FIRST-PLACE OREGON BATTLES WASHINGTON IN SEATTLE
The 23rd-ranked Oregon Ducks (19-5, 8-3) sit on top of the Pac-12 standings by virtue of their wins over Arizona and UCLA earlier in the season. They play Washington for the second time this season on Wednesday night in Seattle, Wash. Tip-time is slated for 8:05 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.
The Ducks beat the Huskies (13-11, 5-6), 81-76, in the first meeting between the two schools this season on Jan. 26 in Eugene. Three players scored in double figures for Oregon that night including senior E.J. Singler, who led all scorers with 18 points. In addition, Arsalan Kazemi recorded a double-double (11 pts, 11 rebs) and Carlos Emory tallied 11 points in the win. Five players scored in double digits for Washington. Oregon shot an outstanding 57.8 percent from the field.
Despite losing the first game of the season to the Ducks, the Huskies still hold a healthy 187-106 advantage in the all-time series. Washington’s last victory over Oregon came in last year’s NIT Quarterfinals, a 90-86 decision in Seattle. The Huskies enter the contest in ninth place in the Pac-12 Conference standings.
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 SNAPS SKID WITH COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN OVER UTAH
The Oregon Ducks trailed Utah, 30-22, at the half on Saturday night at Matthew Knight Arena but outscored the Utes 51-34 in the second half to win, 73-64. The victory snapped the Ducks’ first three-game losing streak since 2011 and propelled them back to the top of the Pac-12 standings after Arizona fell at home to California on Sunday night.
Senior E.J. Singler finished the night a season-high 12-of-13 from the line and racked up 21 points to lead all scorers. Fellow senior Arsalan Kazemi recorded his 51st career double-double and sixth of the season by posting 11 points and 14 rebounds. In addition, the Ducks out-rebounded the Utes 41-19 despite Utah’s 24-of-50 performance from the field.
Oregon is now 9-9 all-time against Utah. The Utes haven’t beaten the Ducks since the 2008 season.
SINGLERS INCH CLOSER TO HOLMES BROTHERS 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 3,793 points in their careers. They currently rank 18th all-time in brother scoring combinations. E.J.’s 21 points against Utah moved the Singlers to within five points of the Holmes brothers (Chavis, Travis), who combined for 3,798 points from 2006-09.
SINGLER MOVES INTO 10TH-PLACE TIE ON ALL-TIME STEALS LIST
Senior forward E.J. Singler picked up a steal in Oregon’s 73-64 win over Utah on Saturday night to give him 103 for his career. He now stands in a 10th-place tie with Garrett Sim and Tajuan Porter 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 BECOMES FIFTH MEMBER OF OREGON’S 80-WIN CLUB
Oregon’s win over Utah was senior E.J. Singler’s 80th in his remarkable career with the Ducks. Singler has played in 129 games for Oregon and won 16 games as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 during his junior season and 19 so far as a senior. Only four other players have won at least 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 two wins from having the most wins in Oregon basketball history.
DOTSON RETURNS TO FORM AGAINST UTAH
Oregon freshman Damyean Dotson scored 16 points against Utah, finishing 5-of-11 from the field while converting all five of his free throw attempts. For Dotson, who is tied for the team lead in points per game (11.3) with E.J. Singler, it was his highest points output 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 Saturday. His performance marked 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 80TH WIN IN FOUR-YEAR SPAN
Oregon’s win over Utah marked the program’s 80th since 2009. It is Oregon’s best four-year run in total wins since Duck teams from 1943-47 racked up 80 wins as well. With one more win, Oregon’s 2009-13 win total will match the program’s number of wins from 1934-38, 1942-46, 1998-02, 2000-04 and 2001-05. In addition, the Ducks’ 64 wins in three years under head coach Dana Altman matches the 64 wins from 1944-47. The current four-year run ranks in a tie for 12th all-time and Oregon’s three-year run places it in a tie for seventh 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 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 33 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 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).
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)
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 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).