Coming off another scrappy win, the Ducks will play their second game without Dominic Artis on the road against Stanford. When he will return remains to be seen. Until then, Johnathan Loyd, the hard-fighting, full-of-heart junior guard will lead the offense.
After the win over Washington, Coach Altman saw concern in the Duck's 23 turnovers, “those took away from our performance. There were a lot of bad decisions, things we have to work on. But other than that I liked our effort. Arsalan was great on the boards. Without DA I thought Johnny stepped up and did a great job defensively. He worked hard and gave us some good minutes.. But it's hard to look past 23 turnovers.”
And while tonight's game is more than winnable, the #10/12 Ducks will need to clean it up against the Cardinal (12-8, 3-4 Pac-12) to continue their climb to the top.
TV: ESPNU, with Brent Musberger (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst).
The Ducks are averaging 76.2 points per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Oregon is also the Pac-12's top rebounding club at 39.2 per game Damyean Dotson (11.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 47.4 percent FG), E.J. Singler (11.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 36.1 percent 3FG, 64 assists), Arsalan Kazemi (8.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 39 steals).
Let's take a look at the Stanford Scouting Report:
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon Stanford holds an 89-47 all-time advantage, although the last 10 meetings have been split. Oregon completed a sweep of last year's season series for the first time since 1985, winning 78-67 at home and 68-64 on the road. The Ducks have won two straight games at Maples Pavilion following a 24-game losing streak on The Farm.
Stanford's Last Game Vs. Utah
John Gage scored a career-high 19 points and Chasson Randle added 17, leading four players in double figures as Stanford cruised past Utah 87-56 ... Stanford shot 50.0 percent overall while limiting Utah to 38.2 percent. The Cardinal was 9-15 from three-point territory, dished out 17 assists and forced 15 turnovers ... Dwight Powell chipped in with 11 points but fell one rebound shy of his fifth double-double. Powell also misfired on his first free throw attempt to end a streak of 12 consecutive makes ... Stanford's 87 points and 46 first-half points represented season highs ... . On Sunday night at Utah, Stanford held a 43-27 rebounding edge and was 18-24 from the charity stripe ... All 13 available players saw court time in the victory, with 12 breaking into the box score. The biggest cheers were reserved for sophomore walk-on Wade Morgan, who grabbed a rebound and scored his first collegiate point when he converted the second of two free throws .
Cardinal Exceptional From The Charity Stripe
Stanford is converting at a 74.4 percent clip that ranks 31st in the country. Only once in the last six years has Stanford finished the season making at least 70.0 percent or better, and that came in 2008-09 when the Cardinal was slightly over at 70.5 percent. Aaron Bright, who ranks fourth in the country in free throw shooting percentage, has made 28 freebies in a row.
Powell Continues To Pace The Cardinal
Fully healthy and contributing consistently, Dwight Powell is showcasing the kind of dynamic all-around game many expected when he first arrived on The Farm. In addition to averaging 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds, Powell is shooting 47.7 percent overall and 80.4 percent from the foul line. A 2011 Pac-10 All-Freshman pick, Powell has notched four double-doubles while establishing career highs in every category, including points (29) and rebounds (13).
Randle Producing Over Last Six Games
A season of early struggles for Chasson Randle hit rock bottom against USC back on Jan. 3, as the sophomore guard was held scoreless for the first time in his career. Since that contest, Randle is averaging 16.0 points while shooting 35-85 (41.2 percent) from the field, 11-26 (42.3 percent) from beyond the arc and 15-21 (71.4 percent) from the foul line over the last six games. For the season, Randle ranks second on the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) and first in assists (54) and steals (32) while excelling from the foul line (66-82, 80.5 percent).
Huestis Simply Dominating The Glass
Josh Huestis has developed into one of the Pac-12's premier defensive performers. Huestis, who tallied 10 blocks against Seattle back on Nov. 28, leads the team in that category with 41 and his 2.1 swats per game rank 53rd nationally. Huestis has registered 91 career blocks, good for eighth in school history. Meanwhile, Huestis leads the Cardinal at 8.9 boards per game, looking to become the first player to average 10.0 rebounds since Curtis Borchardt (2001-02).