DUCKS HOST ARIZONA STATE SUNDAY EVENING
The University of Oregon (13-2, 2-0) hosts Arizona State (14-2, 3-0) at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday night in Eugene, Ore. Tip-time is slated for 6:05 p.m. and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
Oregon enters the week after knocking off fourth-ranked Arizona, 70-66, on Thursday night at a raucous Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks trailed 11-0 to start the game but closed the first half on a 41-19 run to lead 41-30 at the break. They held off a late Wildcat charge to win by four.
Oregon is unbeaten at Matthew Knight Arena this season. The Ducks’ 70-66 victory over Arizona on Thursday moved its home record to a perfect 11-0 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 17 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 17-game home winning streak ranks 7th in the nation. The Ducks have won this year’s 11 home games by an average of 21.7 points, winning every game by double-digits. Five of the 11 wins have come by at least 20 points, including victories by 41 and 52 points. Oregon is 44-11 at home under Dana Altman and 28-3 in the last two years.
Current Home-Court Winning Streaks
1. Syracuse 33
2. Kansas 30
3. South Dakota State 24
4. Colorado State 22
5. Southern Mississippi 20
6. Marquette 18
7. Detroit 17
Notre Dame 17
OREGON NOW 2-0 ALL-TIME AGAINST RANKED TEAMS AT MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA
Oregon’s game against fourth-ranked Arizona marked 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 was 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 now 2-1 against ranked teams this season with wins over Arizona and No. 18 UNLV on Nov. 23 and a 77-66 loss to No. 22 Cincinnati in Las Vegas the next night. Oregon’s win over Arizona was the first win over a top-five team since Jan. 6, 2007, when the Ducks handed No. 5 UCLA a 68-66 defeat at McArthur Court. The Ducks beat 10th-ranked Arizona a week later in 2007, marking the last time UO beat two ranked opponents in a season (before this year).
DUCKS UPSET FOURTH-RANKED WILDCATS
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - For the first time this season, No. 4 Arizona couldn’t complete its comeback. Despite 21 points from Mark Lyons and 16 from Solomon Hill, the Wildcats fell just short Thursday night in their quest to remain one of three undefeated teams in the country. Arizona’s perfect season ended with a 70-66 loss to Oregon.
E.J. Singler had 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals for Oregon (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12), which overcame an 11-0 deficit to lead for the final 27:32. The Ducks ran their home winning streak to 17 games, including all 11 this season.
Dominic Artis, Carlos Emory and Tony Woods had 10 points apiece for Oregon.
The Wildcats (14-1, 2-1) didn’t go quietly. Trailing 67-55 with under 3 minutes to play, Arizona mounted one last rally.
Lyons made a 3-pointer, Johnson followed with a layup and Lyons drained another 3 while falling backward to cut it to 67-63 with 1:18 to go.
Free throws by Singler and another 3-pointer by Johnson made it 69-66 with 50 seconds left. Artis missed a shot late in the Ducks’ ensuing possession and Johnson was making his way up the court when Johnathan Loyd caught him from behind and stole the ball with 10 seconds left. Loyd was fouled and made one of two free throws to seal it.
It was the Ducks’ second win against a ranked team this season. They beat No. 24 UNLV in November. Their only losses are to No. 21 Cincinnati and in triple overtime at UTEP. While Altman
said the win could be the biggest in his three seasons at Oregon, he also said there should be better wins ahead.
It appeared to be going the Wildcats’ way when they jumped out to an 11-0 lead. But it was all Oregon from there, as the Ducks outscored Arizona 41-19 the rest of the first half.
After Damyean Dotson put the Ducks up 44-30 with a 3-pointer to open the second, the Wildcats went to work with Hill, Kevin Parrom and Lyons attacking the basket during a 12-4 run that cut Oregon’s lead to 48-42 with 17:11 to play.
The Ducks extended their lead back into double digits when Singler made a 3 with 6:46 left to put them up 63-52.
That was the Ducks’ last field goal of the game. They held off Arizona’s final rally by going 7 for 9 from the free throw line.
FRESHMAN DOTSON SCORES CAREER-HIGH 21 POINTS TO BURY BEAVERS
Freshman standout Damyean Dotson, who leads Oregon in scoring this season (11.6 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 (10.7 ppg), Carlos Emory (10.3 ppg) and E.J. Singler (10.5 ppg) pace the Ducks upperclassmen, while freshman Damyean Dotson’s 11.6 points per game leads the team and fellow freshman Dominic Artis checks in with 10.1 ppg.
KAZEMI ECLIPSES 1,300-POINT MARK
Oregon senior forward Arsalan Kazemi scored six points in the Ducks’ 70-66 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in Eugene to push him over the 1,300-point mark for his career. His six points brought him to 1,303 for his career, which includes his three years at Rice University.
SINGLER PASSES LEUNEN, BRANDON ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Senior E.J. Singler posted 14 points in Oregon’s four-point victory over Arizona in Eugene. The 14 points were his third-highest output of the season; he has scored 29 points over the last two games. Singler now has 1,271 points in his career at Oregon; he moved past Maarty Leunen (1,259) and Terrell Brandon (1,263) on Oregon’s all-time scoring list and now stands alone in 17th place. He is 30 points away from catching Charlie Warren, whose 1,301 points currently puts in him 16th place.
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) 1,271 E.J. Singler 120 2009-pr.
(18) 1,263 Terrell Brandon 57 1989-90
(19) 1,259 Maarty Leunen 127 2004-08
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.
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 13-2
OREGON CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE NATIONAL CHARTS
National Team Rankings (through 1-10-13)
Rebound Margin (+9.6) 9th
Steals (9.8) 14th
Scoring Margin (+15.9) 22nd
Scoring Offense (77.0) 37th
Field Goal Percentage (.468) 40th
Individual Team Rankings (through 1-10-13)
Steals Per Game Arsalan Kazemi (2.6), 13th
Rebounds Per Game Arsalan Kazemi (9.7), 25th
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 15 147 9.8
UCLA 16 128 8.0
Colorado 15 113 7.5
Arizona 15 111 7.4
Oregon State 15 106 7.1
Arizona State 16 113 7.1
Stanford 16 101 6.3
USC 16 96 6.0
Utah 15 76 5.1
California 15 70 4.7
Washington 15 66 4.4
Washington St. 15 66 4.4
KAZEMI, ARTIS PACE CONFERENCE IN STEALS; KAZEMI THIRD IN REBOUNDING
Senior Arsalan Kazemi enters the week averaging 2.6 steals per game, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks in the top-15 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 9.7 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the Pac-12.
Pac-12 Steals Leaders
Player G No. Avg/Gm
1. Arsalan Kazemi (ORE) 13 34 2.6
2. Nick Johnson (ARIZ) 15 35 2.3
3. Andre Roberson (COL) 15 31 2.1
4. Dominic Artis (ORE) 15 30 2.0
5. Carrick Felix (ASU) 16 27 1.7
Jordan Adams (UCLA) 16 27 1.7
7. Kyle Anderson (UCLA) 16 26 1.6