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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (5-3) will take on Willamette (2-5) and Jacksonville State (2-7) this week in games played at McArthur Court in Eugene. The Ducks will host the Bearcats on Saturday at 7 p.m. before facing the Gamecocks on Monday in a game also set for 7 p.m.
Reserved tickets ($10), student section general admission ($8) and special third-level balcony ticket promotions ($3.90, more below) are available for Saturday's game with Willamette. Reserved tickets ($12) and student section general admission ($10) are also available for Monday's match-up with Jacksonville State. Click here to purchase tickets online.
The Oregon-Willamette rivalry dates back to the opening of McArthur Court, with the two schools meeting in UO’s first game and first win in that venue (W, 38-10 on Jan. 14, 1927). The Ducks went on to an 8-3 record during the 1926-27 campaign. Oregon played WU on Jan. 15, 2002, in a game that celebrated the 75th anniversary of Mac Court. UO won that match-up, 71-48, the last meeting in the all-time series which the Ducks lead 41-12.
Oregon has never played Jacksonville State. UO is 1-0 against schools from the Ohio Valley Conference, with the lone win coming over Tennessee Tech.
These are two of the last five home men’s basketball games scheduled for UO’s 84-year old historic venue. The Ducks will play the final non-conference game at Mac Court on Dec. 21 against Idaho. Oregon then closes with a pair of Pac-10 Conference games at the building, hosting Arizona on Dec. 30 and Arizona State on Jan. 1.
WILLAMETTE LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: OSN on Comcast SportsNet NW; Joe Giansante, play-by-play; Rob Closs, analyst; Jill Savage, sideline
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network affiliates; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• Satellite radio: XM 193
• GoDucks.com: Live audio, (HD) video, stats
** HD video stream results vary based on internet connection speed
JACKSONVILLE STATE LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: None
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network affiliates; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• Satellite radio: Sirius 121 and XM 141
• GoDucks.com: Live audio, video, stats
Follow Oregon men’s basketball on twitter @duckbasketball for in-game updates and the latest news on the squad.
THROW-BACK NIGHT SET FOR SATURDAY
There are just five men’s basketball games remaining at McArthur Court,
and Oregon Athletics has some fun promotions in place for the final
contests at the historic venue.
Throw-back Night | Dec. 11 vs. Willamette University:
- Third Balcony Reserved Tickets are on sale for $3.90 per ticket (online only - minimum purchase of two)
- The Ducks will be wearing throw-back jerseys resembling the 1939 National Championship team
- Fan are encouraged to dress retro and join the team with the throw-back festivities
- A chance to win a free round trip plane ticket to Phoenix, Ariz. (awarded to the fan with the best retro outfit).
- The first 200 students through the turnstiles will be given a complimentary head band
- The first 1,000 fans through the turnstiles will be given free popcorn in a classic red and white popcorn bag
- A silent auction for Oregon throw-back items/merchandise will be held in the concourse area at Mac Court
Two for One Night | Dec. 13 vs. Jacksonville State:
- Pick up a 2 For 1 coupon at your local Carl’s
- Or if purchasing online, use the promotion
code “2F1” to receive 2 reserved tickets for the price of 1
Bi-Mart Family Night (online only) | Dec. 21 vs. Idaho:
- Purchase four reserved tickets (online at goducks.com) for a total only $40
Pac Mac (online only) | Dec. 30 vs. Arizona and Jan. 1 vs. Arizona State:
- Purchase two reserved tickets for a total of $80.
STROWBRIDGE EARNS STARTING ROLE
Senior guard Jay-R Strowbridge has started the last two games for the Ducks, scoring in double-figures in both of those outings. The offseason transfer from Huntsville, Ala., tallied 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting (3-of-5 on 3-pointers) in UO’s narrow loss to Missouri. He scored 11 points to go with a season-best three steals in the Ducks’ 19-point victory over Portland State. On the season, Strowbridge is tied for third on the squad in scoring (8.8 ppg) while ranking fourth in rebounds (3.6 rpg).
SINGLER’S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK SNAPPED
Sophomore forward E.J. Singler saw his double-figures scoring streak snapped at seven games after being limited to eight points in UO’s blowout win over PSU. The 6-6 swingman from Medford, Ore., had opened the season by scoring in double-figures in each of the first seven games. In the near upset of Mizzou, Singler tallied a career-best 19 points to go with nine rebounds. This season he ranks second on the team in shooting percentage (.532, 33-of-62) and 3-point shooting percentage (.414, 24-of-58).
CATRON AVERAGING CAREER BESTS
Senior forward Joevan Catron has now played in over 100 career games for UO, and the veteran is averaging career-bests for points per game (17.9 ppg) and field goal shooting percentage (.547, 47-of-86). Catron, who was awarded a medical hardship in the offseason after missing all but four games a year ago, has scored in double-figures in seven of the eight games in 2010-11.
Of his four career 20-point games, three have come this season. He’s led UO in scoring nine times in his career, while recording a team-best in points six of the eight games this year.
Catron has scored 65 percent of his points after halftime, with 93 of his 143 total points coming during the final 20 minutes (and OT). In an overtime win over North Dakota State, he tallied 16 of his career-best 27 points in the second half, making all five of his field goal attempts in the second stanza.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
The Ducks cruised to a 68-49 win over Portland State on Sunday afternoon and nearly upset No. 9 Missouri last Thursday night falling 83-80.
Against PSU, three Ducks scored in double figures, led by Joevan Catron’s 15 points. Garrett Sim scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and Jay-R Strowbridge poured in 11 points. Catron also led all players with 10 rebounds. The Ducks allowed a season-low 49 points to PSU.
Oregon made a great second half comeback in the near upset of Mizzou, outscoring the Tigers, 17-5, over a 6:30 span to open the second half. After falling behind 22 points (2:34 mark in 1st half), Oregon managed to cut MU’s lead to two points, 82-80, with 5.3 seconds in the game.
E.J. Singler registered a career-high 19 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds, scoring 17 second-half points on 7-of-8 shooting. Strowbridge had 15 points and made a season-best three 3-pointers. Johnathan Loyd registered a career-high 15 points (5-of-10 on FGs) in playing a season-high 30 minutes. Catron also added 15 points against the Tigers.
UO ADDS FOUR PLAYERS IN EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
Bruce Barron: Plays prep basketball at Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale, Ill. … led AAU basketball team (Illinois Titans) to a national title in 2009 … chose UO over Oklahoma State, Marquette and Indiana … played AAU basketball for Mac Irvin Fire.
Jabari Brown: Started junior season at Findlay Prep (Nev.) where he averaged 16 points per game before transferring mid-year to Oakland High School … averaged 23.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game at Oakland High the rest of his junior campaign ... led OHS to second round of state playoffs … chose UO over Arizona State, Connecticut, Georgia Tech and Washington … played AAU for Drew Gooden Soldiers.
Brett Kingma: Averaged 25 points, four steals and four assists per game as a junior … Led Jackson HS (Mill Creek, Wash.) to the 2010 Class 4A title game … chose UO over Arizona State, BYU and Washington … played AAU ball for Friends of Hoop.
Austin Kuemper: Averaged 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a junior for Portland’s Westview High School … Lead WHS to the 2010 OSAA 6A Boys state title game … also led WHS to a second-round appearance at the 2009 OSAA 6A Boys State Tournament … chose UO over Iowa State, San Diego State, USC and Washington State … played AAU ball for ICP.
DUCKS WITH 719 WINS AT HISTORIC MCARTHUR COURT
With the victory over Portland on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, the Oregon Ducks captured their 700th win in games played at McArthur Court in Eugene. Oregon now has 719 home wins at Mac Court, with the Ducks 5-2 in home games this season.
MAC COURT TO MATT ARENA MOVE
The Oregon men’s basketball team will make the move from McArthur Court to Matthew Knight Arena this season. The new building can be listed by either its full name, or abbreviated to Matt Arena (like Mac Court is to McArthur Court). Key dates listed below.
- Dec. 21, 2010 (MBB vs. Idaho) | Last MBB non-conf. game at Mac Court
- Jan. 1, 2011 (MBB vs. Arizona State) | Last MBB Pac-10 game at Mac Court
- Jan. 13, 2011 (MBB vs USC) | First MBB game at Matt Arena
- Jan. 23, 2011 (WBB vs Oregon State) | First WBB game at Matt Arena
- Feb. 19, 2011 (MBB vs Oregon State) | First Civil War MBB game at Matt Arena
For more information on UO’s newest facility, please visit MatthewKnightArena.com.
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