Oregon may not be receiving as much publicity as other Pac-12 contenders, but transfers Joseph Young and Mike Moser are a couple of reasons why it may not take long for the team to gain more national attention.
The 17th-ranked Ducks look to continue their solid play as they host Utah Valley State on Tuesday night.
Oregon reached the regional semifinals in last season's NCAA tournament, but No. 5 Arizona, featuring promising freshman Alan Gordon, and No. 22 UCLA, with new coach Steve Alford, have garnered most of the conference headlines.
Young and Moser are doing their best to change that.
Young came to Oregon after averaging 18.0 points as a sophomore last season for Houston, while Moser, an All-American in 2011-12 at UNLV, transferred for his senior campaign.
The Ducks (2-0) seem more than happy to have them. Young scored 26 points in an 82-75 win over Georgetown on Nov. 9 before netting a career-high 36 in Wednesday's 107-83 victory over Western Carolina.
Moser had 15 points and six steals against the Hoyas and finished with 26 points versus the Catamounts.
"We did a really good job of getting to the basket,'' Moser said. ''The emphasis was to take better shots.''
Everything fell for Young in the second half Wednesday, as he hit all seven of his field-goal attempts while finishing 9 of 12 for the game. It was the most points by an Oregon player since Tajuan Porter had 38 on Nov. 12, 2006.
The 6-foot-2 Young is shooting 60.9 percent from the field and has hit 27 of 28 free throws, the result of attacking the basket aggressively.
''He does have a knack for finishing around the basket,'' coach Dana Altman said. ''Guys were looking for him. He had the hot hand there.''
Oregon is shooting 53.1 percent and has been efficient offensively overall, though Altman has some concerns. The Ducks were even in rebounding with Western Carolina and the team defense hasn't been up to his standards.
"A very good offensive performance saved us (Wednesday)," Altman said. "Defensively and on the boards, we've got a long way to go."
Utah Valley State coach Dick Hunsaker likely is feeling similarly with his team coming off its worst defeat since joining Division I in 2003, falling 93-40 at then-No. 8 Oklahoma State last Tuesday.
The Wolverines (2-1), playing their first season in the WAC, shot 14 of 48 from the field and committed 23 turnovers after totaling 22 through their first two contests. Keawe Enos and reserve Hayes Garrity each scored a team-high eight points.
Senior guard Holton Hunsaker, the coach's son, entered the last contest averaging 17.0 points, but he was held scoreless until hitting two free throws with 3:26 left. Those were his only points, as he went 0 for 6 from the field and also committed five turnovers.
While Dick Hunsaker obviously is concerned with his team improving offensively, he also realizes Utah Valley State again will face another difficult challenge with Oregon's fast-paced style and raucous crowd.
"Oregon is an extremely athletic and potent scoring team," Hunsaker told the team's official website. "Our transition defense is going to be tested. It's a special atmosphere there with the height of the Oregon basketball program."
This is the first meeting between the schools.
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