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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

February 4, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Scouting report: Oregon

Oregon Ducks guard Joseph Young (3) defends against the Detroit Titans at Matthew Knight Arena. (Photo Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)

Oregon Ducks guard Joseph Young (3) defends against the Detroit Titans at Matthew Knight Arena. (Photo Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)

Scouting report: Oregon.
Game info: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena (12,346).

TV: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch and Bill Walton).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 15-7, 5-4 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Oregon and Washington.

Coach: Dana Altman is 112-54 (.675) his fifth season with the Ducks. He is 522-297 (.589) in his 26th year as a Division I head coach and 645-321 (.665) overall in 30 years. 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: The Ducks were picked eighth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.

Series: Washington leads 188-109 in a series that began February, 12, 1903. The 298 meetings between the two schools is the second most in NCAA history, trailing only Oregon State-Oregon (343). The teams split two games last season with each team winning at home. Oregon has won five of the past seven games against Washington. Lorenzo Romar is 17-12 all-time against Oregon. Altman is 6-6 against UW.
Last meeting: Washington overcame a 10-point halftime deficit during an 85-77 win at Alaska Airlines Arena on Jan. 18, 2015. Andrew Andrews tallied scored a game-high 21 points, four assists and four rebounds while Nigel Williams-Goss finished with 20 points, five assists and four rebounds. Robert Upshaw added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Donaven Dorsey came off the bench and provided a spark. He finished with 13 points and was three for three on three-pointers.

Previous game: Oregon defeated the Sun Devils 68-67 at Arizona State last Friday.
Odds: Oregon is a 5-point favorite.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

— Probably not a good idea to foul Joseph Young. The senior guard has been one of the top free-throw shooters in the nation during his career. This season he’s missed just five times in 22 games (67-of-72) and is currently fourth nationally at 93.1 percent. Young is 88.2 percent at the line during his NCAA career, which includes two years at Houston. He is second in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.7 points per game, having reached double figures in all but two games this season. He has scored at least 20 points nine times this year. Washington stymied Young in its previous game, holding him to eight points on 3-for-12 shooting. He was 2 of 8 on three-pointers. Young tallied 18 points in each of the games against the Huskies last season.

Oregon's Jordan Bell (1) tries to block Andrew Andrews' layup. (Photo credit: )

Oregon’s Jordan Bell (1) tries to block Andrew Andrews’ layup. (Photo credit: Sean Brown )

Jordan Bell shattered Oregon’s single-season blocks record, and now has 71. The 6-9 freshman from Long Beach, Calif. is already tied for seventh on the school’s career list. The 71 blocks is also tied for the third-highest season total ever by a freshman in the Pac-12. During the Jan. 10 contest versus Arizona State, Bell tied the UO single-game record with eight blocks. He ranks fifth nationally with 3.5 blocks per game. Offensively, he’s limited and is averaging 5.8 points. Still, he’s shooting 60.2 percent from the field and averages. Against Washington, Bell had eight points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three assists ans two steals in 27 minutes.

Dillon Brooks is another standout freshman. He’s second on the team and second in the Pac-12 averaging 12.6 points. The 6-6 forward was spectacular in nonconference games, but he’s fallen off a bit in Pac-12 play. He’s averaging 10.0 points in league games. Brooks led Oregon with 16 points in the previous game against Washington.

— Junior forward Elgin Cook is one of four returners for Oregon. He’s a capable scorer. Cook tallied 23 points in his last outing against Arizona State. He also scored a personal-best 26 points this season at Washington State. Cook is third among the Ducks averaging 12.5 points. Washington held him in check last month. He finished with eight points on 3-for-8 shooting and four rebounds in 22 minutes.

OVERVIEW:

— Oregon has won three of its last four games and 10 of their last 14 games. Six of those wins have come by seven points or less, and three were in overtime.

— The Ducks are 71-13 (.84.5) all time at Matthew Knight  Arena, which opened in 2011.

— Oregon’s RPI is 71. The Ducks are 3-6 against the top 100.

— Under Altman, the Ducks have always been dangerous offensively. This season is no different. Oregon averages 76.4 points, which ranks first in the Pac-12 and 24th among the 351 Division I teams. The Ducks average 15.5 assists, which is 29th nationally and they shoot 74.7 percent at the free throw line and that ranks 16th in the country.

— The past year has been a tumultuous time for Oregon and Altman. Three players (Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and Brandon Austin) were dismissed following a sexual assault scandal. Five-star recruit Jaquan Lyle is academically ineligible. Cook and senior guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit were cited by police for shoplifting. Altman and Oregon were sued by the alleged victim of the sexual assault that involved three Oregon players. And Oregonian columnist John Canzano has pushed for Altman to be fired.

— The Ducks have played 11 newcomers this season.

— Oregon’s freshmen are accounting for 37 percent of the team’s scoring (28.6 points per game), 43 percent of the total rebounds (16.5 rpg), 55 percent of the assists (8.4 apg) and 78 percent of the blocked shots (4.2 bpg).

— Freshman Ahmaad Rorie starred at Tacoma’s Lincoln High. He started the first 10 games, moved to the bench and returned to the starting lineup Thursday. Rorie considered UW before picking the Ducks last summer.

— Israeli Junior National Team player Roman Sorkin joined the UO basketball team on Jan. 6. The 18-year-old freshman made his debut Jan. 24 versus UCLA, scoring a late bucket. Sorkin, a 6-10 forward from Ashdod, Israel, averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for Israel at the 2014 U-18 European Championships.

STARTING LINEUP:

Pos Name Ht./Wt. Yr. PPG. RPG. APG MPG. FG% FT% 3FG%
F Jordan Bell 6-9/215 Fr. 5.8 7.0 1.6 24.3 60.2 50.0 0.00
F Dillon Brooks 6-6/225 Fr. 12.6 4.5 2.1 28.1 46.1 82.4 30.4
F Elgin Cook 6-6/205 Sr. 12.5 5.8 1.4 26.7 51.3 70.6 22.2
G Jalil Abdul-Bassit 6-4/197 Sr. 8 1.9 0,8 18.4 43.8 81.3 43.0
G Joseph Young 6-2/180 Sr. 18.7 4.5 3.6 35.7 43.2 93.1 35.2

 

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