NO. 10 DUCKS TRAVEL TO BAY AREA, LOOK TO STAY ATOP THE PAC-12
The 10th-ranked Oregon Ducks topped Washington at home on Saturday afternoon to improve to 18-2 overall and 7-0 in the Pac-12, which leads the conference. The win marked Oregon’s 20th straight victory at Matthew Knight Arena dating back to the end of the 2011-12 season. The Ducks are 14-0 at home this season.
On Wednesday, Oregon faces Stanford (12-8, 3-4 Pac-12) for the first time this season. The Cardinal leads the all-time series over the Ducks, 89-47, but has not beaten Oregon since Feb. 26, 2011 in Eugene. Oregon has won the last two over Stanford and swept the season series last year.
DUCKS MOVE UP SIX SPOTS IN AP POLL; HIGHEST RANKING SINCE MARCH 2007
Oregon picked up two wins last week while ranked 16th in the Associated Press Top-25 poll. As a result, the Ducks moved up six spots in the poll to the No. 10 spot. The new ranking is the Ducks’ highest since March 12, 2007 when they were ranked 10th.
OREGON HOLDS OFF WASHINGTON, 81-76
EUGENE, Ore.—The No. 16 Oregon Ducks held on to defeat the visiting Washington Huskies, 81-76, on Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
The last time Oregon started conference play with seven straight victories was the 1925-26 campaign, when it started Pacific Coast Conference play 10-0.
Senior E.J. Singler led the Ducks offensively with 18 points, while fellow seniors Arsalan Kazemi and Carlos Emory also scored in double figures with 11 each. Kazemi also grabbed 11 rebounds to give him 50 career double-doubles and five in his lone season at UO.
Five players scored in double figures for the Huskies, led by Andrew Andrews and C.J. Wilcox with 15 and 14, respectively. Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs added 13 each, while Shawn Kemp, Jr. scored 12 of his own.
Singler started the game off with a quick basket to set the tone for Oregon. After UW responded with a 3-point basket, Kazemi stripped the ball and passed to Dotson for a fast break layup to get the Ducks going. Junior point guard Johnathan Loyd threw an alley-oop pass to senior Tony Woods before Dotson made another layup to put the Ducks up 8-3.
The Huskies followed with a 7-2 run of their own before freshman guard Willie Moore tied the game up with a fast break layup off of a steal. An E.J. Singler 3-pointer with 14 minutes remaining in the half put Oregon back on top.
After trading baskets, an alley-oop from Loyd to Emory from half-court put Oregon up 20-16. Emory added another one to the highlight reel several minutes later as he threw down a monster one-handed dunk over two defenders, giving the Ducks a 30-28 advantage with four minutes to go in the half.
After a free throw by UW’s Andrew Andrews, Emory followed his dunks up with a shot-clock beating three to extend Oregon’s lead to four. The senior scored his seventh straight on a strong driving layup before the teams traded baskets to send the Ducks into halftime with a 37-33 advantage.
Coming out of halftime, the two sides scored baskets back and forth before the Ducks started to slowly pull away thanks to strong play in the paint. Oregon finished the game with 44 points in the paint compared to Washington’s 28.
Junior Waverly Austin blocked two Husky shots in a row, while scoring two of his seven points in between, near the nine-minute mark. Austin tied his career-high of three blocks.
Oregon’s largest lead came with 7:23 remaining in the game as they led the Huskies by 14. Washington crept back into the game thanks to a full-court press that led to several Oregon turnovers and missed three throws. The Ducks were able to knock down some key free throws with under a minute remaining, however, and closed out the game, 81-76.
The Ducks finished 57.8% (26-of-45) from the floor, while the Huskies shot 51.9% (27-of-52). Oregon also led Washington in points off of turnovers (27-22) and fast break points (10-2).
DUCKS START 7-0 IN CONFERENCE PLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1925-26 SEASON
Oregon’s 81-76 triumph over Washington moved it to 7-0 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 “Chasing History” section on page 6).
OREGON IN THE MIDST OF THIRD-LONGEST HOME WINNING STREAK OF ALL-TIME
The Ducks have won 20 consecutive games at Matthew Knight Arena. They won six straight to end the 2011-12 campaign and have won their first 14 in 2012-13. The 20-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 “Chasing History” section on page 6).
OREGON’S 20-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, 33
3. South Dakota State, 26
4. Colorado State, 24
5. Southern Mississippi, 23
6. Oregon, 20
8. Wichita State, 19
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 Saturday to give him 76 career blocks and move him past Chris Christoffersen for third place on Oregon’s all-time blocks list.
SINGLER PASSES BARNETT FOR 15TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING CHART
Senior forward E.J. Singler scored 18 points against Washington on Saturday to give him 1,338 points for his career and move him into 15th place on Oregon’s all-time scoring list. Singler’s 18 points helped him pass Jim Barnett, who now ranks 16th with 1,325 points. Singler is just 61 points from catching Luke Ridnour, whose 1,399 career points ranks 14th all-time.
DUCKS LIGHT UP WASHINGTON FROM THE FIELD
Oregon shot an impressive 57.8 percent (26-of-45) from the field in its win over Washington on Saturday. It marked the first time since Dec. 8 that the Ducks shot over 50 percent in a game; they put together a 52.5 percent night against Idaho State at Matthew Knight Arena that evening.
SINGLER NOW JUST THREE WINS FROM MOST VICTORIES IN OREGON HISTORY
Oregon’s win over Washington was senior E.J. Singler’s 79th in his remarkable career with the Ducks. Singler has started the last 115 games for Oregon and won 16 games as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 during his junior season and 18 so far as a senior. Only four players have won more than 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 three wins from having the most wins in Oregon basketball history.
KAZEMI RECORDS 50TH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST WASHINGTON
Senior forward Arsalan Kazemi scored 11 points and grabbed 11 boards in the Washington game to give him his 50th career double-double and fifth of the season. His fifth double-double of the year came exactly one week after he recorded his fourth double-double, a 12-point and 11-rebound effort on Jan. 19 at UCLA.
SINGLERS TIE HERRONS 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 3,745 points in their careers. They currently rank 19th all-time in brother scoring combinations. E.J.’s 18 points against Washington propelled the Singlers into a tie with the Herron brothers (3,745) and they are just 20 points shy of the Vincent brothers (Jay, Sam), who combined for 3,765 points at Michigan State from 1978-85.
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 25 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).
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 Jan. 19. 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.
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 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 “Chasing History” section on page 6).