Men's Schedule Released

EUGENE, Ore. - Head coach Ernie Kent and the University of Oregon men's basketball program confirmed its 2009-10 schedule Wednesday, with the Ducks to play 21 games at McArthur Court in what is expected to be their final full season in the 83-year-old facility.

"Mac Court has always been a tremendous home court advantage for us," Kent said. "I'm looking forward to this team defending that reputation."

For the first time since 1997 UO will not host the Pape' Jam at the Rose Garden Arena. Oregon's lone Portland appearance this season will be a road test against the University of Portland Nov. 21 at the Chiles Center.

"The Pape' Family has been extremely important to the success of our program, and their involvement has always been greatly appreciated," Kent said. "They deserve a marquee opponent in this event. Those opponents, willing to travel and play us in Portland, have been difficult to find."

Oregon Director of Athletics Mike Bellotti reiterated that he hoped the Ducks' basketball teams could resume their premier game format in Portland in coming years.

"Having a presence in Portland is important to the university, however we want to make sure we bring the right events to the city for our fans," Bellotti said. "We look forward to working on those kinds of opportunities in the future."

Exhibition play begins Nov. 1 with Concordia College and concludes a week later on Nov. 8 against Lewis and Clark College. UO opens the regular season Nov. 13-15 by hosting the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament, featuring a round-robin schedule with Winston Salem State (Nov. 13), UC Davis (Nov. 14) and Colorado State (Nov. 15).

Following the Oregon-Portland contest, the Ducks close the month of November with home games against Montana (Nov. 23) and Montana State (Nov. 28).

UO will play at Missouri on Dec. 5 as a part of the Pac-10 / Big 12 Hardwood Series. Last season MU went 31-7 overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. The Tigers registered a school-record win total last year while also claiming their first-ever Big 12 Tournament title.

Saint Mary's, which Oregon hosts on Dec. 12, is one of six non-conference opponents the Ducks will play in December. Last season the Gaels went 28-7 overall before falling in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) quarterfinals to San Diego State.

Oregon will play three games in seven days leading up to the holiday break, hosting Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 16), Oakland (Dec. 19) and Idaho State (Dec. 22). UO will close out its non-league schedule with a home game against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Dec. 28.

"There are some teams that are going to challenge us during the non-conference schedule," Kent said. "With road tests at a very good Portland team and an NCAA Tournament team in Missouri, the schedule will allow this team to mature quickly and have us ready for another challenging Pac-10 season."

Pac-10 Conference play opens the weekend of Dec. 31-Jan. 2 when the Ducks hit the road to face Washington State and Washington. UO will then play three straight games at Mac Court, a rivalry contest with Oregon State on Jan. 10 before hosting Arizona State and Arizona on Jan. 14-16.

The remainder of January has the Ducks on the road against California and Stanford on Jan. 21-23, before returning home to host UCLA and USC the weekend of Jan. 28-30.

February opens with three straight road games: at Oregon State on Feb. 6 before road tests at Arizona and Arizona State on Feb. 11-13. The Ducks will host Stanford and California on Feb. 18-20, before taking a Southern California road swing Feb. 25-27 for games at USC and UCLA.

Oregon ends its regular-season on March 4-6 with home games against Washington and Washington State. The finale against the Cougars is expected to be the last Pac-10 Conference game played at McArthur Court.

Current season-ticket holders will soon receive 2009-10 renewal information in the mail. Fans interested in purchasing 2009-10 season-tickets can request an application from the TICKETS drop-down menu on the website or by calling 1-800-WEBFOOT (541.346.4461). Fans with 2009-10 season-tickets will have priority for purchasing 2010-11 season-tickets for the debut year of Matthew Knight Arena.

2009-2010 Men's Basketball Schedule

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