No. 18 Oregon opens the 2013-14 home season by hosting Western Carolina on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.
The Ducks come into the Western Carolina game having have won 15 straight home openers. Oregon last dropped a home opener at the beginning of the 1997-97 season, 56-54 to Portland State. The Catamounts, off to a 2-0 start, were 14-19 last season (9-9 Southern Conference).
Oregon tied a school record with 17 home wins in 2012-13. That string began with a season-opening win over Northern Arizona (83-73).
Mike Moser had 15 points - 11 in the second half - to help Oregon defeat Georgetown 82-75 Nov. 8 at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. He also added seven rebounds, three assists and six steals. The career-high six steals were the most by an Oregon player in 15 seasons. The last Duck to record at least six steals was Darius Wright, who had that number against USC on Jan. 7, 1999.
Transfers Joseph Young and Jason Calliste were perfect from the free throw line in the Georgetown game. Young was 12-of-12 as part of his 24 points, while Calliste was 11-of-11 (16 points).
Six newcomers made their Oregon debuts in the Georgetown game. That list included senior transfers Mike Moser (UNLV), Jason Calliste (Detroit) and Richard Amardi (Indian Hills CC), junior transfers Joseph Young (Houston) and Brian Crow (Sonoma State), and sophomore transfer Elgin Cook (Northwest Florida State). Those six players combined to score 66 of Oregon’s 82 points versus the Hoyas.
DUCKS HONOR TROOPS WITH A WIN IN SOUTH KOREA
Oregon opened the regular season on Nov. 8 by defeating Georgetown 82-75 in the Armed Forces Classic on Army Base Camp Humphreys in South Korea. The Ducks travelled more than 12,000 miles round trip to participate in a game that honored the troops serving America. The crowd in attendance consisted entirely of active military members and their families based at Camp Humphreys. At the end of the game, Oregon players removed their jerseys and gave them to the troops, who had stormed the court to celebrate with the Ducks.
The team also got a helicopter hangar tour, where the servicemen and women who fly and maintain four different types of helicopters - Chinook, Blackhawk, Apache and Kiowa - showed off their impressive machines. The Ducks also served lunch to the troops, had a meet and greet at the gym and conducted a kids’ clinic. Said Oregon coach Dana Altman after the game, “the servicemen and women came out and cheered for us and made us feel like we were the best team in America, but it’s those men and women who are the real heroes. Our guys are going to remember this experience for a long time.”
LOYD MOVES UP CHARTS
Johnathan Loyd recorded his 300th career assist and moved into the UO career top 10 during the Georgetown game. He finished the game with seven assists to give him 304 career. Loyd passed Anthony Taylor (300/1984-88). He needs two more to pass Malcolm Armstead (305/2009-11) for ninth, six to pass Mike Drummond (309/1974-78) for eighth and 12 to go by Terrell Brandon (315/1990-91) for seventh. Additionally, he needs four more steals to tie Maarty Leunen for eighth in career steals with 121.
With Houston transfer Joseph Young being granted eligibility by the NCAA, the Ducks now have five backcourt players who combined to play nearly 5,000 minutes in 2013-14, and own more than 400 career three-pointers at the NCAA Division I level. The breakdown in 3’s: Jason Calliste - 177, Young - 121, Johnathan Loyd - 55, Damyean Dotson - 47, Dominic Artis - 34. And that doesn’t include guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit, a transfer from North Idaho College.
ARTIS, CARTER TO SERVE NCAA SUSPENSION
Ben Carter and Dominic Artis will each serve an NCAA-mandated nine-game suspension for violating NCAA rules by selling team-issued apparel over the past year. In addition, both players will be required to donate the value of the apparel to charity. The selling of team-issued apparel is a violation of NCAA bylaw 126.96.36.199, which prohibits student-athletes from receiving an extra benefit. Artis and Carter will be eligible to play in Oregon’s Dec. 17 game versus UC Irvine.
Oregon was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll. Nationally, Oregon was 18th in the USA Today preseason poll and 19th in the Associated Press’ opening rankings. A sampling of other preseason prognostications include No. 13 by The Sporting News, No. 16 by CBSSports.com and No. 22 by Bleacher Report.