Coming to Eugene for football game? 'Come early and watch basketball for a good cause'

The Ducks team gets pumped up before the start of a game last season. Photo by August Frank, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. – The women's and men's Oregon basketball teams will play charity exhibition games Saturday to raise money for people affected by this summer's catastrophic wildfires in Oregon.

Doors open 9 a.m. All seating is general admission.

The women’s team will play Portland State at 9:30 a.m.,

The men’s team plays Idaho at 11 a.m.

"This will be the public’s first opportunity to see either 2017-18 squad," the athletic department said in a statement. "The men’s team is coming off its first Final Four appearance since 1939, while the women return the starting five that led the Ducks to the first Elite Eight appearance in school history."

Admission to watch the games is a $10 donation to the American Red Cross Oregon Wildfire Fund.

"Fans should either bring cash or write a check for their donation, as credit cards will not be accepted," according to the athletic department.

Money donated on Saturday will go to parts of Oregon damaged by fires this summer.

“The NCAA has given us a unique opportunity to give back to our state, and we are honored to be able to do that,” said Oregon men's head coach Dana Altman. “We want to encourage those fans who are coming to Eugene for the football game to come early and watch basketball for a good cause.”

“This is a great opportunity for our fans to get a look at two exciting teams,” said women’s coach Kelly Graves. “While at the same time, we are joining forces with Portland State to help with the recovery efforts in fire-damaged areas of our great state.”

The athletic department said the games will run 10-minute quarters, a 5-minute halftime and shortened timeouts with a goal of finishing by 12:30 p.m., leaving time for fans to make

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