Ducks Return to Action Against OSU
THE STARTING 5
No. 21 Oregon returns to action against Oregon State following a two-week break due to COVID-19 protocols. The Ducks and Beavers will play for the NCAA-leading 355th time Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena (7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network).
• 1 – Oregon has won 28 consecutive games at Matthew Knight Arena. That's the second-longest home winning streak in program history and is the fourth-longest active home streak in the nation.
• 2 – Oregon's 14 days between breaks is the longest in-season pause for the Ducks since the 1970-71 season, when the Ducks had 14 days between playing California on Jan. 9 and Washington State on Jan. 23.
• 3 – Oregon leads the Pac-12 in steals at 8.4 per game and field goal percentage (.478).
• 4 – Dana Altman hit a couple of coaching milestones recently. With the Ducks' last three wins, Altman passed both Denny Crum of Louisville (675 wins) and former Stanford and California coach Mike Montgomery (677 wins) to move into 23rd on the NCAA Division I career coaching wins list. Not only was the game against Utah Altman's 678th career Division I win, it was also the University's 1,700th win all time.
• 5 –Chris Duarte has scored at least 20 points in four of the last five games. During that span, he is averaging 23.0 points 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game and hitting 57.7 percent from the field (50 percent from three-point range).
• BENCH – Dana Altman has been named the coach of the year of four different Division I conferences: Southern Conference (1990, Marshall), Big Eight (1993, Kansas State), Missouri Valley (twice, Creighton) and the Pac-12 (three times, Oregon).
ALTMAN PASSES MONTGOMERY, NETS 800TH WIN
With Oregon's win against Utah on Jan. 9, Dana Altman passed former Stanford and California coach Mike Montgomery (677 wins) for 23rd on the NCAA Division I career coaching wins list with 678. Altman also recently reached 800 wins all-time as a head coach at all levels, including 123 junior college wins.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
The Ducks are 160-20 (.889) all-time at Matthew Knight Arena since the building opened in 2011.
PAC-12 AT MKA
The Ducks are 74-16 (.822) in Pac-12 games at Matthew Knight Arena. Two teams have yet to register a win at the 10 year-old arena: Washington State (0-8) and Arizona State (0-7). USC is 1-8, Washington is 1-7, Arizona, Utah and Colorado are all 1-6, Oregon State is 2-8, Stanford is 2-7, UCLA is 3-6 and California is 4-5.
DUCKS ON SECOND-LONGEST HOME WINNING STREAK IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Coming into the Arizona State game, Oregon has won 28 straight at Matthew Knight Arena. That's the third-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.
UCLA GAME RESCHEDULED AGAIN
The Oregon-UCLA game originally set for Dec. 23 has been rescheduled twice. It was first rescheduled for Jan. 19 at Matthew Knight Arena, and since has been moved to Los Angeles on Feb. 1 (2 p.m., ESPN2).
1,000 POINT SCORERS
Dec. 31 against California, Eric Williams Jr. became the third active Duck to reach 1,000 points as a collegian. He joined Amauri Hardy and LJ Figueroa, who himself reached 1,000 career points Dec. 19 versus Portland. Eugene Omoruyi is also on pace to join that club this season.
Eugene Omoruyi is the 11th Canadian to play for the Ducks during the Dana Altman era. Some of the more notable Canadian Ducks are Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies), Chris Boucher (Toronto Raptors) and Dylan Ennis, who is playing overseas and led the 2017 Final Four team in minutes played.
Franck Kepnang, the 6-11 freshman who reclassified from the 2021 class and joined the team at the quarter break, made his Oregon debut Jan. 9 at Utah. He had one block in three minutes.
With the NCAA granting a blanket waiver for transfers on Dec. 16, Aaron Estrada gained immediate eligibility. The St. Peter's transfer played two minutes Dec. 17 versus San Francisco. He had a big impact Dec. 31 against California with both of his buckets giving Oregon the lead.