Quincy Pondexter set the stage this morning, looking ahead to the Ducks' arrival:
"Oregon is kind of a rivalry and they kind of mirror how we play on both ends of the floor," he said. "It’s going to be a tough game. They’re going to come out and battle."
Here's a quick scouting report:
OREGON (9-4, 1-0 Pac-10)AT NO. 17 WASHINGTON (10-2, 1-0)2 p.m. Saturday, Hed Edmundson Pavilion.TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AM
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Series: UW leads, 182-102. The Huskies’ swept last season’s series and have beaten the Ducks eight straight at Hec Ed.
Statistical leaders: For UO – G Tajuan Porter, 13.2 ppg; C Michael Dunigan, 5.1 rpg; G Malcolm Armstead, 4.4 apg. For UW – F Quincy Pondexter 21.8 ppg and 8.5 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.4 apg.
Scouting report: The Ducks won in double-overtime Thursday at Washington State. Oregon was led by Porter, who scored 31 points. The senior ranks ninth in career scoring at Oregon. He also has sunk 304 3-pointers, 38 short of the Pac-10 career record held by Salim Stoudamire of Arizona. … Despite the similar statures of the 5-6 Porter and Washington’s 5-8 Thomas, the two seldom cover each other, as both coaches prefer to use bigger defenders. Their games also are vastly different as Porter likes to fire from long range, while Thomas prefers to drive. … Dunnigan has scored in double digits in five of his last six games and has averaged a team-best 15.5 points over that stretch. He also had a career- and game-high 12 rebounds Thursday in Pullman. … UW leads the Pac-10 in scoring, 3-point percentage defense, rebounding margin and blocked shots. … The Huskies have won 18 straight games at home. … There is one Washingtonian on the Oregon roster: Nicholas Fearn, a sophomore guard from Seattle Prep. There are no Oregonians on the UW roster.
Next: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 (next Friday, presumably leaving Thursday open for the BCS championship football game), at Arizona State, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz.; FSN.