Game Notes: Ducks at California
Oregon plays its last regular season game outside of the state of Oregon Saturday at California (1 p.m., Pac-12 Network).
THE STARTING 5
• 1 – If the Ducks make one three-pointer Saturday at California, it will mark the 800th consecutive game that Oregon has hit at least on three-point shot. The Ducks' last game without a three-pointer was Feb. 6, 1997, versus Washington.
• 2 – Under coach Dana Altman, Oregon has the best record in the conference during the second half of Pac-12 play. Over the last 11 seasons, the Ducks have won more than 70 percent of their games (67-28) on the back half of the schedule.
• 3 – Last Saturday against Utah, Oregon secured its 11th consecutive winning season, a program first. The win also assured Dana Altman of his 24th consecutive winning season as a head coach; an active streak shared by only by Altman and four Hall of Famers: Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Self and Tom Izzo.
• 4 – On Tuesday, Chris Duarte was named one of five finalists for the Jerry West Point Guard of the Year Award. He is the only Division I player in the country averaging at least 17.0 points and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.
• 5 – Eugene Omoruyi has scored in double figures in 18-of-20 games this season. He is eighth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 16.6 points per game.
• BENCH – Chris Duarte scored 19 of his 24 points in the final 10 minutes in Thursday night's win at Stanford.
• BENCH – Chandler Lawson came off the bench to score a season-high nine points Thursday at Stanford.
• BENCH – Under Dana Altman, Oregon has won nearly 90 percent of its games (188-21) when holding opponents below 70 points.
HEY MAN, NICE SHOT
Oregon has made at least one three-point field goal in 799 consecutive games. The Ducks' last game without a three-pointer was Feb. 6, 1997, versus Washington. Oregon last held an opponent without a three-pointer on Jan. 6, 2016 when Cal went 0-for-12.
SENIORS SPARK STANFORD WIN
Seniors Chris Duarte, LJ Figueroa and Eugene Omoruyi scored 47 of Oregon's 71 points in Thursday's win against Stanford. Duarte had 24 - 19 in the final 10 minutes - while Figueroa added 13 and Omoruyi scored 12 points with 10 rebounds.
DUARTE NAMED A JERRY WEST AWARD FINALIST
Senior guard Chris Duarte was named one of five finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award on Tuesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is the first Jerry West Award finalist in program history. Duarte, from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, is the only Division I player in the nation averaging 17 points and two steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. He leads the Pac-12 in steals (2.1 per game) and three-pointers made (2.5 per game). In addition to leading the league in steals and three-pointers, Duarte is ranked among the Pac-12's top 10 in seven different statistical categories. He is fifth in scoring (17.2 points per game), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.417) and 10th in field goal percentage (.533). The other Jerry West Award finalists are Joel Ayayi of Gonzaga, Quentin Grimes of Houston, MaCio Teague of Baylor and Joe Wieskamp of Iowa.
SECOND HALF SURGE
Under coach Dana Altman, Oregon has the best second half record in the Pac-12. Since the 2010-11 season, Oregon is 67-28 (.705) during the second half of Pac-12 play. That breaks down to 4-5 in 2011, 7-2 in 2012, 5-4 in 2013, 7-2 in 2014, 8-1 in 2015, 7-2 in 2016, 8-1 in 2017, 5-4 in 2018, 6-3 in 2019, 6-3 in 2020 and 4-1 in 2021. The last seven years, Oregon is 36-8 after Valentine's Day in Pac-12 Conference games.
OREGON SETS SCHOOL MARK WITH 11TH STRAIGHT WINNING SEASON
The Ducks' win against Utah last Saturday guaranteed Oregon its 11th consecutive winning season, a program first. The previous best was 10 winning seasons in a row over the decade between 1923-32, under coaches William Reinhart and George Bohler. Oregon now has 273 wins over the last 11 seasons, two shy of the school record (275) over that span.
ALTMAN RECORDS 24TH CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASON
Dana Altman now has 24 consecutive winning seasons as a head coach. He is currently one of five active head coaches in NCAA Division I who have posted a winning record for 24 consecutive seasons (the other four are in the Hall of Fame). For Altman, that streak runs from the 1997-98 season through 2020-21, and covers his final 13 seasons at Creighton and his first 11 in Eugene.
Active 24-plus Consecutive Winning Seasons as a Head Coach
1. 44 *Jim Boeheim - Syracuse, 1976-77 – 2019-20
2. 37 *Mike Krzyzewski - Duke, 1983-84 – 2019-20+
3. 26 *Bill Self - Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Illinois, Kansas, 1995-96 – 2020-21
4. 24 *Tom Izzo - Michigan State, 1996-97 – 2019-20
5. 24 Dana Altman - Creighton, Oregon, 1997-98 – 2020-21
* member of the Hall of Fame
+ During the '94-95 season, Krzyzewski coached the team to a 9-3 record before taking a leave of absence to recover from back surgery.
FOUR 1,000 POINT SCORERS ON THE ROSTER
Feb. 13 at Arizona, Eugene Omoruyi became the fourth current Duck to have scored 1,000 points in college. Two other teammates reached that milestone this year - Eric Williams Jr. Dec. 31 against California and LJ Figueroa Dec. 19 versus Portland. Amauri Hardy came into the year with 1,000 points scored while playing for UNLV. Oregon and Ole Miss are the only two programs in the country with four active 1,000-point scorers.
Oregon leads the Pac-12 in steals per game (7.6) and has clamped down on the defensive end in the last couple of weeks. The Ducks recently held three straight opponents to below 40 percent shooting from the field. Arizona State shot 33.3 percent (Feb. 11), Arizona was at 38.6 percent (Feb 13) and Colorado came in at 33.4 percent (Feb.18). Overall the Ducks have held six opponent below 40 percent this season.
70 OVER UNDER
Under Dana Altman, Oregon is 188-21 when holding opponents under 70 points, including a 152-13 mark the last six seasons.