The Oregon Ducks will be taking on a very good Georgetown Hoyas team to start the 2013-14 college basketball season. Unfortunately, the Ducks will have to play that game without two of their players. Dominic Artis and Ben Carter have been suspended indefinitely for selling team gear, according to Campus Insiders. Oregon could be doomed.
The return has not been set.
This really hurts Oregon’s chances of making the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The team may have made the dance last season and will enter the year by being ranked, but Artis was going to be a starter and Carter likely would have received a lot more playing time.
Artis averaged 8.5 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per game last season. He managed to do that while only averaging 23.8 minutes per game. Carter averaged 2.4 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Oregon loses a bunch of talent from last year, but it gains a couple of really talented players. UNLV transfer Mike Moser will be a starter, Detroit transfer Jason Calliste put up 14.4 points per game last season and Houston transfer Joseph Young could lead the team in scoring.
Young averaged 18 points per game last year.
Carter and Artis are sophomores this season and were likely the future of this basketball program.
Who knows if Oregon will even compete without Artis and Carter, but it will certainly not be as good. This is very unfortunate for a team that was supposed to enter the year with a bunch of hype.
It makes it that much worse that the Ducks will tip-off their season against Georgetown. If the incoming talent cannot have an immediate impact, Oregon could be doomed.