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February 14, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Oregon Ducks take season series from UW

AP Photo – Oregon’s E.J. Singler (right), scores over Washington’s Scott Suggs (left).

The Washington Huskies needed some extra time to themselves after tonight’s 65-52 defeat to No. 23 Oregon to talk about how they managed to come up short in what they considered a must-win game.

Long after the loss, they remained in the locker room hashing and re-hashing how yet another seemingly close game slipped away. In reality, it wasn’t really that close. Washington led for just 18 seconds midway in the first half. They closed to within six points (46-40) with 8:34 left, but never got their deficit under 10 points in the final four minutes.

Still, the setback required a long discussion among the players.

“We were just talking to each other and making sure everybody is alright,” senior co-captain Abdul Gaddy said. “We just got a couple of guys that are upset. Me included. (Desmond Simmons) is upset. The whole team is upset. … We had to make sure we got each others’ back no matter what.”

After Tuesday’s players-only meeting resulted in season-low scoring output, you have to wonder if the message is getting through to the Huskies.

They converted 35 percent from the field, which is the third worst shooting performance this season. They missed 11 of 13 three-pointers. Oregon was abysmal from the free throw line while converting 13 of 23 (56.5 percent), but the Ducks made more FT than Washington attempted. The Huskies were 8 for 12.

If you’re as inept offensively as Washington was – at home no less – you’re not winning many games. And you’re probably not going to the NCAA tournament, which is something the Huskies have stopped talking about.

For now, they’ve got bigger problems like regaining their confidence.

“Right now this is a mental situation,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Our minds have to be right.

“Somehow without experiencing a whole lot of success, we have to regain our confidence. We have to regain our swagger as a team.”

Not sure how that happens with six games left in the regular season. It’s not as of Romar has many options. He’s been reluctant to say it, but Wilcox is mired in a seven-game shooting slump. Maybe it has something to do with his foot injury and maybe it doesn’t. Whatever the case, Romar doesn’t have many alternatives when Wilcox is struggling as he was tonight. He’s reluctant to bench the 6-5 guard believing “every time he shoots it, I think it’s going in.”

However, Wilcox missed 10 of 13 shots. And tonight was the first time in awhile he didn’t affect the game in other areas such as rebounding or steals.

When asked what’s wrong with the high-post offense, Romar chaffed. He believes the offense is working properly. It’s creating open looks for players such as Wilcox and Scott Suggs, who didn’t make shots. Suggs was 1 for 6.

When asked who played well, Romar singled out Gaddy, Aziz N’Diaye and Simmons. Surprisingly, Simmons only played 21 minutes even though it was clear his energy and hustle was sorely needed.

Unlike Sunday’s defeat, UW turnovers didn’t decide the game. However, the Huskies forced just one turnover in second half.

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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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January 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Scouting report: Oregon

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Scouting report: Oregon
Game info: 4 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena (12,369 capacity).

TV: Pac-12 Networks (Rich Cellini and Ernie Kent).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 17-2, 6-0 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Oregon and Washington.

Coach: Dana Altman is 62-30 in his third season with the Ducks, 472-273 (.633) as a Division I head coach and 595-297 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 185-105 in a series that began in 1904. Saturday’s game is the 292nd meeting between the teams, tying it with the UW-Oregon State rivalry as the second oldest series in the Pac-12. The Huskies have won 13 of the last 19 games. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 15-8 against Oregon, including a 2-7 record in Eugene, Ore. Altman is 2-4 against the Huskies.
Last meeting: Behind a dominating effort from Terrence Ross, who scored a game-high 24 points, Tony Wroten Jr. (22) and C.J. Wilcox (17), Washington beat Oregon 90-86 in the NIT semifinals at Edmundson Pavilion. The win punched the Huskies’ ticket to New York and the NIT semifinals.
Previous game: Beat Washington State 68-61 at Matt Arena on Wednesday.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Senior E.J. Singler (right) is the face of the Oregon men’s basketball team. It’s debatable whether he’s the Ducks best most talented player, but he’s the longest tenured, most decorated and its leader. You can also make a strong argument the 6-6 forward is Oregon’s best player considering his many roles.

He’s often given the task to defend the opposing teams best wing player. He held UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muhammad to 10 points and limited Arizona State’s Carrick Felix to 12.

Singler also knows when to take over games. On Wednesday against WSU, he scored 14 of his game-high tying 19 points in the second half when Oregon pulled away with the win.

In three games against Washington last seaosn, Singler scored 20, 13 and 19 points respectively.

Oddly enough, his offensive production has decreased this season. He’s averaging fewer points (10.8 from 13.6) and accuracy on field goals (.398 from .467), three-pointers (.357 from 368) and free throws (.831 from .909) has decreased. His season scoring high is 22 points.

Still Singler’s legacy is measured in wins. He needs four victories to pass Freddy Jones and Joevan Catron (80) and set the school record for most wins in school history.

Singler also has a 114-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.

Damyean Dotson doesn’t get the publicity as the Pac-12’s other prominent freshmen. Heck, he wasn’t even the most touted Oregon recruit in the 2012 class. But the 6-5 freshman guard from Houston has provided stellar play in his first year. He’s averaging a team-high 11.9 points and has led Oregon in scoring seven times, which is the most of anyone on the team. His personal best is 21 points.

— Senior center Tony Woods does a nice job running the court and finishing plays with powerful dunks. The 6-11 transfer from Wake Forest, is one of two returning starters. He’s increased his scoring average (11.1 from 6.8) and minutes (21.7 from 17.9). Surprisingly, Woods has never been much of a rebounder. He averages just 3.6 boards. However, he’s a gifted shot blocker. He has 75 blocks in his two-year UO career, which is tied for third on the school’s all-time list.

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