Photo credit: AP PHOTO – Dean Hare
SCOUTING REPORT: Oregon
Game info: 2 p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Coach: Ernie Kent has a 227-161 record in his 13th year with the Ducks, 317-241 overall (19 years).
Last season: 8-23 overall, 2-16 in Pac-10 (10th)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2008 (Lost in the first round)
Record: 9-4. RPI rank: 157
Prediction: Picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Series: UW leads 182-102 in a series that began in 1904. The Huskies have won eight straight games against the Ducks at Edmundson Pavilion.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Tajuan Porter (above) improved his school-record for 3-pointers made to 304 (now 304-of-778, .391). He needs 39 more to break the Pac-10 Conference record held by Arizona’s Salim Stoudamire who made 342 career 3-pointers from 2002-05. Porter passed Aaron Brooks, the former Franklon High star, and moved into a ninth place tie with Blair Rasmussen on Oregon’s all-time in career scoring list. Porter has 1,554 points in 107 career games and Rasmussen did it in 114 games between 1981-85.
— Michael Dunigan has recorded double-digit scoring efforts in five of his last six games. During that span, he’s averaging a team-best 15.5 points per outing while making 62 percent of his shots (32-of-52). He set a career-high of 12 rebounds in Thursday’s game.
— Porter scored a team-high 31 points and Malcolm Armstead sank a layup with eight seconds remaining in Oregon’s 91-89 double overtime win against Washington State in Pullman.
— The Ducks were fortunate to receive a questionable call from the referees. WSU’s DeAngelo Casto scored a layup with 0.3 seconds remaining in the first overtime and a few players on the Cougars bench came on the floor to celebrate. The refs called a technical foul for having too many players on the court and Porter sank a pair of free throws to force double overtime. He scored seven points in the final period as Oregon outscored Washington State 11-9.
— It was the first double-overtime game the Ducks have played since March 10, 2006 when UO lost 91-87 to California in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
— The Ducks have used 10 different starting lineups in 13 games.
— In their last meeting, Porter scored a game-high 33 points in a 103-84 UW victory on Valentine’s Day at Hec Ed. He had 27 in the second half. Four Huskies scored at least 20 points, including Isaiah Thomas who led UW with 24 and Quincy Pondexter who added 20.
— UW won 84-67 on Jan. 15, 2009 in Oregon. Thomas scored a game-high 23 points.
F – Jamil Wilson, 6-7, 209, Fr., 5.9 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 1.2 apg.
F – E.J. Singler, 6-6, 210, Fr., 6.0 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 1.8 apg.
C – Dunigan, 6-10, 242, So., 11.6 ppg., 5.1 rpg., .583 FG%
G – Armstead, 6-0, 204, So., 11.0 ppg., 2.5 rpg., 4.4 apg., 2.2 spg.
G – Porter, 5-7, 155, Sr., 13.2 ppg., 2.0 apg., .385 3-FG%
— They didn’t matchup must last season, but Thomas figures to get the first shot at slowing down Porter. The Huskies rotated a handful of players on Porter in their last meeting and nothing seemed to work. Not sure if Porter will defend Thomas. They are two of the smallest and most dangerous scorers in the Pac-10. However, they score in different fashions. Thomas likes to get to the rim and Porter is a long-ball gunner.
January 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM
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