Feb, 9, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Johnathan Loyd (10) dribbles the ball against the Utah Utes at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
This Week will be special for the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena. Someone said to me not too long ago that Dana Altman is building something special in Eugene and I totally agree with him. This season for Oregon has been special. 12-1 at Home. If you have the opportunity to see this team up close take it! – Your running out of chances.
The team coming in to face the Ducks on Thursday night warrants some attention, so much so that ESPN moved the game from ESPNU to ESPN2. The Cal Bears(16-9, 8-5 Pac 12) are winners of 5 of their last 6 games. Led by Junior Point Guard Allen Crabbe, who is averaging 20 points per game, Cal averages 69 points per contest.
This past weekend Oregon gained some momentum by sweeping the Washington Schools on the road. E.J. Singler made it count when he needed to as the Ducks beat Washington State in Overtime, 79-77 last Saturday. The Ducks have been without Freshman Dominic Artis, out with a foot injury. Before he went down, he started all 19 games for the Ducks this season at the point. In his press conference at Matthew Knight Arena on Tuesday fellow Freshman Damyean Dotson said Artis is still bothered by his foot, it causes him pain and he wants to play.
From the sound of it, Oregon will be without the services of Artis for probably another week. Filling in for Artis, Junior Johnathan Loyd has been impressive of late. Last weekend against Washington he scored 11 points, had a rebound, an assist, and a steal. Playing Washington State he had a rebound and 7 assists and kept his turnovers to 2.
It looks like Loyd will be filling the role for a while longer.
Oregon and Cal First Tip set for 6pm at Matthew Knight Arena. The game is also on ESPN2.
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Justin Phillips is Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW in Eugene, Oregon