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March 14, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Scouting report: Oregon

Scouting report: No. 23 Oregon
Game info: 8:30 p.m. Thursday at MGM Grand Garden Arena (13,151 capacity).

TV: ESPNU (Ted Robinson and Bill Walton).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 23-8, 12-6 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Oregon and Washington.

Coach: Dana Altman is 64-33 in his third season with the Ducks, 474-276 (.632) as a Division I head coach and 597-300 overall. Prior to joining Oregon on April 26, 2010, he 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 seventh in a preseason poll in the Pac-12 by media who cover the conference.

Series: Washington leads 187-107 in a series that began in 1904. Tonight’s game will be the 294th meeting between the teams, the second longest rivalry in the Pac-12. The Huskies have won 13 of the last 20 games. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 15-9 against Oregon, including 10-1 at Edmundson Pavilion. Altman is 3-4 against the Huskies.
Last meeting: Both teams met 19 days ago and Oregon won 81-76 on Jan. 29 at Matthew Knight Arena. The game was close until midway in the second half when the Ducks capitalized on Washington turnovers to spark a 7-0 run that gave them a 50-40 lead with less than 15 minutes left. The Huskies made a run at the end and closed to within four points thanks to 23 Oregon turnovers. UW had 21 TOs, which ruined an otherwise brilliant offensive display. The Huskies shot 51.9 percent from the field and made 8 of 12 (.667) three-pointers. Backup point guard Andrew Andrews scored a team-high 15 points to lead five Huskies in double-digit scoring.
Previous game: Snapped a three-game losing streak with a 73-64 comeback win over Utah at Matthew Knight Arena.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Photo credit: Nate Barrett/Emerald

Photo credit: Nate Barrett/Emerald

— Senior forward Arslan Kazemi (far right), a 23-year-old from Iran who played three years at Rice, has been a  problem for Washington in the past two games. He’s tough, smart and nasty.

Kazemi is a get-it-done type of a player. There’s not a lot of flash to his game. The 6-7, 226-pound forward is a tough inside and leads Oregon with a 9.6 rebounding average. He’s not dynamic or overly athletic. But he’s crafty on the defensive end where he averages 2.1 steals and savvy on the offensive side where he averages 9.3 points and 1.3 assists. And he’s gritty while often providing the hustle plays that don’t show up in the statistics.

In their last meeting, Kazami finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. He made 3 of 4 field goals and was 5 of 8 on free throws. In the first game, Kazemi had 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting. He was 3 of 4 at the free throw line. He had 11 rebounds – two on the offensive glass – an assist and a steal in 36 minutes.

Kazemi has extensive playing international basketball. He’s been a captain for several Iran national teams since he was 17.

Romar on Kazemi: “Wow. What a welcomed addition he is. He is an unsung hero on that team I guarantee you. He just rebounds. Plays within his role. He makes big plays. Smart. You can watch him play and be really impressed with what he does out there.”

Senior E.J. Singler leads Oregon with an 11.5 point scoring average. He exploded for 18 points in the first game against Washington, but had nine points, five rebounds and three assists in the most recent meeting.

The 6-6 senior forward was a first-team all-Pac-12 pick.

He scored 21 points in the regular season finale against Utah. Singler has 1,471 career points and is within 17 points of moving into 12th place on Oregon’s all-time scoring list.

Singler is the Ducks all-time leader with 82 victories. He’s played in every game since his freshman season. His brother Kyle starred at Duke and plays for the Detroit Pistons.

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February 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Scouting report: Oregon

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Video credit: Pac-12 Networks

Scouting report: No. 23 Oregon
Game info: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).

TV: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch and Bill Walton).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 19-5, 8-3 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Oregon and Washington.

Coach: Dana Altman is 64-33 in his third season with the Ducks, 474-276 (.632) as a Division I head coach and 597-300 overall. Prior to joining Oregon on April 26, 2010, he 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 seventh in a preseason poll in the Pac-12 by media who cover the conference.

Series: Washington leads 187-106 in a series that began in 1904. Tonight’s game will be the 294th meeting between the teams, the second longest rivalry in the Pac-12. The Huskies have won 13 of the last 20 games. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 15-9 against Oregon, including 10-1 at Edmundson Pavilion. Altman is 3-4 against the Huskies.
Last meeting: Both teams met 19 days ago and Oregon won 81-76 on Jan. 29 at Matthew Knight Arena. The game was close until midway in the second half when the Ducks capitalized on Washington turnovers to spark a 7-0 run that gave them a 50-40 lead with less than 15 minutes left. The Huskies made a run at the end and closed to within four points thanks to 23 Oregon turnovers. UW had 21 TOs, which ruined an otherwise brilliant offensive display. The Huskies shot 51.9 percent from the field and made 8 of 12 (.667) three-pointers. Backup point guard Andrew Andrews scored a team-high 15 points to lead five Huskies in double-digit scoring.
Previous game: Snapped a three-game losing streak with a 73-64 comeback win over Utah at Matthew Knight Arena.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

— Senior forward Arslan Kazemi (near right), a 23-year-old from Iran who played three years at Rice, is turning into the emotional leader for Oregon. He delivered an impassioned halftime speech last Saturday, which spurred the Ducks into overcoming a 30-22 halftime deficit and rallying for a nine-point win over Utah.

Kazemi is a get-it-done type of a player. There’s not a lot of flash to his game. The 6-7, 226-pound forward is a tough inside and leads Oregon with a 9.6 rebounding average. He’s not dynamic or overly athletic. But he’s crafty on the defensive end where he averages 2.1 steals and savvy on the offensive side where he averages 8.8 points and 1.3 assists. And he’s gritty while often providing the hustle plays that don’t show up in the statistics.

In their last meeting, Kazami finished with 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting. He was 3 of 4 at the free throw line. He had 11 rebounds – two on the offensive glass – an assist and a steal in 36 minutes.

Kazemi has extensive playing international basketball. He’s been a captain for several Iran national teams since he was 17.

Romar on Kazemi: “Wow. What a welcomed addition he is. He is an unsung hero on that team I guarantee you. He just rebounds. Plays within his role. He makes big plays. Smart. You can watch him play and be really impressed with what he does out there.”

Senior E.J. Singler is coming off of a 21-point performance last Saturday. It was his second-highest scoring tally this season. He made 12 of 13 free throws, which was odd considering he hadn’t taken a foul shot in the previous three games.

The 6-6 senior forward has taken a larger role in the offense recently and as such his turnovers have skyrocketed. Against Washington, he had seven TOs. He’s averaging 4.2 in the past five games.

Still, Singler is a Pac-12 MVP candidate despite producing a season in which his statistics are down from last year. He’s averaging fewer points (10.7 from 13.6) and accuracy on field goals (.413 from .467), three-pointers (.356 from 368) and free throws (.842 from .909) has decreased.

His legacy is measured in wins. He needs one victory to tie Freddy Jones and Joevan Catron (81) for the most wins in school history.

Singler also has a 119-game streak of consecutive starts. He’s played in every game since his freshman season. His brother Kyle starred at Duke and plays for the Detroit Pistons.

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January 26, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Oregon post-game quotes

Here’s post-game quotes from Oregon coach Dana Altman and players following their 81-76 win over Washington. DANA ALTMAN (On the effort of the team) “We played really hard and the guys were really battling but the amount of turnovers we had tonight really took away from our performance. So minus the turnovers I think we played hard…

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