NO. 16 DUCKS LOOK TO CONTINUE PERFECT HOME SEASON AGAINST WASHINGTON
The Oregon Ducks outlasted Washington State, 68-61, on Wednesday evening to improve to 13-0 at Matthew Knight Arena this season. On Saturday, the Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12) play their final home game of January — Oregon is 3-0 in January home games — against the Washington Huskies (12-7, 4-2 Pac-12).
Washington won the season series over Oregon, 2-1, a year ago including a 90-86 win in the NIT Quarterfinals that ended the Ducks’ season in Seattle, Wash., on March 20, 2012. Oregon’s last victory over the Huskies came on Feb. 9, 2012, 82-57, in Eugene. Washington holds a 187-105 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1904.
Oregon’s 6-0 Pac-12 record leads the conference while the Huskies (4-2) currently sit in fourth place.
OREGON OVERCOMES 10-POINT HALFTIME DEFICIT TO BEAT WASHINGTON STATE
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The last time No. 16 Oregon was 6-0 in league play the Ducks were known as the Webfoots and the league was called the Pacific Coast Conference, not the Pac-12.
But Oregon (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12) reached that mark for the first time since 1925-26 on Wednesday with a 68-61 victory over Washington State, a win that required a rally from the Ducks’ largest halftime deficit of the season.
E.J. Singler had 19 points - 14 in the second half - for Oregon, which trailed 39-29 at halftime before pulling out their eighth straight victory. Arsalan Kazemi added 16 points and Damyean Dotson had 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds.
The win was Oregon’s 19th straight at home, tied for the sixth-longest active streak in the nation, and kept them alone in first place in the Pac-12.
“It was just one of those games, I guess,’’ Singler said. “All that matters is we got the `W.’ We have to have the mindset that we’re the hunted now.’’
Mike Ladd had 19 points and Brock Motum scored 14 for the Cougars (10-9, 1-5), who shot just 27.3 percent from the field in the second half as they lost their big lead.
“It seemed like they turned the heat up in the second half,’’ Washington State coach Ken Bone said. “There’s a reason why they’re ranked 16th in the country.’’
Oregon opened the second half on a 9-0 run, getting within a point of the Cougars’ double-digit advantage on a breakaway dunk by Carlos Emory that made it 39-38 with 15:33 left.
But Dexter Kernich-Drew snapped an 0-for-5 start to the second half for Washington State with a tough layup and Motum followed with a three-point play to put the Cougars back up 44-38.
Then Singler took over. The senior forward scored 10 straight points, tying the game 46-46 with the second of his consecutive 3-pointers. His free throws at the 11:45 mark gave the Ducks their first lead of the game, 48-46.
“I was just feeling it,’’ Singler said. “Some of the guys gave me some good passes, and I knocked down the shots. That got me going and Coach ran some plays for me.’’
The Cougars went back up 53-52 on a layup by Royce Woolridge with 7:38 to play, but Kazemi answered with a dunk off a pass from Singler, and Dominic Artis made a 3-pointer on another assist by Singler as the Ducks took a 57-53 lead and led the rest of the way.
“We bounced back and found a way,’’ Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “But you maybe get one of those a year, or two of those a year where you’re really outplayed in the first half. You get those double-digit deficits and if you think you’re going to come back from those every single game, you’re making a mistake.’’
Ladd had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in the first half for the Cougars, who were halfway to their first win against a ranked team since beating No. 18 Washington on Jan. 30, 2011.
But Washington State cooled off considerably in the second half. After making 7-of-13 3-pointers in the first half, the Cougars missed on all 11 of their 3-point attempts in the second half.
DUCKS START 6-0 IN CONFERENCE PLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1925-26 SEASON
Oregon’s 68-61 triumph over Washington State moved it to 6-0 in conference play for the first time since the 1925-26 season. That year, the Ducks finished Pacific Coast Conference play a perfect 10-0 and capped off the season with an 18-4 record (for a complete list, please see the new “Chasing History” section on page 6).
OREGON IN THE MIDST OF THIRD-LONGEST HOME WINNING STREAK OF ALL-TIME
The Ducks have won 19 consecutive games at Matthew Knight Arena. They won six straight to end the 2011-12 campaign and have won their first 13 in 2012-13. The 19-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 new “Chasing History” section on page 6).
OREGON’S 19-STRAIGHT HOME WINS RANKS IN A TIE FOR SIXTH IN THE COUNTRY
A list of the top home-court winning streaks in the nation:
1. Syracuse, 35
2. Kansas, 32
3. South Dakota State, 25
4. Colorado State, 24
5. Southern Mississippi, 23
6. Oregon, 19
8. Wichita State, 18
WOODS BLOCKS THREE SHOTS TO MOVE INTO THIRD-PLACE TIE ON ALL-TIME BLOCKS LIST
Oregon senior center Tony Woods blocked two shots in the first half and one in the second half against Washington State to pass Henry Madden and Fred Jones and tie him with Chris Christoffersen for third place on Oregon’s all-time blocks list. Woods now has 75 career blocks in his two-year career with the Ducks.
SINGLER MOVES UP THE CHARTS, CONTINUES ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER AT OREGON
Oregon senior forward E.J. Singler made significant moves in the Ducks’ all-time points, steals and blocks categories on Wednesday night against Washington State. The Lake Oswego, Ore., native tallied 19 points to move him into 16th all-time on Oregon’s scoring charts. He now has 1,320 career points and is just six points from passing Jim Barnett (1,325 points) for 15th all-time. Additionally, Singler picked up two steals to push his career total to 98 which is just five shy of Tajuan Porter and Garrett Sim, who both rank 10th all-time with 103 career steals. Finally, Singler registered one block to move him into 10th place all-time (58 career blocks).
DUCKS CLIMB TO NO. 16, HIGHEST RANKING SINCE DECEMBER 2007
With victories at USC and UCLA last week, Oregon climbed from No. 21 in the nation to No. 16 in the most recent Associated Press poll, released Monday. The No. 16 ranking is Oregon’s highest since being ranked 16th the week of Dec. 10, 2007. The Ducks lost to Nebraska in overtime on the road that week (88-79) and dropped to 23rd the next week. Oregon then lost to visiting Oakland the following week and were not ranked the rest of the year.
DOTSON POSTS SEASON-HIGH NINE REBOUNDS AGAINST WASHINGTON STATE
Oregon freshman Damyean Dotson continued his magnificent rookie season by registering nine rebounds to accompany his 11 points. Dotson, who fell just one board shy of a double-double, leads the Ducks in scoring (11.9 ppg) and has scored in double figures 13 times this season.
SINGLER NOW JUST FOUR WINS FROM MOST VICTORIES IN OREGON HISTORY
Oregon’s win over Washington State was senior E.J. Singler’s 78th in his remarkable career with the Ducks. Singler has started the last 114 games for Oregon and won 16 games as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 during his junior season and 17 so far as a senior. Only four players have won more than 80 games in an Oregon uniform. Frederick Jones and Joevan Catron have the most career wins (81) and Luke Jackson and Dick Wilkins each have 80. Singler is just four wins from having the most wins in Oregon basketball history.
WOODS POSTS CAREER NIGHT IN WIN AT UCLA
Senior center Tony Woods, who is in his second season with the Ducks after transferring from Wake Forest following the 2009-10 season, turned in a career performance in Oregon’s 76-67 win at No. 24 UCLA on Saturday. Woods went 8-of-9 from the field (eight field goals were a career high) and finished the game with a career-high 18 points. His previous career high was 17 points, set on Nov. 19, 2012 against Jacksonville State.
KAZEMI RECORDS 49TH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AT UCLA
Senior forward Arsalan Kazemi scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards in the UCLA game to give him his 49th career double-double and fourth of the season. His fourth double-double of the year came exactly one month after he recorded his third double-double, a 13-point and 16-rebound effort on Dec. 19 at UTEP.
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)
SINGLER BROTHERS FAST APPROACHING HERRON COMBINATION
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 3,727 in their careers. They currently rank 20th all-time in brother scoring combinations and are just 18 points from matching the Herron family’s (Larry, Keith, Reggie) mark of 3,745.
DUCKS SWEEP LA WEEKEND FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009-10
Oregon beat USC and UCLA on the road last weekend 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 new “Chasing History” section on page 6).
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 23 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.
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).