THE STARTING FIVE
What to watch for at the Oregon-San Francisco game on Sunday (5 p.m., Matthew Knight Arena). Click on the link to the right for complete game notes.
1. Oregon and San Francisco will meet for the 10th time overall, but for just the second time since 1960.
2. San Francisco, with a game at Montana Friday night, comes into the weekend averaging 91.5 points per game. The Dons have six players in double figure scoring: Mark Tollefsen (15.3), Cody Doolin (13.0), Kruize Pinkins (12.0), Cole Dickerson (11.0), Avry Holmes (10.5) and Matt Glover (10.0).
3. Joseph Young has scored at least 20 points in three straight games. He’s the first Duck to accomplish that since Michael Dunigan in the 2009-10 season. Dunigan scored 26 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 22 at Washington State and 20 at Washington. The last Duck to open his UO career with three-straight 20+ scoring games was Tajuan Porter, who accomplished the feat in his freshman 2006-07 season. He opened the slate by scoring 27 against Lehigh, 28 against Cal State Northridge and 38 against Portland State. The last player with 4 straight 20+ scoring games was Luke Jackson in the 2003-04 season. The current Northwest Christian head coach opened that year with five straight 20+ games.
4. Young also continues to be hot at the free throw line. He’s hit 30-of-31 to open the season (.968). Teammate Jason Calliste is a perfect 13-of-13 from the stripe on the season.
5. In his last game, Johnathan Loyd passed one Oregon legend on the Ducks’ career assists list, and he’s on the verge of passing another. During the Utah Valley game, he had five assists to pass Kamikaze Kids’ point guard Mike Drummond (309/1974-78) for eighth. Now with 312, Loyd needs four more to go by NBA all-star Terrell Brandon (315/1990-91) for seventh.
DUCKS AND DONS LOOK TO LIGHT UP SCOREBOARD
Oregon and San Francisco combine to average 177.5 points per game. Oregon is at 86.0, while USF is at 91.5 coming into its game with Montana on Friday night. Coincidentally, the Ducks lit up the scoreboard in the only other meeting between the two schools in the last half century in a 110-79 win early in the 2007-08 season. That was just the seventh time in school history that Oregon had scored 110 points in a game. San Francisco will be the first of three West Coast Conference schools the Ducks will play this season. Oregon also has non-conference games with Pacific (Nov. 29) and Brigham Young (Dec. 21).