Pape` Jam to feature No. 2 vs. No. 6

The Oregon men's basketball team opened the 2002-2003 season on Wednesday. The Ducks are ranked No. 9 in the ESPN Pre-Season Poll. Oregon returns the 'Lukes' - junior guard Luke Ridnour and junior forward Luke Jackson to the team that won the Pac-10 championship last winter and went on to the Elite-8 in the NCAA tournament before being eliminated by Kansas. Kansas is ranked No. 2 and will face Oregon at the Pape`Jam on December 7th at the Rose Garden in Portland.

Andy Katz calls Oregon the, "Luke and Luke Show" as the duo look lead the Ducks to new heights in basketball success. Ridnour, has been tabbed as a pre-season All Pac-10 guard and his running mate Jackson is All Pac-10 as a forward. The Ducks lost two starters from last year's squad, though junior guard James Davis, senior center Brian Helquist and senior forward Robert Johnson have seen considerable playing time. Redshirt freshman center Ian Crosswhite, 6-11, and redshirt freshman center Matt Short, 7-0 are expect to play this season.

Head Coach Ernie Kent is headed into his sixth season as the skipper for his alma mater. Kent enjoys a 95-57 record at Oregon and has had three 20-win seasons.

The Ducks will make a trip to the Portland Rose Garden on December 7th, for the annual Pape` Jam to face the Kansas in a nationally televised contest. Tip off for the contest is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Pape` Jam will be available at all 32 TicketMaster outlets in the state of Oregon, including most G.I. Joe's and Fred Meyer locations and the Rose Garden box office. Tickets will also be available via phone at 503-224-4400, and on both the Rose Garden and at TicketMaster. A complete listing of all TicketMaster outlets can also be found on that web site. Group tickets are available through the Rose Garden by calling Rose Quarter Group sales, 503-221-8000.

All seats are reserved and range in price from $20 to $28 for sideline seats, and $10 for baseline seats. Baseline seats for children 18 and under are available at a special $5 price.

TicketMaster outlets can be found in eight G.I. Joe's and nine Fred Meyer stores in the Portland-Vancouver area. In the Eugene-Springfield area, TicketMaster outlets include the EMU on the University of Oregon campus, the G.I. Joe's off Delta Highway and the Springfield Fred Meyer on Q Street. Pape` Jam tickets will not be available at the Duck Ticket Office.

The Official Hotel for the Pape` Jam is the Embassy Suites, 319 SW Pine Portland, Oregon 97204, (503) 279-9000.

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