Artis’ Injury Made Oregon Better


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.

The injury to Dominic Artis, one that originally looked like could end our postseason aspirations, has actually led to a deeper and better Duck’s squad

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.

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Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman is a Senior at the University of Oregon.  He is a cinema studies major and communications minor.  Alex is from the Bay Area and grew up a Cal Bears fan due to many family members attending, but quickly transitioned into being apart of Duck Nation upon his arrival at the U of O.  Alex also works as an ESPNU campus connector as a representative of Oregon.  He hopes to break into the sports media and marketing world once he graduates in June.  All in all Alex is a huge Pac-12 and passionate Duck fan.  Alex would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about each and every one of his articles.  

  • fishduck

    Darn right and good stuff! It is painful while it happens, but now and next year we all benefit–the team and the fans.