EJ Singler: Ready for the Challenge
By Jordan Whitley, College Basketball Insider, @JordanWhitley
VIDEO: The Ducks have only hosted one ranked team since the opening of Matt Knight Arena. So, the 3 Wildcats coming to town is a BIG deal.
The students are also back in town and are expected to pack the stands Thursday night. Combine those factors, and the pressure is ON for senior EJ Singler and the Ducks.
But it is a welcome challenge, and one could add yet another layer to the storied Singler legacy.
EJ will be matched with Arizona's Solomon Hill, who he touts as tough player to guard.
NOTES: Oregons game against third-ranked Arizona marks just the second time a ranked team has come to play the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon beat No. 20 Washington 81-76 on Feb. 5, 2011 in the first matchup against a ranked team at MKA.
Arizona is the highest-ranked opponent the Ducks have played since losing to No. 1 Duke, 98-71, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 27, 2010.
Oregon is 1-1 against ranked teams this season with a win over No. 18 UNLV on Nov. 23 and
a 77-66 loss to No. 22 Cincinnati in Las Vegas the next night.
Oregon last beat a team ranked in the top five on Jan. 6, 2007, when the Ducks handed No. 5 UCLA a 68-66 defeat at McArthur Court.