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Oregon (5-1, 0-0 Pac-12) returns home to Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene to face the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners (3-2, 0-0 WAC) for the first time in school history. Thursday's game is slated for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.
The Ducks just completed a two-game road trip in Las Vegas, Nev., that saw them play their first ranked opponents since losing to seventh-ranked Vanderbilt, 78-64, on Nov. 11, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn. On Nov. 23, Oregon beat No. 18 UNLV - its first win over a ranked team since an 81-76 triumph over No. 20 Washington in Eugene on Feb. 5, 2011 - on its home court, 83-79, in front of 16,730 spectators. Freshman Damyean Dotson's jumper with 19 second remaining broke a 79-79 tie and put the Ducks up by two. He then put the game out of reach with six seconds left by sinking two free throws.
The following night (Nov. 24) Cincinnati handed Oregon its first loss of the season, 77-66, in the championship game of the Global Sports Challenge. Down by as many as 19 points in the first half, the Ducks rallied to take a 54-52 lead with 7:40 left in the game, only to see the Bearcats rattle off 11-straight to put the game out of reach. The loss was UO's first of the season.
Thursday's game between Oregon and UT-San Antonio marks the fifth game away from home to start the year for the Roadrunners. After winning three consecutive contests from Nov. 10-17, UTSA comes into Eugene fresh off an 81-62 loss to Brigham Young in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 21. The Roadrunners return six letterwinners and two starters from last year's 18-14 squad that finished third (10-6) in the Southland Conference. Texas-San Antonio moved from the Southland to the Western Athletic Conference on July 1, 2012 and will head to Conference USA on July 1, 2013.
OREGON AT HOME
Oregon enters Thursday's game against UTSA with a perfect 4-0 record at Matthew Knight Arena. Thursday marks the Ducks' first home game since Nov. 19, when they defeated Jacksonville State, 67-45.
UTSA ON THE ROAD
Although Thursday will be the Roadrunners' fifth game away from home to start the 2012-13 season, it is just their third true road game. They are 1-1 in true road games this year, defeating Old Dominion, 79-70, in Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 11 and losing to BYU, 81-62, on Nov. 21 in Provo, Utah. UTSA split two neutral games in Norfolk, Va., in its first two games of the season - a
71-59 loss to Morgan State on Nov. 9 and a 60-56 win over Holy Cross the following night.
ALTMAN SQUARES OFF AGAINST UTSA FOR SECOND TIME
Oregon head coach Dana Altman will face UT-San Antonio for the second time in his career on Thursday in Eugene. In Altman's only other game against UTSA, his Kansas State Wildcats defeated the Roadrunners, 103-65, on Nov. 23, 1991 in Manhattan, Kan.
OREGON VERSUS THE WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
The Ducks are 151-73 all-time against Western Athletic Conference teams. Last year, Oregon defeated Fresno State, 74-70, in Eugene. UO has never played UTSA.
OREGON VERSUS THE SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
The Ducks are 9-0 all-time against Southwestern Athletic Conference teams. Last year, Oregon defeated Prairie View A&M, 74-66, in Eugene.
DUCKS BEAT RANKED OPPONENT FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2010-11
Oregon's win over 18th-ranked UNLV last Friday (Nov. 23) marked the school's first win over a ranked opponent since it defeated 20th-ranked Washington, 81-76, on Feb. 5, 2011. The Ducks' win snapped UNLV's 20-game regular-season home winning streak and pushed Oregon into the championship game of the Global Sports Challenge, where they lost to No. 20 Cincinnati, 77-66, the following night (Nov. 24).
Damyean Dotson, a true freshman from Houston, scored a season-high 19 points - including the game's final four points - to lead the Ducks. He also handed out three assists and grabbed three rebounds. Senior Carlos Emory added 16 points and a team-high nine boards for Oregon, while Las Vegas native Ben Carter, also a true freshman, added a season-high 12 points and five rebounds.
Oregon made 24-of-29 free throws to overcome a 3-for-19 night from 3-point range. The Ducks
also outscored UNLV 36-26 in the paint despite the Oregon bigs battling foul trouble most of the night. Oregon held a 27-point bench scoring advantage (39-12).
The game featured 21 lead changes, while the score was tied 11 times. Neither team built a lead larger than five points in the second half, with the Ducks leading 57-52 with 10:43 to play and 61-56 with nine minutes to go. UNLV's biggest lead after the break was three, 45-42 just five minutes into the half. Six of the lead changes came in the final 3:06 of the game, with two ties during that stretch.
ALTMAN WINS NO. 50 AT OREGON
Friday night's win over UNLV marked Dana Altman's 50th victory as head coach at the University of Oregon. Now in his third season in Eugene, Altman has compiled a 50-29 overall record and is 460-272 in 24 years as a head basketball coach at the NCAA Division I level.
DUCKS' RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST CINCINNATI
Oregon's first loss of the 2012-13 season came on Saturday (Nov. 24) at the hands of 20th-ranked Cincinnati in the finals of the Global Sports Challenge.
The Bearcats (6-0) led by as many as 19 points in the first half and by nine at the break but Oregon opened the second half with a 21-10 surge to move in front. Cincinnati eventually settled down and closed the game with a 25-12 stretch to secure the win.
The Bearcats had four players score in double figures. Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuon Parker had 16 points apiece, and Titus Rubles scored 13. One night after holding Iowa State to 37.3 percent shooting, the Bearcats held Oregon to 35.8 percent (19-of-53). Cincinnati wasn't much better, shooting 36.9 percent (24 of 65) from the floor, but made 11 of 24 3-point tries.
The Ducks held Cincinnati scoreless for 3 1/2 minutes early in the second half, just long enough to cut into the Bearcats' lead and get back into the game. An 8-0 run got Oregon within two, and Johnathan Loyd's 3-pointer at the 13:27 mark trimmed Cincinnati's advantage to 47-46.
The Bearcats responded with five straight points to go back up by six, but then had to endure another 3 1/2-minute scoreless drought. Oregon took its first lead of the game when Dominic Artis stole the ball from Wright and fed Damyean Dotson for a fast-break layup that made it 54-52 with 7:40 left.
Cincinnati bounced back with an 11-0 run to grab control and put the game out of reach.
DOTSON, EMORY NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM IN LAS VEGAS
Freshman Damyean Dotson and senior Carlos Emory were named to the Global Sports Challenge All-Tournament team for their efforts in the four-game classic.
Dotson shot at a 44.7 percent clip (21-of-47), finishing with a team-high 49 total points and averaging 12.3 points per game. He also shot 75 percent from the free throw line (3-of-4), including the two free throws he sank in the closing moments of the victory over UNLV.
Emory shot 42.9 percent (12-of-28) for the tournament, totaling 41 points (10.3 ppg). His 27 rebounds were second on the team behind fellow senior Arsalan Kazemi (31). Emory scored in double figures in the semifinals (16) and championship (15) games and recorded a team-high nine rebounds in Oregon's 83-79 semifinal win over UNLV.
KAZEMI CONTINUES TO CRASH THE BOARDS
Senior Arsalan Kazemi has led Oregon in the rebounding category in three of the four games he has played in this season. His 15 rebounds against Cincinnati in the championship game of the Global Sports Challenge were a game-high and the highest rebound total for any Duck this season. Kazemi, who played the last three seasons at Rice University, is averaging 9.5 rebounds per game for UO this season. His single-game career-high in rebounds (19) was set while he was playing at Rice on Feb. 2, 2011 in a game at Tulane.
SINGLER TIES HAMILTON FOR 21ST ON UO'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
E.J. Singler has scored 1,183 points in 111 career games (10.7 ppg) which ties him with Bob Hamilton (1943-46) for 21st in school history. He is just the 13th player at UO to amass over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds (1,183 points and 574 rebounds).
A year ago, Singler ranked second on the team with 461 total points (13.6 ppg) and grabbed a team-high 189 total rebounds (5.6 rpg). Singler also ranked second nationally and led the Pac-12 Conference in free throw percentage (.909, 110-of-121). This year, his 11.5 points per game (69 total) is second on the team behind Damyean Dotson (71).
His career free throw percentage currently ranks third in school history (.867, 288-of-332). He is just one one-hundreth of a percentage point away from tying Rob Closs (.868) for second all-time in the category. Singler entered the 2012-13 season as the conference's active career leader in points (1,126), while ranking third in both rebounds (554) and 3-pointers made (132).
Singler reached double-figures in scoring in 28-of-34 games last season. He has scored 10 or more points in 65 of his 109 career games. He also led the Ducks in rebounding on 12 occasions last year (34 times in his career). Singler was one of two Ducks to start every game in 2011-12 (joined by Garrett Sim). Singler has started the last 84 games dating back to his freshman season. He started all 39 games as a sophomore and 22 of 32 games as a freshman.
SINGLERS MOVE INTO TOP-25 ALL-TIME IN BROTHER SCORING COMBINATIONS
Oregon senior E.J. Singler has scored 1,183 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 1,183 points, the two have combined for 3,575 points, which ranks 22nd 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 23 points away from moving the Singlers past UCLA's famous Ed and Charles O'Bannon combination (3,597; won 1995 NCAA Championship), for 20th all-time.
SINGLER MOVES WITHIN TWO BLOCKS OF ALL-TIME TOP 10
Through Oregon's first six games, senior E.J. Singler has 55 career blocks, just two shy of tying Jerry Adams (1981-86) and Ian Crosswhite (2003-05), who each posted 57 career blocks, for tenth on UO's all-time block list. Teammate and fellow senior Tony Woods (61 career blocks) currently stands alone in ninth place all-time.
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 on Monday 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 Wednesday 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.
Non-conference games against UNLV, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Nevada and UTEP and a Pac-12 slate that features 18 televised contests are among the highlights of men's basketball schedule.
Along with the three 2012 NCAA Tournament teams at the front of the season - Vanderbilt, UNLV and Cincinnati - Oregon will also contend with NCAA participants Colorado and California in the Pac-12, as well as NIT final four teams Stanford and Washington. Other opponents who advanced to the postseason in 2012 included Arizona and Nevada in the NIT and Oregon State and Washington State in the College Basketball Invitational.
In addition to the Pac‐12 Conference schools on the schedule, the Ducks will battle teams from 10 different conferences: Big Ten, SEC, Mountain West (twice), Conference USA, Big Sky (three times), Ohio Valley, Western Athletic Conference, SWAC, Great West and the Big East.
Dana Altman added nine newcomers to the Oregon men's basketball team during the offseason, a group made up of six prep standouts and three transfers.
Waverly Austin (6-11, 275, C, Jr.): Florida JC Player of they Year, averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per game in sophomore campaign at Palm Beach State College ... Averaged a field goal percentage of .59 and a free throw percentage of .82 ... Made the first team of the 2012 NJCAA men's All American Team ...Voted Player of the Year in the Southern Conference.
Arik Armstead (6-8, 260, F, Fr.): A three-year starter in basketball at Pleasant Grove High School ... Graduated early from PGHS and enrolled at Oregon for the 2012 Spring quarter ... Entered senior season listed at No. 3 in NorCalPrep.com's Top 40 boys basketball rankings for Class of 2012 ... Averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior before cutting short his prep career to focus on collegiate football.
Dominic Artis (5-11, 175, G, Fr.): Played senior season at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. ... Helped lead the Pilots to a 32-1 record and an ESPNHS National High School Invitational title in 2011-12 ... Averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a senior ... Shot 52.7 percent on field goals and 33.7 percent on 3-pointers ... Played freshman through junior seasons at Salesian High School in Richmond, Calif. ... Averaged 14 points and 4.1 assists per game as a junior at SHS ... As a freshman in 2009, helped lead SHS to California's Division IV state title ... Played AAU basketball for the Oakland Soldiers.
Coleton Baker (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): Played 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons at Umpqua CC in Roseburg, Ore. ... Was a first team all-conference selection in 2011-12 ... Ranked as the top scorer in the Northwest Atheletic Association of Community Colleges South Region as a sophomore averaging more than 24 points per game ... Played prep basketball at Oakland High School in both his junior and senior seasons ... Earned first team all-state recognition as a senior ... A two-time all-conference selection while at OHS ... Played freshman and sophomore seasons at Sutherlin High School.
Ben Carter (6-8, 215, F): Played prep basketball at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. ... Sat most of senior season with an injury ... Averaged 10.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior ... Was a third team all-state selection and an all-conference honoree in 2011-12 ... Averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing as a junior ... Also earned all-state and all-conference recognition in junior season ... Helped lead BGHS to a 25-6 overall record in 2010-11 ... A member of the BGHS squad that won a state title in his sophomore season ... Played AAU basketball for the Las Vegas Lakers.
Damyean Dotson (6-6, 190, G): Played prep basketball at Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas ... Averaged 21 points and five rebounds per game as a senior ... Named 2012 Greater Houston Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle ... Selected as 4A All-State, All-Region 3 and All-District 21 in his senior season ... Led JYHS to the 4A state title game scoring 23 points in a losing effort ... Registered 26 points in the semifinal round of the state tourney to send JYHS to the title game ... Averaged 18 points and six rebounds as a junior ... Recognized as the District 21 Newcomer of the Year ... Also an all-district performer as a junior ... Member of JYHS team that was a consensus No. 1 ranked prep team in the nation in 2009-10 ... Helped lead JYHS to a state title as a sophomore ... Played AAU basketball for Houston Hoops.
Arsalan Kazemi (6-7, 222, F, Jr.): In three seasons at Rice, he averaged a double-double for his career (12.6 ppg and 10.1 rpg) ... Scored 1,195 career points which currently ranks 21st all-time at Rice ... Also has 963 career rebounds which ranks third all-time at Rice ... Is a career 54.9 percent shooter ... Ranks second in all-time free throws (421), second in career free throw attempts (620), fourth in career steals (154) and third in career blocks (84) ... Posted 45 career double-doubles which ranked third all-time at Rice ... Led Rice in scoring 34 times during his career and was the team's leading rebounder in 80 of 95 games he played in an Owl uniform ... Played his senior year of high school at The Patterson School located near Lenoir, North Carolina ... Scout.com ranked him 82nd overall in the 2009 prep signing class.
Willie Moore (6-4, 195, G, Fr.): Played prep basketball at Aiken High School in Cincinnati, Ohio ... A Division II-IV first team selection by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a senior ... Averaged 16.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 2011-12 ... Named team MVP as a junior ... Averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.9 steals in the 2010-11 season ... Also considered South Carolina, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech ... Played AAU ball for the Cincinnati Knights and All-Ohio Purple.
Fred Richardson III (6-6, 190, G): Played prep basketball at Clear Brook High School in Clear Brook, Tex. ... Is the all-time leading scorer at CBHS with 1,820 career points in four seasons as a varsity player ... Helped high school team to a 29-4 overall record in 2011-12 ... Averaged 20.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game as a senior ... Was a 5A All-Region 3 honoree ... Named to the All-District 24 team where he was recognized as both the Overall MVP and Offensive MVP ... Earned all-tournament honors for District 24 ... Shot 50 percent on field goals and 36 percent from behind the 3-point arc in 2011-12 ... Scored 20 or more points on 20 occasions in his senior campaign ... Reached double-figures in scoring in all but one of his 33 outings in 2011-12 ... Averaged 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior ... Named first team All-District 24 and Offensive MVP in junior season ... Played AAU basketball for the Houston Defenders.