Ducks Look to Continue 17 Home Win Streak

Ducks Look to Continue 17 Home Win Streak
January 13, 2013, 12:15 pm

The Ducks have had nearly three days to ride the emotional high of knocking off  the #4 Wildcats, and now must focus on continuing their 17-game winning streak at Matt Knight Arena as the Sun Devils (14-2, 3-0) come to town.

"If January 10th was the high-point of our season, then we've underachieved," said Coach Altman Thursday evening, driving home the idea that the Ducks still have a lot of work to do.

The Ducks are 2-6 against ASU in the past four years. The last time they played each other, Oregon won 67-58
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ASU’s top scorers are 
Carrick Felix (18 points & 14 rebounds in game against OSU) and freshman 
Jahil Carson (20 points, 4 assists in game against OSU). 

So far the Sun Devils have won 3 conference games against: Utah, Colorado, OSU and are on a 5 game winning streak. Their game at Oregon State was a season high for rebounds for the team.

GAME NOTES:

The University of Oregon (13-2, 2-0) hosts Arizona State (14-2, 3-0) at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday night in Eugene, Ore. Tip-time is slated for 6:05 p.m. and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

Oregon enters the week after knocking off fourth-ranked Arizona, 70-66, on Thursday night at a raucous Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks trailed 11-0 to start the game but closed the first half on a 41-19 run to lead 41-30 at the break. They held off a late Wildcat charge to win by four.

Oregon is unbeaten at Matthew Knight Arena this season. The Ducks’ 70-66 victory over Arizona on Thursday moved its home record to a perfect 11-0 in 2012-13. The Ducks are off to their best start at Matthew Knight Arena in school history and best start at any home facility since 2001-02, when they finished the year a perfect 16-0 at McArthur Court.
The Ducks have won 17 consecutive games at Matthew Knight Arena dating back to last season. Their last home loss came at the hands of Oregon State, 76-71, on Jan. 29, 2012. Oregon won six- straight home games to conclude last season and its 17-game home winning streak ranks 7th in the nation. The Ducks have won this year’s 11 home games by an average of 21.7 points, winning every game by double-digits. Five of the 11 wins have come by at least 20 points, including victories by 41 and 52 points. Oregon is 44-11 at home under Dana Altman and 28-3 in the last two years.

GAME WITH ARIZONA

Against the Wildcats Thursday, E.J. Singler had 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals for Oregon (13-2, 2-0 Pac- 12), which overcame an 11-0 deficit to lead for the final 27:32. The Ducks ran their home winning streak to 17 games, including all 11 this season.

Dominic Artis, Carlos Emory and Tony Woods had 10 points apiece for Oregon.

The Wildcats (14-1, 2-1) didn’t go quietly. Trailing 67-55 with under 3 minutes to play, Arizona mounted one last rally.
Lyons made a 3-pointer, Johnson followed with a layup and Lyons drained another 3 while falling backward to cut it to 67-63 with 1:18 to go.
Free throws by Singler and another 3-pointer by Johnson made it 69-66 with 50 seconds left. Artis missed a shot late in the Ducks’ ensuing possession and Johnson was making his way up the court when Johnathan Loyd caught him from behind and stole the ball with 10 seconds left. Loyd was fouled and made one of two free throws to seal it.



FIVE DUCKS ARE NOW AVERAGING DOUBLE-FIGURES IN SCORING CATEGORY

A mix of three seniors and two freshmen are carrying the offensive load for Oregon this season, each of them averaging at least 10 points per game. Seniors Tony Woods (10.7 ppg), Carlos Emory (10.3 ppg) and E.J. Singler (10.5 ppg) pace the Ducks upperclassmen, while freshman Damyean Dotson’s 11.6 points per game leads the team and fellow freshman Dominic Artis checks in with 10.1 ppg.


KAZEMI ECLIPSES 1,300-POINT MARK

Oregon senior forward Arsalan Kazemi scored six points in the Ducks’ 70-66 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in Eugene to push him over the 1,300-point mark for his career. His six points brought him to 1,303 for his career, which includes his three years at Rice University.


SINGLER PASSES LEUNEN, BRANDON ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST

Senior E.J. Singler posted 14 points in Oregon’s four-point victory over Arizona in Eugene. The 14 points were his third-highest output of the season; he has scored 29 points over the last two games. Singler now has 1,271 points in his career at Oregon; he moved past Maarty Leunen (1,259) and Terrell Brandon (1,263) on Oregon’s all-time scoring list and now stands alone in 17th place. He is 30 points away from catching Charlie Warren, whose 1,301 points currently puts in him 16th place.



KAZEMI, ARTIS PACE CONFERENCE IN STEALS; KAZEMI THIRD IN REBOUNDING

Senior Arsalan Kazemi enters the week averaging 2.6 steals per game, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks in the top-15 nationally. Freshman Dominic Artis comes into the game with 2.0 steals per contest, good enough for fourth place in the conference. Additionally, Kazemi is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the Pac-12.