164 in his 13th season with the Ducks.

• 319-244 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 this decade (two times, ‘02 and ‘07)
• 142-55 (.721) record at McArthur Court
• 73-32 record against teams from Pacific NW
• Coached four first round NBA Draft selections

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 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. (formerly 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.’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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