With the Ducks returning to Eugene after sweeping the Southland schools, expect Matt Knight to light up this Wednesday when the Cougars come to town. The Ducks have climbed to #16 in the AP Poll, and will ride the momentum into a winnable game- IF they don't let all the attention go to their heads. Coach Altman does a good job of keeping everyone grounded, so don't expect the spotlight to get to the Ducks.
OFFICIAL GAME NOTES:
NO. 16 OREGON RETURNS HOME WITH SEVEN-GAME WINNING STREAK ON THE LINE
After completing a successful road trip in Los Angeles, Calif., that featured two road wins against USC and No. 24 UCLA, the 16th-ranked Ducks (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12) return home to Matthew Knight Arena for the first time in 10 days to play the visiting Washington State Cougars (10-8, 1-4 Pac-12). Oregon has won seven consecutive games and has not lost in 2013. The Ducks’ last loss came over a month ago, when they dropped a 91-84 decision to UTEP in triple overtime on Dec. 19, 2012 in El Paso, Texas.
The Ducks have won 11 of 12 games overall, including their first five Pac-12 games. They are 2-0 against ranked teams, 8-0 at home and 3-1 on the road during that stretch.
Oregon leads the all-time series over Washington State, 160-123, and has not lost to the Cougars since the 2010-11 season, when it dropped a 77-63 game to Washington State in Pullman, Wash. In the last meeting between the two schools (Feb. 11, 2012), Oregon beat Washington State 78-69. The Cougars have not beaten the Ducks in Eugene since Jan. 17, 2009 (74-62).
DUCKS SWEEP LA WEEKEND FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009-10
Oregon beat USC and UCLA on the road last weekend for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The Ducks snuck past the Trojans, 76-74, on Thurdsday night (Jan. 17) at the Galen Center in Los Angeles before topping the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, 76-67, during a nationally-televised game (CBS) on Saturday. The victory snapped UCLA’s 10-game winning streak.
OREGON BEATS UCLA, IMPROVES TO 4-0 IN PAC-12 PLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1973-74
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tony Woods scored 18 points and No. 21 Oregon pulled away over the final six and a half minutes to beat No. 24 UCLA 76-67 on Saturday, improving the Ducks to 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in 39 years.
Dominic Artis added 14 points, and Arsaian Kezemi had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks (16-2, 5-0), who snapped the Bruins’ 10-game winning streak, including eight straight victories at home.
UCLA (15-4, 5-1) led by three points at halftime after shooting 55 percent. The Bruins led by five early in the second half and tied the game at 52-all before the Ducks’ defense stepped up and sent the Bruins’ shooting into a tailspin.
Travis Wear scored 17 points to lead the Bruins, whose winning streak equaled their longest since 2008-09. Norman Powell added 11 points starting in place of Shabazz Muhammad, who finished with 10 points, as did Kyle Anderson.
After barely getting by Southern California 76-74 on Thursday, the Ducks won their seventh straight and 11th in their last 12. They are 5-0 in league play for the first time since 1973-74 when the conference had eight teams. Back then, they lost their next game to then-No. 1 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.
Down by five, the Ducks ran off eight straight points to take a 49-46 lead while the Bruins went 5:17 without scoring. They tied the game at 52-all on a jumper by Wear.
From there, the Ducks slowly built a 62-56 lead, capped by Kazemi’s layup off his own offensive rebound.
Powell hit a 3-pointer and Anderson made two free throws to pull the Bruins within one with 3:30 to play, but they came no closer in front of 12,254, the second-largest crowd of the season at the newly renovated arena.
Muhammad didn’t start as punishment for being late to practice on Friday and he sat the first 5 minutes. The freshman scored 10 of UCLA’s final 12 points to put them ahead 40-37 at halftime.
During Muhammad’s run, the Bruins took their largest lead of six points before E.J. Singler’s 3-pointer with 6 seconds left cut down the advantage.
The Ducks led by four points early in the game, despite committing four turnovers and going 7 for 20 from the field in the first 9 1-2 minutes.
DUCKS SEEK FIRST 6-0 START IN 87 YEARS
Oregon is 5-0 in the Pac-12 Conference for the first time since the 1973-74 season, when the conference was known as the Pac-8. The Ducks have not started 6-0 in conference play since the 1925-26 season, when they were members of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC). The 1925-26 Oregon squad finished the season 18-4 and completed a perfect 10-0 PCC regular season before losing in the PCC Championship game to California, 29-23, on Feb. 27, 1926.