Oregon Basketball: Ducks Drop One Spot in AP to #24 After Stanford Win


After splitting the week at home with a loss to California on a buzzer beater on Thursday and a solid all around win vs Stanford on Saturday, Oregon Men’s Basketball Remain in the AP Top 25 Poll, holding on at #24 This Week.

Feb, 21, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks forward E.J. Singler (25) dribbles the ball against the California Golden Bears at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

This past week the Ducks returned home to Matthew Knight Arena and shot the lowest percentage all season, under 27 percent from the field, against Cal. In the game Senior Arsalan Kazemi had 11 points and 18 rebounds, and another double double on the season, but that would not be enough. Cal Junior Justin Cobbs had a game winning shot in mind and made it as time expired and the Ducks fell 48-46.

Saturday night against Stanford was a different story all together. The team had a sense of urgency. Junior Johnathan Loyd, playing in place of the injured Dominic Artis played like a man on a mission. He was electric on both sides of the ball. On offense he had nine assists and fifteen points, both career highs. On Defense Loyd had three steals against Stanford. Freshman Damyean Dotson showed a nice 12-15 foot jumper in the first half and the scoring was spread around nicely, led by Senior Carlos Emory with 19 points. Fellow Senior Arsalan Kazemi, had he usual rebounding number, with 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals of his own to help Head Coach Dana Altman earn his 600th win as a coach.

Oregon is tied with Arizona at the top of the Pac 12 Standings.

The Ducks are winding down the Pac 12 season and will host Oregon State(13-15, 3-12 Pac 12)  in the Civil War on Thursday(8pm, ESPNU) for Senior night. Several Ducks including E.J. Singler, Tony Woods, and  Arsalan Kazemi will be playing their final game at Matthew Knight Arena(at least for the regular season). Dana Altman’s club then hit the road to face Colorado and Utah before heading to Las Vegas for the Pac 12 Tournament.

Oregon Ducks This Week:

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