The University of Oregon (10-2, 0-0 Pac-12) meets the University of Nevada (8-4, 0-0 Mountain West) on Monday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena. The game follows the Oregon women’s basketball team and its bout against the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies. Oregon and Nevada are squaring off for the first time since 1997; they have met a total of six times all-time and the Ducks lead the series 5-1. The Ducks and Wolf Pack first met on Feb. 20, 1922, a game that Oregon won 33-29. The Ducks beat Nevada the next night in 1922, 24-19, as well.
Monday’s game against Nevada marks the final regular season non-conference game for the Ducks in the 2012-13 season. They are a perfect 9-0 at home this year – their best start since the 2006-07 Oregon squad also began the year 9-0.
Nevada’s lone win over the Ducks came on Dec. 15, 1990 in Reno, Nev. (73-66).
DUCKS CRUISE PAST HOUSTON BAPTIST, 91-50
The University of Oregon defeated the Houston Baptist Huskies 91-50 Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.
Senior Tony Woods led Oregon in scoring with 14 followed by senior E.J. Singler with 13. Senior Carlos Emory and freshman Damyean Dotson contributed 10 points each. Redshirt freshman Austin Kuemper scored a career-high nine points, while junior Waverly Austin added eight of his own and led the team with nine rebounds. Freshman Ben Carter recorded eight points and eight rebounds as well.
The Ducks dominated down low, leading the Huskies 42 to 20 in points in the paint, while also holding the advantage in points off turnovers (20 to 3), fast break points (14 to 6) and bench points (46 to 18).
Defensively, Oregon held HBU to 50 points, recording 11 steals thanks to a full-court press defense that left the Huskies scrambling.
E.J. Singler started the game off with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Fellow senior Arsalan Kazemi followed that up with a layup off of an assist from Singler. Kazemi proceeded to take a charge on Houston Baptist’s subsequent possession and then fed Singler under the basket for a reverse layup to put Oregon up 7-0.
The Ducks continued their pace behind senior Tony Woods and freshman Damyean Dotson, extending their lead to 34-12 before back-to-back three pointers from Singler put Oregon up 40-12. Oregon, who never trailed in the game, ended the first half with a 51-30 lead.
Oregon started the second half with an 11-0 run and built the lead to as many as 41 with 26 seconds to play. The Ducks made 48.5 percent of their field goal attempts (33-of-68) while holding the Huskies to 26.1 percent (18-of-69). They also outshot HBU 56.3 percent (9-of-16) to 40 percent (6-of-15) from beyond the arc.
OREGON AT HOME
The Ducks beat Houston Baptist, 91-50, in their last game at Matthew Knight Arena on Dec. 22. Oregon is averaging 79.7 points per game in games played in Eugene this year and is allowing just 55.0 points per game. In addition, UO is out-rebounding its opponents by nearly 14 per game (40.1-26.4) and is shooting over 50 percent (264-of-526). Defensively, the Ducks are holding teams to just 38.4 percent shooting and 30.8 percent (44-143) from behind the arc.
WOLF PACK ON THE ROAD
Nevada comes to Eugene with an 1-3 record on the road this season. However, the Wolf Pack defeated Washington, 76-73, in their last road game. Their three losses on the road came against UC Irvine, Marshall and Pacific
OREGON GRABS 50 BOARDS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1999
The Ducks posted 52 rebounds as a team in their Dec. 22 victory at home over Houston Baptist. Oregon eclipsed the 50 rebound-mark for the first time since Jan. 10, 2007 when the Ducks grabbed 58 rebounds as a team. Waverly Austin and Damyean Dotson each recorded career-highs on the glass against Houston Baptist, tallying nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Ben Carter also put up a career-high eight boards and Arsalan Kazemi and Tony Woods each finished with six. The Ducks out-rebounded the Huskies 52-39.
THE STREAK CONTINUES FOR WOODS
Oregon senior center Tony Woods finished the Houston Baptist game with a game-high 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The 13 shot attempts marked a career-high for Woods. In addition, his 14 points represented the fourth-straight game where he scored at least 10 points. Arsalan Kazemi carried a four-game double-figure streak into the game but finished with four points to snap the streak.
KAZEMI TALLIES 100TH REBOUND OF THE SEASON
Duck senior forward Arsalan Kazemi recorded two rebounds in the first three minutes of the Houston Baptist game to give him 100 for the season. Kazemi has appeared in 10 of the 12 Oregon games. He finished the contest with six rebounds to bring his season total to a team-high 104 boards, good enough for 10.4 rebounds per game.
KAZEMI RECORDS SEASON-HIGH FIVE ASSISTS
In addition to Arsalan Kazemi’s efforts on the glass, the Iran native tallied a season-high five assists in his 16 minutes of action. He committed just one turnover and posted a game-high two steals.
SINGLER’S STREAK REACHES 90
Senior forward E.J. Singler started his 90th consecutive game for the Oregon basketball program on Dec. 22 against Houston Baptist. He scored 13 points - all in the first half - and grabbed four rebounds in 19 minutes of play.
SINGLER PASSES SMITH TO MOVE INTO 19TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
E.J. Singler scored 13 points against Houston Baptist to bring his career total to 1,236 points. He passed A.D. Smith for 19th on Oregon’s all-time scoring list. Smith, who played from 1995-2000, finished his career with 1,234 points. Singler is just 28 points away from passing Terrell Brandon (1,263) for 18th all-time.
DUCKS HIT 50 POINTS IN THE FIRST HALF FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN 2012-13
Oregon took a 51-30 lead into halftime on Dec. 22 against Houston Baptist. It marked the fourth time this season the Ducks have scored over 50 points in the first half. They tallied 54 first-half points against Idaho State on Dec. 8, 51 against Texas San-Antonio on Nov. 29 and 51 against Portland State on Nov. 12. Senior forward Carlos Emory took the Ducks past the 50-point mark against Houston Baptist by throwing down a thunderous dunk on a fast break after a Johnathan Loyd pass from behind half-court.
KUEMPER JOINS IN ON THE FUN
Oregon redshirt freshman Austin Kuemper scored a career-high nine points in the Ducks’ victory over Houston Baptist. He buried his first-career 3-point attempt late in the game and finished 4-of-5 from the field.
WOODS CONTINUES TO MOVE UP OREGON’S ALL-TIME BLOCKS LIST
Duck senior center Tony Woods recorded two blocks in the win over Nebraska to give him 66 in his career at Oregon and move him past Michael Dunigan (65 blocks) for seventh on UO’s all-time block list. Woods also picked up a block against UTEP and Houston Baptist to put him at 68 for his career at Oregon. Including games played at Wake Forest, Woods has 105 career blocks. He is just three blocks away from tying Malik Hairston, who played at Oregon from 2004-08 and recorded 71 career blocks, for seventh all-time.
SINGLER ECLIPSES 600 CAREER REBOUNDS
Senior E.J. Singler grabbed 10 rebounds against UTEP and four against Houston Baptist, bringing his career rebounding mark to 607. He is one of just 13 players in Oregon history to score at least 1,000 points and post over 500 rebounds.
SINGLERS PASS O’BANNON’S TO MOVE TO 20TH ALL-TIME IN BROTHER SCORING COMBINATIONS
Oregon senior E.J. Singler has scored 1,236 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 1,236 points, the two have combined for 3,628 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 117 points away from moving the Singlers past the Herron family (Larry, Keith, Reggie) for 19th all-time.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE...
Oregon’s triple-overtime game against UTEP marked the first time the Ducks went to three overtimes since Jan. 14, 1999 when UO defeated Washington State on the road, 87-83. In addition, Arsalan Kazemi (16 rebs) and E.J. Singler (10 rebs) each tallied double figures in rebounding, the first time two Oregon players have accomplished the feat in a single game since Singler and Michael Dunigan recorded 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively, in a victory at home over Oakland on Dec. 19, 2009.
FIVE SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES, DOTSON POSTS FIRST CAREER 20-POINT GAME
Five players scored at least 10 points for the Ducks on Dec. 19 against UTEP in El Paso, the second time they have done so this season. Damyean Dotson recorded the first 20-point game of his career and became just the third Duck to score at least 20 points in a game this season. Joining Dotson in double-digit scoring were Carlos Emory (18), Dominic Artis (15), Arsalan Kazemi (13) and Tony Woods (10).
TRIPLE-OVERTIME GAME RESULTS IN SEVERAL SEASON AND CAREER HIGHS
Six Oregon players charted season and all-time highs on Wednesday night in El Paso:
Kazemi: Free throws made (7), free throws attempted (15)
Loyd: Free throws made (2), free throws attempted (2)
Emory: Field goals made (7), total points (18)
Kazemi: Minutes played (49)
Woods: Assists (2), minutes played (31)
Artis: Field goal attempts (23), 3-point attempts (8), assists (6), turnovers (5), minutes played (45)
Dotson: Field goals made (8), 3-pointers made (2), three-point attempts (8), total points (20), assists (3), turnovers (5), steals (3), minutes played (42)
Emory: Field goal attempts (21), three-point attempts (9), assists (3), minutes played (45)
DUCK DEFENSE TURNS BACK THE CLOCK
Oregon held the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers to just 38 points on Dec. 15 and allowed just 35 points to Idaho State the game before. The two games marked the first time that Oregon has held opponents to under 40 points in back-to-back games since the 1946-47 season. That year, the Ducks held Bruno Studios and Fees Rollerdome to 17 and 33 points, respectively.
Nebraska was also already the fourth opponent that UO has held under 50 points, the most since the 1983-84 campaign, when the Ducks also held their opponents under 50 points four times. Oregon has allowed under 50 points to an opposing team just twice in the 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2009-10 seasons.
DOTSON LEADS THE OREGON OFFENSIVE CHARGE
Freshman Damyean Dotson remains Oregon’s team-leader in scoring through the first 12 games of the year. Dotson posted 10 points last Saturday versus Houston Baptist to give him 140 for the season, good enough for 11.7 points per game. Next is senior Tony Woods, who is averaging 10.8 points per game and fellow seniors Carlos Emory and E.J. Singler rank third and fourth, respectively, averaging 10.4 and 10.2 points per game. Freshman Dominic Artis is fifth on the team in scoring with 121 total points (10.1 ppg).
OREGON TOPS PAC-12 IN STEALS CATEGORY
The Ducks are averaging 10.1 steals per game this season (121 total), which leads the Pac-12 by nearly two steals per game.
KAZEMI, ARTIS PACE CONFERENCE IN STEALS; KAZEMI SECOND IN REBOUNDING
Senior Arsalan Kazemi enters Monday averaging 3.1 steals per game, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks fifth nationally (as of Dec. 23). Freshman Dominic Artis comes into the game with 2.3 steals per contest, good enough for third place in the conference. Additionally, Kazemi is averaging 10.4 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the Pac-12.