KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Oregon guard Victor Bailey Jr. has transferred to Tennessee and will play for the Volunteers in the 2020-21 season.
Oregon sinks Washington State 72-61
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Defense was the key from start to finish for Oregon forcing 17 turnovers and limiting Washington State's top scorer.
Pritchard scores 20 as Oregon beats Stanford 69-46
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Stanford knew exactly who the masked man was at the center of Oregon's defense.
Yet it still didn't matter, as Kenny Wooten blocked more shots than the Cardinal made for most of the first half.
"We were very clear on who he was and what he did," Stanford coach Jerod Haase said, "but we didn't execute the game plan very well."
Oregon cranks up defense to beat Arizona 59-54
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Oregon could feel the tide shifting. Arizona had found an offensive rhythm, the fans inside McKale Center rising and roaring with each made shot.
Unlike a week earlier, when they blew a seemingly-insurmountable lead against UCLA, the Ducks turned back the charge and earned a win in one of college basketball's toughest environments.
White scores 16, Oregon holds off Arizona 59-54
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Paul White scored 16 points and Victor Bailey Jr. added 13, helping Oregon hold off Arizona 59-54 Thursday night.
The once-fast Ducks have had to slow down in recent games due to a string of injuries, relying on their defense rather than outscoring opponents.
Oregon (11-6, 2-2 Pac-12) got Kenny Wooten back after missing four games with a broken jaw, though he played limited minutes and star freshman Bol Bol was on the bench in a walking boot.
King, White help Oregon snap skid, beat USC 81-60
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's defensive benchmark for success is to hold its opponent to fewer than 70 points.
It also doesn't hurt when the Ducks produce their most efficient offensive game of the season, either.
Paul White and Louis King each scored 19 points as Oregon raced past Southern California 81-60 on Sunday night.
The Ducks scored on 35 of 62 possessions and shot 29 of 52 (55.8 percent), only the third time in 16 games they've made more than half their shots and the first in eight games.
Oregon tops Florida A&M behind Bailey’s 16 points
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A matinee start seemed to catch the wrong team off its game with no excuses.
Fortunately for Oregon, there was enough that went right between falling behind by eight points early and giving up 13 straight at the end for the Ducks to claim a season-high fourth consecutive win.
Victor Bailey Jr. scored 16 points in his first start and Oregon finished a sweep of its four-game homestand by outlasting Florida A&M 71-64 on Tuesday.
Wooten scores career-best 20, leads Oregon over Omaha 84-61
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wasn't about to let another huge underdog walk off its floor celebrating a stunning upset.
Kenny Wooten jammed that sentiment home for the Ducks, and it also didn't hurt to have another five-star recruit waiting in the wings.
Wooten scored a career-high 20 points and Bol Bol had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Oregon past Omaha 84-61 on Saturday night.
Wooten was 9-for-12 shooting from the field with six dunks.
Last season: 23-13, eliminated in the second round of the NIT.
Coach: Dana Altman.
Who's gone: G Elijah Brown, F MiKyle McIntosh and F Troy Brown Jr.
Oregon trailed following each one of Victor Bailey’s first four three-pointers.
Then the freshman tied the score with his fifth three-pointer, put the Ducks into the lead with a sixth, and the seventh one sealed Oregon’s 99-86 victory over Rider in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night in front of 2,327 at Matthew Knight Arena.
Bailey’s 7 3s spark Oregon over Rider 99-86 in NIT
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Freshman Victor Bailey Jr. hit 7 of 8 3-pointers and scored 23 points, both career bests, and Oregon rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Rider 99-86 in a first-round NIT game on Tuesday night.
Oregon’s freshman class followed up its best Pac-12 weekend with its worst.
The four true freshmen combined for 19 points in 135 minutes while the Ducks were swept in Los Angeles. Troy Brown, Kenny Wooten, Victor Bailey and Abu Kigab totaled 75 points during the previous week in wins over Washington and Washington State.
For just over six minutes during the second half Sunday, Dana Altman put his four freshmen on the floor with Payton Pritchard.
That group inherited a 55-44 lead over Washington State and stretched the margin to 19 points. The Cougars then scored five straight points before Altman put some veterans back in to seal an 84-57 win over the Cougars.
Stanford routs Oregon 96-61 shooting 62.5% from the field
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Dorian Pickens thought only of being aggressive and let the chips fall. He was nearly perfect.
Pickens scored 25 points, making five 3-pointers, and Stanford handed Oregon its worst loss of the Dana Altman era, beating the Ducks 96-61 Saturday.
KZ Okpala added 20 points for the Cardinal (13-11, 7-4 Pac-12), who won their second straight and seventh in 10 games. Reid Travis added 17 points.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Oregon will never complain about a victory at California.
So after committing 17 turnovers and allowing California to get 19 offensive rebounds, the Ducks weren’t going to nitpick a 66-53 victory over the last-place Bears in a Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball game Thursday night.
“A road win is a road win. You’ve got to take it,” freshman guard Victor Bailey said.
Dana Altman finds it hard to get a read on his freshmen late in the season.
“They haven’t been through it before so you look for signs that they understand what we are up against,” the Oregon coach said Tuesday. “I’m not sure they realize we are going to have to really play well and awfully hard to get it done. I think their personalities will come out in these next 10 games and I hope that is enough.”
Pritchard scores 25, Oregon holds off UCLA for 94-91 win
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's strategy in the final seconds was simple: Foul before UCLA could get off a tying 3-pointer and then get the ball into Payton Pritchard's hands.
The Ducks did both to avoid a fourth home loss before their first sellout crowd of the season.
Pritchard scored 25 points, capped by four free throws in the final 6.7 seconds, to help Oregon hold off UCLA for a 94-91 win on Saturday night.
Dana Altman is still determining rotations on his roster and that could be even more challenging against Oregon State.
Roman Sorkin is questionable to play in the Civil War on Friday night in Corvallis as he continues to battle a leg injury, and top reserves Paul White and Victor Bailey have been sick this week.
“We’re fighting sickness like everyone this time of year with guys missing practice, but it’s time to play,” Altman said on Thursday.
Oregon quickly built a double-digit lead once again, but this time the Ducks never let it go.
Elijah Brown’s three-pointer began a run of seven straight points to open Oregon’s 77-62 men’s basketball win over Colorado on Sunday night in front of 7,458 at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks (11-4) led wire-to wire while improving to 1-1 in the Pac-12 Conference and now will prepare to head to Oregon State on Friday.
Troy Brown is expected to return when Oregon hosts Colorado State Friday at 7 p.m.
The 6-foot-7 freshman missed Oregon’s 73-70 home loss to Boise State on Friday due to a concussion suffered on Nov. 26 against Oklahoma. He was cleared to return to practice this week, according to a school spokesman.
Brown started the first seven games for Oregon and leads the Ducks with 7.1 rebounds per game while also averaging 11.7 points, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals.
Pritchard with career-high 20, Oregon rolls past Ball State
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The lone familiar face remaining from last season's high-flying Oregon lineup gave the Ducks just what they needed Sunday night.
Payton Pritchard scored a career-high 20 points and Elijah Brown had 17 off the bench as Oregon cruised to a 95-71 victory over Ball State.
Pritchard, the starting point guard as a freshman on last year's Final Four team, also had eight assists and no turnovers for the Ducks (4-0), who upped the nation's longest home winning streak to 46 games.
Dana Altman earned his 600th career victory on Friday night.
Oregon’s three opponents still don’t have a single win this season.
Freshman Kenny Wooten had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, and Oregon improved to 3-0 with a 114-56 victory over Alabama State at Matthew Knight Arena.
Victor Bailey scored 18 points, and Elijah Brown added 15. Abu Kigab, Payton Pritchard and Troy Brown scored 13 points apiece.
Wooten paces Oregon’s 114-56 victory for Altman’s 600th win
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A nice round milestone landed Dana Altman squarely among the coaching elite and in a reflective frame of mind.
Kenny Wooten had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Victor Bailey scored 18 points to lead Oregon to a 114-56 victory over Alabama State on Friday night.
The two freshmen led six Ducks (3-0) in double figures as Altman became the 10th active men's coach to win his 600th game. In his eighth season at Oregon, Altman is 600-313 in 29 years as a Division I coach.
Oregon beats Prairie View 100-67 for 44th straight home win
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Troy Brown, Oregon's five-star freshman, already has learned that giving up the AAU flash for a simple play makes college basketball a lot easier and the coach of the Ducks much happier.
Brown had 17 points and nine rebounds, Paul White came off the bench for 16 points and Oregon pulled away to a 100-67 victory over Prairie View A&M on Monday night.