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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (12-12, 4-8 Pac-10) will return home to McArthur Court for a pair of games this week as the Ducks host Stanford (11-14, 5-8 Pac-10) and league-leaders California (17-8, 9-4 Pac-10). Thursday’s game with the Cardinal is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. (PST), while Saturday’s contest with the Golden Bears is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Cardinal maintains an 87-44 advantage in the all-time series with Oregon, including a victory in the first meeting this season on Jan. 23 at Maples Pavilion (84-69). The Ducks have won the last three games at McArthur Court, with their last home loss to Stanford coming in a 57-56 game back on Feb. 2, 2006. The Bears, who defeated the Ducks 89-57 earlier this season, have a 74-55 edge in the series history. Cal won in Eugene last year, a 78-60 decision to complete the season-sweep.
Reserved tickets are available for both games ($36 for Stanford, $40 for Cal), with a limited number of general admission tickets ($22) available in the 100 level student sections for the Stanford game. The UO-SU contest also has an online-only promotion for third balcony tickets, $8.30 per ticket with a minimum purchase of two tickets.
OREGON - STANFORD LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: None
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play; Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
• Satellite radio: SIRIUS 216, XM 194
• Internet: Links to live streaming audio/video and statistics available at goducks.com.
OREGON - CALIFORNIA LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: OSN on CSN-NW; CSN-California; CSNNW-Joe Giansante, pxp; Rob Closs, analyst; CSNCA-Jim Kozimor, pxp; Dan Belluomini, analyst
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play; Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m.
• Satellite radio: SIRIUS 219, XM 194
• Internet: Links to live streaming audio/video and statistics available at goducks.com. Follow UO men’s basketball on twitter @duckbasketball for in-game updates and the latest news on the squad.
RON LEE TO BE HONORED THURSDAY NIGHT
Ron Lee, Oregon’s only 2,000-point scorer (2,085 in 112 games, 18.6 ppg), will be recognized as an honorary captain Thursday night prior to the game against Stanford. Lee led the Ducks in scoring from the outset of his career, and helped to inspire the basketball phenomen known as the “Kamikaze Kids.”
A three-time All-American from 1974-76, Lee led Oregon to the National Invitation Tournament twice in the 1970s. He was a four-time all-league performer and the Pacific-8 Conference Player of the Year in 1976. Lee’s number 30 has already been retired.
PORTER BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD, PAC-10 RECORDS IN REACH
Senior guard Tajuan Porter has made a school-record 324 career 3-pointers in 118 games played (324-of-845, .383). He ranks second in Pac-10 Conference history and needs 19 more 3-pointers to break the league record held by Arizona’s Salim Stoudamire (342, 2002-05). The 5-7 guard from Detroit, Mich., is also in reach of the Pac-10’s 3-point field goals attempted record held by Arizona State’s Stevin Smith (891, 1991-94).
Porter set the school mark in the first half of Oregon’s 95-64 home win over UC Davis on Saturday, Nov. 14, passing Orlando Williams (1991-95) who held the previous mark with 282 made 3-pointers in 112 games.
PORTER NOW SIXTH IN CAREER SCORING AT UO
Senior guard Tajuan Porter recently took over sixth place in career scoring at UO (1,660 points in 118 games). He jumped over a trio of former Ducks - Stan Love, Fred Jones and Malik Hairston - who are now in a three-way tie for seventh place with 1,644 points.
Thursday’s honorary captain 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 14.1 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. In fact, Porter has now scored 1,093 career points in Pac-10 games alone (66 games played, 16.6 ppg). He reached the original 1,000-point milestone in the Ducks 84-77 road win over UC Irvine in November of 2008. He is the 10th player overall and the fifth player in the last four seasons (Aaron Brooks, Malik Hairston, Bryce Taylor, Maarty Leunen) to eclipse the figure under Ernie Kent’s direction.
SOPHOMORE DUO MAKING MARK ON SINGLE-SEASON CHARTS
Sophomore center Michael Dunigan’s 33 blocks this season ties him for sixth (with Blair Rasmussen, 1984-85) on the single-season charts at UO. Dunigan is on pace to record 41 blocks this year which would put him in a tie for second place for rejections in a season. In addition, if Dunigan continues to shoot 55.0 percent from the floor, he will end up no worse than eighth place on UO’s single-season field goal percentage list.
Sophomore guard Malcolm Armstead is on track to finish in the top 10 for single-season steals. Armstead has 50 steals in 24 games, which has him at 2.1 steals per game. He is on pace to record approximately 65 steals, which would be a new single-season school record (current leaders: Terrell Brandon, Fred Jones and Luke Ridnour with 63).
Armstead has 104 assists (to just 56 turnovers) in 24 games this year, good for 4.3 assists per night. He is projected to finish with approximately 135 assists this year which put him just outside the top 10 (No. 10 – Chris Harper and Kenya Wilkins with 142). Armstead had 12 assists against UCLA, tying him for the most by a Pac-10 player this season (and the most of any player in a Pac-10 game).
DUCKS RANK HIGHLY WITH PAC-10 LEADERS
Sophomore guard Malcolm Armstead is second in the league in steals (2.1 spg), third in assist to turnover ratio (1.9) and fourth in assists (4.3 apg). Sophomore center Michael Dunigan ranks third in the conference in blocked shots (1.5 bpg), while ranking seventh in field goal percentage (.550, 71-of-129) and ninth in offensive rebounding (2.0 orpg). Senior guard Tajuan Porter’s 2.3 made 3-pointers per game ranks him seventh amongst conference performers. Porter is also hitting 87.5 percent of his free throws (28-of-32) which would have him in fourth, but he does not have the minimum number of attempts to qualify.
PORTER 10TH IN CAREER FIELD GOALS MADE AND STEALS
Senior guard Tajuan Porter ranks 10th in school history with 537 career field goals made (537-of-1379, .382). He recently passed Charlie Warren who made 503 field goals in 80 career games. Next up on the list: No. 9 Fred Jones (1998-02) who made 554 baskets in 125 games. Porter (4.7 FG/g) is projected to finish eighth all-time with 569 (No. 8 Orlando Williams, 567 in 112 games from 1991-95).
Porter has 95 steals in 118 career games which ranks 10th all-time at UO. Next on the list: No. 9 A.D. Smith (1995-00) who had 97 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.
DUNIGAN RANKS IN TOP 10 FOR CAREER BLOCKS AT OREGON
Sophomore center Michael Dunigan ranks eighth in school history for blocked shots with 61 in just 51 career games. Next on the list: No. 7 Brett Coffey with 63. With a 1.1 blocks per game average, Dunigan is on pace (with an assumed 69 games remaining) to become the all-time leader in that category with a projected total of 136. Blair Rasmussen (1981-85) ranks first with 116 blocks in 114 career games.
DUCKS CONTINUE REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE
Oregon has a 10-2 record this season when out-rebounding opponents (1-9 when out-rebounded, 1-1 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 305-239 edge in offensive rebounds through 24 games, with that leading to UO’s 299-236 advantage over opponents in second-chance points this season.
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 231 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 231-169 in his 13th season with the Ducks.
• 321-249 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)
• 144-55 (.724) record at McArthur Court
• 73-33 record against teams from Pacific NW
• Coached four first round NBA Draft selections
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 Holliday, 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, Brandon Roy; WSU (March 6) - Kenya Wilkins.
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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