The Starting Five

The Oregon Men take on Morgan State this weekend on Sunday, Dec. 29 at Matthew Knight Arena. The Oregon Athletic Department issued a pre-game release and list five interesting facts leading up to the game. Tipoff for the contest is scheduled for 12 p.m. and the game will carried on the Pac-12 Networks.


1. Oregon is 11-0 for just the fifth time in school history. With a win Sunday, the Ducks would be 12-0 for the fifth time ever. The current start is the school's best since 2006-07. Th at Aaron Brooks-led Duck squad, which won the Pac-10 tournament and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, went 13-0 to open the year.

2. A third of the way into the 2013-14 season, Oregon leads the nation in scoring and continues to be one of the best shooting teams nationally. Th e Ducks average 90.3 points per game to lead the nation. Oregon is also among the national leaders in field goal percentage (.511/7th), 3-point field goal percentage (.424/11th), free throw percentage (.756/18th) and assists (16.2 per game/24th).

3. Oregon tied a school record by reaching the century mark for the fourth time this season Dec. 21 against Brigham Young. It is just the third time in 109 seasons of basketball that the Ducks have scored 100 points four times in the same season. Oregon has never had more than four 100-point games in the same year. The Ducks last had four 100-point games in the same year in 2001-02. Oregon first accomplished that feat in 1995-96.

4. Stealing away. The Ducks have recorded double-digit steals in three of the last four games. Th at's after recording 10-plus steals only once in the first seven games.

5. Johnathan Loyd continues to climb Oregon's career assist chart. Last week against BYU, he passed Fred Jones (367/1998-02) for sixth. Loyd, who ranks eighth nationally at 6.8 assists per game, comes into the Morgan State contest with 372 career dimes.

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