Ducks Host Dixie State Sunday at MKA
EUGENE, Ore. - Coming off of a dominant season-opening win, Oregon will be back in Matthew Knight Arena Sunday for a nonconference matchup with Dixie State at 5 p.m. The Ducks will look to continue their dominance at home in non-league play over the last several years and extend their nonconference winning streak to 44 games. Following Sunday's game, Oregon will head to The Bahamas to take on an elite field of teams at the Battle 4 Atlantis, Nov. 20-22.
Fans attending Sunday's game can find information on Oregon home event protocols here.
When: Sunday, Nov. 14
Time: 5 p.m.
Live Stream: Oregon Live Stream
Stream Link: https://pac-12.com/live/university-oregon
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz | Analyst: Bev Smith
NUMBERS TO KNOW
4 - Oregon leads the Pac-12 with four players on the preseason all-conference team. (Te-Hina Paopao, Sedona Prince, Nyara Sabally, Endyia Rogers)
6 - Oregon is one of six Power 6 schools to have at least three players on its roster who earned all-conference honors last year.
34 - Oregon held Idaho State to just 34 points in the season opener, the fewest given up by UO since Nov. 10, 2007 vs. San Jose State.
43 - The Ducks head into the 2021-22 season on a 42-game nonconference winning streak in Matthew Knight Arena.
77 - The Ducks have been ranked in the AP Top 25 in each of the last 77 poll releases dating back to 2017-18.
Oregon controlled the game from start-to-finish in its season-opening win over defending Big Sky champion Idaho State on Tuesday in a 91-34 win. The Ducks shot 61 percent from the field while holding the Bengals to just 22.6 percent on field goals and limiting them to single-digits in three of the four quarters. It was the fewest points allowed by an Oregon team since Nov. 10, 2007 against San Jose State (32 points) and the first time the Ducks held a team under 40 points since 2018. Offensively, it was Oregon's highest made field goal percentage since Dec. 8, 2019.
A number of Oregon players have earned preseason recognition, both nationally and from the Pac-12 Conference. Nyara Sabally leads the way, earning a spot on preseason watch lists for three different national player of the year awards (Naismith, Wade, Wooden). The Ducks lead the league with four players on the preseason all-conference team as Te-Hina Paopao, Endyia Rogers, Sedona Prince and Sabally were each tabbed all league ahead of the season by the media. Paopao also earned a spot on the Wooden Award top 50 watch list. Additionally, three Ducks earned spots on watch lists for the Naismith Starting 5 awards (Paopao - Nancy Lieberman Award, Sydney Parrish - Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, Sabally - Katrina McClain Award).
Oregon has been ranked in the AP top 25 in each of the last 77 poll releases, dating back to the start of the 2017-18 season. The streak is good for the seventh-longest active one in the NCAA, while the Ducks have been in the top 10 of the poll in all but 11 of those weeks. The Ducks have also now opened the season in the top 10 of the AP poll in each of the last five seasons after checking in at No. 10 to start 2021-22.
» The Ducks were ranked in the top 10 for 64 straight polls before dropping to No. 11 on Jan. 4.
» Prior to the start of the streak, Oregon entered the AP poll once in 2016-17 (#25, 12/12/16), earning the program's first
national top-25 ranking since Dec. 15, 2003.
» Oregon was ranked as high as No. 2 throughout the 2018-19 season, the highest in program history prior to the Ducks'
2019-20 preseason No. 1 ranking. The Ducks were No. 1 for the first four polls of the 2019-20 season.
» Oregon has picked up 40 wins over top-25 teams under Kelly Graves, including 14 against top-10 foes and six against teams
ranked in the top five.
PROTECTING HOME COURT
Matthew Knight Arena has proved to be one of the best home-court advantages in the nation in nonconference play, as the Ducks enter Sunday with a 43-game winning streak against non-league opponents. The Ducks have not lost at home in nonconference play since Dec. 21, 2014 when they fell to Fresno State, 68-59. Since then, Oregon has been perfect in MKA in non-league play, winning nine times against Power 5 teams and four times in the NCAA Tournament during that stretch.
» Oregon is 48-2 at home in nonconference play under head coach Kelly Graves, with both losses coming in his first year
at the helm of the program in 2014-15.
» The Ducks have lost just 10 times against non-Pac-12 teams in MKA since it opened, owning a 67-10 record all-time.
PLAYING THE BEST
Oregon will once again take on one of the toughest schedules in the country, with eight games currently scheduled against teams ranked in the preseason AP top 25. The Ducks will face some strong early-season tests in nonconference play, with the potential of taking on both No. 1 South Carolina and No. 2 UConn at the Battle 4 Atlantis in November. Oregon also has a matchup set with the Huskies on Jan. 17 in Eugene. In Pac-12 play, the Ducks will play twice each against the teams who met in last year's national title game, Stanford and Arizona, while also playing top-20 teams Oregon State two times and UCLA once.
» Will play three of last year's Final Four teams in a five-game stretch in January (Jan. 7 at Stanford, Jan. 15 vs. Arizona, Jan.
17 vs. UConn).
» 12 games against 2021 NCAA Tournament teams, with the potential of playing two more in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
» Four games against 2020-21 conference champions (Idaho State, UC Davis, Stanford).