Ducks to Host Dons Thursday
THE STARTING 5
After defeating Washington to open Pac-12 play, Oregon returns to nonconference action to host San Francisco Thursday at 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).
• 1 – Eric Williams Jr. has scored at least 11 points and grabbed at least six rebounds in every game this season. He is one of just 23 players nationally to do that at least five times, and just one of two Pac-12 players in that club (Evan Mobley, USC). After scoring 905 points in two seasons at Duquesne, Williams Jr. is just 26 points away from reaching 1,000 in his college career.
• 2 – Oregon has won 24 consecutive games at Matthew Knight Arena. That's the second-longest home winning streak in program history and is tied for the sixth-longest active home streak in the nation.
• 3 – During Oregon's four-game winning streak, the Ducks are outscoring their opponents by 20.5 points per game in the paint.
• 4 – Oregon already has three plus-10 rebound games in five contests this season. The Ducks were plus-16 (38-22) on the boards Dec. 4 versus Seton Hall, plus-14 (45-31) Dec. 7 against Eastern Washington and plus-10 (40-30) Saturday at UW.
• 5 – N'Faly Dante set a Matthew Knight Arena record by making all 10 of his field goal attempts Dec. 9 against Florida A&M. The sophomore finished with a career-high 22 points against the Rattlers.
• BENCH – Prior to the season opener, assistant coach Tony Stubblefield was promoted to associate head coach.
• BENCH – Dana Altman is one of five active head coaches in NCAA Division I who have posted a winning record for the last 23 consecutive seasons. The other four, Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo, Bill Self and Jim Boeheim, are in the Hall of Fame.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
The Ducks are 156-20 (.886) all-time at Matthew Knight Arena since the building opened in 2011.
NON-CONFERENCE RECORD AT MKA
The Ducks are 86-4 (.956) all-time in non-conference games at Matthew Knight Arena. The four non-conference teams to defeat Oregon at MKA are Virginia (67-54, Dec. 18, 2011), Mississippi (79-73, Dec. 7, 2014), Boise State (73-70, Dec. 1, 2017) and Texas Southern (89-84, Nov. 26, 2018). UO won 28 non-conference games in a row at MKA between the Virginia and Ole Miss losses.
DUCKS POST SECOND-LONGEST HOME WINNING STREAK IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Coming into the San Francisco game, Oregon has won 24 straight at Matthew Knight Arena. That's tied for the sixth-longest active streak in the nation, and is the second-longest in program history. Three of Oregon's five longest home winning streaks have come under Dana Altman.
DANTE SETS MKA RECORD; DOUBLES UP AT UW
N'Faly Dante set the Matthew Knight Arena field goal percentage record by making all 10 of his field goal attempts Dec. 9 versus Florida A&M. That's one field goal better than the nine-of-nine effort by Texas Southern's Trayvon Reed in the Tigers' 2018 upset of the Ducks. Dante's 10-of-10 night was just one make shy of the all-time UO record (11-of-11) by Bryce Taylor against USC in the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament championship game. Dante scored a career-high 22 points against the Rattlers. The Bamako, Mali, native followed that game with his career double-double Saturday at Washington with 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
EUGENE NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward Eugene Omoruyi, who leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.6 points per game, was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week (Nov. 30-Dec. 6) after averaging 26.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in a pair of games in Omaha, Neb. The Rexdale, Ontario, native scored a career-high 31 points with 11 rebounds in the season-opener Dec. 2 against Missouri. Not only was his 31 points the most ever by a player in his first game as a Duck, he joined Kansas State's Michael Beasley (2007-08) and North Carolina's Cole Anthony (2019-20) as the only major conference players in the last 25 years to have 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in their team debut (@StatsBySTATS). It was the eighth career double-double for the transfer from Rutgers. Omoruyi followed the Missouri game with 22 points in the Ducks' Dec. 4 win against Seton Hall. For the week, Omoruyi shot 55.6 percent from the field (20-of-36). With 18 points Monday against Eastern Washington, Omoruyi has led the Ducks in scoring in four of the first five games of the season.
Two Ducks recorded double-doubles Dec. 7 against Eastern Washington - Eric Williams Jr. (17 pts, 10 reb) and LJ Figueroa (12 pts, 10 reb). It was the first time that two Ducks had double-doubles in the same game since a pair of future NBA players - Troy Brown Jr. (16 pts, 10 reb) and Payton Pritchard (19 pts, 10 asst) - had double-doubles against Washington State on Feb. 11, 2018. It was the first double-double as a Duck for both players. It was the 18th career double-double for Williams Jr., and the ninth career for Figueroa.