Duck and Longhorn fans have some familiarity with each other recently in football. The gridiron version of the Ducks defeated Texas in the 2000 Holiday Bowl in San Diego, 35-30.
Texas is led by in scoring by sophomore guard Brandon Mouton, 6-5, 14.3 points per game (ppg) and 4.3 rebounds per game (rpg.) However a key player for the Longhorns is 5-11 freshman guard, T.J. Ford. Ford is averaging 10.6 ppg this season and an impressive 8.5 assists per game (apg.) Sophomore James Thomas, 6-8, 10.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg will have the task of matching up with Oregon's 7-2 senior center Chris Christoffersen, 5.5 rpg. Oregon's scoring punch has come from three players, 6-4 senior guard Frederick Jones, 18.5 ppg, sophomore forward Luke Jackson, 6-7, 16.2 ppg, and sophomore guard Luke Ridnour, 6-2, 15.1 ppg. Ridnour also leads the Ducks in assists with 5.5 apg. The combination of Jones, Jackson and Ridnour accounted for 81 of the 92 points scored against Wake Forest. Jackson led the scoring against Wake Forest with 29 points while Ridnour had 28 points including shooting seven-for-11 from the 3-point line and Jones had 24 points.
If the Ducks beat Texas and advance on to the Elite-8, this will mark the first time since 1960 that the Ducks have gone so deep the NCAA Tourney. The 1960 Ducks lost to California in the Regional finals 70-49.
While the Duck men flourish in NCAA tourney play, the Oregon women continue their quest in the WNIT post season play. The Oregon women will play the Washington Huskies in quarterfinals on Wednesday, in Seattle with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 PM. The Oregon women enter the game with a 19-13 record and have beaten the Huskies (19-11) four out of the last five times the two teams have met. A win for the Duck women will give them 20 wins for the season. If the women win it will mean that it would be the first time in the history of Oregon athletics that in the same season, Oregon's football team would have a 10 plus wins, the men's basketball 20 plus and the women's basketball team, 20 plus wins.
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