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Ducks to take on NCU in basketball Friday

Oregon's 2010-11 men's basketball season will play in their first exhibition game against Northwest Christian University Friday night at Mac Court with a 7 p.m. tip time.

The game won't count in the record books but it will be the first look at new head coach Dana Altman and his staff's run.

Altman arrived at Oregon after spending 16 seasons at Creighton where he left as the school's all-time winningest coach with a record of 327-176 (.650).

Northwest Christian, which is a NAIA member school of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, posted a 14-17 overall record a year ago. NCU lost its first exhibition game of the 2010-11 season, an 81-37 decision at Idaho

Oregon forward Jeremy Jacob will be out three to six weeks with a knee injury and so the already short rotation down low will be even shorter to start the season.

Without Jacob in the starting lineup the opening lineup could become one that many didn't expect. Expect all players to play who are healthy and the Ducks to work with multiple lineups to see what clicks the best.

Junior guard Malcolm Armstead will be the go-to-player for the Ducks this season and according to Altman as he goes Oregon will go.

Player to watch: Tyrone Nared

The junior college transfer is somewhat of a wildcard talent for the Ducks. The 6'8 wing committed to Altman at Creighton but then followed Altman to Oregon. Nared is an athletic forward that will be asked to give a lot of minutes for the Ducks early on as Catron works back to full health and Jacob is out till early December with his knee injury.

Expect big things from: Malcolm Armstead

Armstead was the Ducks' best player last season and will be the best player this year. One of the better players in the Pac-10 at point guard. With so many players gone and importantly Tajuan Porter and Michael Dunigan from last season the Ducks will need someone to step up and be that scorer. Armstead looks to be the first to get his crack at it.

Suprise Player- Nicholas Fearn/Johnathan Loyd

Altman praised the 6-foot-1 walk-on guard calling him the most improved player of the bunch. Altman said Fearn has earned a shot in the rotation and will be asked to play minutes.

Loyd was a high profile point guard on the west coast last season and chose Oregon over UNVL, Creighton, USC, and others. The Ducks will look to the 5-foot-8 point guard to spell Armstead this season. Loyd is called a great distrubutor.

Live video (O-Zone) and live statistics for the exhibition game will be available on goducks.com. However, there will be no live radio for Friday’s game. Radio broadcasts will begin next week with the regular-season opening BTI Invitational scheduled for Nov. 12-14.

UO men’s basketball radio broadcasts for Eugene/Springfield listeners can be found all season on 590 AM KUGN. Fans in the Portland metro area can catch the games next Friday and Saturday on KXL 750 AM. For the rest of the season, 95.5 FM The Game is scheduled to be the home for the Ducks in Portland.

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