Ducks Need Win Over Beavers

Game 13 of the men's basketball season is upon the Oregon Ducks (6-6) and if there were ever a time for a lucky number to come up it would be now. On Saturday at McArthur Court on the campus of the University of Oregon, Head Coach Ernie Kent hopes that his troops can keep Oregon State from performing the hat-trick and knocking the Ducks out of the mythical state of Oregon championship. Tip-off for the game is slated for 1 p.m. in a contest that will be televised on the Oregon Sports Network.

The reeling Ducks have lost two straight games to intrastate rivals Portland and Portland State and a win in the 324 version of the basketball Civil War would be just what Kent needs to turn things around. Not only would a win stop a losing string, it would also mean a good start to the Pac-10 race. Oregon dropped a heart breaking 54-52 loss to the Portland State Vikings last Tuesday night in a game that Duck fans thoroughly expected their team to win. However, a sticky PSU defense and poor field goal and free throw shooting along with the turnover nemesis the Ducks have battled all season long proved to be Oregon's undoing. The Ducks' leading scorer, Malik Hairston was unavailable for action against PSU but is expected start against the 7-4 Beavers. Along with Hairston, the expected starters are guard Aaron Brooks, forward Maarty Leunen, guard Brandon Lincoln and either Matt Short or Ivan Johnson at center.

Oregon State has won five of its last six games and is led by senior guard Chris Stephens, 6-2, 14.2 points per game. Senior forward Nick DeWitz, 6-8, is the second leading point producer at 11.2 ppg, The Beavers average nearly 25 trips a game to the free throw line this season and have been successful 70 percent of the time.

Oregon has been dismal from the field this season making only 46.3 percent of field goals and just 66 percent free throws.

The Ducks will re-add a familiar face and name to the roster against OSU. Guard Jordan Kent will be in uniform after completing the football season at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. It will be Kent's first game back on the hardwood since Dec. 10th.

Oregon Sports Network, with Joe Giansante and Rob Closs will televise the New Year's Eve Civil War game and the contest will also be broadcast on the radio by OSN with Jerry Allen making the call.

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