NO. 16 OREGON RETURNS HOME WITH SEVEN-GAME WINNING STREAK ON THE LINE
After completing a successful road trip in Los Angeles, Calif., that featured two road wins against USC and No. 24 UCLA, the 16th-ranked Ducks (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12) return home to Matthew Knight Arena for the first time in 10 days to play the visiting Washington State Cougars (10-8, 1-4 Pac-12). Oregon has won seven consecutive games and has not lost in 2013. The Ducks' last loss came over a month ago, when they dropped a 91-84 decision to UTEP in triple overtime on Dec. 19, 2012 in El Paso, Texas.
The Ducks have won 11 of 12 games overall, including their first five Pac-12 games. They are 2-0 against ranked teams, 8-0 at home and 3-1 on the road during that stretch.
Oregon leads the all-time series over Washington State, 160-123, and has not lost to the Cougars since the 2010-11 season, when it dropped a 77-63 game to Washington State in Pullman, Wash. In the last meeting between the two schools (Feb. 11, 2012), Oregon beat Washington State 78-69. The Cougars have not beaten the Ducks in Eugene since Jan. 17, 2009 (74-62).
DUCKS SWEEP LA WEEKEND FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009-10
Oregon beat USC and UCLA on the road last weekend for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The Ducks snuck past the Trojans, 76-74, on Thurdsday night (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 Saturday. The victory snapped UCLA's 10-game winning streak.
OREGON BEATS UCLA, IMPROVES TO 4-0 IN PAC-12 PLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1973-74
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tony Woods scored 18 points and No. 21 Oregon pulled away over the final six and a half minutes to beat No. 24 UCLA 76-67 on Saturday, improving the Ducks to 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in 39 years.
Dominic Artis added 14 points, and Arsaian Kezemi had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks (16-2, 5-0), who snapped the Bruins' 10-game winning streak, including eight straight victories at home.
UCLA (15-4, 5-1) led by three points at halftime after shooting 55 percent. The Bruins led by five early in the second half and tied the game at 52-all before the Ducks' defense stepped up and sent the Bruins' shooting into a tailspin.
Travis Wear scored 17 points to lead the Bruins, whose winning streak equaled their longest since 2008-09. Norman Powell added 11 points starting in place of Shabazz Muhammad, who finished with 10 points, as did Kyle Anderson.
After barely getting by Southern California 76-74 on Thursday, the Ducks won their seventh straight and 11th in their last 12. They are 5-0 in league play for the first time since 1973-74 when the conference had eight teams. Back then, they lost their next game to then-No. 1 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.
Down by five, the Ducks ran off eight straight points to take a 49-46 lead while the Bruins went 5:17 without scoring. They tied the game at 52-all on a jumper by Wear.
From there, the Ducks slowly built a 62-56 lead, capped by Kazemi's layup off his own offensive rebound.
Powell hit a 3-pointer and Anderson made two free throws to pull the Bruins within one with 3:30 to play, but they came no closer in front of 12,254, the second-largest crowd of the season at the newly renovated arena.
Muhammad didn't start as punishment for being late to practice on Friday and he sat the first 5 minutes. The freshman scored 10 of UCLA's final 12 points to put them ahead 40-37 at halftime.
During Muhammad's run, the Bruins took their largest lead of six points before E.J. Singler's 3-pointer with 6 seconds left cut down the advantage.
The Ducks led by four points early in the game, despite committing four turnovers and going 7 for 20 from the field in the first 9 1-2 minutes.
DUCKS SEEK FIRST 6-0 START IN 87 YEARS
Oregon is 5-0 in the Pac-12 Conference for the first time since the 1973-74 season, when the conference was known as the Pac-8. The Ducks have not started 6-0 in conference play since the 1925-26 season, when they were members of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC). The 1925-26 Oregon squad finished the season 18-4 and completed a perfect 10-0 PCC regular season before losing in the PCC Championship game to California, 29-23, on Feb. 27, 1926.
DUCKS CLIMB TO NO. 16, HIGHEST RANKING SINCE DECEMBER 2007
With victories at USC and UCLA last week, Oregon climbed from No. 21 in the nation to No. 16 in the most recent Associated Press poll, released Monday. The No. 16 ranking is Oregon's highest since being ranked 16th the week of Dec. 10, 2007. The Ducks lost to Nebraska in overtime on the road that week (88-79) and dropped to 23rd the next week. Oregon then lost to visiting Oakland the following week and were not ranked the rest of the year.
OREGON AIMS TO EXTEND HOME-COURT WINNING STREAK
The Ducks have won 18 consecutive games at Matthew Knight Arena and have not lost since Jan. 29, 2012 when they dropped a 76-71 game to Oregon State. Oregon won six straight games at home to wrap up last season. This year's 12-0 start at home is the best start in the history of Matthew Knight Arena, which opened during the 2010-11 season. The Ducks' best home season in school history came during the 2001-02 campaign, when they ran the table and finished 16-0 at McArthur Court. The 2002 Oregon Ducks advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual champion Maryland. Oregon's 18-game home winning streak currently ranks in a tie for seventh in the country.
Active NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Home-Court Winning Streaks:
1. Syracuse, 34
2. Kansas, 32
3. South Dakota State, 25
4. Colorado State, 24
5. Southern Mississippi, 22
6. Marquette, 19
7. Oregon, 18
Wichita State, 18
9. Iowa State, 17
10. Belmont, 15
WOODS POSTS CAREER NIGHT IN WIN AT UCLA
Senior center Tony Woods, who is in his second season with the Ducks after transferring from Wake Forest following the 2009-10 season, turned in a career performance in Oregon's 76-67 win at No. 24 UCLA on Saturday. Woods went 8-of-9 from the field (eight field goals were a career high) and finished the game with a career-high 18 points. His previous career high was 17 points, set on Nov. 19, 2012 against Jacksonville State.
KAZEMI RECORDS 49TH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AT UCLA
Senior forward Arsalan Kazemi scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards in the UCLA game to give him his 49th career double-double and fourth of the season. His fourth double-double of the year came exactly one month after he recorded his third double-double, a 13 point and 16 rebound effort on Dec. 19 at UTEP.
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)
UO DOWNS ARIZONA SCHOOLS FOR FIFTH TIME IN EIGHT YEARS
Oregon's 70-66 win over Arizona and 68-65 triumph over Arizona State last week 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.
SINGLER APPROACHING ALL-TIME TOP-10 IN STEALS CATEGORY
Senior forward E.J. Singler picked up a steal in Oregon's win over UCLA on Saturday evening to give him 96 for his career. He is just seven steals away from tying Tajuan Porter and Garrett Sim for 10th on Oregon's all-time steals list. Porter and Sim each tallied 103 steals in their four-year careers with the Ducks.
SINGLER CONTINUES TO CLIMB UO'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
E.J. Singler scored nine points on Saturday night to bring his career total to 1,301. The nine points tied him with Charlie Warren for 16th all-time. He is just 24 points away from catching Jim Barnett, who scored 1,325 career points, for 15th in Oregon history.
SINGLER BROTHERS STILL SIT IN 20TH ALL-TIME IN BROTHER SCORING COMBINATIONS
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 3,708 in their careers. They currently rank 20th all-time in brother scoring combinations. Other active scoring combinations include the Curry family; Steph and Seth Curry are now in fifth place with 4,417 points after Seth netted 24 points in Duke's win over Georgia Tech on Thursday to pass Larry and Eddie Bird.
WOODS FOUR BLOCKS SHY OF THIRD ALL-TIME
Tony Woods played his first two years of collegiate basketball at Wake Forest but he has made a lasting impact during his last two years of eligibility in Eugene, Ore. Woods, a senior center, has blocked 72 shots in his 49 games as an Oregon Duck (nearly 1.5 bpg). His 72 career blocks rank sixth in Oregon history and he is just two blocks away from tying Henry Madden and Fred Jones, who each recorded 74 career blocks, for fourth all-time. Three more blocks would tie him with Chris Christoffersen (75 career blocks) for third place in Oregon history and four additional blocks would give Woods third place all to himself. Woods' career-high for blocks in a single game is five, which he has done twice, most recently on Nov. 19 in Oregon's win over Jacksonville State.
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.