Oregon’s men’s basketball team, now ranked twenty-fourth nationally, bounced back from a tough loss to California on a buzzer beater on February 21. Last week’s game was also the Duck’s lowest percentage of shots made during this season with an average below 27 percent.
To redeem themselves, the Ducks returned to Matthew Knight Arena not looking back at their last defeat. The Ducks took a victory against Stanford this past Saturday, February 23, where a loss could have cost them a ranking on the AP Top 25. Their last game against Stanford resulted in the Cardinals blowing out the Ducks 76-52 on January 30.
Stanford trailed Oregon 77-66. Oregon began the game with a sense of urgency in order to gain control of the game’s first half. Junior Johnathan Loyd, who started due to Dominic Artis’ injury, kept up the pace to rattle the Cardinals. The point guard had a great game both offensively with nine assists and fifteen points, and defensively with three steals. Senior forward Arsalan Kazemi also scored fifteen points, seven rebounds, and five steals of his own.
The Ducks’ victory also marked Head Coach Dana Altman’s 600th win in his coaching career.
Tonight, Matthew Knight Arena will host Oregon State for a Senior night at 8 p.m. The Ducks look forward to the Civil War but also to recognize seniors including Kazemi, E. J. Singler, and Tony Woods who will be playing their last game of the regular season. With only two other games to wind down the season, Altman’s team will then travel to Las Vegas for the Pac 12 Tournament, which begins March 13.