The University of Oregon (11-2, 0-0 Pac-12) travels to Corvallis, Ore., to face rival Oregon State (10-3, 0-0 Pac-12) in the Pac-12 season opener on Sunday night. Tip-time is slated for 7:06 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Network.
Sunday will mark just the third road game for the Ducks this season. They split the first two road games of the season, beating No. 18 UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev., on Nov. 23 and falling to UTEP in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 19.
The Ducks and Beavers split their two games with each other a season ago, with both teams winning on the road. Oregon State’s 76-71 triumph over Oregon on Jan. 29, 2012 marks the Ducks’ last loss at Matthew Knight Arena. UO is a perfect 10-0 this season.
Oregon State has started its home campaign off strong as well, winning seven of its first eight games and losing only to Towson, 67-66, in overtime on Dec. 29.
OREGON SHUTS DOWN NEVADA ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Carlos Emory and Tony Woods had 13 points each for Oregon, which will take a perfect home record into the new year following a 56-43 win against Nevada on Monday night.
Dominic Artis scored 10 for Oregon (11-2), which has won all 10 games at Matthew Knight Arena this season.
Emory, who started the second half in place of injured forward Arsalan Kazemi, scored nine of his 13 points after halftime. His 3-pointer with 9:26 to play snapped an 8-0 run by the Wolf Pack which had cut the Ducks’ double-digit lead to 39-33. Emory’s shot sparked a 14-4 run which put Oregon up 53-37 with 6:05 to play.
Despite missing his first nine shots from the field, Deonte Burton scored 12 to lead Nevada (9-6), which had won five straight.
Kazemi left the game with 2:01 left in the first half after a collision under the Nevada basket.
DUCKS OFF TO BEST HOME START SINCE 2001-02
Oregon’s 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.
OREGON’S HOME-COURT WINNING STREAK CONTINUES
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 in a tie for eighth in the nation with Notre Dame. The Ducks have won by 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 32
2. Kansas 29
3. South Dakota State 23
4. Colorado State 21
5. Southern Mississippi 19
6. Indiana 17
8. Oregon 16
Notre Dame 16
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 11-2
OREGON CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE NATIONAL CHARTS
National Team Rankings (through 12-30-12)
Rebound Margin (+10.8) 8th
Steals (10.1) 12th
Scoring Margin (+17.3) 17th
Scoring Offense (79.2) 22nd
Field Goal Percentage (.469) 38th
Individual Team Rankings (through 12-30-12)
Free Throw Percentage Ben Carter (.938), 5th
Steals Per Game Arsalan Kazemi (3.1), 5th
Dominic Artis (2.25), 39th
Rebounds Per Game Arsalan Kazemi (10.4), 16th
WOODS SWATS THREE SHOTS TO TIE HAIRSTON FOR SIXTH ON ALL-TIME LIST; SINGLER TIED FOR 10TH
Senior Tony Woods blocked three shots against Nevada to give him 71 for his career at Oregon. He is now tied for sixth all-time with Malik Hairston. E.J. Singler ranks in a tie for 10th all-time at UO.
WOODS ECLIPSES 600-POINT MARK
Tony Woods scored a game-high 13 points on New Year’s Eve against Nevada to move him past the 600-point mark (including his time at Wake Forest) for his career. He has scored a total of 605 points in his career and is second on Oregon in points per game this year (11.0 ppg).
E.J. SINGLER NEEDS 112 POINTS TO MOVE HIM AND HIS BROTHER INTO 19TH ON THE ALL-TIME BROTHERS SCORING LIST
Oregon senior E.J. Singler has scored 1,242 career points in his career and, along with his brother (Kyle), is helping the Singler name climb the charts in the NCAA All-Time Scoring For Brother Combinations category. Kyle Singler, who played for Duke University from 2007-11 and was an integral part of the Blue Devils’ 2010 National Championship team, scored 2,392 points in his career.
Along with E.J.’s 1,242 points, the two have combined for 3,634 points, which ranks 20th all-time in brother scoring combinations. The Tripucka family (Tracy, Todd, T.K., Kelly) leads the way with 5,632 combined points. E.J. Singler is just 111 points away from moving the Singlers past the Herron family (Larry, Keith, Reggie) for 19th all-time.
OREGON TOPS PAC-12 IN STEALS CATEGORY
The Ducks are averaging 9.8 steals per game this season (127 total), which leads the Pac-12 by two steals per game.
School G No. Avg/Gm
Oregon 13 127 9.8
UCLA 13 102 7.8
Arizona 12 94 7.8
Oregon State 13 98 7.5
Arizona State 14 105 7.5
Colorado 12 86 7.2
Stanford 13 85 6.5
USC 13 78 6.0
Utah 13 69 5.3
California 12 61 5.1
Washington 13 56 4.3
Washington State 13 55 4.2
KAZEMI, ARTIS PACE CONFERENCE IN STEALS; KAZEMI THIRD IN REBOUNDING
Senior Arsalan Kazemi enters Sunday averaging 2.8 steals per game, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks in the top-10 nationally. Freshman Dominic Artis comes into the game with 2.2 steals per contest, good enough for fourth place in the conference. Additionally, Kazemi is averaging 10.0 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the Pac-12.
Pac-12 Steals Leaders
Player G No. Avg/Gm
1. Arsalan Kazemi (ORE) 11 31 2.8
2. Nick Johnson (ARI) 12 28 2.3
3. Andre Roberson (COL) 12 26 2.2
4. Dominic Artis (ORE) 13 28 2.2
5. Carrick Felix (ASU) 14 25 1.8
6. Kyle Anderson (UCLA) 13 22 1.7
7. Evan Gordon (ASU) 14 23 1.6
Pac-12 Rebounding Leaders
Player G No. Avg/Gm
1. Andre Roberson (COL) 12 145 12.1
2. Eric Moreland (OSU) 13 146 11.2
3. Arsalan Kazami (ORE) 11 110 10.0
4. Aziz N’Diaye (WASH) 13 119 9.2
5. Josh Huestis (STAN) 13 116 8.9
6. Kyle Anderson (UCLA) 13 110 8.5
7. D. Simmons (WASH) 13 108 8.3
DUCKS SIGN THREE TO 2013-14 CLASS
On Nov. 20, Oregon men’s basketball coach Dana Altman announced the signing of three players for UO’s 2013-14 class: A.J. Lapray, Cristiano Felicio and Jordan Bell.
Lapray, a 6-4 shooting guard at Sprague High School in Salem, Ore., who had drawn interest from other Pac-12 programs and prominent schools the West Coast, signed his National Letter of Intent at the Sprague’s gym. A member of the Grassroots Canada AAU team, Lapray was a second-team Class 6A all-state selection as a prep junior and averaged 20.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He was also named Central Valley Conference co-player of the year. Lapray is the nephew of Mike McShane, who played for UO from 1996 to 1999.
Felicio, a 6-9 post from Brazil, is expected to bring a wealth of international experience to Eugene. As a member of Brazil’s ninth-place team at the 2011 U-19 World Championships, Felicio averaged 9.5 points on 75.6% shooting, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over eight games. He was also a solid performer at the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2011 Nike Global Challenge.
Bell signed a National Letter of Intent committing to the Ducks during an assembly at his school. The 6-8, 225-pound prep senior was the first signee in UO’s 2013-14 class. Bell held offers from several major programs, but told his local newspaper that he chose the Ducks, in part, because: “I like the way they use their bigs, that they get up and down the court.” Considered one of the top defensive players in the state of California, the four-star prospect has also been termed “one of the nation’s top athletes and most tenacious rebounders” by Rivals.com, which ranked him 70th on its list of the nation’s top 150 recruits. He is listed 14th nationally for his position. Bell played his AAU ball for the Compton Magic. In his junior season at Long Beach Poly, he averaged 8.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, while recording three triple-doubles on the season.
The three players are early signees for UO. NCAA Basketball’s early signing period was Nov. 14 through Nov. 21. The regular signing period is April 17 to March 15, 2013.