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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (6-17, 0-11 Pac-11) will return to the road this week with games at Washington State (12-11, 4-7 Pac-10) and Washington (17-6, 8-3 Pac-10). The Ducks and the Cougars will face-off Thursday night at 7 p.m. (PST) at Friel Court in Pullman. The UO-UW match-up is slated for noon on Saturday at Bank of America Arena in Seattle.
The Ducks, who are seeking their first league win of the season, are coming off an 87-77 home loss to Arizona last Saturday. The Cougars are on a three-game losing skid and have lost five of their last six games. WSU defeated Oregon, 74-62, in the season’s first meeting at McArthur Court on Jan. 17 (box score on page 8). The Ducks lead the all-time series, 155-120.
Washington is coming off a split of the Bay Area schools last weekend. The Huskies lost at Cal, 86-71, before registering a 75-68 win over Stanford. Washington defeated Oregon, 84-67, earlier this season at McArthur Court on Jan. 15 (box score on page 9). UW leads the all-time series, 181-102.
OREGON - WASH. STATE LIVE COVERAGE
• No Television
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play; Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. (PST)
• Internet: Live streaming audio (O-Zone) and statistics will be available at goducks.com.
OREGON - WASHINGTON LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: Fox Sports Net; Barry Tompkins, play-by-play; Dan Belluomini, color commentary
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play; Coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. (PST)
• Internet: Live streaming audio (O-Zone) and statistics will be available at goducks.com.
UP NEXT FOR THE DUCKS
Oregon will play the next three games (after WSU, UW) at home with the Ducks hosting California (Feb. 19), Stanford (Feb. 21) and Oregon State (March 1).
LAST TIME OUT: ARIZONA 87, OREGON 77 - FEB. 7, 2009
Junior forward Chase Budinger scored 25 points and junior forward Jordan Hill had 24 points as Arizona used a strong second half to beat Oregon 87-77 on Saturday before 8,012 at McArthur Court.
The win clinched the first road sweep of the season for the Wildcats, who were 0-6 in road games before beating Oregon State on Thursday.
Junior guard Tajuan Porter led the way for Oregon (6-17, 0-11 Pac-10) with a team-high 21 points. Porter hit 5-of-11 from behind the 3-point arc. Freshman Drew Wiley recorded a career-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
Junior forward Joevan Catron finished with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Catron had seven offensive boards in the contest. Sophomore LeKendric Longmire chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Oregon shot 46.0 percent from the field (29-of-63), including 40.0 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (12-of-30). Oregon hit 7-of-10 from the free throw line for 70.0 percent.
Arizona shot 52.2 percent from the field (30-of-54) while making 11-of-20 3-pointers in the win (55.0 percent). The Wildcats were 16-of-27 from the charity stripe (59.3 percent).
Oregon out-rebounded Arizona, 35-27, while recording 15 assists to the Wildcats’ 12. Arizona had the statistical advantage in both steals (8-5) and blocks (4-3).
Arizona (16-8, 6-5 Pacific-10 Conference) took control of the game with a 20-4 run that gave it a 65-47 lead with 10:50 remaining. Junior guard Nic Wise, who had 17 points, began the run with a 3-pointer and a running jumper in the lane and Hill capped the run with a one-handed dunk.
Hill scored 15 of his points in the second half, including the 1,000th point of his career. Budinger scored 16 points in the first half to help Arizona take a 37-36 halftime lead (complete box score on page 43).
UO’S SCHEDULE STRENGTH RATED BEST IN THE NATION
Oregon has played the toughest schedule in the nation, according to the weekly Pomeroy College Basketball and Jeff Sagarin Ratings. UO ranks in the top 10 in two other national ratings: RPIRatings.com No. 7, RealTimeRPI.com No. 9.
The Ducks have played five AP Top 25 teams this season, going 0-5 against ranked opponents. UO recently played No. 24 Arizona State to a 66-57 result at McArthur Court in Eugene.
UO faced No. 12 UCLA and No. 20 Arizona State in the early portion of the league schedule. Oregon also squared off with then top-ranked North Carolina and No. 7 Texas in November.
PORTER ALONE IN SECOND ON OREGON’S CAREER 3-POINTERS LIST
Tajuan Porter is alone in second place all-time in career 3-pointers made at Oregon. He has made 257-of-649 attempts (.396) in 90 games played, making him the fastest UO player to reach those numbers. Orlando Williams (1991-95) is the all-time leader with 282 made 3-pointers in 112 games. Porter is 26 shy of becoming the school’s all-time leader.
Porter recently moved past James Davis (2000-04) to take over second place. Davis totaled 242 career 3-pointers in 115 games. Earlier this season Porter passed Terik Brown (1995-99) who finished his career with 223 in 116 games. He also moved by former teammate and all-conference selection Aaron Brooks. Brooks finished his career with 205 career 3-pointers made in 115 games played.
BALLARD TO BE INDUCTED INTO PAC-1O HALL OF HONOR
Former Oregon men’s basketball standout Greg Ballard was selected to be inducted into the Pac-10 Conference Hall of Honor. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 14, during the Pac-10 Hall of Honor luncheon.
A member of the famed “Kamikaze Kids,” Ballard was a four-year starter (1974-77), amassing 1,829 career points (15.9 ppg) and 1,114 career rebounds (9.7 rpg). Those totals rank fourth and first respectively on UO’s all-time lists. Only four players in Pac-10 history have recorded more rebounds. He still owns the school’s single-game scoring mark with 43 points against Oral Roberts (3/9/77).
The 6-7 forward was the hard-nosed catalyst to Oregon squads that played in three straight NIT tournaments when it was nearly impossible to make the NCAA field. He was the team’s most valuable player and All-American as a senior in 1976-77. He’s the Ducks’ highest NBA draft pick ever, having been selected as the fourth pick overall in the first round by the Washington Bullets in 1977. He played for both Washington and Golden State during his 10-year professional career.
Others to be inducted: Lute Olson (Arizona), Royce Youree (Arizona State), Nibs Price (California), Paul Valenti (Oregon State), Jim Pollard (Stanford), Michael Warren (UCLA), Gus Williams (USC), Detlef Schrempf (Washington) and Isaac Fontaine (Washington State).
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE AND HALFTIME LEAD KEY FOR UO
Oregon is 3-0 this season when they shoot 50 percent or better from the field, and the Ducks are 4-1 on the year when they have a better shooting percentage than their opponent. UO also enjoys a halftime lead, as the Ducks are 5-2 this season when they are ahead at the midway point in the game.
On the flip side, UO is just 3-17 when shooting below the 50.0 percent mark and 2-16 when its opponents shoot for a higher percentage from the field. Oregon is 1-14 when trailing at the half.
PORTER ECLIPSES 1,000-POINT MARK
Tajuan Porter became the 29th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark, now with 1,297 points in 90 career games (14.4 ppg) with the Ducks. Porter, who has started 81 career contests, reached the milestone in the Ducks 84-77 road win over UC Irvine, where he finished with a team-high 23 points while going a career-best 12-of-12 from the free throw line.
When you look at the scoring breakdown, 59.2 percent of Porter’s points were scored from behind the 3-point arc (771 points), 25.0 percent on 2-point field goals (322 points) and 15.8 percent came from the charity stripe (204 points). He is the 10th player to reach the milestone under head coach Ernie Kent, and the fifth player in the last three seasons (Aaron Brooks, Malik Hairston, Bryce Taylor, Maarty Leunen) to eclipse the figure under Kent’s direction.
Porter needs 215 points to move into the top 10 in career scoring. Aaron Brooks currently ranks 10th in scoring with 1,511 career points. Ron Lee (1972-76) is Oregon’s all-time leading scorer, recording 2,085 points in 112 career games. Lee, UO’s only 2,000 point scorer, averaged 18.6 points per game over his four-year career with UO.
UO’S NEW FACILITY NAMED THE MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA
University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer recently announced that the new 12,500-seat facility will be named the Matthew Knight Arena in honor of the late son of Nike Founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny. Frohnmayer and Knight made the announcement at a news conference held at the Rose Garden in Portland prior to the start of the 2008 Pape’ Jam.
The new arena, which will be located at 13th Avenue and Franklin Boulevard in Eugene, is scheduled to open by the start of the Pac-10 Conference basketball season in 2011. Shoring and excavation work will begin in late December, and a groundbreaking ceremony will be held in mid-January. UO began exploring options for a new arena in 2002. The official green light for construction of the $200 million arena was granted in November with UO’s receipt of a conditional-use permit.
The new arena will feature several elements of Mac Court that made the venerable building appealing to fans and student-athletes, and intimidating to opponents. Almost 2,000 seats, including nearly 1,000 in the lower level of the arena, will be allocated to students. This total is more than the approximately 1,600 seats currently reserved for students in Mac Court. In addition, the pitch of the seating—while not quite as vertical as Mac Court—is significantly steeper than virtually any other arena in the country.
The arena has two distinct levels, divided into premier, loge and terrace seating categories. Premier and loge seats are in the lower level of the arena, closest to the court; terrace seats are in the upper level.
A one-time construction fee, a common mechanism used for funding sports arenas at universities around the country, will apply to approximately 7,200 seats in the arena and will range from $250 per seat in the upper level to $2,500 per seat for premium, mid-court seats close to the court. The construction fees are payable over five years. Annual Duck Athletic Fund donations are required for 6,000 seats and range from $100 per seat to $500 per seat, excluding the courtside seats, which require a $2,000 annual donation.
WEBSITE LAUNCHED FOR UO’S NEW ARENA
The University of Oregon has created a new website that will allow fans to keep updated on all new developments surrounding the construction of the university’s newest facility, the Matthew Knight Arena.
Godunks.net not only will document the progress of the arena from its infancy to its scheduled completion in the Winter of 2011, but will provide the public with an interactive forum to post their own images and comments of their memories of McArthur Court, as well as the evolution of UO’s men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball programs.
Current content includes renditions of the exterior of the new arena, a light-hearted look at the comparison of amenities between Mac Court and the new arena, and vital statistics of UO’s new home and its projected capacity of 12,541 seats.
Future updates to the website will include ticket prices and the arena’s seating configuration, which includes more than 6,000 seats to be priced at $25 or less, options to view and select seats in the building, a webcam that will allow for fans to follow the construction progress of the state-of-the-art facility, student-produced YouTube videos that follow the progress of the inside of the building, and an archive of some of the most memorable play-by-calls from Jerry Allen.
Godunks.net also will offer the public an opportunity to subscribe to receive an up-to-the-minute account of developments and information before it is posted on the website. Access to the new website also can be obtained through goducks.com, the UO athletic department’s official website.
Season ticket prices for women’s basketball and women’s volleyball will remain close to current prices and season-ticket holders for these programs will retain the rights to choose comparable seats in the new arena. Seat selection will begin in summer 2009 and be based on donor level and priority within the Duck Athletic Fund. More details about the arena seat plan, ticket pricing and the timeline for selecting and purchasing tickets are available online at www.godunks.net, the new Web site devoted exclusively to the arena.
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Release Date: 02/10/2009
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