Deacs Take On #2 Ducks

Wake Forest will face off with West Coast power Oregon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Sacramento, California.

After a tough victory over one west coast foe Thursday afternoon in Sacramento, California, Skip Prosser and his Wake Forest Demon Deacons will take on another one, Oregon, on Saturday.

Much like Pepperdine, Oregon is an athletic squad that could cause problems for the Deacons.

The Ducks, 24-8 overall, are members of the PAC-10. Within the conference, Oregon was 14-4 overall and beat the likes of UCLA, Southern Cal, and Arizona on the road. Overall on the road, the Ducks were 5-6 while compiling a 2-2 record on neutral floors. Meanwhile, they were a perfect 16-0 at home.

Statistically, the Ducks like to score in large amounts. Oregon averages around 86 points per game this season and beat their opponents by almost 15 points per game.

Oregon's offense mainly comes from their guards. 6'4" senior guard Frederick Jones leads the Duck offense as he averages 18.5 points per game on 52% shooting. Meanwhile, 6'7" guard Luke Jackson is also a formidable scorer, averaging 16 points per game while shooting 40% from long range. 6'2" sophomore guard Luke Ridnour is no slouch either, averaging 15 points per game. Ridnour is the Ducks' top marksman as well, shooting 43% from long distance. He may just be the best of this bunch of Ducks.

Off the bench, Anthony Lever also produces good guard play for Oregon. Lever, 6'3", puts in 6.5 points per game in around 15 minutes per game. Lever shoots a scorching 52% from three-point land. Guard James Davis also puts in around 6.5 points per outing.

Down low, starter Chris Christoffersen is a barrel in the lane. A senior, Christoffersen is a massive 7'2" and 300 pounds. This season, he averages eight points and almost six boards per game in 21 minutes per contest.

Look for 6'9" 275 pound center Brian Helquist to also help down low, replacing Christoffersen when he gets tired. Helquist, not a big contributor number-wise, plays around 14 minutes per game.

6'8" Robert Johnson is Christoffersen's main partner in the middle, however. Johnson, a starter, averages seven points and seven rebounds per game. He is their best rebounder as well.

6'4" guard Ben Lindquist, 6'10 forward Mark Michaelis, and 6'9" center Mark Michaelis may also see time for Coach Ernie Kent's Ducks.

Wake Forest and Oregon have two common opponents this season, Minnesota and Pepperdine. The Deacs took out Minnesota at home 85-79 while Oregon fell to the Golden Gophers 75-72 on the road. Obviously, the Deacs beat Pepperdine 83-74 Thursday to advance to play Oregon. The Ducks beat the Waves 88-64 early in the season in Eugene, Oregon.

Wake Forest and Oregon will tip-off at 4:59 eastern time.

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