The University of Oregon (9-2, 0-0 Pac-12) meets Houston Baptist (4-6, 0-0 Great West) for the first time in school history on Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks are a perfect 8-0 at home this year but are coming off a triple-overtime loss to UTEP on Wednesday night. Houston Baptist defeated Arlington Baptist, 100-61, in its last game on Dec. 18.
Should the Ducks earn a win over the Huskies, they will match their best start at home since the 2006-07 season when they started 9-0. Oregon’s best season at home came during the 2001-02 campaign when Ernie Kent’s squad – which eventually advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight – put together a perfect 16-0 year.
DUCKS LOSE TRIPLE-OVERTIME GAME AT UTEP
Konner Tucker hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in triple overtime to break open a one-possession game and lead UTEP to a 91-84 victory over Oregon on Wednesday night.
Junior John Bohannon’s second career 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer gave the Miners an 84-80 lead with 2:09 remaining in the third overtime, but Oregon was back within 86-84 before Tucker’s 3-pointer.
Julian Washburn led UTEP (4-5) with 23 points while Bohannon had 21.
Damyean Dotson scored a season-high 20 points, including 14 after halftime, and Carlos Emory had 18 for the Ducks (9-2), who lost their first true road game of the year.
UTEP had a chance to take a lead with 4 seconds left in regulation, but Bohannon made just 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game at 62-62. Neither team made much of last possessions in the first two overtimes.
OREGON AT HOME
The Ducks beat Nebraska, 60-38, in their last game at Matthew Knight Arena on Dec. 15. Oregon is averaging 78.2 points per game in games played in Eugene this year and is allowing just 55.6 points per game. In addition, UO is out-rebounding its opponents by nearly 14 per game (38.6-24.9) and is shooting over 50 percent (231-of-458). Defensively, the Ducks are holding teams to just 40.4 percent shooting and 29.7 percent (38-128) from behind the arc.
HUSKIES ON THE ROAD
Houston Baptist comes to Eugene with an 0-4 record on the road this season. The Huskies have lost the four games by an average of 18.8 points, most recently losing to UT-Arlington, 81-47, on Dec. 13 in Arlington, Texas.
FREE THROW SHOOTING DOOMS DUCKS
In Oregon’s 91-84 triple-overtime loss to UTEP on Wednesday, the Ducks shot just 14-of-27 from the line and were only 10-of-22 in the second half and overtime periods combined. In addition, UO sent UTEP to the free throw line 41 times and the Miners converted 30 of those attempts to finish at a 73.2 percent clip. Oregon is shooting 73.6 percent as a team from the charity stripe this season.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE...
Oregon’s triple-overtime game against UTEP marked the first time the Ducks went to three overtimes since Jan. 14, 1999 when UO defeated Washington State on the road, 87-83. In addition, Arsalan Kazemi (16 rebs) and E.J. Singler (10 rebs) each tallied double figures in rebounding, the first time two Oregon players have accomplished the feat in a single game since Singler and Michael Dunigan recorded 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively, in a victory at home over Oakland on Dec. 19, 2009.
THE STREAK CONTINUES FOR WOODS, KAZEMI
Duck seniors Arsalan Kazemi and Tony Woods each scored in double figures in the UTEP game; Kazemi finished with 13 points and Woods tallied 10. For Kazemi, it marked the fourth straight game where he scored 10 or more points and the third consecutive contest for Woods.
FIVE SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES, DOTSON POSTS FIRST CAREER 20-POINT GAME
Five players scored at least 10 points for the Ducks on Wednesday night in El Paso, the second time they have done so this season. Damyean Dotson recorded the first 20-point game of his career and became just the third Duck to score at least 20 points in a game this season. Joining Dotson in double-digit scoring were Carlos Emory (18), Dominic Artis (15), Arsalan Kazemi (13) and Tony Woods (10).
KAZEMI DOES IT AGAIN
Oregon senior forward Arsalan Kazemi racked up his second straight double-double (13 pts, 16 rebs) and third in four games against UTEP on Wednesday. He has now registered 48 career double-doubles (45 came at Rice) and is looking to become the first Duck to post three consecutive double-doubles since Joevan Catron did so in March 2011. In addition, Kazemi has grabbed more rebounds than points scored in all three of his double-double games. Before his 13-point, 16-rebound performance on Wednesday, Kazemi posted 11 points and 13 rebounds against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Dec. 1 and grabbed 17 rebounds to his 10 points in Oregon’s win over Nebraska on Dec. 22.
KAZEMI NOW JUST TWO BOARDS SHY OF 100 FOR THE SEASON
Arsalan Kazemi’s 16-rebound effort on Wednesday brought him to 98 total rebounds for the 2012-13 season. He has appeared in nine of Oregon’s 11 games this year, started six of them and is averaging a team-high 10.9 rebounds per game.
SINGLER ECLIPSES 600 CAREER REBOUNDS
Senior E.J. Singler grabbed 10 rebounds against UTEP, bringing his career rebounding mark to 603. He is one of just 13 players in Oregon history to score at least 1,000 points and post over 500 rebounds.
TRIPLE-OVERTIME GAME RESULTS IN SEVERAL SEASON AND CAREER HIGHS
Six Oregon players charted season and all-time highs on Wednesday night in El Paso:
Kazemi: Free throws made (7), free throws attempted (15)
Loyd: Free throws made (2), free throws attempted (2)
Emory: Field goals made (7), total points (18)
Kazemi: Minutes played (49)
Woods: Assists (2), minutes played (31)
Artis: Field goal attempts (23), three-point attempts (8), assists (6), turnovers (5), minutes played (45)
Dotson: Field goals made (8), three-pointers made (2), three-point attempts (8), total points (20), assists (3), turnovers (5), steals (3), minutes played (42)
Emory: Field goal attempts (21), three-point attempts (9), assists (3), minutes played (45)
DUCK DEFENSE TURNS BACK THE CLOCK
Oregon held the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers to just 38 points on Dec. 15 and allowed just 35 points to Idaho State the game before. The two games marked the first time that Oregon has held opponents to under 40 points in back-to-back games since the 1946-47 season. That year, the Ducks held Bruno Studios and Fees Rollerdome to 17 and 33 points, respectively.
Nebraska was also already the fourth opponent that UO has held under 50 points, the most since the 1983-84 campaign, when the Ducks also held their opponents under 50 points four times. Oregon has allowed under 50 points to an opposing team just twice in the 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2009-10 seasons.
WOODS CONTINUES TO MOVE UP OREGON’S ALL-TIME BLOCKS LIST
Duck senior center Tony Woods recorded two blocks in the win over Nebraska to give him 66 in his career at Oregon and move him past Michael Dunigan (65 blocks) for seventh on UO’s all-time block list. Woods also picked up a block against UTEP to put him at 67 for the season. Including games played at Wake Forest, Woods has 104 career blocks. He is just four blocks away from tying Malik Hairston, who played at Oregon from 2004-08 and recorded 71 career blocks, for seventh all-time.
DOTSON, ARTIS LEAD THE OREGON OFFENSIVE CHARGE
Freshman Damyean Dotson remains Oregon’s team-leader in scoring through the first 11 games of the year. Dotson posted a career-high 20 points on Wednesday to give him 130 for the season, good enough for 11.8 points per game. Fellow freshman Dominic Artis follows Dotson with 10.6 points per game and seniors Tony Woods and Carlos Emory enter Saturday averaging 10.5 ppg. E.J. Singler is fifth on the team in scoring with 109 total points (9.9 ppg) and Arsalan Kazemi is sixth with 88 points in nine games (9.8 ppg).
SINGLER INCHES CLOSER TO SMITH ON POINTS LIST
Although E.J. Singler found himself in foul trouble against UTEP on Wednesday, the senior did manage to score two points to move him within 11 of A.D. Smith for 19th on UO’S all-time scoring list. Singler now has 1,223 career points, which is good enough for 20th all-time. Smith checks in with 1,234 points and Terrell Brandon sits in 18th with 1,263 career tallies.
OREGON CLIMBS UP THE NATIONAL STATISTICAL CHARTS
Team Rankings (through Dec. 16):
Rebounding Margin (+11.1): 10th
Scoring Margin (+17.4) 16th
Steals Per Game (9.8): 20th
Free Throw Percentage (76.3): 26th
Field Goal Percentage (.479): 30th
Points Per Game (77.5): 39th
Individual Rankings (through Dec. 16):
Steals Per Game: Arsalan Kazemi (3.5), 3rd
Dominic Artis (2.2), 62nd
Rebounds Per Game: Arsalan Kazemi (10.3), 20th
SINGLERS PASS O’BANNON’S TO MOVE TO 20TH ALL-TIME IN BROTHER SCORING COMBINATIONS
Oregon senior E.J. Singler has scored 1,223 career points in his career and, along with his brother (Kyle), is helping the Singler name climb the charts in the NCAA All-Time Scoring For Brother Combinations category. Kyle Singler, who played for Duke University from 2007-11 and was an integral part of the Blue Devils’ 2010 National Championship team, scored 2,392 points in his career.
Along with E.J.’s 1,223 points, the two have combined for 3,615 points, which ranks 20th all-time in brother scoring combinations. The Tripucka family (Tracy, Todd, T.K., Kelly) leads the way with 5,632 combined points. E.J. Singler is just 130 points away from moving the Singlers past the Herron family (Larry, Keith, Reggie) for 19th all-time.
OREGON TOPS PAC-12 IN STEALS CATEGORY
The Ducks are averaging 9.8 steals per game this season (98 total), which leads the Pac-12 by nearly one steal per game.
School G No. Avg/Gm
Oregon 11 110 10.0
Arizona 9 82 9.1
Oregon State 10 86 8.6
Arizona State 11 88 8.0
UCLA 11 85 7.7
Stanford 11 75 6.8
Colorado 10 63 6.3
USC 10 60 6.0
Utah 10 51 5.1
California 10 47 4.7
Washington 10 41 4.1
Washington State 11 45 4.1
KAZEMI, ARTIS PACE CONFERENCE IN STEALS; KAZEMI SECOND IN REBOUNDING
Senior Arsalan Kazemi enters Saturday averaging 3.2 steals per game, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks third nationally (as of Dec. 16). Freshman Dominic Artis comes into the game with 2.3 steals per contest, good enough for third place in the conference. Additionally, Kazemi is averaging 10.3 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the Pac-12.
Pac-12 Steals Leaders
Player G No. Avg/Gm
1. Arsalan Kazemi (ORE) 9 29 3.2
2. Nick Johnson (ARIZ) 9 27 3.0
3. Dominic Artis (ORE) 11 25 2.3
4. Andre Roberson (COL) 10 22 2.2
5. Carrick Felix (ASU) 11 22 2.0
6. Evan Gordon (ASU) 11 20 1.8
Chasson Randle (STAN) 11 20 1.8
OREGON ON RECORD PACE AT MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA
The Ducks’ convincing win over Nebraska game them their eighth home win in as many tries to begin the 2012-13 season. The 8-0 start is the best since the 2007-08 season, when UO started 8-0 as well. The Ducks started 9-0 in 2006-07, a mark that the 2012-13 Oregon squad can match on Dec. 22 against Houston Baptist. Oregon’s best home season in school history came during the 2001-02 season, when the Ducks completed a perfect 16-0 season. That year, Oregon advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Maryland, the eventual national champion.
DUCKS SIGN THREE TO 2013-14 CLASS
On Nov. 20, Oregon men’s basketball coach Dana Altman announced the signing of three players for UO’s 2013-14 class: A.J. Lapray, Cristiano Felicio and Jordan Bell.
Lapray, a 6-4 shooting guard at Sprague High School in Salem, Ore., who had drawn interest from other Pac-12 programs and prominent schools the West Coast, signed his National Letter of Intent at the Sprague’s gym. A member of the Grassroots Canada AAU team, Lapray was a second-team Class 6A all-state selection as a prep junior and averaged 20.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He was also named Central Valley Conference co-player of the year. Lapray is the nephew of Mike McShane, who played for UO from 1996 to 1999.
Felicio, a 6-9 post from Brazil, is expected to bring a wealth of international experience to Eugene. As a member of Brazil’s ninth-place team at the 2011 U-19 World Championships, Felicio averaged 9.5 points on 75.6% shooting, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over eight games. He was also a solid performer at the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2011 Nike Global Challenge.
Bell signed a National Letter of Intent committing to the Ducks during an assembly at his school. The 6-8, 225-pound prep senior was the first signee in UO’s 2013-14 class. Bell held offers from several major programs, but told his local newspaper that he chose the Ducks, in part, because: “I like the way they use their bigs, that they get up and down the court.” Considered one of the top defensive players in the state of California, the four-star prospect has also been termed “one of the nation’s top athletes and most tenacious rebounders” by Rivals.com, which ranked him 70th on its list of the nation’s top 150 recruits. He is listed 14th nationally for his position. Bell played his AAU ball for the Compton Magic. In his junior season at Long Beach Poly, he averaged 8.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, while recording three triple-doubles on the season.
The three players are early signees for UO. NCAA Basketball’s early signing period was Nov. 14 through Nov. 21. The regular signing period is April 17 to March 15, 2013.
Non-conference games against UNLV, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Nevada and UTEP and a Pac-12 slate that features 18 televised contests are among the highlights of men’s basketball schedule.
Along with the three 2012 NCAA Tournament teams at the front of the season – Vanderbilt, UNLV and Cincinnati – Oregon will also contend with NCAA participants Colorado and California in the Pac-12, as well as NIT final four teams Stanford and Washington. Other opponents who advanced to the postseason in 2012 included Arizona and Nevada in the NIT and Oregon State and Washington State in the College Basketball Invitational.
In addition to the Pac‐12 Conference schools on the schedule, the Ducks will battle teams from 10 different conferences: Big Ten, SEC, Mountain West (twice), Conference USA, Big Sky (three times), Ohio Valley, Western Athletic Conference, SWAC, Great West and the Big East.