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Updated: Saturday, December 14, 2002 11:16 AM EST
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No. 5 Oregon (5-0) at Pepperdine (3-2)
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MALIBU, California (Ticker) -- Fifth-ranked Oregon takes to the road for the first time this season on Saturday night when it faces injury-plagued Pepperdine.

Oregon (5-0) opened the season with four home victories before making the short trip to Portland for an 84-78 victory over Kansas in a rematch of last season's Midwest Region final. Luke Jackson scored 26 points and Luke Ridnour added 25 and nine assists.

Ridnour and Jackson, a pair of juniors, form one of the nation's best one-two punches. Ridnour leads the team with a 21.2 points per game and 7.8 assists per game while Jackson is averaging 18.4 points.

The Ducks own a 29-7 record when Jackson and Ridnour both score in double figures. Oregon is averaging over 90 points per game.

Oregon is looking to win a non-conference road game for the first time since an 84-66 victory at Louisville on December 30, 2000. The Ducks dropped all three last year with defeats at Massachusetts, Portland and Minnesota.

Pepperdine (3-2) has been to the NCAA Tournament twice in the last three years but is severely shorthanded. The Waves are down to seven scholarship players due to an assortment of injuries.

Senior guard Devin Montgomery is out with a broken thumb and forward Glen McGowan is still recovering from knee surgery. Center Will Kimble was forced to end his career due to a heart condition.

Terrance Johnson scored 21 points as Pepperdine won its third straight with a 72-68 victory over Santa Barbara last Saturday. Jimmy Miggins added 17 points and Boomer Brazzle added 13.

Oregon took a 2-1 lead in the all-time series against Pepperdine with an 88-64 rout last season exactly one year ago.


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