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Oregon Ducks Look to Keep Rolling Against Washington State on Wednesday

Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

The Oregon Ducks have quickly become one of the better stories out west in college basketball this year.

At 5-0 in the Pac-12 Conference, the Ducks have already taken down both Arizona and UCLA this season and have positioned themselves as more than just a conference contender in 2013.

Following a road win over the Bruins last weekend, the Ducks return home to Eugene for a pair of match-ups this week against both Washington State and Washington. On Wednesday night however, it’s the Cougars’ turn as the Ducks are searching for a 6-0 start within the league.

The overall depth and balance for head coach Dana Altman has been the most pivotal part of Oregon’s early success. A number of weapons who aren’t afraid to share the basketball has allowed the Ducks to blossom and has made them difficult to game plan against and defend.

In addition, their biggest boost here this season has come from their front court. Both Tony Woods and Arsalan Kazemi have formulated a powerful one-two punch alongside forwards E.J. Singler and Carlos Emory. Their perimeter play has been paced by the team’s current leading scorer Damyean Dotson, while freshman guard Dominic Artis leads the team in assists.

That overall balance has gone a long way and with a pair of home games on the docket this week, the Ducks are once again in a position to boost their overall record and ranking.

Tip-off between the Cougars and Ducks on Wednesday night is scheduled for 9:30pm (EST).

 

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