1. The Ducks and both BYU rank in the top six
nationally in scoring. Oregon is second at 89.3 points per game, while the Cougars come in at No. 6 (88.6).
That’s nearly 180 points combined.
2. A third of the way into the 2013-14 season, Oregon continues to be one of the best shooting teams in the nation. Th e Ducks rank fourth nationally in field goal percentage (.526) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.444).
Oregon and Gonzaga are the only teams
in the nation ranked in the top 10 in both categories.
3. Phi Slama Jama Redux. Michael Young, father of
Oregon guard Joseph Young, and BYU head coach
Dave Rose were teammates on Houston’s legendary
Phi Slama Jama teams of the early 1980s. Rose was co-captain of the team that also included Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, Clyde “The Glide” Drexler and Greg “Cadillac” Anderson.
Trivia Note: A member of the UH golf team is credited with the “Phi Slamma Jamma” moniker. That individual, now synonymous with CBS’ coverage of The Masters, is Jim Nantz.
4. Oregon is 10-0 for just the eighth time in school history. The Ducks have started 11-0 in only four previous seasons. The current 10-0 start is the best since 2006-07. Th at Aaron Brooks-led Duck squad, which won the Pac-10 tournament and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, went 13-0 to open the year.
5. Johnathan Loyd’s older brother Michael Loyd, Jr. played at BYU from 2008-10.
The younger Loyd needs two more assists to pass Fred Jones (367/1998-02) for sixth on the UO career assists list. Loyd, who ranks seventh nationally at 6.9 assists per game, comes into the BYU contest with 366 career dimes.