#33 Oregon Men's Basketball 2013-2014 Preview

Oregon Ducks

2013-2014 Overall Rank: #33
Conference Rank: #4 Pac-12

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Oregon had a great 2012-2013 season and Coach Dana Altman hopes to do it again. With a Pac-12 Tournament title and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen under their belt, the expectations are high. The Ducks knocked off Oklahoma State and Saint Louis in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Louisville 77-69. There is a ton of rebuilding to do, but Coach Altman has brought in enough talent for this group to turn into a dangerous team by March.

2012-13 Record: 28-9, 12-6
2012-13 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Dana Altman
Coach Record: 73-36 at Oregon, 483-279 overall

Who’s Out:
The three frontcourt starters, E.J. Singler, Arsalan Kazemi and Tony Woods, are gone. Singler, a 6-6 wing, did it all for the Ducks, averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Kazemi was the main reason why Oregon was one of the best rebounding teams in the country. That skill got him selected in the second round of the NBA Draft. On top of his even ten rebounds per contest, Kazemi developed into a decent interior scorer. Woods, a 6-11 center, could do some scoring in the paint as well. He also led the team in blocked shots. Forward Carlos Emory ranked third on the team with 11.1 points per game despite spending nearly his entire senior season coming in off of the bench. Austin Kuemper, Fred Richardson and Willie Moore have all left the program after seeing limited action as freshmen.

Who’s In:
As bad as those losses are, the newcomers could be even better. When Mike Moser opted to transfer out of UNLV, he could have gone to the NBA. Instead, he will have one season with the Ducks. The 6-8 senior averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds with the Rebels, but those numbers are a bit skewed due to injuries. Moser can be one of the best players in the Pac-12. The other Division I transfer in Eugene is Joseph Young. The 6-3 guard dropped 18.0 points per game with Houston in 2012-2013 and he could be the best scoring threat for the Ducks if he is eligible. The NCAA is still pondering whether or not he can suit up right away. The other three transfers come from the junior college ranks. Richard Amardi will add some much needed size to the frontcourt. Elgin Cook is an amazing athlete who will compete for the starting small forward job and shooting guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit can score in a variety of ways. Incoming freshman Jordan Bell will be asked to add some depth to the frontcourt if he is on campus and fellow freshman A.J. Lapray could find a role as a shooter off of the bench.

Who to Watch:
The newcomers alone could form a pretty good squad for Coach Altman, but he does have some returning talent, especially in the backcourt. Dominic Artis did a superb job running the point as a freshman and he is only going to get better. He dished out 3.2 assists per game and could boost his scoring significantly if needed. Johnathan Loyd lost his starting gig to Artis, yet performed well as the team’s sixth man and provides Oregon with a quality and experienced secondary ball handler. Damyean Dotson could be the Ducks most consistent scorer. After averaging 11.4 points per game, Dotson will be counted on to replace the shooting lost with Singler. However, if Young is eligible, Dotson will not have to do quite as much. Either way, the backcourt can get up and down the floor and score in bunches.

Final Projection:
Fitting in all of the new pieces will be a bigger concern in the frontcourt. Moser is going to be an all-conference caliber player, but Coach Altman needs Ben Carter and Waverly Austin to step up. Carter showed flashes as a freshman and managed to see over ten minutes per game despite the talent and experience in front of him. Now the job is his. At 6-11 and 270 pounds, Austin is the big body on the team. The senior has played well when averaging about a dozen minutes per game and it remains to be seen if he can maintain his production while playing more minutes. At the least, Austin can come in and block some shots and push around the opposing center for a while. And if the newcomers live up to their potential, that is enough for Oregon to get back to the NCAA Tournament.

Projected Postseason Tournament:  NCAA

Projected Starting Five:
Dominic Artis, Sophomore, Guard, 8.5 points per game
Damyean Dotson, Sophomore, Guard, 11.4 points per game
Elgin Cook, Sophomore, Forward, DNP last season
Mike Moser, Senior, Forward, DNP last season at Oregon
Ben Carter, Sophomore, Forward, 2.4 points per game

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.6 (71st in nation, 5th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 63.6 (96, 3)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.7 (95, 4)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.4 (106, 6)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.2 (277, 9)  
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 33.3 (204, 10)
Free-Throw Percentage: 70.5 (139, 6)
Rebound Margin: 6.2 (20, 2)
Assists Per Game: 13.1 (142, 7)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.0 (295, 12)

Madness 2014 NBA Draft Rankings:
#105 Damyean Dotson

Madness 2013 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#72 Jordan Bell


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