Ducks Set to Battle Strong Field in The Bahamas
EUGENE, Ore. - Following a pair of dominant victories at home to open the season, No. 9 Oregon will head to The Bahamas for three tough nonconference tests at the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis. The Ducks open play at the tournament with a matchup against Oklahoma on Saturday at 2 p.m. before taking on either South Carolina or Buffalo in the second game on Sunday. Oregon will close play at the tournament on Monday against one of the other four teams in the field, Minnesota, Syracuse, South Florida or UConn.
When: Nov. 20-22
Where: Paradise Island, Bahamas
Radio: Oregon Sports Network (PBP: Terry Jonz)
Field: Buffalo, Connecticut, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Florida, Syracuse
|Nov. 20||Oklahoma||2 p.m.||*FloHoops https://flosports.link/2WqFOyl||KUJZ 95.3 FM|
|Nov. 21||South Carolina or Buffalo||12:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m||*FloHoops https://flosports.link/2WqFOyl||KUGN 590 AM|
|Nov. 22||TBD||TBD||ESPN2, ESPNU or *FloHoops||KUGN 590 AM|
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NUMBERS TO KNOW
1 - Oregon head coach Kelly Graves is just one win away from reaching 600 for his career across all levels.
4 - Oregon leads the Pac-12 with four players on the preseason all-conference team. (Te-Hina Paopao, Sedona Prince, Nyara Sabally, Endyia Rogers)
24.8 - Oregon has held its opponents to 24.8 percent shooting from the field, a rate that ranks fifth nationally.
78 - The Ducks have been ranked in the AP Top 25 in each of the last 78 poll releases dating back to 2017-18.
1976 - Oregon has given up just 69 points in the first two games, the fewest in a two-game stretch by a UO team since 1976.
Oregon dominated at both ends of the floor in each of its first two wins of the season, beating Idaho State 91-34 in the season opener before rolling to an 84-35 victory over Dixie State. The Ducks shot 52.6 percent from the field over the two games while holding their opponents to just 24.8 percent on field goals. Oregon is currently fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense and second among teams that have played more than one game. The Ducks are also third nationally with a 2.31 assist-to-turnover ratio and seventh in scoring margin per game, winning by 53.0 PPG in the first two contests.
DUCKS HAVE DEPTH
Despite missing a number of players in the first two games, the Ducks have hardly missed a beat, getting contributions from everyone who has stepped on the floor. Oregon has four players averaging double figures in scoring while three more have put up at least nine points per game. The Ducks are averaging 37.0 bench points per game, scoring 32 in the opener against Idaho State and 42 vs. Dixie State. In the win over Dixie State, six Oregon players scored in double figures while all 10 who played scored at least five points in the opener vs. Idaho State. Additionally, 10 of the 11 Ducks who have played are averaging at least 15 minutes per game.
Oregon's defense has been on point through two games, giving up just 69 total points to Idaho State and Dixie State. The Ducks allowed just 34 points in the opener against the Bengals, before giving up only 35 to the Trailblazers in game two. Oregon first nationally among teams that have played multiple games in scoring defense, giving up just 34.5 points per game, and are the only team in the country to have held opponents under 40 in each of the first two games. The Ducks are also third nationally in field goal percentage defense, holding teams to 24.8 percent shooting from the field, while their opponent three-point percentage of 18.2 leads the Pac-12.
» First time an Oregon team has held back-to-back teams to under 40 points since Dec. 6 and 14, 1996.
» Fewest points allowed in a two-game stretch since giving up 67 against Oregon State and Southern Oregon in 1976.
GOING HARD IN THE PAINT
Oregon has controlled the paint over the first two games of the season, outscoring opponents 96-24 inside. The Ducks, who have four players listed at 6-foot-4 and above, are averaging 48.0 PPG inside while giving up just 12.0 points per contest in the painted area. Oregon is scoring 54.9 percent of its points in the paint while just 34.8 percent of the points the Ducks have allowed have come inside.
GRAVES ON VERGE OF MILESTONE WIN
Head coach Kelly Graves is just one win away from reaching 600 career victories across all levels of women's college basketball. Graves, who began his coaching career at Big Bend CC in Washington, is in his 28th season as a collegiate head coach and his win total includes victories picked up at four stops - Big Bend CC (1989-92), Saint Mary's (1997-00), Gonzaga (2000-14) and Oregon (2014-present). Graves is 554-225 as a head coach at the Division I level and 172-63 in his time at Oregon.