The Ducks are now in the Sweet Sixteen and heading to Washington D.C. to play Louisville on Friday, for the right to go to the Elite Eight, and no one can deny the fact that Oregon’s freshman combo in the backcourt is a huge reason for our success this year, and even more so are responsible for the incredible showing in the NCAA Tournament.
Both Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson have played sensational basketball over the past two games. In particular, it was been Dotson’s timely outside shooting that kept both Oklahoma State and St. Louis from making a serious comeback attempts in the second halves. Artis has finally found his footing again after missing nine games and being quite a bit rusty upon his return.
We all knew that we were in for some trouble when Artis originally went down with his foot injury. However, not many expected that — after all was said and done — we would actually be a better team upon his return. Without Dominic Artis getting hurt, there would never have been the emergence of backup Junior point guard Johnathan Loyd. Since Loyd has come into his own towards the end of the season and can be relied upon to handle the ball, it makes the Ducks so much more dangerous. Having two tone setters and sensational ball handlers is a coach’s dream. Thanks to the Artis injury, Dana Altman now has an embarrassment of riches.