After two Pacific-10 Conference games, here is what we know about the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers heading into their Civil War game Saturday in Corvallis:
The Ducks (6-3) can shoot the ball extremely well. They shot 52 percent and hit 14 of 23 3-pointers against Southern Cal, winning 92-74.
The Ducks will give up some athleticism up front. UCLA outrebounded them 38-27 en route to an 81-74 win. And when the Ducks shoot poorly (.430, including 7 of 25 on 3's, against UCLA), they fall behind and usually don't win.
Luke Jackson had 28 points, one off his career high, against UCLA. Ian Crosswhite had 22 points and 13 rebounds against USC Ñ must be the buzz-cut look Ñ but dipped to 6 points and 10 boards against the Bruins.
It remains to be seen how long point guard Aaron Brooks, who injured his hand against UCLA, will be out.
By the way, UCLA has started 2-0. 'They are more disciplined, run their offense well and their chemistry is good,' Oregon coach Ernie Kent says of the Bruins, who are under the leadership of Southern California native Ben Howland.
Oregon State (6-6) shot decently against USC and UCLA but couldn't stop their offenses. The Bruins shot .540, USC .525. Former Madison High star Chris Stephens led the Beavers in scoring in both games, totaling 35 points.
The Civil War, which Oregon has dominated recently, starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Gill Coliseum. Next week, UO and OSU are home to Washington and Washington State.
UP, PSU open league play
Portland and Portland State finished respectably in the preseason, both 6-7.
UP travels to Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine for West Coast Conference openers this week. PSU is host to Montana State and Montana in Big Sky Conference play.
Portland needs to get guard Donald Wilson back in the flow. The athletic sophomore has totaled only 19 points in the last four games, making 7 of just 22 shots. Point guard Pooh Jeter had 24 points at Boise State and 25 at San Diego State before tailing off in the Pilots' 81-73 loss at Northern Arizona.
Portland State has been getting better. The Vikings went 2-1 on a road trip, losing to Tennessee-Martin in overtime while shooting only .400, including 1 of 14 on 3-pointers, and going .615 at the free-throw line, including 0 of 6 in OT.
One thing is for certain: The Vikings do enough good things, for long stretches, that they will be factors in the Big Sky. Furthermore, guard Blake Walker and forward Seamus Boxley will be among the league's best players.
Concordia (10-5), which recently won six games in a row, leads the Cascade Conference in 3-point shooting (.401) and free-throw shooting (.788). The Cavaliers are shooting .489 (second in the conference) from the floor and scoring 84.2 points (second). Cascade College (5-10) is averaging 80.7 points and giving up 81.1. Warner Pacific (5-10) is averaging 73.9 points and giving up 77.9.
Conference leaders: Scoring Ñ Jered Alsup, Cascade, 20.1 (second); Joe Hoover, Warner Pacific, 19.7 (third); Brandon Erlandson, Concordia, 15.3 (ninth). Rebounding Ñ Nate Ferrier, Concordia, 7.1 (ninth); Erlandson, 6.7 (10th). Field-goal percentage Ñ Erlandson, .582 (second); Ferrier, .571 (fifth); Lamar Tillman, Warner Pacific, .532 (seventh). Assists Ñ Jeff Huston, Warner Pacific, 4.9 (third); Steve Ford, Concordia, 4.2 (eighth). É Ford leads the conference in free-throw percentage (.881). Jon Lee of Concordia ranks second in 3-point shooting percentage (.524).