Scouting report: Oregon
Game info: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena (12,364 capacity)
TV: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch and Bill Walton)
Radio: KJR 950 AM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Record: 16-8, 4-8 Pac-12
Stats/schedule: Click here
Game notes: Oregon and Washington
Coach: Dana Altman is 89-45 (.664) in his fourth season with the Ducks, 499-288 (.634) in his 25th year as a Division I head coach and 622-312 (.665) overall in 29 years. Altman is the first Oregon coach to post three straight 20-win seasons since Howard Hobson led the legendary ‘Tall Firs’ to four consecutive 20-win seasons from 1935-39. Prior to joining Oregon on April 26, 2010, Altman spent 16 seasons at Creighton where he became the school’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 327-176 (.650). He led the Blue Jays to 13 consecutive postseason appearances and 11 straight seasons with 20-plus wins. In four seasons (1990-94) at Kansas State, Altman amassed a 68-54 (.557) record. He also had a 15-13 (.536) record in one season (1989-90) at Marshall.
Prediction: Picked to finish fourth in a preseason poll in the Pac-12 by media who cover the conference.
Series: Oregon has a three-game home winning streak against Washington. The Huskies last win in Eugene, Oregon was an 86-72 victory on March, 4, 2010. Washington leads 188-108 in a series that began in 1904. Tonight’s game will be the 297th meeting between the teams, the second longest rivalry in the Pac-12. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 16-11 against Oregon, including 10-2 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Altman is 5-5 against the Huskies.
Last meeting: C.J. Wilcox scored six of his 23 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes as Washington held off Oregon down the stretch for an 80-76 victory at Alaska Airlines Arena on Jan. 23. Andrew Andrews added 17 points for UW. Oregon trailed by seven points with 2:59 to play and cut the margin to 73-72 when Wilcox drained a three-pointer with 44 seconds left that essentially sealed the win for the Huskies, which ended their two-game skid and handed the Ducks their fifth straight loss.
Previous game: Oregon beat Oregon State 93-83 on Sunday.
- PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Joseph Young was an early leading Pac-12 MVP candidate after a brilliant nonconference season in which he averaged 20.2 points. The 6-2 junior guard who transferred from Houston tapered off during the first seven games of the Pac-12 season, but he’s turned it up lately. In the past five games, he’s averaging 22.8 points while scoring at least 21 points four times.
Young is a deadly threat the Huskies must account for. He put 29 points on California and Arizona State. He’s also scored 36 points, which is tied for the second most points this season by a Pac-12 player. He’s averaging 18.7 points, which ranks fourth in the Pac-12. Young is a sensational scorer and lights-out shooter. He shoots 48.4 percent from the field, 89.5 percent on free throws and 40.8 percent on three-pointers.
In the first meeting against Washington, Young finished with 18 points on 5-for-14 shooting. He was 1 for 5 on three-pointers and 7 of 7 on free throws in 31 minutes.
Young played last season at Houston where averaged 18 points. His father is Michael Young, a member of Houston’s legendary Phi Slama Jama team that lost to North Carolina State in the 1983 NCAA championship game.
— Add Mike Moser to the long list of Washington prospects who got away. Last year, the former UNLV standout and Portland native considered transferring to UW before settling on Oregon. The 6-8 senior forward would have helped the undersized Huskies tremendously. He was fairly consistent during nonconference games, but he’s been held to fewer than 10 points in five of the past eight games.
Against UW, Moser had nine points on 4-for-10 shooting and seven rebounds in 21 minutes.
Moser has started all 24 games. He leads the team in rebounds (7.3 per game) and is second in points (12.7) and minutes (28.5). He’s scored in double figures in 12 games. His season scoring high is 26 points, but he did that in the second game. He’s had at least 20 points in four games. The last time was Jan. 12 when he tallied 24 against Stanford.
— It’s been a tale of two seasons for Oregon. The Ducks were 13-0 and ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll in January. Since then, they’re 3-8 and on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble considering they’re 10th in the Pac-12 standings.
— The Ducks lead the Pac-12 and is ninth nationally in scoring while averaging 83.7 points. They’ve scored at least 80 points in 14 games. Oregon has gone over 90 points nine times and it’s topped 100 four times.
— The trouble with Oregon is its defense. The Ducks allow 75.3 points per game, which 10th in the Pac-12 and 299th nationally.
— Oregon is 2-5 in games decided by four points or less.
— The Ducks lost three starters and eight letterwinners from last season when they finished 28-9 and reached the NCAA tournament Sweet 16. Since Altman arrived, Oregon has become the hot spot for transfers. The Ducks added seven transfers and two high-school prospects last year. Ten newcomers have played this season.
— Transfer Jason Calliste is the top reserve who averages 12.5 points off the bench. He’s third on the team in scoring and minutes, 25.9. Oregon receives 30.0 points per game from its bench.
— Damyean Dotson had a sensational freshman year when he averaged 11.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. Many believed the 6-5 sophomore shooting guard was poised for another big season, but he’s taken a backseat to Young. Still, Dotson has been clutch this season. He had two game-winning shots in the final 35 seconds against Utah and BYU. In six of the past eight games, Dotson has failed to score more than nine points.
— Senior guard Johnathan Loyd took over the point guard duties early last season. He was the Pac-12 Tournament MVP last year. He started the first 17 games this season before losing his job to sophomore Dominic Artis. On Sunday, Loyd was back in the starting lineup and he had 11 points and five assists against the Beavers.
— Two years ago Artis was a touted recruit who many believed was going to be a star, but his college career has been derailed. Last season, he missed nine games due to a foot injury. This season, he was suspended from the first nine games for selling shoes. Artis made six starts this season, but he played 14 scoreless minutes as a reserve during Sunday’s win over Oregon State.
— It’s unwise to foul Oregon because the Ducks have three of the top five free throw shooters in the Pac-12. Loyd is first (.900), Young (.895) is second and Calliste (.848) is fifth. Dotson (.821) would be seventh, but he hasn’t taken enough attempts to qualify.
— The Ducks have done an excellent job of creating turnovers. They’ve forced opponents in double-digit TOs in 21 of 24 games. In their last home outing, the Ducks set a Matthew Knight Arena record with 16 steals against USC and forced a season-high 22 turnovers.
— Oregon has eight different uniforms, but they’ve worn six this season. The Ducks are 10-1 in their highlight yellow jerseys.
— The Ducks have used five lineups this season. They have two new starters since their last meeting with Washington. Loyd replaced Artis and center Waverly Austin is in for forward Ben Carter. The lineup below is 12-1 this season.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP:
C – Waverly Austin, 6-11, 257, Sr., 2.0 ppg., 2.0 rpg., 10.3 mpg.
F – Mike Moser, 6-8, 211, Sr., 12.7, 7.3, 1.5 apg., 1.2 spg., 45.0 FG%, 72.9 FT%
G – Damyean Dotson, 6-5, 209, So., 10.5, 3.5, 1.3 apg., 82.1 FT%
G – Joseph Young, 6-2, 185, Jr., 18.7, 3.2, 1.9 apg. 1.4 spg., 48.4 FG%, 89.5 FT%, 40.8 3FG%
G – Johnathan Loyd, 5-8, 163, Sr., 7.6, 1.8, 5.2 agp., 1.1 spg., 44.9 FG%