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Oregon (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) continues its four-game season-opening home stand by hosting 2011-12 SEC Tournament Champion Vanderbilt Friday night at 8 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Commodores won 25 games last season en route to their first SEC tourney crown since 1951. Vanderbilt heads to Eugene with a record of 1-0, having defeated Nicholls State, 80-65, on Nov. 10.
Like UO, ‘Dores' 14th-year head coach Kevin Stallings has a young roster, featuring six freshmen, and only four of 14 players on the team have been with the program more than two seasons.
Head coach Dana Altman's squad has five letterwinners and two starters returning from 2011-12. Last year's squad went 24-10 overall and tied for second in the Pac-12 Conference with a 13-5 record. The Ducks advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament, marking the second straight season that UO advanced to postseason play.
Oregon's 24 wins last year were the most since the 2006-07 season.
The Commodores lead the all-time series against UO, 5-2, but the Ducks are 1-0 in Eugene. Last year in Nashville, Vanderbilt downed Oregon, 78-64.
WOODS' STRONG START
Senior center Tony Woods has picked up right where he left off at the end of the 2011-12 season. In the final game a year ago, Woods scored a career-best 15 points in an NIT quarterfinal game at Washington.
Last Saturday against Northern Arizona, he nearly matched that career mark with 14 points, including an emphatic dunk that put Oregon ahead for good with five minutes left in the game.
Through the first two games, the big man from Rome, Ga., is averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.
Woods' three blocks on the year give him 54 for his Oregon career, three shy of entering the Ducks' all-time top 10.
In last year's season opener at Vanderbilt, Woods had a team-high 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting in 21 minutes.
OREGON IN OPENERS
Oregon is now 70-38 in 108 season openers. Last year's 78-64 loss at Vanderbilt snapped a string of 19 straight season opening wins for the Ducks. Oregon has also won 15 straight home openers dating to a 1997-98 loss to Portland State (56-54).
OREGON VERSUS THE SEC
The Ducks are 5-13 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference, including a 1-1 mark last season. UO fell at then-No. 7 Vanderbilt, 78-64, in the 2011-12 season opener and defeated LSU, 96-76, in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.
DUCKS START WEEK WITH WIN OVER PORTLAND STATE
The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team won their second regular season game Monday night against the Portland State Vikings, 80-69, at Matthew Knight Arena in front of 5,577 fans.
Three Ducks scored in double figures led by freshman guard Dominic Artis with 16. Senior forward Carlos Emory contributed 15 points in 19 minutes while freshman swingman Damyean Dotson finished with 12 points. Junior Waverly Austin added nine points on 4 of 6 shooting.
Defensively, Artis and Dotson recorded three steals each, while Austin blocked two shots and had one steal. Senior E.J. Singler also had a block and a steal of his own.
Oregon shot 47.4% from three-point range compared to PSU's 36.4% and outshot the Vikings 49.1% to 45.3% from the field.
The game was scoreless nearly two minutes into the game, but Oregon never trailed, thanks to great scoring and energy off the bench. In total, Oregon's bench scored 43 of the team's 80 points.
Portland State stayed within striking range for a good portion of the second half, but was never able to overcome the mostly double-digit deficit. An emphatic alley-oop from Artis to Emory with two minutes remaining in the game put the Ducks up 78-64 and put the exclamation point on the match.
UO outrebounded PSU 35-24 and scored ten points on fast breaks compared to their opponents' two.
UO outrebounded NAU 43-36 and ended up outshooting NAU 48.3% to 41.4%. Oregon's points in the paint were the key to the game as they bested the Lumberjacks 42-24 in that category..
GLOBAL SPORTS CHALLENGE
The Nov. 10 win vs. Northern Arizona was the first game of the Global Sports Challenge. That tournament also includes a Nov. 19 date with Jacksonville State at Matthew Knight Arena, a semifinal game Nov. 23 at Nevada-Las Vegas and then a final game against either Cincinnati or Iowa State Nov. 24.
After the opening exhibition game vs. Concordia Oct. 29, it was clear that the 2012-13 Ducks, while lacking overall experience, are not short on size and athleticism. Those attributes have been on display in both wins this season as Oregon has outrebounded both opponents by a combined 18 boards and created 17 steals compared to 12 for opponents.
Six Ducks are averaging 4.5 or more rebounds per game and the freshman trio of Dominic Artis (5), Willie Moore (4) and Damyean Dotson (3) have accounted for all but five of the team's steals.
Non-conference games against Nevada-Las Vegas, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Nevada and Texas-El Paso and a Pac-12 slate that features 18 televised contests are among the highlights of men's basketball schedule.
Along with the three 2012 NCAA Tournament teams at the front of the season -- Vanderbilt, UNLV and Cincinnati -- Oregon will also contend with NCAA participants Colorado and California in the Pac-12, as well as NIT final four teams Stanford and Washington. Other opponents who advanced to the postseason in 2012 included Arizona and Nevada in the NIT and Oregon State and Washington State in the College Basketball Invitational.
In addition to the Pac‐12 Conference schools on the schedule, the Ducks will battle teams from 10 different conferences: Big Ten, SEC, Mountain West (twice), Conference USA, Big Sky (three times), Ohio Valley, Western Athletic Conference, SWAC, Great West and either the Big East or Big XII.
SINGLER AN ALL-AROUND, ALL-TIME DUCK
E.J. Singler has scored 1,132 points in 107 career games (10.6 ppg) which ranks 25th in school history. He is just the 13th player at UO to amass over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds (1,132 points and 557 rebounds).
A year ago, Singler ranked second on the team with 461 total points (13.6 ppg) and grabbed a team-high 189 total rebounds (5.6 rpg). Singler also ranked second nationally and led the Pac-12 Conference in free throw percentage (.909, 110-of-121).
His career free throw percentage currently ranks third in school history (.866, 271-of-313). Singler entered the 2012-13 season as the conference's active career leader in points (1,126), while ranking third in both rebounds (554) and 3-pointers made (132).
Singler reached double-figures in scoring in 28-of-34 games last season. He has scored 10 or more points in 63 of his 107 career games. He also led the Ducks in rebounding on 12 occasions last year (34 times in his career).
Singler was one of two Ducks to start every game in 2011-12 (joined by Garrett Sim). Singler has started the last 80 games dating back to his freshman season. He started all 39 games as a sophomore and 22-of-32 games as a freshman.