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Updated: Sunday, November 24, 2002 11:54 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
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Grambling (0-1) at No. 9 Oregon (0-0)
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EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- Ninth-ranked Oregon will unveil its Pac-10 championship banner on Sunday when it begins a new season against Grambling State in the John Thompson Basketball Challenge.

Last season, the Ducks won their first outright conference title since 1938 and went 16-0 at McArthur Court en route to reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon (0-0), which has won 10 straight season openers, is led by the two Lukes, small forward Luke Jackson, who averaged 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season, and point guard Luke Ridnour, who averaged 15.5 points and 5.0 assists.

The Ducks are 4-0 all time against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, including a 42-38 triumph over Grambling State during the 1976-77 campaign.

The Tigers (0-1), who went 9-19 last season and finished eighth in the SWAC, opened their season at Georgetown on Friday and were manhandled by the Hoyas, 99-46.

Guard Ron Ellis had 15 points and five assists but forward Paul Haynes, the preseason SWAC Player of the Year who averaged 20.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last campaign, was held to two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

Grambling shot just 38 percent (20-of-65) and allowed Georgetown to connect on 56 percent (39-of-70).


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