Oregon faces Washington in the first round of the re-inaugurated Pac-10 tournament Thursday at 1:00 PM. The 9th ranked Ducks are top seeded in the tournament but split the regular season series with the Huskies. Washington defeated Oregon 97-92 in Seattle on January 24, 2002. The Ducks evened up the series with a win in Eugene 90-84 on February 23, 2002.
Washington is a particularly tough opponent for the Ducks as the match-ups have been very even. Regardless of the fact that Oregon finished the regular season with a 22-7 record and 14-4 record in the Pac-10, while Washington finished the regular season with a 11-17 record and 5-13 in the Pac-10. Two Huskies who were troublesome for the Ducks were forward Doug Wrenn, 6-8, 19.7 ppg, and guard Curtis Allen, 6-0, 12.1 ppg. Wrenn had 32 points in the Husky win in Seattle and 27 points in the loss in Eugene. Meanwhile Allen had 18 points per contest in both games against the Ducks. Wrenn is considered a talent with the potential at playing in the National Basketball Association and is the leading Husky scorer for the year. Allen is a very quick guard who played defensively very well against Oregon's point-guard Luke Ridnour.
Oregon hopes to keep the momentum that was built in the two wins against USC and UCLA last week going into the Pac-10 tourney. The Ducks are lead by senior Frederick Jones who was named Pac-10 player of the week on February 25. Oregon finished the regular season by winning the Pac-10 conference title by two games. The Ducks also won an outright conference title that was the first for Oregon since the 1938-39 season. The Ducks won the national NCAA championship in that same year.
The Pac-10 tourney will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The first round game for Oregon against Washington will be aired on Fox Sports Net and will be televised nationally.