Meet The Opponents- Oregon Ducks

Meet The Opponents- Oregon Ducks

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 Fun Facts

  • In 1939, Oregon became the first team to win the NCAA Basketball Championship, which is their only championship.
  • In the early 1940’s, the Oregon Ducks mascot looked very much alike Donald Duck. Walt Disney then met up with the Oregon A.D. and formally came up with an agreement, allowing the University of Oregon to use Donald in all athletic logos.
  • Matthew Knight Arena, which plays host to the Ducks, cost over 227 million dollars to build, which is the most expensive on campus basketball arena in the United States.


Famous Alumni

Dan Fouts, Phil Knight, Robert Polet

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Starting Five

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Guard-#1 Dominic Artis, 6-1, 185 lbs, Freshman


Played senior season at Findlay Prep in
Henderson, Nev. … Helped lead the Pilots to a 32-1 record and an ESPNHS National
High School Invitational title in 2011-12 … Averaged 14.5 points, 4.6
rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a senior … Led the team in
steals and ranked second on the team in assists … Shot 52.7 percent on field
goals and 33.7 percent on 3-pointers … Also a 78.1 percent shooter from the free
throw line … Named to the 2012 HoopHall Classic All-Tournament Second Team …
An all-tournament selection at the 2012 Good Samaritan Flyin’ To The Hoop
Basketball Invitational … Voted Inspirational Player of the Game in Findlay
Prep’s 73-61 win over cross-town rival Bishop Gorman High School in the 2012 Big
City Showdown … Played freshman through junior seasons at Salesian High School
in Richmond, Calif. … Averaged 14 points and 4.1 assists per game as a junior at
SHS … As a freshman in 2009, helped lead SHS to California’s Division IV state
title … Played AAU basketball for the Oakland Soldiers … Also considered UCLA,
California, St. Johns, Florida State, Memphis and Georgia Tech.

Guard-#21 Damyean Dotson, 6-5, 202 lbs, Freshman


Played prep basketball at Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas … Averaged 21 points and
five rebounds per game as a senior … Named 2012 Greater Houston Player of the
Year by the Houston Chronicle … Selected as 4A All-State, All-Region 3 and
All-District 21 in his senior season … Named team captain in 2011-12 … Led JYHS
to the 4A state title game scoring 23 points in a losing effort … Registered 26
points in the semifinal round of the state tourney to send JYHS to the title
game … Averaged 18 points and six rebounds as a junior … Recognized as the
District 21 Newcomer of the Year … Also an all-district performer as a junior …
Member of JYHS team that was a consensus No. 1 ranked prep team in the nation in
2009-10 … Helped lead JYHS to a state title as a sophomore … Played prep
basketball for Greg Wise … Played AAU basketball for Houston Hoops under the
direction of coach Byron Gibson … Also considered Arkansas, Colorado, Texas Tech
and Baylor.


Forward-#25 E.J. Singler, 6-6, 215 lbs, Senior


Just the 13th player in school history to amass over 1,000 career points and 500 career
rebounds … His 1,114 career points ranks 25th in school history … His career
free throw shooting percentage is currently the best in school history (.875,
265-of-303) … Has started 95-of-105 career games including 79 consecutive starts
spanning the last three seasons … Has reached double-figures in scoring 62 times
… Is the Pac-12 Conference’s active career leader in points (1,114), while
ranking third in both rebounds (546) and 3-pointers made (131).

High School

Was the 2009 OSAA 6A State Player of the Year after averaging 21.8 points, 10.8
rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals per game in 2008-09


Forward-#14 Arsalan Kazemi, 6-7, 226 lbs, Senior



Through three seasons, has averaged a double-double for his
career … through 95 games of action has averaged 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds
… has scored 1,195 career points which currently ranks 21st all-time at Rice
… also has 963 career rebounds which ranks third all-time at Rice … is a
career 54.9 percent shooter … ranks second in all-time free throws (421),
second in career free throw attempts (620), fourth in career steals (154) and
third in career blocks (84) … with 18 double-doubles in each of the last two
seasons now has 45 for his career which ranks third all-time at Rice … has led
Rice in scoring 34 times during his career and has been the team’s leading
rebounder in 80 of 95 games played in an Owl uniform.

High School

Played his senior year at The Patterson School located near Lenoir, North
Carolina … has him ranked 82nd overall in the 2009 prep signing
class … the ESPN College Basketball Prospect list ranked him as the No.
81-ranked recruit in the 2009 signing class … high school coach was Chris
Cheney … among the schools he considered were Maryland, Seton Hall,
Louisville, Syracuse and Oklahoma State.


Center-#55 Tony Woods, 6-11, 243 lbs, Senior


Played in 33 games, a starter in 28 of those contests … An honorable
mention Pac-12 Conference All-Defensive Team selection … Set a new
single-season school record for blocked shots (51) … Ranked third in the
Pac-12 for blocks (1.6 bpg) … Ranked second on the team in field goal
percentage (.531, 85-of-160) … Averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game
in playing 17.9 minutes per outing … Scoring production increased late in the
season establishing new career-highs for points in three of the last four games
… Recorded career-highs with 15 points and seven made field goals in March 20
NIT game at Washington … Scored 14 points (6-of-8 field goals) in March 13 NIT
game vs. LSU … Scored 14 points and had four blocks in March 8 Pac-12 tourney
game vs. Colorado … Had eight points, team-high six rebounds and two blocks
Feb. 16 at California … Played a career-high 29 minutes Jan. 21 vs. UCLA …
Had three blocks Jan. 14 at Arizona … Scored 12 points and added three blocks
Jan. 12 at Arizona State … Had eight points, five rebounds (four offensive)
and three blocks Jan. 5 vs. Stanford … Blocked three shots and grabbed five
rebounds Dec. 31 at Washington … Posted seven points, five rebounds and
career-high five blocks Dec. 12 vs. Portland State … Had 13 points to go with
six rebounds Dec. 3 vs. BYU … Scored seven points and had two steals in 11
minutes Nov. 23 at Nebraska … Scored eight points in just 12 minutes of
playing time (injury) Nov. 20 vs. SE Missouri State … Posted a team-high 12
points Nov. 11 at No. 7 Vanderbilt.

Played his prep basketball at Rome High School
under coach Keeth Jones … Rated as the No. 3 center and the No. 20 overall
prospect in the nation according to … Also tabbed by Rivals as a
five-star recruit and as the third-best 2008 recruit in the state of Georgia …
Ranked by as the No. 9 center and the No. 45 recruit in the country
… Rated as the No. 29 prospect nationally by and the No. 41
recruit by … Part of a Wake Forest recruiting class that was
ranked No. 3 in the country by Rivals … Named a 2008 fourth team Parade
All-American, becoming the first-ever player from his high school to receive the
honor … As a senior, led the Wolves to the Georgia 4A Elite Eight while
averaging 17.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game … Named first team
all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2008 … Named the 2008 Rome
News-Tribune Player of the Year … Two-time Rome News-Tribune All-Area Team
honoree in 2007 and 2008 … Named to the Georgia Sportswriters Association 4A
All-State team … Tabbed as the GACA North 4A Player of the Year … Averaged
15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots per game as a junior … Played in
the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic in Madison Square Garden … Started and had eight
points, five rebounds and two blocks in a 124-114 loss to the Blue squad …
Played summer ball for Norman Parker and Bo Bell on the Georgia Stars … Helped
his 16U team to the Boo Williams Tournament title and his 17U squad to the King
James Tournament championship. Considered Louisville and even was around the team for a summer.



Oregon was surprisingly under seeded in this year’s tournament, only gaining a #12 seed. After upsetting #5 Oklahoma State and thumping a #4 seed St. Louis team, the Ducks find themselves facing the number one overall team in the tournament. With 9 players averaging over 10 minutes a game, Oregon likes to keep fresh bodies in at all times and utilize their bench. Oregon isn’t very successful from downtown either, so look for the attack to come in the post area by E.J. Singler and Arsalan Kazemi. On defense expect the Ducks to defend the pick and roll very well and look to push the ball in transition.

Mar 21        vs #17 OKST W 68-55
Mar 23        vs #13 SLU W 74-57
Mar 29        vs #1 LOU 7:15 PM ET

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