Tuesday, January 29, 2013
By Matt Giles
We wrote recently that the Oregon staff did not expect Dominic Artis to miss much time recuperating from a foot injury that sidelined the guard against Washington. However, according to CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman, Artis may indeed miss more than just one game: Dana Altman spoke with Goodman and speculated the freshman will miss between three and five games.
While Johnathan Loyd is a suitable back-up, registering five assists versus the Huskies, Oregon will need a healthy Artis if the squad is going to keep a tight grip on the Pac-12. Oregon has already played Arizona, Arizona State, and UCLA, and will not have to face either team until potentially the league tournament, but the Ducks still have to face Colorado twice -- including on the road -- and Oregon State, the second half of the season's Civil War series that could always result in a trap game for Altman's team.
It will be interesting to see how Oregon fares without Artis in the coming games. The team committed 23 turnovers in the win over Washington, and while E.J. Singler gave the ball away on seven occasions, Oregon managed to still score 1.04 PPP -- just a bit off the rate Oregon had been managing in conference play with Artis directing the offense.