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Sunday Oregon Basketball Notes

Tony Woods has to be smarter

Senior E.J. Singler became the school's all-time career wins leader following Saturday's win.

When Tony Woods retaliated to something done to him earlier in the game he knocked Washington State’s Brock Motum in the back of the head, with intent, and was caught. It was a bad decision by a senior player you would have hoped to have better composure. Instead he reacted and was caught and correctly ejected from the game with a flagrant 2 foul.

Now what will happen to Woods moving forward and will it cost Oregon any part of their one game lead in the Pac-12?

I don’t expect Woods to be suspended by the Pac-12 offices but he could very well be benched by Oregon head coach Dana Altman this week. In fact I wouldn’t be shocked to see him removed at minimum from the starting lineup. He needs to be and hopefully Dana Altman will do at least that.

Oregon sweeps but how high will they climb?

Oregon went into this week ranked No. 23 in the AP poll and that should change after beating both Washington and Washington State. But how high will Oregon climb in the rankings?

10 teams ahead of Oregon lost this week as of 12:30 p.m. with Arizona playing at Utah and Miami still has to play Clemson later in the evening. Safe to assume both Arizona and Miami will win.

Most of the teams who lost this week were ranked well ahead of Oregon in the standings but the Ducks should likely crack the Top-20 once again. Oregon will also get back into the coaches’ poll where they were unranked this week.

Oregon will be ranked in the AP poll for the sixth straight week.

Johnathan Loyd playing better ball

When Dominic Artis went down seven games ago with a foot injury Oregon had to look to junior Johnathan Loyd to replace his production. The problem is Loyd and Artis are far and away different players. Loyd is more of a distributor who creates for teammates while Artis is a scoring guard that stretches the court and opens up the paint for his teammates.

Oregon struggled early on getting into their offensive sets and a turnover issue became an even bigger problem for the Ducks. Loyd also suffered his own thumb injury and had to battle through that.

Loyd wasn’t safe with the ball in his first four games starting in replace of Artis turning it over 12 times and only dishing out 12 assists. He also struggled to score as defenses had no respect for his outside jumper and dared him to shoot from three.

The last three games Loyd has adjusted the numbers say and the junior is taking care of the ball but more importantly creating more for his teammates.

Against Washington State Loyd finished with seven assists and just two turnovers. Sure he didn’t shoot well, 2-of-6 from the field and 0-of-4 from three, but remember that isn’t his strong suit anyways. He’s at his best in the open court and attacking the paint for a floater, layup, or an assist for a teammate. In Loyd’s last three games the point guard has dished out 12 assists to just five turnovers. In Pac-12 games UCLA’s Larry Drew leads the league with an assist/turnover ratio of 3.0. Loyd’s last three games would tie him for second in the conference with Stanford’s Aaron Bright.

Singler Creates History

Senior E.J. Singler is now all alone in the pecking order for Oregon’s most career wins. Going into Saturday’s game against Washington State Singler was tied with former Duck Freddie Jones and Joevan Catron with 81 career wins. The win against Washington State gave him 82 career wins and with five games remaining in the regular season there is a chance for the four-year starter to pad the record some more.

Dotson redefining himself

In Damyean Dotson’s first six Pac-12 games he scored in double digits five out of six times including a career-high 21 points at Oregon State. Over the six games Dotson averaged 13.6 points per game in league play. When Dominic Artis went out with an injury for the Washington game Dotson’s offense slumped and the freshman struggled to score. In Dotson’s first four games without Artis his points per game dropped down to just 7.25 points per game and more importantly failing to score in double-digits even once.

Just like Loyd Dotson has also figured things out with life without Artis and his scoring and offensive output has increased to what it was prior to the injury from Artis. In Dotson’s last three games the freshman has scored 16, 13 and 16 points for an average of 15 points per game. Dotson has attacked the basket more and is also curling off his screens better than he was originally with Artis out.

Prior to the Utah game Oregon coaches made a video for Dotson to watch of how he was playing earlier in the year and Dotson credited that video following the Utah win for his resurgence.

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