Oregon freshman point guard Dominic Artis is still in "day-to-'day" mode according to Oregon head basketball coach Dana Altman. The coach said on the Pac-12 conference call that his freshman guard who has been out since January 26th with a foot injury is however progressing.
Dana Altman says Oregon freshman Dominic Artis is still out with a foot injury.
"He's day to day. He's progressing," Altman said. "Not sure what his status will be come Thursday or Saturday but we sure would like to get him back."
It doesn't sound like Artis will be ready to play Thursday or Saturday when Cal and Stanford come to play the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon plays just one game next week, at home against Oregon State. Artis could make his return that week however.
Altman also admitted the Ducks have been struggling without Artis in the lineup offensively and it resulted in the coaching staff going back and taking parts of the offense out and adding new parts to compensate without Artis.
"We did struggle for awhile especially on the offensive side... Johnny [Loyd] has worked his tail off on defense but obviously DA is better offensively," said Altman. "We lost a little bit of that during our three game losing streak, our turnovers [were costly]."
Altman says the Ducks however are playing better defense and it is creating chances for victories and better scoring opportunities.
"Defensively I think we are playing really well which is giving us a chance in every game. We are making progress without DA," says Altman. "We've taken a lot of things out of our offense because they were good for DA and we've added some few things to take advantage of a few things. Hopefully our guys understand them and we are getting better offensively with our adjustments."
Senior Tony Woods will also be available to play against Cal on Thursday after getting cleared to play from the Pac-12. Woods was called for a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected on Saturday against the Washington State Cougars. He elbowed Brock Motum in the back of the head on purpose.
"No, we are really disappointed in Tony's action. He retaliated and he shouldn't have," says Altman. "They made the right call. There isn't going to be any further punishment because he knows he can't do that again from our end and from the Pac-12's end."