One more chance to get it right

Sporting a 6-5 record for the non-conference schedule, the Oregon Ducks would like head into Pac-10 play on a positive note with a win over the Portland State Vikings (5-6) at McArthur Court on Tuesday night. The Ducks have sputtered throughout the non-conference schedule and disappointed everyone with an 80-72 loss to the University of Portland last Thursday night.

(PHTOTO) Oregon's Malik Hairston (1) goes up for a rebound with Portland's Ben Sullivan, left, and Marcus Lewis, right, during the first half of a college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Oregon's head coach Ernie Kent looked at the Christmas break between the Portland and Portland State games as a an opportunity for his team to take a break away from the inconsistency they have shown all season long and will return to the practice court ready to start fresh. The Ducks seemed flawless against Howard just a week in a 91-55 win but two days later the team looked sluggish and disinterested against Portland.

Malik Hairston continues as the team's leading scorer at 15.3 points per game followed by Aaron Brooks at 10.7. Brooks is also leading the teams in assists at 4.8 per game. Maarty Leunen is the leading rebounder with 8.0 boards per contest.

The starting line up for the Ducks against PSU includes Hairston, Brooks, Leunan, Adam Zahn at center and Brandon Lincoln at guard.

The Vikings have won three games in a row including wins at Idaho (61-59) at home against Lewis and Clark (95-59) and Warner Pacific (84-75). The Vikings have four players scoring in double figures led by forward Juma Kamara, 6-6, 11.7 ppg, guard Ryan Sommer, 5-11, 11.5 ppg and guard Jake Schroeder, 6-2, 11.5 ppg. Center Scott Morrison, 6-10, 10.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg also has been the leading scorer in the last three wins.

The Ducks will begin Pac-10 play on New Year's Eve against Oregon State at Mac Court.

The game will not be televised but will be carried on the radio by the Oregon Sports Network with Jerry Allen calling the action.

Premium subscribers to eDuck.com can also join other fans in following the game during game Chat starting at tip-off time of 7 p.m.

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