NO. 19 DUCKS RETURN HOME AFTER DISAPPOINTING BAY AREA TRIP
The 19th-ranked Oregon Ducks will host Colorado and Utah this week at Matthew Knight Arena for their first home games since beating Washington, 81-76, on Jan. 26. The Ducks have won 20 consecutive games at home, their third-longest home winning streak of all time.
Oregon (18-4, 7-2) currently sits in a tie for first place in the Pac-12 with Arizona; the Ducks won the only head-to-head matchup over the Wildcats, a 70-66 game on Jan. 10 at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon is on its first two-game losing streak since the end of the 2010-11 season, however, after dropping both games last week in the Bay Area to Stanford and California. The Ducks averaged just 53 points per game on the trip, scoring 52 in their 24-point loss to Stanford and 54 in their four-point loss to California. The 106 combined points was their lowest two-game output of the season.
Colorado comes to Eugene fresh off a disappointing loss to Utah on Saturday. The Buffaloes are 14-7 overall and their 4-5 Pac-12 record places them in eighth. Oregon plays Utah Saturday; the Utes are 10-11 overall and 2-7 in conference play.
DUCKS FALL NINE SPOTS IN LATEST AP POLL
Oregon picked up two losses last week while ranked 10th in the Associated Press Top-25 poll. As a result, the Ducks dropped nine spots in the poll to the No. 19 spot.
OREGON IN THE MIDST OF THIRD-LONGEST HOME WINNING STREAK OF ALL-TIME
The Ducks have won 20 consecutive games at Matthew Knight Arena. They won six straight to end the 2011-12 campaign and have won their first 14 in 2012-13. The 20-game streak ranks third in Oregon history; the only streaks longer were both 23-game home winning streaks from 1937-39 and 2001-03 (for a complete list, please see the “Chasing History” section on page 6).
OREGON’S 20-STRAIGHT HOME WINS RANK IN A TIE FOR SIXTH IN THE COUNTRY
A list of the top home-court winning streaks in the nation:
1. Syracuse, 36
2. South Dakota State, 28
3. Colorado State, 26
4. Southern Mississippi, 23
5. Marquette, 21
6. Oregon, 20
Iowa State, 20
8. Belmont, 17
SINGLERS APPROACHING VINCENTS ON ALL-TIME BROTHER SCORING LIST
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 3,758 points in their careers. They currently rank 19th all-time in brother scoring combinations. E.J.’s six points against Stanford propelled the Singlers past the Herron brothers (3,745) and they are now just seven points shy of the Vincent brothers (Jay, Sam), who combined for 3,765 points at Michigan State from 1978-85.
SINGLER PASSES BARNETT FOR 15TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING CHART
Senior forward E.J. Singler scored 18 points against Washington on Jan. 26 to give him 1,338 points for his career and move him into 15th place on Oregon’s all-time scoring list. Singler’s 18 points helped him pass Jim Barnett, who now ranks 16th with 1,325 points. Singler is just 48 points (1,351 total after the California game) from catching Luke Ridnour, whose 1,399 career points ranks 14th all-time.
SINGLER NOW JUST THREE WINS FROM MOST VICTORIES IN OREGON HISTORY
Oregon’s win over Washington was senior E.J. Singler’s 79th in his remarkable career with the Ducks. Singler has started the last 99 games for Oregon and won 16 games as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 during his junior season and 18 so far as a senior. Only four players have won more than 80 games in an Oregon uniform. Freddie Jones and Joevan Catron have the most career wins (81) and Luke Jackson and Dick Wilkins each have 80. Singler is just three wins from having the most wins in Oregon basketball history.
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 Colorado game with 78 career blocks.
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 the free throws made and free throws attempted categories.
DUCKS ONE OF JUST THREE 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 29 NCAA Division I teams have beaten a ranked opponent on the road the season and the Ducks are one of just three teams to beat a two ranked teams away from home. The other two teams are Boise State, which beat Creighton on Nov. 28 and Wyoming on Jan. 9, and Kansas, which beat Ohio State on Dec. 22 and Kansas State a month later on Jan. 22.
SINGLER ONE SHY OF 100 CONSECUTIVE STARTS, TOP-TEN IN STEALS
Senior E.J. Singler made his 99th consecutive start for the Oregon basketball program in the Ducks’ loss to California on Feb. 2. He is one start shy of 100-straight and has started 117 games in his four-year career. In addition, Singler increased his career steals total to 102 in the Bay Area and he is now just one shy of tying Tajuan Porter and Garrett Sim for 10th on Oregon’s all-time steals list.
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)
KAZEMI RECORDS 50TH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST WASHINGTON
Senior forward Arsalan Kazemi scored 11 points and grabbed 11 boards in the Washington game to give him his 50th career double-double and fifth of the season. His fifth double-double of the year came exactly one week after he recorded his fourth double-double, a 12-point and 11-rebound effort on Jan. 19 at UCLA.
DUCKS SWEEP LA WEEKEND FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009-10
Oregon beat USC and UCLA on the road two weeks ago 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 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 (for a complete list, please see the “Chasing History” section on page 6).