The Ducks lose their unbeaten record and national ranking with four straight losses to Pac-12 opponents.
By UO student Chelsea Fullmer
UO v STANFORD: After starting the season 13-0, the
Ducks have lost four-straight and have fallen out of the
national rankings. (Photo: Eric Evans)
The previously unbeaten Ducks entered conference play 12-0, but followed their Pac-12 opening 70-68 overtime win over Utah with four straight losses, dropping their Pac-12 record to 1-4 and dropping the team from No. 10 nationally to out of the rankings altogether.
After the win over Utah, the UO faced its first ranked team of the season, the No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes. The Ducks lost a 10-point lead in the second half to suffer their first loss, 100-91. Mike Moser had a team high for the night with 24 points, and the Ducks fell to No. 17 in the rankings as they prepared to take on Cal and Stanford at the Matthew Knight Arena.
Students packed the arena for the first home game since winter term started on January 6. The first half was a back-and-forth battle, and the Ducks headed into halftime down four at 46-42. Oregon shot .556 in the first half, but that number dropped drastically to .297 in the second half. Cal remained consistent, shooting .516 in the first half and .533 in the second, and the Ducks lost by their largest margin of the season to date, 96-83.
Three days later, the Stanford Cardinal flew in and handed the Ducks their third-straight loss, 82-80. The UO missed two overtime opportunities when Johnathan Loyd missed a jumper and Dominic Artis missed a layup right before the buzzer. Moser led the team again with 24 points, and while the Ducks had a season-high 12 three-pointers, they couldn’t keep up with Stanford’s .625 shooting percentage.
Following consecutive home losses, the now-unranked Ducks hit the road for three games away from Eugene. Their first opponent was the Oregon State Beavers, who came away with an 80-72 win over their Civil War rivals. OSU shot .538 from the three-point line, while the Ducks shot a mere .211. The Beavers led for almost the entire game, while the Ducks couldn’t capitalize on OSU mistakes. Jason Calliste came off the bench to lead the team with 17 points on the night.
The Ducks travel to Washington for the final two road games of the swing, against the Washington Huskies on Thursday, January 23, and the Washington State Cougars on Sunday, January 26.
For a complete schedule, visit GoDucks.com.