Oregon (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) continues it four-game season-opening home stand by hosting in-state rival Portland State Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Portland State was 17-15 a year ago and 10-6 in the Big Sky Conference. The Vikings are 1-0 on the new season after defeating Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.) 77-58 Friday night.
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 tournament play.
Oregon's 24 wins last year were the most since the 2006-07 season.
WOODS GETS OFFENSIVE
Senior center Tony Woods picked up right where he left off at the end of the 20111-12 season. In the final game a year ago, Woods scored a career-best 15 points in an NIT quarterfinal game at Washington.
Saturday against Northern Arizona, He nearly matched that with 14 points, including an emphatic dunk that put Oregon ahead for good with five minutes left in the game.
In 25 minutes of action (four short of his career high), Woods also added seven rebounds and a pair of blocks to his stat line against the Lumberjacks. He netted six-of-10 field goal attempts and was two-of-three at the free throw line.
Woods' two blocks gave him 53 for his Oregon career, four shy of entering the Ducks' all-time top 10.
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 BIG SKY
With the 83-73 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday, Oregon is now 57-12 all-time versus teams from the Big Sky Conference, including a 9-2 mark against Portland State.
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).
DUCKS OPEN SEASON WITH VICTORY OVER NORTHERN ARIZONA
The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team tipped off the 2012-13 regular season Saturday against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, winning 83-73 at Matthew Knight Arena in front of 5,768 fans. The win marked Oregon's 15th straight win in a home opener.
Oregon had four players score in double figures as senior Tony Woods led the way with 14, followed by 13 from freshman Damyean Dotson, 12 from senior E.J. Singler and 10 from freshman Dominic Artis. Woods' 14 was one shy of his career high points total. Singler led the Ducks with eight rebounds, while Woods gathered seven of his own.
NAU rallied in the second half to catch up to UO and took their first lead of the game, 67-66, with 5:44 remaining after back-to-back three-point shots by Dewayne Russell and Blake Hamilton. A powerful dunk by Woods sparked a 12-0 run by the Ducks to ensure that they would not lose the lead again.
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 NAU game was 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.
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.