NO. 10 DUCKS TRAVEL TO BAY AREA, LOOK TO STAY ATOP THE PAC-12
The 10th-ranked Oregon Ducks saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday night against the Stanford Cardinal, 76-52. After trailing the majority of the first half, the Ducks were able to cut the lead to seven, 29-22, before Stanford went on a 6-0 run to close the half and cruise to a 24-point victory.
On Saturday, Oregon faces California (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12) for the first time this season. The Golden Bears lead the all-time series over the Ducks, 80-55, and have won their last nine games against Oregon. The Ducks haven’t beaten California since Feb. 9, 2008 (92-70).
DUCKS MOVE UP SIX SPOTS IN AP POLL; HIGHEST RANKING SINCE MARCH 2007
Oregon picked up two wins last week while ranked 16th in the Associated Press Top-25 poll. As a result, the Ducks moved up six spots in the poll to the No. 10 spot. The new ranking is the Ducks’ highest since March 12, 2007 when they were ranked 10th.
STANFORD DOWNS OREGON, 76-52
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Chasson Randle scored 17 points, Josh Huestis had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Stanford stunned Oregon on the big stage again by routing the 10th-ranked Ducks 76-52 Wednesday night.
More than two months after Stanford’s football team handed Oregon its only loss of the season, the Cardinal (13-8, 4-4 Pac-12) dominated the Ducks from the start for the program’s first victory over a top 10 team in almost five years.
Carlos Emory scored 12 points and Arsalan Kazemi had six points and nine rebounds in the first conference loss of the season for the Ducks (18-3, 7-1), whose nine-game winning streak also ended. Oregon had matched its highest ranking since March 2007 this week but surely will take a tumble in the AP poll now.
OREGON’S 20-STRAIGHT HOME WINS RANK SEVENTH IN THE COUNTRY
A list of the top home-court winning streaks in the nation:
1. Syracuse, 35
2. Kansas, 33
3. South Dakota State, 26
4. Colorado State, 25
5. Southern Mississippi, 23
6. Marquette, 21
7. Oregon, 20
8. Iowa State, 18
WOODS MOVES INTO THIRD ON OREGON’S ALL-TIME BLOCKS LIST
Oregon senior center Tony Woods blocked one shot in the Ducks’ 81-76 triumph over Washington on Jan. 26 to give him 76 career blocks and move him past Chris Christoffersen for third place on Oregon’s all-time blocks list.
SINGLER PASSES BARNETT FOR 15TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING CHART
Senior forward E.J. Singler scored 18 points against Washington on Jan. 26 to give him 1,338 points for his career and move him into 15th place on Oregon’s all-time scoring list. Singler’s 18 points helped him pass Jim Barnett, who now ranks 16th with 1,325 points. Singler is just 55 points (1,344 total after the Stanford game) from catching Luke Ridnour, whose 1,399 career points ranks 14th all-time.
DUCKS LIGHT UP WASHINGTON FROM THE FIELD
Oregon shot an impressive 57.8 percent (26-of-45) from the field in its win over Washington on Jan. 26. It marked the first time since Dec. 8 that the Ducks shot over 50 percent in a game; they put together a 52.5 percent night against Idaho State at Matthew Knight Arena that evening.
SINGLER NOW JUST THREE WINS FROM MOST VICTORIES IN OREGON HISTORY
Oregon’s win over Washington was senior E.J. Singler’s 79th in his remarkable career with the Ducks. Singler has started the last 115 games for Oregon and won 16 games as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 during his junior season and 18 so far as a senior. Only four players have won more than 80 games in an Oregon uniform. Freddie Jones and Joevan Catron have the most career wins (81) and Luke Jackson and Dick Wilkins each have 80. Singler is just three wins from having the most wins in Oregon basketball history.
KAZEMI RECORDS 50TH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST WASHINGTON
Senior forward Arsalan Kazemi scored 11 points and grabbed 11 boards in the Washington game to give him his 50th career double-double and fifth of the season. His fifth double-double of the year came exactly one week after he recorded his fourth double-double, a 12-point and 11-rebound effort on Jan. 19 at UCLA.
SINGLERS PASS HERRONS ON ALL-TIME BROTHER SCORING LIST
E.J. Singler and brother Kyle Singler, who played four years (2007-11) and won a national championship at Duke University (2010) have combined for 3,741 points in their careers. They currently rank 19th all-time in brother scoring combinations. E.J.’s six points against Stanford propelled the Singlers past the Herron brothers (3,745) and they are just 14 points shy of the Vincent brothers (Jay, Sam), who combined for 3,765 points at Michigan State from 1978-85.
DUCKS ONE OF JUST THREE TEAMS TO BEAT TWO RANKED TEAMS ON THE ROAD IN 2012-13
Oregon’s win over UCLA marked its second victory over a ranked team on the road this season. The Ducks also topped UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev., on Nov. 23. Only 27 NCAA Division I teams have beaten a ranked opponent on the road the season and the Ducks are one of just three teams to beat a two ranked teams away from home. The other two teams are Boise State, which beat Creighton on Nov. 28 and Wyoming on Jan. 9, and Kansas, which beat Ohio State on Dec. 22 and Kansas State a month later on Jan. 22.
ALTMAN BECOMES THIRD-FASTEST COACH TO REACH 60 WINS IN OREGON HISTORY
Oregon’s 76-74 triumph over USC in Los Angeles on Jan. 17 marked head coach Dana Altman’s 60th win as head coach of the Duck basketball program. Nineteen coaches have led the Oregon basketball program in over 107 seasons of basketball and of those 19, only two have gotten to 60 wins faster than Altman, who won 60 of his first 90 games. William Reinhart, who coached the Ducks from 1923-35, won 60 of his first 74 games (60-14) and it took Howard Hobson, who coached Oregon from 1935-44 and won the program’s first and only national championship in 1939, 83 tries to reach the 60-victories mark (60-23).
WOODS POSTS CAREER NIGHT IN WIN AT UCLA
Senior center Tony Woods, who is in his second season with the Ducks after transferring from Wake Forest following the 2009-10 season, turned in a career performance in Oregon’s 76-67 win at No. 24 UCLA on Jan. 19. Woods went 8-of-9 from the field (eight field goals were a career high) and finished the game with a career-high 18 points. His previous career high was 17 points, set on Nov. 19, 2012 against Jacksonville State.
ALTMAN PICKED SEVENTH IN RECENT X’s AND O’s POLL
Oregon head coach Dana Altman was picked seventh in a recent poll conducted by ESPN that ranked the best “X’s and O’s” coaches in college basketball. The top-10 list (number of votes and first-place votes are in parentheses) is below:
1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke (49, 4)
2. Bill Self, Kansas (43, 1)
3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State (41)
4. Rick Pitino, Louisville (33)
5. Brad Stevens, Butler (30)
6. Billy Donovan, Florida (13)
7. Dana Altman, Oregon (12)
8. Bob Huggins, West Virginia (10)
9. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin (7)
10. John Beilein, Michigan (6)
DUCKS SWEEP LA WEEKEND FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009-10
Oregon beat USC and UCLA on the road two weeks ago for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The Ducks snuck past the Trojans, 76-74, on Jan. 17 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles before topping the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, 76-67, during a nationally-televised game (CBS) on Jan. 19. The victory snapped UCLA’s 10-game winning streak.
UO DOWNS ARIZONA SCHOOLS FOR FIFTH TIME IN EIGHT YEARS
Oregon’s 70-66 win over Arizona and 68-65 triumph over Arizona State marks the second straight season that the Ducks have beaten both schools in the same season and fifth time they have accomplished the feat in the last eight years. Oregon also did so during the 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns.
DUCKS DEFENSE HAS HELD FIVE OPPONENTS UNDER 50 POINTS
Oregon’s 56-43 win over Nevada on Dec. 31 at Matthew Knight Arena marked the fifth time this season that the Ducks have held an opponent under 50 points during a game. The five games is the most by a Duck team in 30 years and the most since the 1982-83 team held seven opponents to less than 50 points. Overall, dating back to the 1938-39 National Championship team, the five sub-50 point efforts by Ducks’ opponents ranks 15th all-time, with 13 of the 15 coming before the 1960-61 season.
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