Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks look to once again finish better than expected in the Pac-12 this season.
College basketball starts today and I am sure everyone here knows I love me some basketball. Maybe even more than my love for college football. So in honor of college basketball starting today we are going to venture into a new feature I hope to do every day depending on how much content is out there. I'll hit on three topics for Pac-12, national, and Oregon basketball.
1. Baxter Holmes is a college writer for the L.A. Times and covers some USC basketball. Yesterday afternoon USC announced Rice transfer Omar Oraby was declared eligible and Holmes released his projected starting line up for USC tonight against Coppin State. Oraby, Dewayne Dedmon, Eric Wise, J.T. Terrell, and Jio Fontan. Five players who transferred into the program. Oraby played previously at Rice, Dedmond at a junior college, Wise at UC-Irvine, Terrell at Wake Forest, and Fontan at Fordham. I don't think anyone else in the country could say that. USC also has Aaron Fuller who played at Iowa State,Renaldo Woolridge who played at Tennessee, and Ari Stewart who played at Wake Forest before coming to USC.
2. UCLA opens new Pauley Pavilion against Indiana State tonight at 8 p.m. and the Bruins could be pushing the tempo this season. As strange as it seems but Ben Howland might be changing his tune on playing a grind it out Big East style of basketball to a more exciting and entertaining brand of basketball that gets out into the open court.
A big reason for the push could be because of UCLA's new additions to the roster this season and headlined by senior point guard Larry Drew, Jr, and freshmen Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad. Muhammad is sidelined with a shoulder injury and NCAA eligibility issues as well. But the Bruins also have guys like the Wear twins and Tyler Lamb and Norman Powell who better fit an up and down style than the grind it out the Bruins employed previously.
Times are a changing it seems.
3. 1092 Rebounds. That is the total amount of rebounds by all of Oregon's veteran players with division one experience. Not a lot but it gives a good indication of where Oregon senior transfer Arsalan Kazemi is at in his career as he has grabbed a career 963 rebounds in three seasons at Rice. If Kazemi is declared eligible like we expect him to be he will not only be a huge addition scoring wise but also in rebounding. Kazemi has been so prolific in rebounding he'd also become the Pac-12's top career rebounds leader passing Colorado Andre Roberson's 698.
E.J. Singler is currently third on the list with 546 career rebounds.