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Altman Likes Balanced Scoring

The 9-1 Oregon Ducks enter Wednesday evening’s road game at UTEP riding the school’s best start since Oregon opened the year 13-0 back in 2006-07. A big reason for Oregon’s hot start that includes an upset road win against No. 21 UNLV is Oregon’s depth and multiple scoring threats.

Freshman Damyesn Dotson leads Oregon in scoring with 11 points per game.

Freshman Damyean Dotson continues to lead Oregon in scoring with 11 points per game. E.J. Singler follows Dotson with 10.7 and Tony Woods is just behind with 10.6 points per game. Freshman Dominic Artis adds 10.2 points per game.

Carlos Emory and Arsalan Kazemi average 9.7 and 9.4 points per game and sit just outside the double-digit mark.

That scoring Dana Altman said is a big key to their hot start, “I hope that’s a strong point for us. I think we have a number of players who can score. Any time you have a balanced team it makes it much more difficult to set your defense against one or two guys.”

The Ducks have had six players score 16 or more points this year while seniors E.J. Singler and Arsalan Kazemi have both had a game with 20 or more points.

That balanced scoring attack keeps teams off balance not knowing where Oregon’s scoring will come from. Five different Ducks have led the team in scoring so far this season but Dana Altman says his team’s execution and overall play on offense is still a work in progress, “I don't think we've been executing our offense as well as we want to. I think there is a lot of room for improvement there.”

Oregon’s struggles on offense has been locating good shots and converting their three-point attempts. This season Oregon is shooting 47-percent from the field but Oregon is shooting just 30-percent from three. That number from three puts Oregon 11th in the country.

“We haven’t shot it well this year, a lot of it is shot selection, which needs to improve,” Altman said last Saturday following Oregon’s win against Nebraska. “We’re a better shooting team than we’ve showed.”

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