Mental lift from Artis return is the key

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The stats were not overwhelming, and they may not be for the rest of the year.  Six points in 12 minutes won’t blow your hair back . However, the return of freshman point guard Dominic Artis did do one thing for the Oregon Duck basketball team Thursday night, and that one thing may be the key to post-season success: He …

Seniors Rally Ducks Past Beavers, Reclaim Pac-12 Lead

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After freshman Dominic Artis bounced in a three-pointer to break a 52-52 tie with 11:31 left in Thursday’s Civil War at Matthew Knight Arena, Oregon’s four seniors scored 29 of the final 30 points of the game as the Ducks roared past Oregon State, 85-75, and reclaimed sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 race with two games remaining. …

Oregon Basketball Analysis: Down-and-Dirty Defense Allows Ducks to Run Free

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Until Oregon’s recent payback win over Stanford, when the Ducks shot 48% from the field, its outside shooting woes and stagnant offensive production have been well-chronicled, especially in the nine-game absence of point guard Dominic Artis. The offensive scouting report on Oregon?  “Pay close attention to Singler, Dotson, and Emory on the perimeter, but dare Loyd and everybody else to …

Johnathan Loyd Stirs the Drink as Ducks Drub Stanford

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Johnathan Loyd had heard it all. The whispers. The comments. The tweets. How he couldn’t shoot, how other teams don’t guard him, how the Ducks have gone straight downhill without Dominic Artis, and on and on. Going scoreless in a heartbreaking loss to California two nights earlier, didn’t help. But Saturday against Stanford, in a game the Ducks had to …

Last-Second California Dagger Stuns Ducks

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After 10 consecutive losses to the Bears stretching back to 2008, it looked like No. 23 Oregon had found a way to end the streak. Despite struggling to score for nearly all 40 minutes of Thursday’s Pac-12 game at Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks controlled the game defensively and led for nearly the entire contest. Oregon defended and rebounded with …

Recruiting Update: Altman Going Tropical In Florida Raid?

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Football Recruiting Head Coach Mark Helfrich is making short work of an Oregon stigma. His recent offers (very early in the recruiting cycle, I might add) place Lighting Yellow and Thunder Green in a favorable position. Relative unknowns, tight end/athlete Ian Bunting (NR/Hinsdale, Ill) and lineman Sam Jones (NR/Highlands Ranch, CO), both received Oregon nods and could be early pieces …

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 …