DUCKS HOST No. 3 ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE IN CRUCIAL SLATE OF GAMES THIS WEEK
The University of Oregon (12-2, 1-0) hosts third-ranked Arizona (14-0, 2-0) and Arizona State (13-2, 2-0) at Matthew Knight Arena this week in Eugene, Ore.  Tip-time for Thursday night’s Arizona game is slated for 6:05 p.m. on ESPN2.  The Pac-12 Network will carry Sunday’s Arizona State contest at 6 p.m.

Oregon enters the week after knocking off its rival, Oregon State, in Corvallis, Ore., on Sunday (Jan. 6).  The Ducks’ 79-66 victory came after the team trailed by six at halftime (34-28); it was their first win of the year when trailing at the break and just the third time all season they have trailed heading into the locker rooms.

Arizona is ranked third in the ESPN/USA Today Poll and the AP lists the Wildcats in the fourth slot.  Arizona topped Colorado and Utah last week in its Pac-12 season openers.  Meanwhile, Arizona State edged Utah in overtime and dealt Colorado a nine-point loss to start its Pac-12 slate.

Oregon is unbeaten at Matthew Knight Arena this season.  The Ducks’ 56-43 victory over Nevada on Dec. 31 moved its home record to a perfect 10-0 in 2012-13.  The Ducks are off to their best start at Matthew Knight Arena in school history and best start at any home facility since 2001-02, when they finished the year a perfect 16-0 at McArthur Court.  

The Ducks have won 16 consecutive games at Matthew Knight Arena dating back to last season.  Their last home loss came at the hands of Oregon State, 76-71, on Jan. 29, 2012.  Oregon won six-straight home games to conclude last season and its 16-game home winning streak ranks 10th in the nation.  The Ducks have won this year’s 10 home games by an average of 23.5 points, winning every game by double-digits.  Five of the 10 wins have come by at least 20 points, including victories by 41 and 52 points.  Oregon is 43-11 at home under Dana Altman and 27-3 in the last two years.

Current Home-Court Winning Streaks
1.    Syracuse 33
2.    Kansas 30
3.    South Dakota State 23
4.    Colorado State 22
5.    Southern Mississippi 20
6.  Marquette 18
7.    Detroit 17
       Indiana 17
       Notre Dame 17
10. Oregon 16

RANKED TEAMS AN UNCOMMON SIGHT AT MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA
Oregon’s game against third-ranked Arizona marks just the second time a ranked team has come to play the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena.  Oregon beat No. 20 Washington 81-76 on Feb. 5, 2011 in the first matchup against a ranked team at MKA.  Arizona is the highest-ranked opponent the Ducks have played since losing to No. 1 Duke, 98-71, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 27, 2010.  Oregon is 1-1 against ranked teams this season with a win over No. 18 UNLV on Nov. 23 and a 77-66 loss to No. 22 Cincinnati in Las Vegas the next night. Oregon last beat a team ranked in the top five on Jan. 6, 2007, when the Ducks handed No. 5 UCLA a 68-66 defeat at McArthur Court.

OREGON TOPS OREGON STATE IN CIVIL WAR
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Damyean Dotson scored career-high 21 points and Oregon used a 9-0 second-half run to hold off rival Oregon State, 79-66, Sunday night in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.

E.J. Singler added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Ducks (12-2).

Ahmad Starks had 22 points, and Roberto Nelson 18 for Oregon State (10-4).

Dotson, a freshman guard, scored seven points in Oregon’s 15-2 run to open the second half, helping the Ducks turn the tide and take a 43-36 lead.

Oregon State came right back, with Devon Collier scoring seven consecutive points to tie the game.

The Beavers took a 47-46 lead on Starks’ two free throws with 11:02 remaining.

But Oregon took the momentum for good, scoring nine straight points over 3 1/2 minutes. Arsalan Kazemi’s basket off an offensive rebound gave the Ducks a 55-47 lead with 7:34 remaining.

Oregon State got no closer than five after that.

FRESHMAN DOTSON SCORES CAREER-HIGH 21 POINTS TO BURY BEAVERS
Freshman standout Damyean Dotson, who leads Oregon in scoring this season (11.8 ppg), tallied a career-high 21 points in UO’s win at Oregon State on Sunday.  He surpassed his previous career high of 20 points which he set on Nov. 23 in Las Vegas, Nev., against UNLV.

FIVE DUCKS ARE NOW AVERAGING DOUBLE-FIGURES IN SCORING CATEGORY
A mix of three seniors and two freshmen are carrying the offensive load for Oregon this season, each of them averaging at least 10 points per game.  Seniors Tony Woods (10.8 ppg), Carlos Emory (10.3 ppg) and E.J. Singler (10.2 ppg) pace the Ducks upperclassmen, while freshman Damyean Dotson’s 11.8 points per game leads the team and fellow freshman Dominic Artis checks in with 10.1 ppg.

KAZEMI JUST THREE POINTS AWAY FROM 1,300-MARK
Oregon senior forward Arsalan Kazemi scored eight points in the Ducks’ 79-66 victory over Oregon State on Sunday night in Corvallis.  His eight points brought him to 1,297 for his career, which includes his three years at Rice University.  

SINGLER NEARING LEUNEN, BRANDON ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Senior E.J. Singler posted 15 points in Oregon’s 13-point victory over Oregon State in Corvallis.  The 15 points were his second-highest output of the season and the most points he has scored since dropping 22 at home against Vanderbilt on Nov. 16.  Singler now has 1,257 points in his career at Oregon and needs just three points to pass Maarty Leunen (1,259 points) for 18th and seven points to pass Terrell Brandon (1,263 points) for 17th on the Ducks’ all-time scoring list.

UO’S ALL-TIME POINTS LEADERS
Rank Pts. Player Games Years
(1) 2,085 Ron Lee 112 1972-76
  —
(12) 1,488 Kenya Williams 112 1993-97
(13) 1,435 Bryce Taylor 117 2004-08
(14) 1,399 Luke Ridnour 96 2000-03
(15) 1,325 Jim Barnett 75 1963-66
(16) 1,301 Charlie Warren 80 1959-62
(17) 1,263 Terrell Brandon 57 1989-90
(18) 1,259 Maarty Leunen 127 2004-08
(19) 1,257 E.J. Singler 119 2009-pr.


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.

DUCK DEFENSE
Opponents Held Under 50 Points in a Season
1938-39 to Present

Year: Total Overall Record
1940-41 32 18-18
1938-39 * 30 29-5
1942-43 27 19-10
1939-40 27 19-12
1944-45 25 30-15
1942-43 22 12-15
1943-44 20 16-10
1947-48 14 18-11
1946-47 14 18-0
1945-46 11 16-17
1948-49 10 12-18
1959-60 9 19-10
1982-83 7 9-18
1949-50 7 9-19
2012-13 5 11-2
*NCAA Champions

OREGON CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE NATIONAL CHARTS
National Team Rankings (through 1-6-13)
Rebound Margin (+10.6) 7th
Steals (9.8) 17th
Scoring Margin (+16.7) 20th
Scoring Offense (77.5) 37th
Field Goal Percentage (.467) 43rd 

Individual Team Rankings (through 1-6-13)
Steals Per Game Arsalan Kazemi (2.8), 11th
Rebounds Per Game Arsalan Kazemi (9.8), 24th


OREGON TOPS PAC-12 IN STEALS CATEGORY
The Ducks are averaging 9.8 steals per game this season (137 total), which leads the Pac-12 by nearly two steals per game.

School G No. Avg/Gm
Oregon 14 137 9.8
UCLA 15 122 8.1
Arizona 14 107 7.6
Oregon State 14 102 7.3
Arizona State 15 108 7.2
Colorado 14 98 7.0
Stanford 15 96 6.4
USC 15 89 5.9
Utah 14 72 5.1
California 14 68 4.9
Washington St. 14 61 4.4
Washington 14 61 4.4


KAZEMI, ARTIS PACE CONFERENCE IN STEALS; KAZEMI THIRD IN REBOUNDING
Senior Arsalan Kazemi enters Thursday averaging 2.8 steals per game, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks in the top-20 nationally.  Freshman Dominic Artis comes into the game with 2.0 steals per contest, good enough for fourth place in the conference.  Additionally, Kazemi is averaging 9.8 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the Pac-12.

Pac-12 Steals Leaders
Player G No. Avg/Gm
1. Arsalan Kazemi (ORE) 12 33 2.8
2. Nick Johnson (ARI) 14 32 2.3
3. Andre Roberson (COL) 14 29 2.1
4. Dominic Artis (ORE) 14 28 2.0
5. Carrick Felix (ASU) 15 26 1.7
Jordan Adams (UCLA) 15 26 1.7
7. Kyle Anderson (UCLA) 15 24 1.6
Chasson Randle (STN) 15 24 1.6

Pac-12 Rebounding Leaders
Player G No. Avg/Gm
1. Andre Roberson (COL) 14 169 12.1
2. Eric Moreland (OSU) 14 155 11.1
3. Arsalan Kazemi (ORE) 12 118 9.8
4. Aziz N’Diaye (WASH) 14 129 9.2
5. Josh Huestis (STAN) 15 138 9.2
6. Kyle Anderson (UCLA) 15 134 8.9
7. D. Simmons (WASH) 14 113 8.1