DUCKS RENEW CIVIL WAR RIVALRY
Oregon and Oregon State clash for the 341st time Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena in the Civil War Series, presented by Pacific Source Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Wells Fargo Bank and Your Local Ford Stores. The Ducks and Beavers will meet at noon for a FoxSports1 televised game. The contest will feature two of the premier scorers in the Pac-12. OSU’s Roberto Nelson leads the league at 21.5 points per game, while Oregon’s Joseph Young is fifth at 18.4. The game also has the top two three-point shooters in the Pac-12. OSU’s Hallice Cook hits 55.2 percent from downtown, while the Ducks’ Jason Calliste is at 50 percent.
THE STARTING FIVE
1 - No teams have played more games on the hardwood in NCAA history than Oregon and Oregon State. Sunday’s game will mark the 341st Civil War between the Ducks and Beavers. OSU leads 185-155 in a series that dates to 1903.
2 - By a bucket. Oregon’s two-point losses at Arizona (67-65) and Arizona State (74-72) last were the Ducks’ third and fourth two-point set backs in Pac-12 play this year (UCLA 70-68, Stanford 82-80). In fact, of Oregon’s eight losses, seven have been by single digits as the Ducks have been a handful of plays or less from owning several more victories. The last time Oregon dropped four conference games by two points or less: 2006.
3 - 3-D. Oregon’s perimeter defense has shown marked improvement the last four games. Over that span, no opponent has shot better than 25 percent from beyond the arc. Arizona State hit just 20 percent, Arizona 25 percent, USC 20 percent and UCLA 25 percent.
4 - Oregon has forced opponents into double-digit turnovers in 21 of 23 games this year, including a season-high 22 by USC on Feb. 1. The Ducks had a Matthew Knight Arena record 16 steals against the Trojans, which was one off the school’s all-time mark.
5 - Oregon’s bench continues to be exceptionally productive in 2013-14. The Ducks are averaging 30.3 points per game from the reserves (696 total). By comparison, opponents are getting 17.3 per game off the bench (399 total). Jan. 30 against UCLA, the bench had 36 points. The week before that, the reserves chipped in 37 points against Washington and 31 at WSU. That followed a season-best 47-point bench effort Jan. 19 at Oregon State. Other big games from the bench include 44 in the OT win versus Brigham Young, 43 against both San Francisco and North Dakota, 38 versus UC Irvine and 36 in the OT win at Ole Miss.
TOE THE LINE
Oregon leads the Pac-12 and is second nationally in free throw percentage at 77.8 percent. The Ducks have three of the top four free throw shooters in the league. Johnathan Loyd is now first at .897, Joseph Young is second at .896 and Jason Calliste is fourth at .861. Damyean Dotson is also over 80 percent (.811). The Ducks also lead the leagie in scoring (83.3 ppg) and rank 10th nationally.
1,000 POINT SCORERS
Senior Mike Moser needs 11 more points to join 1,000 career point club. Moser netted 690 points at UNLV and 9 at UCLA before graduating and transferring to Oregon for his final season (290 points). Joseph Young recently reached the 1,000 point milestone of his NCAA career. Young scored 916 points in two seasons at Houston, and has added another 423 this year for 1,339 career points. He joins Jason Calliste, who surpassed 1,000 career points in three seasons at Detroit, in the 1,000-point club. Calliste is the current leader with 1,352 career points.
Thanks to a season-high 16 steal effort (a Matthew Knight Arena record) Feb. 1 versus USC, Oregon is up to 26th in the nation at 8.2 steals per game. That mark is second in the Pac-12. Individually, Joseph Young set career highs in steals in back-to-back games. He had five Jan. 30 against UCLA and followed that with six versus USC.
DUCKS PLAY CLOSE GAMES
Oregon has played three overtime games as well as 11 contests that have been decided by single digits so far in 2013-14.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Ducks are 12-1 when shooting better than the opponent, but only 3-7 when being out-shot. The Arizona game on Feb. 6 was Oregon’s first loss when shooting better than the opposition. The Jan. 23 game at Washington marked the first time this season that the Ducks lost when out-rebounding the opposition. Oregon is now 10-2 in that category this year.
LOYD APPROACHING WINS RECORD
Johnathan Loyd is one victory away from tying former teammate E.J. Singler for the most wins in an Oregon uniform. Singler won 89 times as a Duck from 2009-13; the USC victory on Feb. 1 was the 88th for Loyd. He is one of just six players in school history to reach 80 wins in an Oregon uniform: Singler (89), Loyd (88), Fred Jones (81), Joevan Catron (81), Luke Jackson (80) and Dick Wilkins (80). Loyd has also now played in more games as a Duck than all but two players in program history. Loyd has played in 133 games, trailing only Singler (142) and Garrett Sim (136).
“HOO-AH” DUCKS HONOR TROOPS WITH A WIN IN SOUTH KOREA
Oregon opened the regular season on Nov. 8 by defeating Georgetown 82-75 in the Armed Forces Classic on Army Base Camp Humphreys in South Korea. The Ducks travelled more than 12,000 miles round trip to participate in a game that honored the troops serving America. The crowd in attendance consisted entirely of active military members and their families based at Camp Humphreys. At the end of the game, Oregon players removed their jerseys and gave them to the troops, who had stormed the court to celebrate with the Ducks.
The team also got a helicopter hangar tour, where the servicemen and women who fly and maintain four different types of helicopters - Chinook, Blackhawk, Apache and Kiowa - showed off their impressive machines. The Ducks also served lunch to the troops, had a meet and greet at the gym and conducted a kids’ clinic. Said Oregon coach Dana Altman after the game, “the servicemen and women came out and cheered for us and made us feel like we were the best team in America, but it’s those men and women who are the real heroes. Our guys are going to remember this experience for a long time.”
Oregon continues to remember the troops they met in South Korea by breaking their team huddle with the Army cry “HOO-AH” as opposed to the traditional “TEAM.”
LOYD HITS ASSIST MILESTONE
Jan. 23 at Washington, Johnathan Loyd became the sixth Duck with 400 career assists (now with 416). He’s now eight behind Luke Jackson (424/2000-04) for fifth. Earlier this season, Loyd recorded a pair of impressive assists totals. First, he tied the Matthew Knight Arena record with 13 assists Nov. 29 against Pacific. Former Duck Malcolm Armstead also had 13 assists at MKA against Oregon State in 2011. A week later, Loyd set a career high with 15 assists Dec. 8 at Ole Miss. He also just missed a career high with 23 points, but did record the first double-double of his career. The 15 assists were the second-highest single game total in school history. Only the great Ronnie Lee had a bigger assist game at Oregon, doling out 17 in a 116-77 win over Villanova (12-23-74). Already this season, Loyd has passed a trio of Oregon legends on the Ducks’ career assists list; he’s gone by Kamikaze Kids’ point guard Mike Drummond (309/1974-78) for eighth, NBA all-star Terrell Brandon (315/1990-91) and former NBA player Fred Jones (367/1998-02) for sixth. On the steals chart, Loyd moved by current Houston Rocket Aaron Brooks (127/2003-07) for seventh in career steals Jan. 2 against Utah. Loyd now has 142 total swipes and would vault all the way to third place with just 12 more steals.
REVVED UP TO 80
The Ducks have scored at least 80 points in 13 games this season. Oregon has also gone over 90 points eight times and 100 four times.
MAKING PLAYS FOR THEIR TEAMMATES
The Ducks have had at least 15 assists 13 times this season. In fact, Oregon has been held below 10 assists just twice this year: 7 at Utah (Jan. 2) and 6 at Oregon State (Jan. 19).
The Ducks have five backcourt players who combined to play nearly 5,000 minutes in 2012-13, and own more than 500 career three-pointers at the NCAA Division I level. The breakdown in 3’s: Jason Calliste - 217, Joseph Young - 170, Johnathan Loyd - 68, Damyean Dotson - 66, Dominic Artis - 39.
CLUTCH SHOT DOT
Damyean Dotson has a couple of overtime game-winners to his credit this year. He had the steal and dunk with :00.6 left in overtime to lift Oregon to the 70-68 win Jan. 2 at Utah. Earlier in the season, he made the go-ahead lay-in with :35 left in overtime as the Ducks topped BYU 100-96 on Dec. 21.
Arizona was the eighth 2013 NCAA Tournament team the Ducks will play this season. So far Oregon is 4-4 against 2013 NCAA Tournament squads with wins over Georgetown, Pacific, Ole Miss and Illinois, and losses to Colorado, Cal, UCLA and Arizona.
FLYING THE NORTHWEST FLAG
With the Seattle Seahawks becoming the first team from the Pacific Northwest to win the Super Bowl, it’s a good time to put out the reminder that Oregon is the only team from the Northwest that has won an NCAA men’s basketball title (1939). The Ducks are also the only school from the Northwest to have advanced to the NCAA Elite 8 this century (2002 and 2007). Other Northwest schools most recent Elite 8 trips: Gonzaga (1999), Oregon State (1982), Idaho State (1977), Seattle U. (1958), Washington (1953) and Washington State (1941). No Elite 8 appearances for Boise State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Portland or Portland State.
A SUPER SHOUT OUT TO SEATTLE’S PRO DUCKS
Oregon has a pair of alums on the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks’ roster in starting center Max Unger (2005-08) and cornerback Walter Thurmond III (2006-09). Oregon’s basketball alums who played professionally with the Seattle Supersonics (years at Oregon) include Luke Ridnour (2001-03), Greg Ballard (1974-77) and John Greig (1980-82).
DUCKS ADD AUSTIN
Oregon has added Providence transfer Brandon Austin to the roster. Austin was a top-50 rated prep player who helped Imhotep Charter High School record a 28-5 mark and capture the PIAA AAA championship in as a senior in 2013. He will be eligible to play for Oregon at the conclusion of the 2014 fall quarter.
DUCK NEWCOMER COUNT HITS 10
Ten newcomers have seen action for the Ducks this season. Senior transfers Mike Moser (UNLV), Jason Calliste (Detroit) and Richard Amardi (Indian Hills CC), junior transfers Joseph Young (Houston) and Brian Crow (Sonoma State), and sophomore transfer Elgin Cook (Northwest Florida State) all played in the season opener versus Georgetown. Those six players combined to score 66 of Oregon’s 82 points versus the Hoyas. Freshman Theo Friedman became the seventh newcomer to play this season when he entered the Western Carolina game. Freshman A.J. Lapray made it eight newcomers with his debut in the Utah Valley game. Then after missing a few weeks due to injury, Jalil Abdul-Bassit, made his debut against San Francisco. The Ducks hit 10 newcomers Jan. 26 at Washington State when football defensive tackle Aric Armstead made his debut on the court for the Ducks. Armstead, a potential starter this fall, has since decided to concentrate on his football career and give up basketball.
Oregon tied a school record by reaching the century mark for the fourth time this season Dec. 21 against Brigham Young. It is just the third time in 109 seasons of basketball that the Ducks have scored 100 points four times in the same season. Oregon has never had more than four 100-point games in the same year. The Ducks last had four 100-point games in the same year in 2001-02. Oregon first accomplished that feat in 1995-96.