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Malik Hairston

The facts: 6-6 junior. 10.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg.

Noteworthy: Shooting 3-of-10 on two-point attempts in NCAA games, 2-of-4 on threes and 5-of-6 on free throws ... Four of his nine rebounds last weekend were offensive .

Bryce Taylor

The facts: 6-5 junior. 14.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg.

Noteworthy: With 510 points, 12 behind Bryan Bracey (in 2001) for 20th on UO season scoring list ... Taylor now 24th in UO career scoring with 1,037 points.

Aaron Brooks

The facts: 6-0 senior. 17.8 ppg, 4.2 apg.

Noteworthy: Moved up to 10th on UO career list in field goals made with 487. Ninth is Charlie Warren with 503 ... Tied for ninth in NCAA points (40) scored by a Duck.

Maarty Leunen

The facts: 6-9 junior. 10.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg.

Noteworthy: Tied with Hal Duffy (1956-57) for 10th in UO history in season rebounds with 290. Ninth is Max Anderson (291, 1954-55) with Stan Love (294, 1970-71) eighth.

Tajuan Porter

The facts: 5-6 freshman. 14.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg.

Noteworthy: Is 100-of-230 on three-point shots. Pac-10 records are 120 made (Salim Stoudamire, UA, 2005) and 300 attempted (Stevin Smith, ASU, 1993).

Michael Umeh

The facts: 6-2 senior. 7.7 ppg, 2.9 apg.

Noteworthy: Had 18 points and seven rebounds in victory over BYU in title game of Mountain West tournament ... Led first-round NCAA win with 19 vs. Georgia Tech.

Wendell White

The facts: 6-6 senior. 14.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg.

Noteworthy: Led team in scoring despite making only one three-point shot, in 15 attempts, this season ... Lists Samoan heritage as `something people don't know about me.'

Gaston Essengue

The facts: 6-8 senior. 7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg.

Noteworthy: Cameroon native played for two junior colleges, one in California, one in Texas, before joining Rebels last year ... Nine rebounds in upset of Wisconsin.

Wink Adams

The facts: 6-0 sophomore. 14.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg.

Noteworthy: Led team in scoring in 12 games and has scored in double figures 27 times ... One recruiting service ranked him No. 2 point as prep senior.

Kevin Kruger

The facts: 6-2 senior. 13.4 ppg, 5.2 apg.

Noteworthy: Voted most valuable player of the Mountain West tournament with 52 points and 14 assists in three games ... Started 43 games in three years at ASU.

NEVADA-LAS VEGAS

THE BOTTOM LINE

RECORD LAST 10 PPG OPPG FG PCT. 3-PT PCT. FT PCT.

Oregon 28-7 8-2 75.8 65.5 .451 .386 .756

UNLV 30-6 9-1 75.0 66.5 .447 .364 .718

Everything points to a well-matched pair of teams playing a similar style. Balanced scoring, not overly big, a like for three-point shots. ... It likely comes down to which team defends the other better, or which struggles with shooting in the dome atmosphere.
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Title Annotation:Sports; STARTING LINEUPS FOR THE DUCKS AND REBELS
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 23, 2007
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