EUGENE, ORE. – The Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team faced their first “challenge” of the season last night, as the Vanderbilt Commodores came into Eugene last night with hopes of continuing their work from from last season. The game also marked the first official start for senior power forward Arsalan Kazemi, who was just declared eligible this past Wednesday.
Vanderbilt, last years reigning SEC conference champions, were expected to present a challenge for our beloved Ducks. But from the moment of tip-off, Tony Woods set the tone for the rest of the game with a monstrous slam in the first minute. Offense was on point, and the elusive combo of Artis and Dotson once again showed why the Oregon Ducks have evolved into a faster breed of basketball.
By halftime, the Ducks had already put the Commodores away. After the half, they sent head coach Kevin Stallings to bed earlier then he was hoping, after he was called for a double technical and ejected from the game early in the second period.
Last night was especially unique because it was the first time Duck fans were able to see how the big boys down low executed against a team under the national spotlight. The work of Tony Woods, Carlos Emory, E.J Singler, Waverly Austin and Arsalan Kazemi was imposing. Similar to Clippers of Los Angeles, these Ducks made Eugene the new “Lob City”. The basketball was flying all over the air and Ducks just kept slamming them in for points. With the additions of Austin and Kazemi this year, Oregon is very much on the right track to a conference championship, and an NCAA tournament bid.
Oregon handles business with an impressive 74-48 victory over Vandy.
E.J. Singler was the player of the game with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
The Ducks shot 18-21 at the line while Vandy was 12-20. The Ducks also shot 11% better from around the court.
Turn of the game was early, as Oregon never trailed in the game. Tone was set by monstrous Duck plays from multiple players on the court. Especially noteworthy was the ally-oop dunk from Johnathan Floyd to Arsalan Kazemi with 33 seconds left in the first half that put the Ducks up 38-20.
After tonights game, E.J. Singler is now 24th in all time points scored for the Oregon Ducks.
The Oregon Duck’s bench score 25 points while Vandy’s only scored 3.
9,137 in attendance at last nights game.