Oregon seeks win number 15, Thursday night against Washington State. The current 14-game win streak is the longest home win streak is the longest in 63 years for the Ducks. If Oregon can beat both Washington State and Washington, the Ducks would have the first perfect season for home court wins in 64 years.
The task for accomplishing the perfect home season is aided by the fact that both the Washington schools are having a down year. The Cougars have been dismal all season long and in Pac-10 competition the only bright spot was a win over the Huskies 81-79 on January 31. Washington State has a -7.7 scoring margin against opponents this season, and trail opponents in nearly every category. The Cougars turn the ball over more, have fewer assists and are out rebounded. Washington State is led by 6-6 freshman Marcus Moore. Moore leads the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game (ppg) average and leads in rebounding with 4.1 rebounds per game. 6-10 senior center J Locklier is the second leading scorer at 12.3 ppg. Guard Jerry McNair, 6-2, junior, has 11.5 ppg, and 6-6 senior forward Mike Bush has 11.0 ppg. For third year coach Paul Graham if things weren't bad enough, Locklier and Bush maybe doubtful for the Oregon game.
Given all the bad news for the Cougars the Ducks should breeze through the game for an easy win. However, for Oregon coach Ernie Kent the Cougar game could be the scariest contest of the season. The Cougars have nothing to lose, and WSU will be hoping the Ducks will be looking ahead to a revenge win over Washington on Saturday night. A win over Oregon at Mac Court by WSU could be one of the all time great wins for the Cougars. The Ducks must take the Thursday night contest very seriously and the loud support of the Pit Crew is absolutely necessary to keep the win streak alive. The game will not be televised but can be heard on the Oregon Sports Network and online through www.goducks.com or Yahoo.
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