Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m. CT - Portland, Ore., Moda Center (10,807)
ESPN2 - Roxy Bernstein, PBP & Sean Farnham, analyst
Notes (per Oregon sports info):
- Illinois will be the fourth 2013 NCAA Tournament team the Ducks have faced this season (Georgetown, Pacific, Ole Miss). The Fighting Illini advanced the to the round of 32 last March, beating Colorado before falling to Miami (Fla.).
- Oregon is 8-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Th at Aaron Brooks-led Duck squad, which won the Pac-10 tournament and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, went 13-0 to open the year.
- Oregon has had at least five players score in double figures in four of the last five games. The Ducks had six players hit double fi gures against San Francisco (11-24) and then had five double figure scorers versus North Dakota (11-30) and Cal Poly (12-1), before another six hit double digits at Mississippi (12-8).
- Ranked fourth nationally in scoring (91.4 ppg), the Ducks have reached 80 points in seven of eight games this season. Oregon has also gone over 90 points four times and 100 three times. Th e Ducks are also fifth nationally in field goal percentage (.529) and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (.438).
- Ranked fourth nationally in scoring (91.4 ppg), the Ducks have reached 80 points in seven of eight games this season. Oregon has also gone over 90 points four times and 100 three times. Th e Ducks are also fifth nationally in fi eld goal percentage (.529) and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (.438).
- Joseph Young has scored in double fi gures in all eight games this season. The junior recently reached the 1,000 point milestone of his NCAA career. Young scored 916 points in two seasons at Houston, and has added another 161 this year for 1,077 career points. He joins Jason Calliste, who surpassed 1,000 career points in three seasons at Detroit, in the 1,000-point club.
Mike Moser: F, 6-8, 211, Sr. - 15.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg
Waverly Austin: C, 6-11, 257, Sr. - 3.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Joseph Young: G, 6-2, 185, Jr. - 20.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg
Johnathan Loyd: G, 5-8, 163, Sr. - 11.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Damyean Dotson: G, 6-5, 209, So. - 10.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Off the bench:
Jason Calliste: G, 6-2, 171, Sr. - 11.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Elgin Cook: F, 6-6, 206, So. - 10.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
Richard Arnardi: F, 6-8, 224, Sr. - 7.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Jalil Abdul-Bassit: G, 6-4, 187, Jr. - 1.8 ppg, 0.6 rpg
Series record: Illinois 4-0
Last meeting: No. 11 Illinois 89, Oregon 59 - Dec. 10, 2005 @ Portland
Series streak: Illinois W4
Record @ Portland: Illinois leads 2-0
Groce vs. Oregon: First meeting
"It will be a good challenge for us for sure. They're very athletic. I think they're the best, well, they are, best shooting team we've played all year. Offensively they have a great balance between striking you in transition and executing in the half court. I really admired that watching them on film so it's gonna be a big time challenge for our defense." -- Illinois Coach John Groce
Before 1900, Oregon was originally known as the Webfoots, a name referring to a group of fishermen viewed as heros during the American Revolutionary War.
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