NO. 19 DUCKS TRY TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST UTES
The 19th-ranked Oregon Ducks lost to Colorado on Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena, 48-47. Oregon’s 47 points were its lowest output of season and lowest since scoring just 42 points in a 62-42 loss at Oregon State on Feb. 6, 2010. The Ducks face Utah (10-12, 2-8) on Saturday.
Oregon (18-5, 7-3) currently sits in second-place tie in the Pac-12 with Arizona State; the Ducks won the only head-to-head matchup over the Sun Devils, a 68-65 game on Jan. 13 at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon is on its first three-game losing streak since the end of the 2010-11 season, however, after dropping both games last week in the Bay Area to Stanford and California and its first home game of the year to Colorado. The Ducks averaged just 53 points per game on the Bay Area trip, scoring 52 in their 24-point loss to Stanford and 54 in their four-point loss to California. The 106 combined points was their lowest two-game output of the season.
Utah is 9-8 all-time against the Ducks but has lost the last two games. The Utes haven’t beaten Oregon since the 2008 season.
DUCKS FALL NINE SPOTS IN LATEST AP POLL
Oregon picked up two losses last week while ranked 10th in the Associated Press Top-25 poll. As a result, the Ducks dropped nine spots in the poll to the No. 19 spot.
COLORADO SNAPS OREGON’S 20-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK
The Colorado Buffaloes topped Oregon, 48-47, on Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena to snap the Ducks’ 20-game home winning streak. It was Oregon’s first loss at home since dropping a 76-71 contest to Oregon State on Jan. 29, 2012. The 20-game winning streak was the sixth-longest active streak in the country coming into Thursday night and it ranks third all-time in Oregon basketball history. Senior E.J. Singler made his 100th consecutive start in the loss.
Oregon is now 3-6 all-time against Colorado and the victory was the Buffaloes’ first in Eugene since Dec. 5, 1955. Colorado held Oregon to just 19 second-half points, its lowest total in a single half this season. The Ducks led, 28-23, at halftime and held a 47-40 advantage in the game’s closing minutes only to see Colorado end the game on an 8-0 ru n and drop Oregon’s record to 15-2 in games where it led at the break.
The Ducks’ last three-game losing streak took place from Feb. 26-March 5, 2011.
SINGLERS PASS VINCENTS 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 3,772 points in their careers. They currently rank 18th all-time in brother scoring combinations. E.J.’s 14 points against Colorado propelled the Singlers past the Vincent brothers (3,765) and they are now just 26 points shy of the Holmes brothers (Chavis, Travis), who combined for 3,798 points from 2006-09.
SINGLER PASSES BARNETT FOR 15TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING CHART
Senior forward E.J. Singler scored 18 points against Washington on Jan. 26 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 34 points (1,365 total after the Colorado game) from catching Luke Ridnour, whose 1,399 career points ranks 14th all-time.
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 played in 128 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.
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 Colorado game with 78 career blocks.
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 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 29 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.
SINGLER MAKES 100th CONSECUTIVE START, JUST ONE SHY OF TOP-10 IN STEALS
Senior E.J. Singler made his 100th consecutive start in the Ducks’ loss to Colorado on Feb. 7. He has played in 128 games and has started 118 games in his four-year career. In addition, Singler increased his career steals total to 102 in the Bay Area and he is now just one shy of tying Tajuan Porter and Garrett Sim for 10th on Oregon’s all-time steals list.
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)
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.
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 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).