Undefeated Men’s Basketball Team Remains High in NCAA Rankings

By UO student Chelsea Fullmer

The Ducks rank fourth in the nation and first in
the Pac-12 in points per game, and are led by
Joseph Young who contributes 20.1 to the
team’s 91.4 ppg average. (Photo: Ryan Kang,
Daily Emerald)

The UO men’s basketball team continues to climb in the rankings, as the undefeated Ducks build off last season’s Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Ducks started the season by beating Georgetown at the U.S. Army Base Camp Humphreys in South Korea at the Armed Forces Classic. Since then, the Ducks have defeated the likes of the Mississippi and Illinois on their way to an 10-0 record. Currently, the team sits at No. 13 in the AP Top 25 poll and No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

As Pac-12 conference play does not begin until after the New Year, the Ducks continue to face out-of-conference foes. The Ducks take on Utah in their first Pac-12 game on January 2.

In their first 10 games, the Ducks have beaten opponents by an average of 16.2 points per game, with the largest margin of victory being 28 points against UC Irvine. Ole Miss forced the game into overtime before the Ducks grabbed the win at 115-105, and the Illini led by nine in the second half before the Ducks came back to win by seven.

Despite losing three 2012-13 starters Arsalan Kazemi, E.J. Singler, and Tony Woods, the young Ducks remain strong approaching Pac-12 play. The Ducks are the second-highest ranked Pac-12 team in the nation behind No. 1 Arizona. Last year, UO beat No. 4 Arizona, handing the Wildcats the team’s first loss.

Only a handful of preseason games remain for the Ducks. For a complete schedule, visit GoDucks.com.