NO. 24 DUCKS HOST OREGON STATE IN FINAL HOME GAME OF THE YEAR
The first-place Oregon Ducks (22-6, 11-4) host the Oregon State Beavers (13-15, 3-12) in their final game of the year at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks are 16-2 at home this year and are one win shy of matching the most single-season home victories in school history.
Oregon defeated Stanford, 77-66, on Saturday in Eugene to avenge a 24-point loss to the Cardinal in January. Meanwhile, Oregon State enters the game 11th in the conference and losers of its last three contests. The Beavers pushed California, which beat Oregon both time this year, to the brink on Feb. 23 but ultimately fell by the slimmest of margins, 60-59.
Oregon State leads the all-time series over its rivals, 184-154. However, the Ducks won the first meeting of the year between the two schools on Jan. 6. Trailing 34-28 at the break, Oregon exploded for 51 points in the second half to edge the Beavers in the Civil War, 77-66. Freshman Damyean Dotson paced the Ducks with a team-high 21 points and senior Arsalan Kazemi posted 15 points and nine rebounds in the victory.
DUCKS RANKED 24TH IN LATEST AP POLL
Oregon went 1-1 last week, splitting with Stanford and California at home. As a result, the Ducks fell one spot to the No. 24 slot in the Associated Press Poll.
FOUR SENIORS TO PLAY FINAL GAME AT MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA
Thursday’s showdown with Oregon State marks the final game in Eugene for four Oregon seniors: E.J. Singler, Tony Woods, Carlos Emory and Arsalan Kazemi. Singler will go down as one of the most prolific scorers in Duck history; he enters with 1,439 career points and sits 13th on Oregon’s all-time scoring list. Woods has accumulated 79 blocks in his two-year career with the Ducks, which lands him third all-time. In his two years with Oregon, Emory has been a force off the bench for Dana Altman. He is third on the 2012-13 Ducks in scoring, averaging 10.8 points per game. Finally, Kazemi, who transferred to Oregon after playing his first three years at Rice, is averaging 9.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season and has consistently ranked in the top-three in the Pac-12 in rebounding the entire season. He grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds on Feb. 21 against Stanford.
WOODS ECLIPSES PERSONAL REBOUNDING BEST IN WIN OVER STANFORD
Senior Tony Woods grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in Oregon’s 77-66 triumph over Stanford on Feb. 23. The nine boards broke his previous high of eight which he set on Feb. 2 at California. Woods scored nine points and was 4-of-6 from the field in 23 minutes to compliment his rebounding effort.
LOYD DISHES OUT CAREER-HIGH NINE ASSISTS IN STANFORD GAME
Johnathan Loyd put forth one of his best games of the season on Feb. 23 against Stanford. The Oregon point guard scored a season-high 15 points and dished out a career-high nine assists to help bury the Cardinal. Loyd also played a game-high 37 minutes to pace the Ducks.
LOYD RECORDS CAREER-HIGH IN STEALS IN LOSS TO CAL
Oregon junior guard Johnathan Loyd notched a career-high five steals in the Ducks’ loss to Cal on Feb. 21. Loyd broke his previous mark of four steals, which he had done seven times before.
LOYD PUTS UP ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE AGAINST WASHINGTON
Junior guard Johnathan Loyd scored 11 points on Feb. 13 at Washington, his first double-figure scoring game of the season. All 11 of Loyd’s points came in the second half. In the win, Loyd surpassed his previous season-high of nine points that he set on Jan. 26 in Oregon’s 81-76 win over the Huskies in Eugene.
EMORY TALLIES FOURTH CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME
Senior Carlos Emory scored 19 points in Oregon’s win over Stanford, giving him his fourth consecutive game in double figures. Emory scored 13 against Cal on Feb. 21, a career-high 20 at Washington State on Feb. 16 and 10 in Seattle against Washington on Feb. 13.
DUCKS SWEEP WASHINGTON SCHOOLS FOR FIRST TIME IN OVER 20 YEARS
Oregon swept the season series over Washington for the first time since 1995 on Feb. 13 in Seattle and completed the season sweep over Washington State for the second straight year with a 79-77 overtime victory in Pullman on Feb. 16. The four-game season sweep over the Huskies and Cougars marked the first time the Ducks swept both Washington schools in a single season since the 1989-90 campaign.
SINGLER WINS 82ND GAME AS A DUCK, BECOMES SCHOOL’S ALL-TIME LEADER
Oregon’s win over Washington State was senior E.J. Singler’s 82nd in his remarkable career with the Ducks. He is now the school’s all-time leader in career victories (he now has 83 entering the Oregon State game). Singler has played in 133 games for Oregon and won 16 games as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 during his junior season and 22 so far as a senior. Only four other players have won at least 80 games in an Oregon uniform. Freddie Jones and Joevan Catron have 81 career wins and Luke Jackson and Dick Wilkins each have 80.
SINGLER PASSES TAYLOR FOR 13TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Senior E.J. Singler scored 12 points against Stanford to give him 1,439 career points and move him past Bryce Taylor (1,435) for 13th on Oregon’s all-time scoring list. He is now just 49 points away from catching Kenya Wilkins (1,488) for 12th place.
SINGLER STANDS ALONE IN 10TH-PLACE TIE ON ALL-TIME STEALS LIST
Senior forward E.J. Singler picked up a steal in Oregon’s 65-52 win over Washington on Feb. 13 to give him 104 for his career. He now stands alone in 10th place, passing Garrett Sim (103) and Tajuan Porter (103) on Oregon’s all-time steals list. Sitting in ninth place is Terrell Brandon, who had 114 steals from 1989-91. In addition, Singler ranks 10th in all-time blocks (59) and is four blocks shy of tying Brett Coffey for ninth all-time.
SINGLERS PASS TALLENT, ROBERTS BROTHERS FOR 15TH ALL-TIME
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 3,846 points in their careers. They currently rank 15th all-time in brother scoring combinations. E.J.’s seven points against California moved the Singlers past the Tallent and Roberts brothers. The Singlers are 34 points away from catching Kelvin and Clinton Ransey for 14th all-time.
TWO DUCKS SCORE OVER 20 IN WIN AT WASHINGTON STATE
Seniors E.J. Singler and Carlos Emory each finished with 20-point games in Oregon’s win at Washington State. Singler’s 25 points were a season-high and Emory’s 20 points were a career high. In addition, it marked the first time since March 18, 2012 that two Oregon players scored at least 20 points in a game. That night, Singler and Olu Ashaolu had 25 and 22 points, respectively, in Oregon’s 108-97 triumph over Iowa in the National Invitational Tournament.
OREGON TAKES CARE OF THE BALL IN TRIUMPH AT WASHINGTON
The Oregon Ducks committed just nine turnovers in their 65-52 win at Washington on Feb. 13. It was the first time that Oregon committed fewer than 10 turnovers in a game since Dec. 8 at home against Idaho State when it finished with just seven turnovers.
FOUR DUCKS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES AT WASHINGTON FOR FIRST TIME SINCE JAN. 19
Freshman Damyean Dotson led Oregon in scoring for the eighth time this season, tallying 13 points. Three other Ducks scored in double figures as well, including Arsalan Kazemi (11 points), Johnathan Loyd (11) and Carlos Emory (10). The double-digit effort by the four Ducks represent the first time four players scored in double figures for Oregon since its 76-67 at UCLA on Jan. 19.
DUCKS EARN 14TH 20-WIN SEASON IN SCHOOL HISTORY
The 2012-13 Oregon Ducks joined just 13 other Oregon basketball teams in the 108-year history of the program to win at least 20 games in a single season. The Ducks have now won at least 20 games in all three of head coach Dana Altman’s seasons at the helm of the program.
ALTMANS WINS 600TH CAREER GAME
Oregon’s victory over Stanford was Dana Altman’s 600th win in his 28-year coaching career. Altman won 123 games at the junior college level and now has 477 wins as a NCAA Division I head coach.
ALTMAN REGISTERS 15TH 20-WIN SEASON IN NCAA DIVISION I COACHING CAREER
Oregon improved to 20-5 overall with its 65-52 victory at Washington on Feb. 13. The win gave head coach Dana Altman his 15th 20-win season in his NCAA Division I coaching career. He has won 20 games in all three of his years at Oregon as well. Altman’s first 20-win season came 19 years ago when his 1993-94 Kansas State Wildcats went 20-14 en route to an NIT berth. From 1998-2009, Altman posted 11 consecutive 20-win seasons as head coach at Creighton, including a 29-5 campaign in 2002-03. Oregon is searching for its first NCAA Tournament appearance under Altman’s guidance, however, and first since the 2007-08 season.
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).
OREGON POSTS THIRD STRAIGHT 20-WIN SEASON FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1939
Dana Altman has led the Ducks to three-straight 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1936-37, 1937-38 and 1938-39 (Oregon won the first-ever NCAA Championship in 1939) teams all won at least 20 games.
DOTSON RETURNS TO FORM AGAINST UTAH, WASHINGTON
Oregon freshman Damyean Dotson scored 16 points against Utah and 13 at Washington in Seattle. For Dotson, who leads the team in points per game (11.4), his performance versus Utah was his highest point total since scoring 16 in Oregon’s 76-74 triumph at USC on Jan. 17.
KAZEMI NOTCHES 52ND CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior Arsalan Kazemi scored 11 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in Oregon’s loss to California Feb. 21. His performance was his seventh double-double of the season and 52nd of his career. He registered 45 double-doubles during his three-year career at Rice.
DUCKS PICK UP 83RD WIN IN FOUR-YEAR SPAN
Oregon’s win over Stanford marked the program’s 83rd since 2009. It is Oregon’s best four-year run in total wins since Duck teams from 1999-03 racked up 85 wins. In addition, the Ducks’ 67 wins in three years under head coach Dana Altman matches the 67 wins from 2001-04. The current four-year run ranks sixth all-time and Oregon’s three-year run places it in a tie for third in program history. For a complete list, please see the “Chasing History” section on page 6 of today’s game notes.
WOODS POSTS CAREER NIGHT IN LOSS TO CALIFORNIA
In Oregon’s 58-54 loss to California on Feb. 2, senior Tony Woods recorded career-highs in three categories. Woods grabbed eight rebounds, breaking his previous mark of seven, and sank 8-of-12 free throws, which gave him new career-highs in both free throws made and free throws attempted categories.
DUCKS ONE OF JUST FIVE 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 34 NCAA Division I teams have beaten a ranked opponent on the road the season and the Ducks are one of just five teams to beat at least two ranked teams away from home. The other four teams are Boise State, which beat Creighton on Nov. 28 and Wyoming on Jan. 9, Kansas, which beat Oklahoma State, Ohio State on Dec. 22 and Kansas State a month later on Jan. 22, Illinois (Gonzaga, Dec. 8 and Minnesota, Feb. 10) and Pittsburgh, which defeated Georgetown (Jan. 8) and Cincinnati (Feb. 9).
DUCKS SWEEP LA WEEKEND FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009-10
Oregon beat USC and UCLA on the road last month 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.
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. Woods currently has 79 career blocks.
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 SEVEN OPPONENTS UNDER 50 POINTS
Oregon’s 48-46 loss to California on Feb. 21 at Matthew Knight Arena marked the seventh time this season that the Ducks have held an opponent under 50 points during a game. The seven 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 seven sub-50 point efforts by Ducks’ opponents ranks in a tie for 14th all-time, with 13 coming before the 1960-61 season (for a complete list, please see the “Chasing History” section on page 6).