NO. 23 OREGON RETURNS HOME TO FACE SURGING GOLDEN BEARS
The first-place Oregon Ducks (21-5, 10-3) return to Matthew Knight Arena this week to face the California Golden Bears (16-9, 8-5), who have won 5-of-6 overall, on Thursday night. Oregon leads the conference by essentially two games; Arizona and UCLA are both 9-4 but have each lost to the Ducks in head-to-head play this year.
Oregon has won three straight games and is 15-1 at home this season. The Ducks are coming off a sweep of the Washington schools on the road. On Saturday, Oregon outlasted Washington State, 79-77, in overtime. California has also won three straight and comes to Eugene fresh off of victories over UCLA and USC at home.
The Golden Bears beat the Ducks, 58-54, in the two schools’ first meeting of the year in Berkeley, Calif., on Feb. 2. California has won 10 consecutive games over Oregon including all five with Dana Altman at the helm of the Duck basketball program. The Ducks’ last win over California came on the road in February 2008.
DUCKS RANKED 23RD IN LATEST AP POLL
Oregon went 2-0 last week, beating Washington and Washington State on the road. The remained in the No. 23 slot in the Associated Press Poll.
DUCKS SWEEP WASHINGTON SCHOOLS FOR FIRST TIME IN OVER 20 YEARS
Oregon swept the season series over Washington for the first time since 1995 on Feb. 13 in Seattle and completed the season sweep over Washington State for the second straight year with a 79-77 overtime victory in Pullman on Feb. 16. The four-game season sweep over the Huskies and Cougars marked the first time the Ducks swept both Washington schools in a single season since the 1989-90 campaign.
SINGLER WINS 82ND GAME AS A DUCK, BECOMES SCHOOL’S ALL-TIME LEADER
Oregon’s win over Washington State was senior E.J. Singler’s 82nd in his remarkable career with the Ducks. He is now the school’s all-time leader in career victories. Singler has played in 131 games for Oregon and won 16 games as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 during his junior season and 21 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 81 career wins and Luke Jackson and Dick Wilkins each have 80.
SINGLER PASSES RIDNOUR FOR 14TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Senior E.J. Singler scored 25 points against Washington State to give him 1,420 career points and move him past Luke Ridnour (1,399) for 14th on Oregon’s all-time scoring list. He is just 15 points away from catching Bryce Taylor (1,435) for 13th place.
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.
SINGLERS TIE TALLENT BROTHERS FOR 16TH 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 3,827 points in their careers. They currently rank in a tie for 16th all-time in brother scoring combinations. E.J.’s 25 points against Washington State tied the Singlers with the Tallent brothers (Mike, Pat) and moved them to within four points of the Roberts brothers (3,831, Glen, Fred, Tom, Kenneth).
TWO DUCKS SCORE OVER 20 IN WIN AT WASHINGTON STATE
Seniors E.J. Singler and Carlos Emory each finished with 20-point games in Oregon’s win at Washington State. Singler’s 25 points were a season-high and Emory’s 20 points were a career high. In addition, it marked the first time since March 18, 2012 that two Oregon players scored at least 20 points in a game. That night, Singler and Olu Ashaolu had 25 and 22 points, respectively, in Oregon’s 108-97 triumph over Iowa in the National Invitational Tournament.
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 Feb. 13. 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 Feb. 13 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 AT WASHINGTON 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 Feb. 13. 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.
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 82ND WIN IN FOUR-YEAR SPAN
Oregon’s win over Washington State marked the program’s 82nd since 2009. It is Oregon’s best four-year run in total wins since Duck teams from 1944-48 racked up 82 wins as well. With three more wins, Oregon’s 2009-13 win total will match the program’s number of wins from 1999-03 (85). In addition, the Ducks’ 66 wins in three years under head coach Dana Altman matches the 66 wins from 1938-41. The current four-year run ranks in a tie for sixth all-time and Oregon’s three-year run places it in a tie for fourth 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.
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.
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.
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).