PHOENIX Oregon has been the early surprise of the Pac-12. The Ducks have had no bad losses this season, already have won three conference road games and are getting strong veteran leadership from E. J. Singler and Garret Sim.
From now on, Kyle Singler should referred to as E.J.s brother, not the other way around, as it was when Kyle started for Duke.
The biggest single reason for Oregons improvement, however, is the influx of veteran transfers in coach Dana Altmans second season in Eugene.
While many of the Pac-12 teams lost key 2011 contributors through graduation or the NBA draft, the Ducks have gotten a lot of mileage from seniors Olu Ashaolu, Devoe Joseph and junior Tony Woods, all in their first season after sitting out last year.
Theyve added talent, and it is unique because it is old talent, Arizona coach Sean Miller said.
Oregons newcomers are the kind of players who are not fazed by a raucous road environment, as Miller saw first-hand last weekend when the Ducks hung...