DUCKS SET EYES ON PAC-12 TOURNAMENT
After wrapping up the 2012-13 regular season with a 23-8 overall record a 12-6 record in conference play, the Oregon Ducks set their eyes on a Pac-12 Tournament championship in Las Vegas, Nev. The Ducks enter the week as the tournament’s third seed after missing out on a chance at the regular season crown by dropping their final two regular season games of the year at Colorado (March 7) and Utah (March 9). The Ducks have lost two consecutive games but have not lost more than twice in a row the entire season.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
The 2012-13 Pac-12 Tournament shifts venues this year. After 11 years of playing the league’s postseason tournament in Los Angeles, Calif., at The STAPLES Center, the Pac-12 Conference will crown its postseason champion in Las Vegas, Nev., at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Tournament will get underway on Wednesday, March 13 and conclude with the championship game on March 13.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Pac-12 Conference previously held a 10-team postseason tournament from 1987-90. On Oct. 23, 2000, the conference CEO Group/Council voted to reinstate a men’s basketball tournament following the 2002 season.
The original Pac-10 Tournament was inaugurated following the 1986-87 season at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion where the host UCLA Bruins captured the first Pac-10 postseason title. Subsequent tournaments were held at Arizona’s McKale Center (1988), the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles (1989) and Arizona State’s University Activity Center (1990). Arizona’s Sean Elliott was tabbed the Most Outstanding Player in 1988 and 1989 after leading the Wildcats to a pair of tournament crowns. Arizona captured its third Pac-10 title following the 1990 season, which marked the end of the first run of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Wildcats made is four-straight with the return of the tournament in 2002 but the streak ended when Oregon captured its first title in 2003.
TOURNAMENT TELEVISION SCHEDULE
The Pac-12 Networks will broadcast all four first round games on Wednesday, three of the four quarterfinal games on Thursday and one semifinal game on Friday. Meanwhile, Thursday’s quarterfinal featuring the Ducks will be aired on ESPNU at 8:38 p.m., Friday’s late semifinal game will be televised on ESPN at 8:38 p.m. and Saturday night’s championship will be aired on ESPN at 8:02 p.m.
OREGON RECEIVES FIRST-ROUND BYE
The Ducks finished the Pac-12 regular season with a 12-6 record, placing them in a three-way tie for second place with California and Arizona. After the tiebreaker scenarios settled, California took the No. 2 seed, Oregon fell to the No. 3 slot and Arizona received the No. 4 seed. Oregon will meet the winner of the game between No. 6 Washington and No. 11 Washington State on Thursday (March 14) at 8:38 p.m. The game will be the final contest of the day and will be televised on ESPNU.
DUCKS TAKE THIRD SEED YET AGAIN
The Oregon Ducks are the Pac-12 Tournament’s third seed for the second-straight year. It is Ducks’ best two-year run in highest seeds in program history. Last year, the Ducks lost to No. 6 Colorado, the eventual tournament champions, 63-62 in the quarterfinals. The best seed Oregon has ever received was in 2002, when the Ducks won the Pac-12 regular season and took the No. 1 seed. That year, Oregon dropped an 89-78 decision to No. 4 USC in the tournament semifinals but did advance to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight just a few short weeks later.
OREGON PAC-12 TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Ducks are 15-12 all-time in Pac-12 Tournament games but have not won in tournament play since the then-No. 7 seeded Ducks upset No. 2 UCLA, 76-59, in the 2011 quarterfinals. Oregon has won two Pac-12 Tournament titles (2003, 2007), beating USC both years. In addition, the Ducks are 4-2 in first round play, 7-5 in the quarterfinals and 2-5 in semifinal play. The Ducks’ two tournament championships were the only years in which they appeared in the finals.
DUCKS BACK IN VEGAS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE END OF NOVEMBER
The Oregon Ducks return to Las Vegas this week for the first time since participating in the Global Sports Challenge on Nov. 23-24. Oregon is 1-1 in Las Vegas this year. The Ducks upset No. 18 UNLV, 83-79, on its home court on Nov. 23 before falling to No. 22 Cincinnati, 77-66, the following night.
DUCKS TO FACE A WASHINGTON SCHOOL IN PAC-12 QUARTERFINALS
The Ducks are the Pac-12 Tournament’s No. 3 seed and they will meet the winner of the game between the No. 6 Washington Huskies and No. 11 Washington State Cougars. 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.
OREGON TIES HOME WIN MARK
The 2012-13 Oregon Ducks won 17 games at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene this year which tied the school record for single-season home victories (Oregon went 17-3 at home in 2011-12). The Ducks finished the year 17-2 at home and carried a 20-game home court winning streak into February before losing a 48-47 game to Colorado on Feb. 7.
ALTMAN LEADS DUCKS TO 20 WINS AGAIN
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 with a 65-52 triumph at Washington on Feb. 13. 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.
ALTMAN WINS 600TH CAREER GAME
Oregon’s victory over Stanford on Feb. 23 was Dana Altman’s 600th win in his 28-year coaching career. Altman won 123 games at the junior college level and now has 478 wins as a NCAA Division I head coach.
ALTMAN REGISTERS 15TH 20-WIN SEASON
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.
KAZEMI MOVES INTO THIRD PLACE ON OREGON’S ALL-TIME STEALS LIST
Senior Arsalan Kazemi tallied four steals in Oregon’s loss to Utah on the final day of the regular season to give him 64 for the 2012-13 season. The four steals moved Kazemi past Kenya Wilkins (61 steals, sixth place), Terrell Brandon, Freddie Jones and Luke Ridnour, who each posted 63 steals during the 1990-91, 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, respectively, and are in a fourth-place tie all-time.
KAZEMI RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME IN SINGLE-SEASON FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Arsalan Kazemi wrapped up the 2012-13 shooting a team-high 59.1 percent (91-of-154) from the field. His shooting clip ranks second all-time on the Ducks’ all-time single-season field goal percentage chart behind only Richard Lucas, who shot nearly 62 percent (169-of-273) during the 1990-91 season.
SINGLER CLIMBS ALL-TIME POINTS LIST
Oregon senior E.J. Singler scored 21 points in the regular season finale against Utah on March 9. Singler now has 1,471 career points and is within 17 points of Kenya Wilkins, who scored 1,488 points from 1993-97, for 12th on Oregon’s all-time scoring chart.
WOODS INCHES CLOSER TO FIFE ON OREGON’S BLOCKS LIST
Oregon senior Tony Woods blocked three shots against Utah on March 9 to give him 86 in his two-year career with the Ducks (Woods played his first two collegiate seasons at Wake Forest). Woods, who ranks third all-time on Oregon’s blocks list, is now just seven blocks shy of catching Bob Fife, who blocked 93 shots from 1989-93, for second all-time.
LOYD, SINGLER JOSTLE FOR POSITION ON ALL-TIME STEALS LIST
Oregon junior Johnathan Loyd enters the Pac-12 Tournament with 107 career steals, which ranks 10th all-time. But senior E.J. Singler sits in 11th place with 106 steals and is just one steal away from catching his teammate. Loyd and Singler are seven and eight steals away from tying Terrell Brandon’s (1989-91) 114 steals mark for ninth place all-time.
DUCKS SWEEP NORTHWEST SCHOOLS FOR FIRST TIME IN 87 YEARS
Oregon’s 85-75 victory over Oregon State on Feb. 28 gave the Ducks their first sweep over the Beavers since 2011. It also completed the season sweep over the Pac-12’s northwest schools (Oregon State, Washington, Washington State) for the first time since the 1925-26 season. The 1925-26 Ducks also went 6-0 against the Beavers, Huskies and Cougars and completed their sweep with a 25-15 win over Oregon State on Feb. 19, 1926.
KAZEMI NOTCHES 53RD DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior Arsalan Kazemi scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Oregon’s win over Oregon State on Feb. 28. His performance was his eighth double-double of the season and 53rd of his career. He registered 45 double-doubles during his three-year career at Rice.
EMORY TORCHES BEAVERS FOR CAREER-HIGH 21 POINTS
Senior Carlos Emory burned Oregon State for a career-high 21 points on Feb. 28. Emory finished the game 8-of-13 from the field, hit four of his five free throw attempts, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists.
ARTIS RETURNS AGAINST BEAVERS
Freshman Dominic Artis, who had been hobbled by a foot injury since the Jan. 23 game against Washington State, returned to the hardwood on Feb. 28 against Oregon State. Artis hit two 3-pointers in the Ducks’ victory and finished with six points in 12 minutes of action.
FOUR SENIORS PLAY FINAL GAME AT MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA
The second leg of the Civil War on Feb. 28 marked 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 the postseason with 1,471 career points and sits 13th on Oregon’s all-time scoring list. Woods has accumulated 86 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 second on the 2012-13 Ducks in scoring, averaging 11.0 points per game. Finally, Kazemi, who transferred to Oregon after playing his first three years at Rice, is averaging 9.3 points and 9.6 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.
E.J. MOVES SINGLER BROTHERS CLOSER TO RANSEY COMBINATION
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 3,878 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 just two points away from catching Kelvin and Clinton Ransey for 14th all-time (a complete list of the NCAA’s all-time scoring for brother combination is located at the bottom of the page).
SINGLER WINS 82ND GAME AS A DUCK, BECOMES SCHOOL’S ALL-TIME LEADER
Oregon’s win over Washington State on Feb. 16 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 84 entering the Pac-12 Tournament). Singler has played in 136 games for Oregon and won 16 games as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 during his junior season and 23 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.
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.
DUCKS PICK UP 84TH WIN IN FOUR YEARS
Oregon’s win over Oregon State marked the program’s 84th 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’ 68 wins in three years under head coach Dana Altman is the best three-year output since Oregon teams from 1937-40 posted 73 victories.. The current four-year run ranks sixth all-time and Oregon’s three-year run places third in program history.
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.
ALTMAN WINS COACH OF THE YEAR HONOR IN FOURTH DIFFERENT CONFERENCE
Oregon head coach Dana Altman guided the Ducks to a second-place tie in the Pac-12 standings after being picked by the media in the preseason to finish seventh. Under Altman, the Ducks have posted their second consecutive second-place finish and third consecutive 20-win season. Altman has now won Coach of the Year honors in four different conferences – the Pac-12 (Oregon, 2013), Missouri Valley (Creighton, 2001 and 2002), Big Eight (Kansas State, 1993) and Southern (Marshall, 1990). He is the third Oregon coach to receive Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors, joining Dick Harter (1977) and Ernie Kent (2002).
SINGLER A SEMIFINALIST FOR EDDIE SUTTON TUSTENUGEE AWARD
Oregon senior forward E.J. Singler joins 11 other individuals on the semifinal list for the college basketball’s third annual Eddie Sutton Tustengee Award, to be presented by Tulsa Sports Charities. The Sutton Award, according to Tommy Thompson, the director of Tulsa Sports Charities, is presented to the collegiate basketball player who best exhibits the traits of tenacity and unselfishness that Sutton advocated during his Hall of Fame career. The winner will be introduced during the Tulsa Sports Charities Legends in Sports dinner at the Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa, Okla., at a date to be announced.