The University Oregon (24-10, 13-5 Pac-12) begins its 108th season of basketball by hosting a pair of teams from the Big Sky Conference at Matthew Knight Arena. The 2012-13 slate gets underway Saturday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m. against Northern Arizona (5-24, 1-15 Big Sky). The Ducks return to action Monday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. to play in-state rival Portland State (17-15, 10-6 Big Sky).
Both games will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The NAU game is the first game of the Global Sports Challenge. That tournament also includes a Nov. 19 date with Jacksonville State, a semifinal game Nov. 23 at Nevada-Las Vegas and then a final game against either Cincinnati or Iowa State Nov. 24.
Head coach Dana Altman's squad returns five letterwinners and two starters for the upcoming campaign. 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 tournament play.
Oregon's 24 wins last year were the most since the 2006-07 season.
OREGON VERSUS THE BIG SKY
Oregon is 56-12 all-time versus teams from the Big Sky Conference, including a 5-1 record versus Northern Arizona and a 9-2 mark against Portland State.
The Ducks and Lumberjacks last met in the 2001-02 season (Oregon, 86-51). Oregon has won four straight versus NAU dating to a 66-61 loss in the 1985-86 season.
The Ducks and Vikings have met each of the last three seasons, with Oregon winning the last two, including a 79-70 decision last year. PSU's last victory over Oregon came in 2009-10 (88-81).
HUSTLE BOARD STATS
In its two exhibition games, Oregon averaged 13.0 steals and 9.0 blocks. Freshman Willie Moore accounted for nine steals on his own in the two games, including six in the first exhibition versus Concordia.
Another freshman, Dominic Artis, has five steals in exhibition play.
In the paint, junior transfer Waverly Austin had eight blocked shots, while Tony Woods accumulated six.
Oregon was also impressive on offense, averaging 20.0 assists in the two exhibition games. Junior Johnathan Loyd dolled out 11 assists in the exhibition season, while Artis and Moore each had 6.
OREGON IN OPENERS
Oregon is 69-38 in 107 prior season openers. Last year's 78-64 loss at Vanderbilt snapped a string of 19 straight season opening wins for the Ducks. Oregon has won 14 straight home openers dating to a 1997-98 loss to Portland State (56-54).
DUCKS WRAP EXHIBITION SLATE WITH 82-65 WIN
The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team closed out its exhibition slate by defeating Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs 82-65 in front of 5,448 at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 5.
Oregon had five players score in double figures as freshman Dominic Artis led the way with 15, followed by fellow freshman Damyean Dotson and seniors E.J. Singler, Tony Woods and Carlos Emory who scored 12 points each. Junior Waverly Austin led the way for the Ducks on the boards with 11 rebounds, four of them offensive.
Defense was the real key, as Oregon recorded 16 steals and eight blocks in the game. Oregon's solid defense led to 30 points off of turnovers. Austin led the way defensively with five blocks and three steals, while Artis stole the ball four times and Dotson and Willie Moore also contributed three steals a piece.
UO outrebounded Southwestern Oklahoma State 40-28, while shooting a higher percentage from the floor (53.6% to 39.7%) and scoring more points in the paint (40 to 24). The Ducks shot 41.2% from beyond the arc, while the Bulldogs shot 45.5% from three-point range.
DUCKS OPEN EXHIBITION SEASON WITH 102-75 WIN
The Ducks opened their 2012-13 exhibition schedule with a 102-75 win over Concordia on Oct. 29 at Matthew Knight Arena.
Oregon had seven players score in double figures as freshman Dominic Artis led the way with 17, followed by fellow freshman Willie Moore with 15. Junior transfer Waverly Austin scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his first action as a Duck, while veterans Tony Woods and Johnathan Loyd scored 12 each.
Freshman Damyean Dotson recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Another freshman hit double figures as Ben Carter scored 10 points and grabbed seven boards.
The Ducks out-rebounded the Cavaliers 51-41, while committing fewer turnovers (13 to 20) and shooting a higher field goal percentage (50.6% to 40.8%). Oregon went 8-18 from beyond the arc, while Concordia made 5 of their 18 three-point attempts.
Woods and Austin had five blocks apeice.
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.
QUICK ROSTER BREAKDOWN FOR 2012-13
Returning Players (6): Carlos Emory, Austin Kuemper, Johnathan Loyd, Nicholas Lucenti, E.J. Singler, Tony Woods.
Newcomers (9): Arik Armstead, Dominic Artis, Waverly Austin, Coleton Baker, Ben Carter, Damyean Dotson, Arsalan Kazemi, Willie Moore, Fred Richardson III.
Players lost (7): Olu Ashaolu, Jeremy Jacob, Devoe Joseph, Brett Kingma (transfer), Chris Larson (transfer), Tyrone Nared, Garrett Sim.
SINGLER CONSISTENTLY GOOD THROUGH JUNIOR SEASON
E.J. Singler has scored 1,114 points in 105 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 (1,114 points and 546 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 first in school history (.875, 265-of-303). Singler enters the 2012-13 season as the conference's active career leader in points (1,114), while ranking third in both rebounds (546) and 3-pointers made (131).
Singler reached double-figures in scoring in 28-of-34 games last season. He has scored 10 or more points in 62 of his 105 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 79 games dating back to his freshman season. He started all 39 games as a sophomore and 22-of-32 games as a freshman.
SINGLER NAMED TO NABC ALL-DISTRICT 20 SECOND TEAM
E.J. Singler was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 20 Second Team for his play in 2011-12. The teams were selected and voted on by the NABC member coaches. The last Oregon player recognized as part of the NABC All-District 20 teams was Joevan Catron, who earned second team recognition in 2010-11.
WOODS PROVED TO BE A MAJOR FACTOR ON THE DEFENSIVE END
Last season, Tony Woods ranked third in the Pac-12 with 51 blocks (1.6 bpg). Woods rejected 28 shots (1.6 bpg) in the Ducks' 18 regular-season conference games last year (he only played in 17 of those). As a team, UO ranked tied for fifth among Pac-12 teams for blocks (3.6 bpg) a year ago.
In his first season with UO, Woods set a new single-season school record for blocks, moving past Blair Rasmussen (42 blocks in the 1983-84 season).
Woods had a career-high five blocks in the win over Portland State, the most blocks for a UO player since Dec. 31, 2009 (Michael Dunigan at Washington State). That five-block game ranks tied for second in school history for most blocks in a single game. Woods swatted four shots in UO's Pac-12 tourney game with Colorado on March 8. He set career highs for points (14), field goals made (6) and attempted (10) in that loss to the Buffaloes.
As a team in 2011-12, the Ducks posted a 12-3 record in games where they tallied four or more blocks. UO's only losses came in the Pac-12 tournament loss to Colorado, the home loss to Oregon State and the season-opener at No. 7 Vanderbilt. In 33 of the 34 outings last season, Oregon recorded at least one block. The Ducks were 11-2 last season when they recorded more blocks than their opponent (L, vs. Colorado; L, Oregon State).
RETURNING DUCKS AS PART OF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
E.J. Singler and Tony Woods are a pair of current UO players who were honored as part of the Pac-12 All-Conference teams a year ago. Singler received second team honors, while Woods earned honorable mention consideration for the Pac-12's All-Defensive Team. Also recognized for last year's all-conference squads were out-going seniors Devoe Joseph and Garrett Sim. Joseph earned first team all-conference recognition and Sim was recognized as honorable mention all-conference.
OREGON ANNOUNCES NEWCOMERS
Dana Altman has added nine newcomers to the Oregon men's basketball team for the upcoming 2012-13 season. That group of players is made up of six prep standouts and three transfers.
Waverly Austin (6-11, 275, C, Jr.): Florida JC Player of they Year, averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per game in sophomore campaign at Palm Beach State College ... Averaged a field goal percentage of .59 and a free throw percentage of .82 ... Made the first team of the 2012 NJCAA men's All American Team ...Voted Player of the Year in the Southern Conference.
Arik Armstead (6-8, 260, F, Fr.): A three-year starter in basketball at Pleasant Grove High School ... Graduated early from PGHS and enrolled at Oregon for the 2012 Spring quarter ... Entered senior season listed at No. 3 in NorCalPrep.com's Top 40 boys basketball rankings for Class of 2012 ... Averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior before cutting short his prep career to focus on collegiate football.
Dominic Artis (5-11, 175, G, Fr.): Played senior season at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. ... Helped lead the Pilots to a 32-1 record and an ESPNHS National High School Invitational title in 2011-12 ... Averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a senior ... Shot 52.7 percent on field goals and 33.7 percent on 3-pointers ... Played freshman through junior seasons at Salesian High School in Richmond, Calif. ... Averaged 14 points and 4.1 assists per game as a junior at SHS ... As a freshman in 2009, helped lead SHS to California's Division IV state title ... Played AAU basketball for the Oakland Soldiers.
Coleton Baker (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): Played 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons at Umpqua CC in Roseburg, Ore. ... Was a first team all-conference selection in 2011-12 ... Ranked as the top scorer in the Northwest Atheletic Association of Community Colleges South Region as a sophomore averaging more than 24 points per game ... Played prep basketball at Oakland High School in both his junior and senior seasons ... Earned first team all-state recognition as a senior ... A two-time all-conference selection while at OHS ... Played freshman and sophomore seasons at Sutherlin High School.
Ben Carter (6-8, 215, F): Played prep basketball at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. ... Sat most of senior season with an injury ... Averaged 10.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior ... Was a third team all-state selection and an all-conference honoree in 2011-12 ... Averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing as a junior ... Also earned all-state and all-conference recognition in junior season ... Helped lead BGHS to a 25-6 overall record in 2010-11 ... A member of the BGHS squad that won a state title in his sophomore season ... Played AAU basketball for the Las Vegas Lakers.
Damyean Dotson (6-6, 190, G): Played prep basketball at Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas ... Averaged 21 points and five rebounds per game as a senior ... Named 2012 Greater Houston Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle ... Selected as 4A All-State, All-Region 3 and All-District 21 in his senior season ... Led JYHS to the 4A state title game scoring 23 points in a losing effort ... Registered 26 points in the semifinal round of the state tourney to send JYHS to the title game ... Averaged 18 points and six rebounds as a junior ... Recognized as the District 21 Newcomer of the Year ... Also an all-district performer as a junior ... Member of JYHS team that was a consensus No. 1 ranked prep team in the nation in 2009-10 ... Helped lead JYHS to a state title as a sophomore ... Played AAU basketball for Houston Hoops.
Arsalan Kazemi (6-7, 222, F, Jr.): In three seasons at Rice, he averaged a double-double for his career (12.6 ppg and 10.1 rpg) ... Scored 1,195 career points which currently ranks 21st all-time at Rice ... Also has 963 career rebounds which ranks third all-time at Rice ... Is a career 54.9 percent shooter ... Ranks second in all-time free throws (421), second in career free throw attempts (620), fourth in career steals (154) and third in career blocks (84) ... Posted 45 career double-doubles which ranked third all-time at Rice ... Led Rice in scoring 34 times during his career and was the team's leading rebounder in 80 of 95 games he played in an Owl uniform ... Played his senior year of high school at The Patterson School located near Lenoir, North Carolina ... Scout.com ranked him 82nd overall in the 2009 prep signing class.
Willie Moore (6-4, 195, G, Fr.): Played prep basketball at Aiken High School in Cincinnati, Ohio ... A Division II-IV first team selection by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a senior ... Averaged 16.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 2011-12 ... Named team MVP as a junior ... Averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.9 steals in the 2010-11 season ... Also considered South Carolina, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech ... Played AAU ball for the Cincinnati Knights and All-Ohio Purple.
Fred Richardson III (6-6, 190, G): Played prep basketball at Clear Brook High School in Clear Brook, Tex. ... Is the all-time leading scorer at CBHS with 1,820 career points in four seasons as a varsity player ... Helped high school team to a 29-4 overall record in 2011-12 ... Averaged 20.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game as a senior ... Was a 5A All-Region 3 honoree ... Named to the All-District 24 team where he was recognized as both the Overall MVP and Offensive MVP ... Earned all-tournament honors for District 24 ... Shot 50 percent on field goals and 36 percent from behind the 3-point arc in 2011-12 ... Scored 20 or more points on 20 occasions in his senior campaign ... Reached double-figures in scoring in all but one of his 33 outings in 2011-12 ... Averaged 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior ... Named first team All-District 24 and Offensive MVP in junior season ... Played AAU basketball for the Houston Defenders.