DUCKS LOOK TO REBOUND VERSUS STANFORD
Oregon looks to snap a two-game losing skid when it hosts Stanford on Sunday to close out a brief two-game home stand. The Ducks play five of their first seven league games on the road. Stanford is 9-5 on the season after falling at Oregon State 81-72 Thursday night. Among the Cardinal’s victories is a 53-51 decision at No. 10 Connecticut. Stanford leads the Pac-12 and ranks 18th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (.406). The Cardinal are also second in the league in blocked shots (5.6 per game).
THE STARTING FIVE
1 - Oregon is third nationally in points per game (88.9). The Ducks are also among the national leaders in field goal percentage (.490/22nd), 3-point field goal percentage (.404/23rd), free throw percentage (.770/9th), assists (26th/12.6) and steals (28th/8.4).
2 - The Ducks have scored at least 80 points in 12 of 15 games this season. Oregon has also gone over 90 points eight times and 100 four times. Oregon has put up those big scoring totals through a collaborative effort. Oregon has had at least four players score in double figures in 10 of the last 12 games. The Ducks have also had five reach double figure five times, and six twice.
3 - Damyean Dotson has a couple of overtime game-winners to his credit this year. He had the steal and dunk with :00.6 left in overtime to lift Oregon to the 70-68 win Jan. 2 at Utah. Earlier in the season, he made the go-ahead lay-in with :35 left in overtime as the Ducks topped BYU 100-96 on Dec. 21.
4 - Making plays for their teammates. The Ducks have had at least 15 assists 10 times in 15 games this season. In fact, Oregon has been held below 12 assists just once this year: 7 at Utah (Jan. 2).
5 - Turnover table. Oregon has forced opponents into double-digit turnovers in 14 of 15 games this season. In the last six games, Duck opponents have committed at least 14 turnovers.
Oregon is 9-0 when out-rebounding the opponent, but only 3-2 when being out-rebounded. The Ducks are also undefeated when shooting better than the opponent (11-0), but only 2-2 when being out-shot.
California was the sixth 2013 NCAA Tournament team the Ducks have played this season. So far Oregon is 4-2 against 2013 NCAA Tournament squads with wins over Georgetown, Pacific, Ole Miss and Illinois, and losses to Colorado and Cal.
The Ducks have five backcourt players who combined to play nearly 5,000 minutes in 2012-13, and own more than 500 career three-pointers at the NCAA Division I level. The breakdown in 3’s: Jason Calliste - 198, Joseph Young - 154, Johnathan Loyd - 66, Damyean Dotson - 60, Dominic Artis - 35.
Oregon defeated Utah on Jan. 2 in spite of getting just 16 points combined from its top three scorers, Joseph Young (9 points), Mike Moser (3) and Jason Calliste (4). The Ducks’ depth showed with 14 points from Richard Amardi, 12 from Dominic Artis and 11 from Damyean Dotson.
80 WIN CLUB
Now with 86 victories in an Oregon uniform, Johnathan Loyd trails only former teammate E.J. Singler, who won 89 times as a Duck from 2009-13. Loyd became the sixth member of Oregon’s 80-win club. That list now looks like: Singler (89), Loyd (86), Fred Jones (81), Joevan Catron (81), Luke Jackson (80) and Dick Wilkins (80).
LOYD ASSIST/STEAL NOTES
Johnathan Loyd tied the Matthew Knight Arena record with 13 assists Nov. 29 against Pacific. Former Duck Malcolm Armstead also had 13 assists at MKA against Oregon State in 2011. Earlier this season, Loyd passed a trio of Oregon legends on the Ducks’ career assists list, going by Kamikaze Kids’ point guard Mike Drummond (309/1974-78) for eighth, NBA all-star Terrell Brandon (315/1990-91) and former NBA player Fred Jones (367/1998-02) for sixth. Loyd now needs 10 more assists to become the sixth Duck with 400 career assists. On the steals chart, Loyd moved by current Houston Rocket Aaron Brooks (127/2003-07) for seventh in career steals against Utah. Loyd now has 133 total swipes.
LOYD NEARS ASSISTS RECORD, GETS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Johnathan Loyd set a career high with 15 assists Dec. 8 at Ole Miss. He also just missed a career high with 23 points, but did record the first double-double of his career. The 15 assists were the second-highest single game total in school history. Only the great Ronnie Lee had a bigger assist game at Oregon, doling out 17 in a 116-77 win over Villanova (12-23-74).
“HOO-AH” 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.”
Oregon continues to remember the troops they met in South Korea by breaking their team huddle with the Army cry “HOO-AH” as opposed to the traditional “TEAM.”
DOUBLE FIGURES ENDS FOR YOUNG
Joseph Young had scored in double figures in every game this season before coming up one point short of 10 Jan. 2 at Utah. Still, dating back to last season while at Houston, Young has scored in double figures in 16 of 17 and 39 of his last 41 outings. The junior recently reached the 1,000 point milestone of his NCAA career. Young scored 916 points in two seasons at Houston, and has added another 296 this year for 1,112 career points. He joins Jason Calliste, who surpassed 1,000 career points in three seasons at Detroit, in the 1,000-point club.
Oregon tied a school record by reaching the century mark for the fourth time this season Dec. 21 against Brigham Young. It is just the third time in 109 seasons of basketball that the Ducks have scored 100 points four times in the same season. Oregon has never had more than four 100-point games in the same year. The Ducks last had four 100-point games in the same year in 2001-02. Oregon first accomplished that feat in 1995-96.