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Oregon’s 2012-13 season was absolutely outstanding by Oregon basketball standards, but the level of expectations have been raised in Eugene.
That means a No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 tournament and a Sweet 16 exit were only good, but not great.
The 2013-14 campaign, however, has a chance to be special.
A primary reason for that was the decision by Oregon native Mike Moser to return to his home state and transfer to Oregon from UNLV. He is eligible to play immediately, which is critical considering the Ducks’ biggest losses came in saying goodbye to E.J. Singler and Arsalan Kazemi.
Moser should help fill the void at both vacated forward spots and will look to return to his sophomore form, when he challenged for Mountain West Player of the Year. He struggled as a junior with an injury and a deep UNLV rotation, but a return to the power forward spot should set him up for a big season.
The combination of Moser, Dominic Artis and Jonathan Loyd—along with a number of young players who should continue their development—makes the Ducks dangerous contenders in the Pac-12.
Arizona has officially been warned.
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