EUGENE, Ore.,- Oregon hasn’t lost a game since December, Saturday they announced their first of the new year: that of freshman point guard Dominic Artis.
Artis, who had started all 19 games this season and led the Ducks in assists, will miss Saturday’s game with Washington with a foot injury, multiple outlets report. The specifics of the injury are unknown, but Artis has been observed wearing a walking boot, and a timetable for his return is unknown.
Junior point guard Johnathan Loyd will likely see the majority of the minutes in Artis’ absence, with freshman Willie Moore perhaps also seeing a boost in court time.
The loss of Artis does not change what is on the line for the Ducks. A win over the rival Huskies (12-7, 4-2), would give the Ducks a 7-0 start to conference play and a potential top-10 AP ranking, with eight teams ahead of the 16th-ranked Ducks losing at the time of this publication.
The Huskies, despite their two game conference-losing streak, are no easy foe. A backcourt focused team, as Lorenzo Romar-teams normally are, the loss of Artis will provide a potential point of exploitation for Washington.
Guards C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs and Abdul Gaddy are the team’s leadings scorers, all doing the majority of their work from the perimeter, where the team shoots a near conference-leading 35.8 percent from three-point range. Wilcox and Suggs in particular are proven deep shooters, attempting nearly half of their shot attempts from three.
After Wednesday night’s win over Washington State, senior E.J. Singler said he was “a bit surprised” at the small turnout, a final attendance of 6,946. A Saturday match-up with the school’s most hated rival, will hopefully provide a better crowd.
Regardless, Altman said earlier in the week that games with Washington are special, if not just because of the rivalry.
“I think that our fans like us to beat everybody. There is a little bit more there with Washington. The schools are close. We play them more often,” he said.
Saturday’s game between the Ducks and Huskies will be televised on the Pac-12 Network at 4 p.m. with Rich Cellini and Ernie Kent on the call.