NO. 19 DUCKS HIT THE ROAD FOR FINAL GAMES OF THE REGULAR SEASON
The 19th-ranked Oregon Ducks, who have essentially a one-game lead in the Pac-12 over UCLA (Oregon beat UCLA in the only head-to-head meeting on Jan. 19), head to Boulder and Salt Lake City for their final two regular season games of the year. Oregon (23-6, 12-4) plays Colorado (19-9, 9-7) on Thursday night and wraps up the season on Saturday morning at Utah (11-17, 3-13).
In the last meeting between the Ducks and Buffaloes, Colorado stunned Oregon to break its 20-game home court winning streak, 48-47, on Feb. 7. Oregon’s 47 points were its lowest output of the year at the time (the Ducks scored a season-low 46 points two weeks later against California).
Colorado has won the last two games against Oregon and is 6-3 all-time against the Ducks. Oregon’s last win over Colorado came on March 1, 2012, a 90-81 triumph in Eugene.
Oregon is 6-3 on the road this season and have won its last two. The Ducks beat Washington in Seattle, 65-52, on Feb. 13 and Washington State in Pullman, 79-77 in overtime, on Feb. 16.
DUCKS RANKED 19TH IN LATEST AP POLL
Oregon went 1-0 last week, defeating Oregon State at home. As a result, the Ducks jumped up to the No. 19 slot in the Associated Press Poll.
DUCKS SWEEP NORTHWEST SCHOOLS FOR FIRST TIME IN 87 YEARS
Oregon’s 85-75 victory over Oregon State on Feb. 28 gave the Ducks their first sweep over the Beavers since 2011. It also completed the season sweep over the Pac-12’s northwest schools (Oregon State, Washington, Washington State) for the first time since the 1925-26 season. The 1925-26 Ducks also went 6-0 against the Beavers, Huskies and Cougars and completed their sweep with a 25-15 win over Oregon State on Feb. 19, 1926.
KAZEMI NEARING SCHOOL RECORD FOR SINGLE-SEASON FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Senior Arsalan Kazemi enters the week shooting 59.5 percent (88-of-148) from the field. If the season ended today, Kazemi would rank second on Oregon’s all-time single-season field goal percentage list behind only Richard Lucas, who shot 61.9 percent (169-of-273) in 1990-91. Additionally, Kazemi’s shooting percentage ranks second in the Pac-12 behind Washington’s Aziz N’Diaye (59.7 percent).
KAZEMI ENTERS FINAL WEEK SEVENTH ALL-TIME ON SINGLE-SEASON STEALS LIST
Arsalan Kazemi enters the final week of the regular season with 59 steals, which leads the team and ranks seventh all-time on Oregon’s single-season steals list. Kazemi is one ahead of Luke Ridnour (58 steals in 2002) and trails Kenya Wilkins (61 in 1996) by just two for sixth all-time.
DUCKS LOCK UP FIRST-ROUND BYE IN PAC-12 TOURNAMENT
Oregon heads to Boulder with a 12-4 Pac-12 record and a three-game lead over the Buffaloes, who sit in fifth, with two games left in the Pac-12 regular season. As a result, the Ducks have locked up a first-round bye next week’s Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. The lowest seed Oregon can receive in the tournament is the No. 3 seed and it can win the Pac-12 out-right with two victories this week or one win coupled by UCLA and California losses.
KAZEMI NOTCHES 53RD CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST OREGON STATE
Senior Arsalan Kazemi scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Oregon’s win over Oregon State Feb. 28. His performance was his eighth double-double of the season and 53rd of his career. He registered 45 double-doubles during his three-year career at Rice.
EMORY TORCHES BEAVERS FOR CAREER-HIGH 21 POINTS
Senior Carlos Emory burned Oregon State for a career-high 21 points on Feb. 28. Emory finished the game 8-of-13 from the field, hit four of his five free throw attempts, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists.
ARTIS RETURNS IN TRIUMPH OVER BEAVERS
Freshman Dominic Artis, who had been hobbled by a foot injury since Jan. 23’s Washington State game, returned to the hardwood on Feb. 28 against Oregon State. Artis hit two 3-pointers in the Ducks’ victory and finished with six points in 12 minutes of action.
DUCKS TIE SCHOOL RECORD FOR SINGLE-SEASON HOME VICTORIES
Oregon’s win over Oregon State capped the 2012-13 season at Matthew Knight Arena with a 17-2 record. The win total matched the school record for single-season wins at home, which was set by the 2011-12 Ducks (17-3).
FOUR SENIORS PLAY FINAL GAME AT MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA
The second leg of the Civil War on Feb. 28 marked the final game in Eugene for four Oregon seniors: E.J. Singler, Tony Woods, Carlos Emory and Arsalan Kazemi. Singler will go down as one of the most prolific scorers in Duck history; he enters the week with 1,448 career points and sits 13th on Oregon’s all-time scoring list. Woods has accumulated 82 blocks in his two-year career with the Ducks, which lands him third all-time. In his two years with Oregon, Emory has been a force off the bench for Dana Altman. He is second on the 2012-13 Ducks in scoring, averaging 11.2 points per game. Finally, Kazemi, who transferred to Oregon after playing his first three years at Rice, is averaging 9.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season and has consistently ranked in the top-three in the Pac-12 in rebounding the entire season. He grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds on Feb. 21 against Stanford.
WOODS ECLIPSES PERSONAL REBOUNDING BEST IN WIN OVER STANFORD
Senior Tony Woods grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in Oregon’s 77-66 triumph over Stanford on Feb. 23. The nine boards broke his previous high of eight which he set on Feb. 2 at California. Woods scored nine points and was 4-of-6 from the field in 23 minutes to compliment his rebounding effort.
LOYD DISHES OUT CAREER-HIGH NINE ASSISTS IN STANFORD GAME
Johnathan Loyd put forth one of his best games of the season on Feb. 23 against Stanford. The Oregon point guard scored a season-high 15 points and dished out a career-high nine assists to help bury the Cardinal. Loyd also played a game-high 37 minutes to pace the Ducks.
LOYD RECORDS CAREER-HIGH IN STEALS IN LOSS TO CAL
Oregon junior guard Johnathan Loyd notched a career-high five steals in the Ducks’ loss to Cal on Feb. 21. Loyd broke his previous mark of four steals, which he had done seven times before.
LOYD PUTS UP ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE AGAINST WASHINGTON
Junior guard Johnathan Loyd scored 11 points on Feb. 13 at Washington, his first double-figure scoring game of the season. All 11 of Loyd’s points came in the second half. In the win, Loyd surpassed his previous season-high of nine points that he set on Jan. 26 in Oregon’s 81-76 win over the Huskies in Eugene.
EMORY TALLIES FIFTH CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME
Senior Carlos Emory scored a career-high 21 points in Oregon’s win over Oregon State, giving him his fifth consecutive game in double figures. Emory also scored at least 10 against Stanford (Feb. 23), California (Feb. 21), Washington State (Feb. 16) and Washington (Feb. 13).
DUCKS SWEEP WASHINGTON SCHOOLS FOR FIRST TIME IN OVER 20 YEARS
Oregon swept the season series over Washington for the first time since 1995 on Feb. 13 in Seattle and completed the season sweep over Washington State for the second straight year with a 79-77 overtime victory in Pullman on Feb. 16. The four-game season sweep over the Huskies and Cougars marked the first time the Ducks swept both Washington schools in a single season since the 1989-90 campaign.
SINGLER WINS 82ND GAME AS A DUCK, BECOMES SCHOOL’S ALL-TIME LEADER
Oregon’s win over Washington State was senior E.J. Singler’s 82nd in his remarkable career with the Ducks. He is now the school’s all-time leader in career victories (he now has 84 entering the Colorado game). Singler has played in 134 games for Oregon and won 16 games as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 during his junior season and 23 so far as a senior. Only four other players have won at least 80 games in an Oregon uniform. Freddie Jones and Joevan Catron have 81 career wins and Luke Jackson and Dick Wilkins each have 80.
SINGLER PASSES TAYLOR FOR 13TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Senior E.J. Singler scored 12 points against Stanford to give him 1,439 career points and move him past Bryce Taylor (1,435) for 13th on Oregon’s all-time scoring list. He is now just 40 points away (1,448 career points) from catching Kenya Wilkins (1,488) for 12th place.
SINGLER, LOYD TIED FOR 10TH ALL-TIME IN STEALS
Senior forward E.J. Singler and junior guard Johnathan Loyd each have 105 steals in their careers at Oregon. The two are tied for 10th on Oregon’s all-time career steals list and are nine away from catching Terrell Brandon, who recorded 114 steals in his 57 games as a Duck from 1989-91, for ninth place all-time.
SINGLERS PASS TALLENT, ROBERTS BROTHERS FOR 15TH ALL-TIME
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 3,855 points in their careers. They currently rank 15th all-time in brother scoring combinations. E.J.’s seven points against California moved the Singlers past the Tallent and Roberts brothers. The Singlers are 25 points away from catching Kelvin and Clinton Ransey for 14th all-time.
TWO DUCKS SCORE OVER 20 IN WIN AT WASHINGTON STATE
Seniors E.J. Singler and Carlos Emory each finished with 20-point games in Oregon’s win at Washington State. Singler’s 25 points were a season-high and Emory’s 20 points were a career high. In addition, it marked the first time since March 18, 2012 that two Oregon players scored at least 20 points in a game. That night, Singler and Olu Ashaolu had 25 and 22 points, respectively, in Oregon’s 108-97 triumph over Iowa in the National Invitational Tournament.
OREGON TAKES CARE OF THE BALL IN TRIUMPH AT WASHINGTON
The Oregon Ducks committed just nine turnovers in their 65-52 win at Washington on Feb. 13. It was the first time that Oregon committed fewer than 10 turnovers in a game since Dec. 8 at home against Idaho State when it finished with just seven turnovers.
FOUR DUCKS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES AT WASHINGTON FOR FIRST TIME SINCE JAN. 19
Freshman Damyean Dotson led Oregon in scoring for the eighth time this season, tallying 13 points. Three other Ducks scored in double figures as well, including Arsalan Kazemi (11 points), Johnathan Loyd (11) and Carlos Emory (10). The double-digit effort by the four Ducks represent the first time four players scored in double figures for Oregon since its 76-67 at UCLA on Jan. 19.
DUCKS EARN 14TH 20-WIN SEASON IN SCHOOL HISTORY
The 2012-13 Oregon Ducks joined just 13 other Oregon basketball teams in the 108-year history of the program to win at least 20 games in a single season. The Ducks have now won at least 20 games in all three of head coach Dana Altman’s seasons at the helm of the program.
ALTMAN WINS 600TH CAREER GAME
Oregon’s victory over Stanford was Dana Altman’s 600th win in his 28-year coaching career. Altman won 123 games at the junior college level and now has 478 wins as a NCAA Division I head coach.
ALTMAN REGISTERS 15TH 20-WIN SEASON IN NCAA DIVISION I COACHING CAREER
Oregon improved to 20-5 overall with its 65-52 victory at Washington on Feb. 13. The win gave head coach Dana Altman his 15th 20-win season in his NCAA Division I coaching career. He has won 20 games in all three of his years at Oregon as well. Altman’s first 20-win season came 19 years ago when his 1993-94 Kansas State Wildcats went 20-14 en route to an NIT berth. From 1998-2009, Altman posted 11 consecutive 20-win seasons as head coach at Creighton, including a 29-5 campaign in 2002-03. Oregon is searching for its first NCAA Tournament appearance under Altman’s guidance, however, and first since the 2007-08 season.
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).
OREGON POSTS THIRD STRAIGHT 20-WIN SEASON FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1939
Dana Altman has led the Ducks to three-straight 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1936-37, 1937-38 and 1938-39 (Oregon won the first-ever NCAA Championship in 1939) teams all won at least 20 games.
DUCKS PICK UP 84TH WIN IN FOUR-YEAR SPAN
Oregon’s win over Oregon State marked the program’s 84th since 2009. It is Oregon’s best four-year run in total wins since Duck teams from 1999-03 racked up 85 wins. In addition, the Ducks’ 68 wins in three years under head coach Dana Altman is the best three-year output since Oregon teams from 1937-40 posted 73 victories.. The current four-year run ranks sixth all-time and Oregon’s three-year run places third in program history. For a complete list, please see the “Chasing History” section on page 6 of today’s game notes.
DUCKS DEFENSE HAS HELD SEVEN OPPONENTS UNDER 50 POINTS
Oregon’s 48-46 loss to California on Feb. 21 at Matthew Knight Arena marked the seventh time this season that the Ducks have held an opponent under 50 points during a game. The seven 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 seven sub-50 point efforts by Ducks’ opponents ranks in a tie for 14th all-time, with 13 coming before the 1960-61 season (for a complete list, please see the “Chasing History” section on page 6).