First True Road Challenge For Ducks

First True Road Challenge For Ducks

EUGENE- This Sunday, the Ducks will do something they haven't done all season, play a game at an opponent's home court. In this case, it will be the Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss., where the No. 13 Ducks will play Ole Miss.

EUGENE- This Sunday, the Ducks will do something they haven't done all season, play a game at an opponent's home court. In this case, it will be the Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss., where the No. 13 Ducks will play Ole Miss.

"We've got to go on the road and get used to going on the road, so this will help us," said head coach Dana Altman. "We'll have our work cut out. It's a hard place to play, [according to] everybody I talk to in the Southeast Conference."

It won't just be the environment that challenges Oregon, the Rebels are also undefeated thus far in the season and have one of the country's most polarizing players in shooter extreme Marshall Henderson.

Henderson's numbers are down this year, after averaging 20 points per game a year ago en route to SEC player of the year honors, he's scored at a 15.2 point per game clip in five games this year.

He was suspended for the season's first game due to drug charges and now come off the bench for the Rebels.

But that doesn't make him any less dangerous.

"He's good. He's fiery. He gets the crowd behind him," said guard Johnathan Loyd "You never know, he can run six off just like that."

Henderson is just third on the team in scoring behind Jarvis Summers and Derrick Millinghaus, who just edge him with 15.7 and 15.3 averages.

Oregon is a perfect 7-0 this year, but just one of those games came away from Matthew Knight Arena, the season-opener in South Korea versus Georgetown, which was also the Ducks' lone game against a power conference school.

"For some of these young guys it's going to be difficult not having our crowd on our side," said forward Mike Moser. "I'm sure they're going to be at max capacity and revved up [at Ole Miss]."

Oregon is hoping to build off of last weekend's three-game tournament, which saw the Ducks take strides in key areas, according to Altman.

"I thought we took a big step this last weekend, I like the progress we made," he said. "But we've got areas that are very conceding, rebounding is still an area. They're a big physical team, so they'll test us."

According to Loyd, the keys for a tough road game aren't much different than a regular game, save one.

"Rebound the ball, share the ball, stay together on the road, make sure that we fight adversity," he explained.

A number of Oregon players missed time over the weekend due to leg injuries, but according to Altman, the guys will "be OK".

He on the other hand, might be a different story, saying he must've turned wrong over the weekend, an ailment that required a replacement at Sunday's post-game podium.

"I got the heat packs on it. Those guys heal a lot quicker than old men do," he explained wryly. "I just don't have a strong enough core. You've got to work on it a little bit."

Oregon and Mississippi will tip off at 2 p.m. Sunday. The game will be televised live on ESPN with Dave Neal and Kara Lawson on the call.

Projected Starters-

Ole Miss (6-0)-

PG-Derrick Millinghaus (5-10, 172) 15.3 points per game, 1.3 steals per game

SG-Jarvis Summers (6-3, 186) 15.7 points per game, 3.5 assists per game

SF-Montavious Newby (6-3 210) 3.8 points per game, 3 rebounds per game

PF-Aaron Jones (6-9 220) 6.0 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game

C-Demarco Cox (6-8 276) 8.5 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game

Oregon (7-0)-

PG- Johnathan Loyd (5-8, 163) 9.4 points per game, 6.3 assist per game

SG-Joseph Young (6-2, 185) 20.3 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game

SF- Damyean Dotson (6-5, 209) 9.9 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game

PF-Mike Moser (6-8, 211) 13.7 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game

C-Waverly Austin (6-11, 257) 4.3 rebounds per game, 1.3 blocks per game

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