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Jay Anderson, No. 55

Vitals: 6-9, 220, junior center

From: Faribault, Minn.

The scoop: A Larry Bird look-alike without the All-American credentials

Numbers: 2.4 points per game, 1.6 rebounds per game

Key stat: More than seven points once (10 vs. Arizona State)

Ian Crosswhite, No. 11

Vitals: 6-11, 250, redshirt freshman forward-center

From: Castlecrag, New South Wales, Australia

The scoop: Could maybe nip Arvydas Sabonis in a foot race

Numbers: 9.3 points, 3.6 rebounds

Key stat: 42.6 percent on 3-pointers

James Davis, No. 1

Vitals: 5-10, 175, junior guard

From: Vancouver, Wash.

The scoop: Could simply win H-O-R-S-E games with 30-foot shots

Numbers: 10.7 points, 2.1 rebounds

Key stat: Somehow, Oregon State and Washington State held him 3-less

Brian Helquist, No. 40

Vitals: 6-9, 260, redshirt senior center

From: Jacksonville, Fla.

The scoop: Has distanced himself from label of being lazy

Numbers: 3.1 points, 2.8 rebounds

Key stat: A nonmenacing nine blocks

Luke Jackson, No. 33

Vitals: 6-7, 215, junior guard

From: Creswell, Ore.

The scoop: Those railroad-track braces are working on his pearly whites

Numbers: 16.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists

Key stat: Had 14, 8, 10 and 11 rebounds past four games

Robert Johnson, No. 3

Vitals: 6-8, 250, senior forward

From: San Francisco, Calif.

The scoop: Coach trusted him, or else Adam Zahn would have played

Numbers: 7.6 points, 6.5 rebounds

Key stat: .584 field-goal shooting, even with blocks and missed layups

Andre Joseph, No. 35

Vitals: 6-3, 185, redshirt junior guard

From: Houston, Texas

The scoop: He's the locker room leader in tattoos

Numbers: 9.6 points, 3.0 rebounds

Key stat: .333 from the field since his suspension

Brandon Lincoln, No. 14

Vitals: 6-4, 200, freshman guard

From: Portland

The scoop: Entrusted to give Ridnour breathers as season progressed

Numbers: 2.5 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists

Key stat: Double-figure minutes eight times

Luke Ridnour, No. 13

Vitals: 6-2, 175, junior guard

From: Blaine, Wash.

The scoop: Luke, schmuke. His family calls him 'Lukas'

Numbers: 19.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists

Key stat: Averaging 35.3 minutes, playing all 40 four times

Matt Short, No. 5

Vitals: 7-0, 235, redshirt freshman center

From: Yreka, Calif.

The scoop: Center of future, unless Alaskan Ray Shafer beats him out

Numbers: 2.7 points, 2.0 rebounds

Key stat: A nonmenacing seven blocks

Tyler York, No. 15

Vitals: 5-11, 180, walk-on freshman guard

From: Grants Pass

The scoop: Rid, Jax bow down in presence of this sharpshooter when playing him in practice

Numbers: 0.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.0 assists

Key stat: 0-2 from the field, scoring points on free throws vs. UC Riverside

Jordan Kent, No. 2

Vitals: 6-5, 200, freshman (redshirting) guard

From: Eugene

The scoop: All hail Oregon's next great dunker Ñ Fred Jones without the game. Coach's son may be the state's best prep athlete, ever

Adam Zahn, No. 42

Vitals: 6-8, 225, freshman (redshirting) forward

From: Redondo Beach, Calif.

The scoop: Where'd he get the hops and power, playing beach volleyball? Offensively refined; working on rebounding and defense

Ernie Kent, coach

Vitals: Age, 48. Wife, Dianna. Sons, Marcus and Jordan. Daughter, McKenzie.

From: Rockford, Ill.

The scoop: Oregon and NikeÊwill need to fork over big bucks to keep him; named his 16-year-old daughter after a renowned Lane County river; impeccable dresser with rarely a hair out of place

Numbers:Ê117-67 record in six years at UO

Stat: Two losing records since 1994

Ñ Jason Vondersmith