Oregon (17-2, 6-0) has had a rather charmed season while climbing to the top of the Pac-12 standings and rising to a No. 16 national ranking.
However, the Ducks must deal with their first setback.
Freshman point guard Dominic Artis will miss today’s game against Washington due to a foot injury, according to the Register-Guard.
Jonathan Loyd will replace him in the starting lineup. The 5-8, 165-pound junior guard started 27 games his first two seasons at Oregon. This season he’s averaging 2.8 points and 2.2 assists as a backup.
Artis has started all 19 games, averaging 10.2 points and 3.8 assists.
SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:
— The Huskies get a chance today to do something that hasn’t happened many times in the history of the program – beat a ranked team on the opponent’s home floor. Washington is 11-109 all-time on a top-25 team’s home court.
— The Pac-12’s leading Freshman of the Year award candidates square off today in Tempe, Arizona when Muhammad meets Arizona State’s Jahii Carson. While talking about Carson, UCLA coach Ben Howland told the Arizona Republic: “He reminds us a little bit of Isaiah Thomas. He was so good at getting to the rim and attacking and being aggressive, jumping in and getting fouls. That’s obviously a very high compliment. Isaiah’s doing great with the Sacramento Kings and is going to be in the NBA a long time.”
— UCLA will be without forward Travis Wear (concussion) when it plays at Arizona State today. Good thing, he has a twin brother on the team. David Wear is expected to get the starting nod against the Sun Devils.
— Freshman Shabazz Muhammad said his Gucci backpack that’s gotten so much attention – mainly from Pat Forde at Yahoo! – was a gift from his mother and sister.
— Interesting take on analyst Bill Walton from LA Times columnist T.J. Simers.
— It’s back to the drawing board for No. 6 Arizona, which is coming off of a loss to UCLA and must face USC today.
— Washington State (10-9, 1-5) hopes to remain above .500 after it plays Oregon State today.
— It’s a little old, but former Washington star Tony Wroten Jr. did an interview with KJR-AM radio this week.
— In case you missed it, Aaron Gordon’s dunk (video below) this week has gone viral. Less than three months until the start of the regular signing period, which begins April 17. The San Jose high school star has narrowed his choices to Washington, Arizona and Kentucky. Gordon will compete in the April 20 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland.