Cougars Give Singler Big Gift and the Ducks Escape Palouse with 79-77 OT Win

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Behind by three points and the clock winding down in overtime, WSU’s Royce Woolridge wanted the ball. As he dribbled toward the 3-point line from half court, the sophomore guard fired up his 36th point of the night on a long three with under 10 seconds remaining that tied No. 23 Oregon, 77-77. The Ducks didn’t hesitate and moved quickly …

Alone in First After Sweeping UW: Sweetness in Seattle

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SEATTLE – When Oregon’s E.J. Singler hit a fade-away, falling out of bounds three-pointer to complete a quick 7-0 run to open the game Wednesday night at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the Ducks sent a strong message to the Washington players and the Seattle crowd. Oregon was back — back to playing the kind of basketball that has pretty much been …

Oregon Basketball Analysis: How Arsalan Kazemi’s Dirty Work on Defense Pays Big Dividends

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Arsalan Kazemi, Oregon’s most popular Iranian, has been a vital cog in the improved defense of this year’s No. 23 Oregon team.  When the Ducks rallied to beat Utah last week, ending a three-game slide and regaining a share of the Pac-12 lead, much was reported about the normally-reserved Kazemi and his emotional statements to the team at halftime — …

Kazemi’s Halftime Outburst Fuels Duck Comeback

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Mired in a three-game losing skid that included relinquishing late leads in their last two losses, No. 19 Oregon gave up a 13-4 run to Utah to end the first half in Saturday’s conference tilt, and trailed the last-place Utes 30-22 after the first 20 minutes. To most of the frustrated 9,014 in attendance, it felt like witnessing a total …

Colorado Leads Only Once but it’s Enough to Stun Ducks

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© 2013 Craig Strobeck Photography When Carlos Emory dribbled hard from the right wing and slammed down one of his athletic dunks to give No. 19 Oregon a 47-40 advantage over Colorado with 4:26 remaining in the game, it looked once again like the Ducks were in full control and would win their 21st consecutive game at Matthew Knight Arena. …

Recruiting Update: Nation’s Top Forward Re-Adds Oregon

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Basketball Recruiting Commitments Behind the hysteria that came about over the last week, Head Coach Dana Altman secured the commitment of forward/guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit (NR/Coeur d’Alene, ID). Originally from Alaska, Abdul-Bassit is in the midst of his second year in the college ranks at the JC level. A 6’4″, 195 lb. tweener, Abdul-Bassit has ability to get to the basket …

Late Game Falter Shows Ducks’ Inexperience

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For roughly 35 minutes on Saturday, Oregon seemed to be in position to earn a split in the dreaded Bay Area Trek, a trip that has been so haunting in past seasons. Unfortunately, the five wayward minutes were too much to overcome. For Dana Altman’s squad, the line between victory and defeat is smaller than most.  A team littered with …

Turnover Epidemic Spreads in the Bay Area; Cal Upsets No. 10 Ducks

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BERKELEY, Calif. — When Tony Woods made a tough bucket inside to put No. 10 Oregon up 54-48 over California with 4:20 remaining Saturday, it looked like the Ducks were going to do just enough to gain a split in their series in the Bay Area and hold off the Bears. But Oregon didn’t score again, as Cal jacked up …

Stanford Shoots Ducks Off Undefeated Perch

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  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Back in November, the undefeated, league-leading Oregon Ducks ran into Stanford’s football team at Autzen Stadium, and Oregon’s national championship dreams were squashed. Last night at Maples Pavilion on the Stanford campus, the Cardinal basketball team faced another highly-ranked and undefeated Pac-12-leading Oregon squad. Stanford didn’t blink. The No. 10 Ducks, leading the conference by …

Basketball Analysis: Altman’s Inbound Sets Get Ducks Easy Scores

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FishDuck.com is widening its coverage of Duck sports with some UO mens’ basketball analysis.  The goal is to break down parts of UO Coach Dana Altman’s philosophy as it pertains to the success of the basketball team. As a retired teacher and basketball coach, I’m interested in learning more about what makes Altman’s teams consistently so good.  I don’t pretend …

PAC-12 Basketball: Simply Ducky

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It is good to be a Duck right now!  The University of Oregon football program has been in the Top 10 for a few years now, and because of that people all over the country think of football when they think of Oregon.  Now it seems like Oregon’s men’s basketball team is going to give their fellow Duck athletes some competition as they …

Ducks Harness Huskies in Grind-It-Out Win

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18-2 Oregon Leads Pac-12 by Two Games It wasn’t perfect. The coach still sees much work to do, but other than a rash of mystifying turnovers and missed free throws at the end, the No. 16 Ducks played some of their best basketball of the season in disposing of Washington 81-76 Saturday before a sellout crowd of 12,364 at Matthew …