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March 4, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Scouting Oregon

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Ed Reinke
Scouting report: Oregon
Game info: 7 p.m. Thursday at McArthur Court.
Radio: KJR-950 AM
Record: 14-14 (6-10 Pac-10, 10th). RPI rank: 175th.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Ernie Kent is 230-170 in his 13th year with the Ducks, 323-250 overall in his 19th season.
Last season: 8-23, 2-16 (10th)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2008 (Lost 76-69 to Mississippi State in the first round.)
Prediction: Picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Series: Washington leads 182-103 in a series that began in 1904.The Huskies have won 10 of the last 13 games.
Last meeting: Malcolm Armstead had 21 points and six assists and Michael Dunigan finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds to upset then 17th-ranked Washington 90-79 on Jan. 2 at Edmundson Pavilion. The win snapped UW’s 18-game home winning streak. Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 25 points, Quincy Pondexter had 16 and Venoy Overton added 14.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

— Senior G Tajuan Porter (above) snapped a shooting slump last Saturday when he connected on 7 of 9 three-pointers at UCLA. Prior to the Bruins game, Porter was 6 of 31 (.194) on treys in the previous seven games. He scored 16 points and sank four three-pointers against the Huskies in their last meeting. Last season, Porter poured in 33 points in a loss at Hec Ed.
— After his big game against Washington, Dunigan won the Pac-10 Player of the Week award. Since the UW game, he’s scored in double figures just once and has been bothered by a sore hip that forced him to miss two games, reduced his playing time and knocked him out of the starting lineup. … Dunigan ranks eighth in school history for blocked shots with 62 in just 53 career games. He ranks third in the Pac-10 this season averaging 1.4 blocks per game.
— Armstead is second in the league in steals (2.0 spg), while ranking third in assist to turnover ratio (1.8) and fourth in assists (4.4 apg). Since the Husky game, Armstead has failed to reach double-digit scoring in nine of 14 contests.
OVERVIEW:
— The game is not on TV and there will not be a replay. It’s just the second UW game that FSN has not televised this season.
— The Huskies are playing their final game at Mac Court, which will be replaced by the $200 million Matthew Knight Arena.
— Honorary captains are former Oregon coach Dick Harter and Brandon Roy, the ex-UW standout and Portland Trail Blazer star.
— Oregon won a pair of games last week in Los Angeles against UCLA and USC, which snapped a five-game losing streak. The Ducks have had two five-game losing streaks this season.
— Porter ranks second in Pac-10 Conference history and needs nine 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 just 25 shy of matching the Pac-10’s 3-point field goals attempted record held by Arizona State’s Stevin Smith (891, 1991-94).
E.J. Singler’s older brother Kyle plays for Duke.
— Oregon has used 18 starting lineups this season. No lineup has played more than four games.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Singler, 6-6, 210, Fr., 5.8 ppg., 4.2 rpg.
F – Jeremy Jacob, 6-8, 225, So, 7.7, 4.4
G/F – LeKendric Longmire, 6-5, 200, Jr., 7.0, 3.7
G – Armstead, 6-0, 204, So., 10.6, 2.8
G – Porter, 5-7, 155, Sr., 11.7, 2.5., 359 3-FG%
KEY MATCHUP:
— It’s going to be a long night for the Huskies if they can’t contain Armstead. Freshman Abdul Gaddy may draw the starting assignment against Armstead unless coach Lorenzo Romar opts for a cross mathup and puts shutdown swingman Justin Holiday on Armstead and begins Gaddy on Longmire who is less of an offensive threat. No matter who starts, Overton will also have a chance against Armstead who was Oregon’s MVP in the win against Washington.

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