Coach Altman and EJ Singler Preview Colorado
Tip Off: 7PM
The Ducks play their fourth game without point guard Dominic Artis tonight against the Buffs, and with two back-to-back losses last week on the road, this win could be key in preventing a breakthrough season from derailing.
"Every team has to bounce back at some point in time, and we've got to bounce back here -- and our guys will do that. ... We just need to play better," said Coach Altman Tuesday.
"They're all must-wins, heck, have you talked to our fans? We gotta win 'em all."
So far, they've been winning them all at home, on a 20-game streak at Matt Court.
If they want to continue to do that against Colorado, EJ Singler says it will come down to stopping them in transition.
“They're a really good scoring team. They really like to get up and down the court and score in transition, so we have to stop them in that and really make them play in the half court...that''ll get them out of a lot of things they like to do,” Singler said before Tuesday's practice.
Colorado is coming off an embarrassing loss against Utah, and according to their Coach Tad Boyle, his team needs to get back in the right mindset,
"Players have to understand what's at stake and what every game means.” "I don't think our guys understand that yet, and obviously they didn't understand it going into Utah."
The 19th-ranked Oregon Ducks will host Colorado and Utah this week at Matthew Knight Arena for their first home games since beating Washington, 81-76, on Jan. 26. The Ducks have won 20 consecutive games at home, their third-longest home winning streak of all time.
Oregon (18-4, 7-2) currently sits in a tie for first place in the Pac-12 with Arizona; the Ducks won the only head-to-head matchup over the Wildcats, a 70-66 game on Jan. 10 at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon is on its first two-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. The Ducks averaged just 53 points per game on the 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.
Colorado comes to Eugene fresh off a disappointing loss to Utah on Saturday. The Buffaloes are 14-7 overall and their 4-5 Pac-12 record places them in eighth. Oregon plays Utah Saturday; the Utes are 10-11 overall and 2-7 in conference play.
Damyean Dotson continues to lead the Ducks in scoring with 11.4 points per game, while Arsalan Kazemi leads Oregon in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds a game.
EJ Singler is just three wins from having the most wins in Oregon basketball history. Singler has won 79 games as a Duck.
Senior center Tony Woods enters the Colorado game with 78 career blocks. He is 3rd all-time in blocked shots for the Ducks.
Colorado sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie is leading the team with 14.7 points per game. His fellow teammate guard Askia Booker, is averaging 14.1.
CU’s Andre Roberson and Siena College's O.D. Anosike are tied at 11.6 rebounds per game as the nation’s leaders in rebounding.
Roberson has 9 double-doubles this season, which has him tied for 1st in Pac-12 (10.8 ppg., 11.6 rpg.).