FIRST-PLACE OREGON BATTLES WASHINGTON STATE IN PULLMAN
The 23rd-ranked Oregon Ducks (20-5, 9-3) sit on top of the Pac-12 standings for the first time since their road trip to the Bay Area. They play Washington State for the second time this season on Saturday evening in Pullman, Wash. Tip-time is slated for 4:06 p.m. and will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. J.B. Long and Ernie Kent have the call.
The Ducks beat the Cougars (11-14, 2-10), 68-61, in the first meeting between the two schools this season on Jan. 23 in Eugene. Oregon overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to win the game and three Ducks scored in double figures. E.J. Singler paced the Ducks with 19 points, Arsalan Kazemi had 16 points and Damyean Dotson posted 11 against the Cougars the first time out.
After winning the first contest of the season over Washington State, the Ducks hold a healthy 161-123 advantage in the all-time series. Washington State’s last victory over Oregon came on Jan. 8, 2011 in Pullman, Wash. The Cougars enter Saturday’s game against Oregon in last place in the Pac-12 Conference.
DUCKS RANKED 23RD IN LATEST AP POLL
Oregon went 1-1 last week while ranked 19th in the Associated Press Top-25 poll. As a result, the Ducks dropped four spots in the poll to the No. 23 spot.
OREGON SWEEPS SERIES OVER WASHINGTON FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1995
The Oregon Ducks held Washington to just 52 points on its home court en route to a 13-point victory over the Huskies on Wednesday night in Seattle, Wash. Oregon’s triumph over Washington marked its second victory over the Huskies this season and the first time the Ducks have swept the season series over their rival since the 1994-95 campaign.
The victory snapped a two-game road losing streak for Oregon. Junior Johnathan Loyd scored a season-high 11 points all in the second half and freshman Damyean Dotson registered a team-high 13 points in the victory. In addition, the win gave Oregon its 14th 20-win season in school history and third consecutive under head coach Dana Altman.
For Washington, it was its largest margin of defeat in conference play. The Huskies fell to 5-7 in the Pac-12 and are now 1-7 in conference games since starting the season off 4-0.
DUCKS LOOK FOR FIRST SEASON SWEEP OF WASHINGTON SCHOOLS IN OVER 20 YEARS
Oregon swept the season series over Washington for the first time since 1995 on Wednesday night in Seattle. The Ducks topped Washington State in the first meeting between the two schools on Jan. 23 and will have a chance to sweep the series over the Cougars for the second straight year. If Oregon can beat Washington State on Saturday, it will be the first time that the Ducks will have swept both Washington schools in the same season since the 1989-90 campaign.
OREGON TAKES CARE OF THE BALL IN TRIUMPH AT WASHINGTON
The Oregon Ducks committed just nine turnovers in their 65-52 win at Washington on Wednesday night. It was the first time that Oregon committed fewer than 10 turnovers in a game since Dec. 8 at home against Idaho State when it finished with just seven turnovers.
LOYD PUTS UP ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE AGAINST WASHINGTON
Junior guard Johnathan Loyd scored a season-high 11 points on Wednesday at Washington, his first double-figure scoring game of the season. All 11 of Loyd’s points came in the second half. In the win, Loyd surpassed his previous season-high of nine points that he set on Jan. 26 in Oregon’s 81-76 win over the Huskies in Eugene.
FOUR DUCKS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE JAN. 19
Freshman Damyean Dotson led Oregon in scoring for the eighth time this season, tallying 13 points. Three other Ducks scored in double figures as well, including Arsalan Kazemi (11 points), Johnathan Loyd (11) and Carlos Emory (10). The double-digit effort by the four Ducks represent the first time four players scored in double figures for Oregon since its 76-67 at UCLA on Jan. 19.
DUCKS EARN 14TH 20-WIN SEASON IN SCHOOL HISTORY
The 2012-13 Oregon Ducks joined just 13 other Oregon basketball teams in the 108-year history of the program to win at least 20 games in a single season. The Ducks have now won at least 20 games in all three of head coach Dana Altman’s seasons at the helm of the program.
ALTMAN REGISTERS 15TH 20-WIN SEASON IN NCAA DIVISION I COACHING CAREER
Oregon improved to 20-5 overall with its 65-52 victory at Washington on Wednesday night. The win gave head coach Dana Altman his 15th 20-win season in his NCAA Division I coaching career. He has won 20 games in all three of his years at Oregon as well. Altman’s first 20-win season came 19 years ago when his 1993-94 Kansas State Wildcats went 20-14 en route to an NIT berth. From 1998-2009, Altman posted 11 consecutive 20-win seasons as head coach at Creighton, including a 29-5 campaign in 2002-03. Oregon is searching for its first NCAA Tournament appearance under Altman’s guidance, however, and first since the 2007-08 season.
ALTMAN BECOMES THIRD-FASTEST COACH TO REACH 60 WINS IN OREGON HISTORY
Oregon’s 76-74 triumph over USC in Los Angeles on Jan. 17 marked head coach Dana Altman’s 60th win as head coach of the Duck basketball program. Nineteen coaches have led the Oregon basketball program in over 107 seasons of basketball and of those 19, only two have gotten to 60 wins faster than Altman, who won 60 of his first 90 games. William Reinhart, who coached the Ducks from 1923-35, won 60 of his first 74 games (60-14) and it took Howard Hobson, who coached Oregon from 1935-44 and won the program’s first and only national championship in 1939, 83 tries to reach the 60-victories mark (60-23).
ALTMAN PICKED SEVENTH IN RECENT X’s AND O’s POLL
Oregon head coach Dana Altman was picked seventh in a recent poll conducted by ESPN that ranked the best “X’s and O’s” coaches in college basketball. The top-10 list (number of votes and first-place votes are in parentheses) is below:
1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke (49, 4)
2. Bill Self, Kansas (43, 1)
3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State (41)
4. Rick Pitino, Louisville (33)
5. Brad Stevens, Butler (30)
6. Billy Donovan, Florida (13)
7. Dana Altman, Oregon (12)
8. Bob Huggins, West Virginia (10)
9. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin (7)
10. John Beilein, Michigan (6)
OREGON POSTS THIRD STRAIGHT 20-WIN SEASON FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1939
Dana Altman has led the Ducks to three-straight 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1936-37, 1937-38 and 1938-39 (Oregon won the first-ever NCAA Championship in 1939) teams all won at least 20 games.
SINGLERS PASS HOLMES BROTHERS FOR 17TH ALL-TIME
E.J. Singler and brother Kyle Singler, who played four years (2007-11) and won a national championship at Duke University (2010), have combined for 3,802 points in their careers. They currently rank 17th all-time in brother scoring combinations. E.J.’s nine points against Washington moved the Singlers past the Holmes brothers (Chavis, Travis), who combined for 3,798 points from 2006-09.
SINGLER STANDS ALONE IN 10TH-PLACE TIE ON ALL-TIME STEALS LIST
Senior forward E.J. Singler picked up a steal in Oregon’s 65-52 win over Washington on Feb. 13 to give him 104 for his career. He now stands alone in 10th place, passing Garrett Sim (103) and Tajuan Porter (103) on Oregon’s all-time steals list. Sitting in ninth place is Terrell Brandon, who had 114 steals from 1989-91. In addition, Singler ranks 10th in all-time blocks (59) and is four blocks shy of tying Brett Coffey for ninth all-time.
SINGLER WINS 81ST GAME AS A DUCK; TIED FOR ALL-TIME LEAD
Oregon’s win over Washington was senior E.J. Singler’s 81st in his remarkable career with the Ducks. Singler has played in 130 games for Oregon and won 16 games as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 during his junior season and 20 so far as a senior. Only four other players have won at least 80 games in an Oregon uniform. Freddie Jones and Joevan Catron also have 81 career wins and Luke Jackson and Dick Wilkins each have 80. Singler is just one win from having the most wins in Oregon basketball history.
DOTSON RETURNS TO FORM AGAINST UTAH, WASHINGTON
Oregon freshman Damyean Dotson scored 16 points against Utah and 13 at Washington in Seattle. For Dotson, who leads the team in points per game (11.4), his performance versus Utah was his highest point total since scoring 16 in Oregon’s 76-74 triumph at USC on Jan. 17.
KAZEMI NOTCHES 51ST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior Arsalan Kazemi scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Oregon’s victory over Utah on Feb. 9. His performance was his sixth double-double of the season and 51st of his career. He registered 45 double-doubles during his three-year career at Rice.
DUCKS PICK UP 81ST WIN IN FOUR-YEAR SPAN
Oregon’s win over Washington marked the program’s 81st since 2009. It is Oregon’s best four-year run in total wins since Duck teams from 2001-05 racked up 81 wins as well. With one more win, Oregon’s 2009-13 win total will match the program’s number of wins from 1944-48. In addition, the Ducks’ 65 wins in three years under head coach Dana Altman matches the 65 wins from 1935-38 and 1942-45. The current four-year run ranks in a tie for seventh all-time and Oregon’s three-year run places it in a tie for fifth in program history.
For a complete list, please see the “Chasing History” section on page 6 of today’s game notes.
WOODS POSTS CAREER NIGHT IN LOSS TO CALIFORNIA
In Oregon’s 58-54 loss to California on Feb. 2, senior Tony Woods recorded career-highs in three categories. Woods grabbed eight rebounds, breaking his previous mark of seven, and sank 8-of-12 free throws, which gave him new career-highs in both free throws made and free throws attempted categories.
WOODS MOVES INTO THIRD ON OREGON’S ALL-TIME BLOCKS LIST
Oregon senior center Tony Woods blocked one shot in the Ducks’ 81-76 triumph over Washington on Jan. 26 to give him 76 career blocks and move him past Chris Christoffersen for third place on Oregon’s all-time blocks list. Woods enters the Washington State game with 78 career blocks.
DUCKS ONE OF JUST FIVE TEAMS TO BEAT TWO RANKED TEAMS ON THE ROAD IN 2012-13
Oregon’s win over UCLA marked its second victory over a ranked team on the road this season. The Ducks also topped UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev., on Nov. 23. Only 34 NCAA Division I teams have beaten a ranked opponent on the road the season and the Ducks are one of just five teams to beat a two ranked teams away from home. The other four teams are Boise State, which beat Creighton on Nov. 28 and Wyoming on Jan. 9, Kansas, which beat Ohio State on Dec. 22 and Kansas State a month later on Jan. 22, Illinois (Gonzaga, Dec. 8 and Minnesota, Feb. 10) and Pittsburgh, which defeated Georgetown (Jan. 8) and Cincinnati (Feb. 9).
DUCKS SWEEP LA WEEKEND FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009-10
Oregon beat USC and UCLA on the road last month for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The Ducks snuck past the Trojans, 76-74, on Jan. 17 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles before topping the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, 76-67, during a nationally-televised game (CBS) on Jan. 19. The victory snapped UCLA’s 10-game winning streak.
UO DOWNS ARIZONA SCHOOLS FOR FIFTH TIME IN EIGHT YEARS
Oregon’s 70-66 win over Arizona and 68-65 triumph over Arizona State marks the second straight season that the Ducks have beaten both schools in the same season and fifth time they have accomplished the feat in the last eight years. Oregon also did so during the 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns.
DUCKS DEFENSE HAS HELD SIX OPPONENTS UNDER 50 POINTS
Oregon’s 48-47 loss to Colorado on Feb. 7 at Matthew Knight Arena marked the sixth time this season that the Ducks have held an opponent under 50 points during a game. The six 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 six sub-50 point efforts by Ducks’ opponents ranks 15th all-time, with 13 of the 15 coming before the 1960-61 season (for a complete list, please see the “Chasing History” section on page 6).