Wednesday , Nov , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Unbeaten Ducks hope to soar past 18th-ranked Hoyas

Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) – The undefeated Oregon Ducks make their
first-ever trip to our Nation’s Capital when they take on the 18th-ranked
Georgetown Hoyas tonight at the Verizon Center.

The Ducks are 5-0, having disposed of a slew of overmatched opponents, and
doing so by double digits in four of those contests. The tightest game
was played the last time out, as Oregon got past Rice in overtime,
79-73. A win here would give UO its first 6-0 start since 2002-03.

Georgetown is 4-1 on the young season, sandwiching its lone loss (ODU) with a
pair of two-game win streaks. The Hoyas took care of visiting Ball State the
last time out, 69-54, and their four wins have all been by double figures. The
win over Ball State was especially memorable for GU head coach John Thompson
III as it came over his younger brother Ronny’s Cardinals.

Georgetown won the only other meeting Oregon, taking a 71-55 decision from
the Ducks in Eugene last season which ended the Ducks’ 35-game non-conference
home winning streak.

Balanced scoring has been the key to Oregon’s success here in the early going,
as all five starters are averaging in double figures, led by Tajuan Porter and
his 24.0 ppg. A deadly-accurate sniper from long range, Porter is hitting 54.2
percent of his three-point attempts, while also leading the club with 20
assists. With his hands on the ball just about every time down the court, he
does however also lead the team with 22 turnovers. Aaron Brooks is next in line
with 17.5 ppg, while Bryce Taylor checks in with 15.8 ppg, Chamberlain Oguchi
with 13.6 ppg and Maarty Leunen with 11.8 ppg. Leunen has been a monster on the
glass thus far, ripping down 11.2 rpg while combining with Oguchi to block 27
shots. As a team, the Ducks are shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc in
putting up a robust 88.2 ppg. Defensively, Oregon is allowing just 64.2 ppg on
40.9 percent shooting from the field and only 20.5 percent from downtown. The
Ducks have also proven to be an opportunistic bunch, coming up with more than
22 turnovers per game. Oregon was down eight in the final minute against Rice,
but battled back to force overtime and eventually win the game. Brooks scored
30 points and he needs just 41 more to reach 1,000 for his career. Both Taylor
and Leunen notched double-doubles in the comeback victory, and the latter now
has three double-doubles on the year. Standout guard Malik Hairston could be
back for this contest, if his injured groin will allow him.

Balance has been the key to Georgetown’s early season success as four Hoyas are
averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Roy Hibbert’s 13.8 ppg.
A 69.2 percent shooter, Hibbert is also coming up with 6.8 rpg and has blocked
17 shots. Jeff Green has been solid across the board, logging averages of 12.0
points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest, while Jonathan Wallace and
Jessie Sapp have been productive starters, checking in at 11.2 and 11.0 ppg,
respectively. As a team, Georgetown is netting 71.8 ppg while shooting 50
percent from the floor and 35.2 percent from three-point range. Defensively,
Thompson III’s club is holding the opposition to 43.8 percent shooting and only
63.6 ppg. In the recent win over Ball State, it was Green who led the Blue and
Gray with 14 points, six boards and four assists. Help came from Summers (12
points) and Vernon Macklin (10 points), while Hibbert took only four shots and
was held to nine points. The Hoyas drained 52.1 percent of their total shots,
including a 56 percent effort in the opening half. After allowing BSU to shoot
50 percent from the field in the first half, GU tightened the purse strings and
yielded just a 35.7 percent success rate to the Cards over the final 20