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Oregon Weekly MBB Release - USC, UCLA
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 01/18/2012
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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (13-5, 4-2) will host Pac-12 Conference games this week against USC (5-13, 0-5) and UCLA (10-7, 3-2). The Ducks take on the Trojans on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (PT) before closing the weekend against the Bruins on Saturday at 1 p.m. These are the only regular-season games UO will play against USC and UCLA as there is no return trip to Los Angeles in 2011-12.

The Ducks are coming off their first road sweep of the Arizona schools since the 2006-07 season. USC has lost its last five games, including last week’s 66-47 home loss to UCLA. The Bruins have been victorious in their last three contests, a win over USC and a home sweep of the Arizona schools.

The Trojans have the edge in the all-time series with UO, 62-46. Oregon has won the last four meetings with USC. The Ducks were swept by UCLA in the regular season a year ago, but won in the conference tournament semifinals by a score of 76-59. UCLA leads the all-time series with UO, 83-28.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for both games (USC, $16-$50; UCLA, $16-$56) are available for purchase online at goducks.com or in-person at the Moshofsky Center Ticket Office (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and the Matthew Knight Arena Box Office (M-F, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.).

OREGON - USC LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: OSN on Comcast SportsNet NW; Rich Cellini, pxp; Jordan Kent, analyst
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio, video and stats
• Satellite radio: SIRIUS 138
• Twitter:
@Geraghty_UO for in-game updates, stats, etc.

OREGON - UCLA LIVE COVERAGE

• TV: Fox Sports Net (ROOT Sports NW); Barry Tompkins, pxp; Marques Johnson, analyst
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio and stats
• Satellite radio: SIRIUS 92, XM 194
• Twitter: @Geraghty_UO for in-game updates, stats, etc.

Complete media information (radio affiliates, TV schedule and information) is located on page 3 of this release.

OREGON FOOTBALL TEAM TO BE HONORED AT UCLA GAME
Fans will be allowed the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the University of Oregon’s 2011 football team and its championship in the 98th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO during halftime of the Jan. 21st men’s basketball home game vs. UCLA.

In addition to the Ducks’ players and coaches being congratulated for a second-consecutive 12-win season and finishing fourth in the country in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, fans in attendance will get an opportunity to have their pictures taken alongside the Rose Bowl and Pac-12 Conference Championship trophies at no additional charge.

The trophies will be located on the practice courts in the southeast corner of the arena from noon through the end of halftime.

DUCKS OFF TO STRONG START IN PAC-12 CONFERENCE PLAY
Oregon (4-2) is fourth in the Pac-12 Conference standings which marks UO’s best start in league play since the 2006-07 season (6-1).

The Ducks are No. 51 in this week’s NCAA Men’s Basketball RPI rankings. Only one other Pac-12 school ranks higher (California is No. 40).

Three of UO’s four league wins have come on the road (3-1 in road tests). The other 11 league schools are a combined 6-of-22 in road games.

In league games only, the Ducks rank fourth in field goal percentage (.467), fifth in scoring offense (69.3 ppg), assists (14.0 apg) and blocks (3.2 bpg).

UO has been led in league play by Devoe Joseph who ranks eighth in scoring (15.5 ppg), while Olu Ashaolu and E.J. Singler both rank eighth in rebounding (6.0 rpg). Four Ducks have averaged double-figures in scoring in Pac-12 games (Joseph, 15.5 ppg; Singler, 13.5 ppg; Ashaolu, 11.0 ppg; Sim, 10.2 ppg).

SINGLER IS OREGON’S MR. CONSISTENCY
Junior forward E.J. Singler (bio on page 18) has registered team-highs with 227 total points (12.6 ppg) and 93 total rebounds (5.2 rpg). Singler has taken -- and made -- the most shots of any Duck this season (76-of-164, .463).

Singler ranks second in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.881, 52-of-59) and ranks tied for third in school history for career free throw percentage (.859, 207-of-241). As of Jan. 15, Singler ranked 29th nationally in free throw percentage (leader: .931, Marcus Denmon - Missouri).

Singler has reached double-figures in scoring in 15 of the 18 games this season. He’s scored 10 or more points in 49 of his 89 career games at UO. Singler has also led the Ducks in rebounding on five occasions this season (and 27 times in his career).

He tallied a season-high 21 points (8-of-10 on field goals) in a November home win over SE Missouri State. Singler recently scored 20 of Oregon’s 60 total points in a road loss to Washington, a game where he also grabbed a season-best nine rebounds. He contributed 12 points and a career-high seven assists in last week’s win at Arizona.

The 6-6 forward from Medford, Ore., ranks among the Pac-12 active leaders in career statistics: sixth in career points (880) and rebounds (450), and ninth in blocks (49).

With a 12.6 points per game average in 2011-12, Singler is on pace to eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season. Singler has 880 points in 89 career games for a 9.9 ppg scoring average. He is looking to become the 31st player in school history to reach the scoring mark.

Singler is one of two Ducks to have started every game this season. In fact, Singler has started the last 63 games for UO dating back to his freshman season. He started all 39 games a year ago and 22-of-32 games as a freshman.

OREGON’S RECORD WHEN...
The Ducks are 12-1 this season when shooting for a better percentage than their opponent and 11-1 when holding a halftime lead. Oregon is 10-0 when dishing out more assists than the opponent, 7-1 when committing fewer turnovers and 6-1 when out-rebounding the opposition (more records breakdown on page 4).

DUCKS ARE WINNING CLOSE GAMES THIS SEASON
Oregon is 8-0 this season in games decided by fewer than 10 points (3-0 in games decided by less than five points). The Pac-12 team with the next best record in games decided by less than 10 points is Colorado (6-4).

In those tight games, the Ducks had the advantage in all three shooting percentages (UO / Opponent): overall field goal percentage (47.4 / 43.0), 3-point percentage (38.6 / 32.6) and free throw percentage (69.8 / 67.8).

Oregon has closed-out several games on the free throw line. The Ducks are shooting 88.0 percent (44-of-50) from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of games decided by less than 10 points. A stark difference from the 67.7 percent (270-of-399) they are making on the season.

E.J. Singler (12-of-12), Devoe Joseph (8-of-8), Garrett Sim (10-of-11) and Johnathan Loyd (8-of-10) have combined to go a perfect 38-of-41 for 92.7 percent in those late-game free throw situations.

UO FEATURES BALANCED SCORING ATTACK

Six different Ducks have led the team in scoring this season: Devoe Joseph (six times), Garrett Sim (five times), E.J. Singler (four times), Olu Ashaolu (two times), Johnathan Loyd (once) and Tony Woods (once).

Ten of UO’s 11 scholarship players have reached double-figures in scoring. The leaders in that category are Singler (15 times), Sim (12) and Joseph (11). In addition, five different Ducks have dropped 20 or more points in a game this season (Sim and Singler twice, Ashaolu, Joseph and Loyd once).

JOSEPH KEY ADDITION TO OREGON LINEUP
Since becoming eligible to compete on Dec. 10, senior guard Devoe Joseph (bio on page 21) has averaged a team-high 14.9 points per outing. He’s led the team in field goals made (62), field goals attempted (133) and minutes played (33.7 mpg) in those 12 games. Joseph has scored in double-figures 11 times and has a 30-point effort against Stanford on the books.

Joseph has bettered his scoring average to 15.5 points per game in the Pac-12, shooting 45.2 percent (14-of-31) on 3-pointers in those league games. He’s also shooting 92.9 percent on free throws (13-of-14) against Pac-12 teams.

Joseph registered team-highs for points (15), steals (4) and minutes (37) in last Thursday’s win over Arizona State. He made 55.6 percent of his field goals (5-of-9), while going 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc. The 6-4 senior played all 40 minutes in UO’s narrow win over Arizona. Joseph, who went 6-of-12 from the field to score a team-high 13 points, managed to avoid disqualification despite playing the last seven minutes of the Arizona game with four personal fouls.

In his Oregon debut against Fresno State, Joseph came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points in 29 minutes. He paced UO in the loss to Virginia with a team-high 16 points. Joseph tallied 19 points and a career-high five steals in UO’s win over Prairie View A&M. A night later he nearly registered a double-double with 10 points and a career-best eight rebounds against Stephen F. Austin. Joseph had 17 points and matched a career-high with seven assists in a win over Washington State.

BLOCKED SHOTS A FACTOR FOR DUCKS
UO has an 8-1 record in games where they tally four or more blocked shots. The only loss came in the season-opener at No. 7 Vanderbilt. In 17 of the 18 outings this season, Oregon has recorded at least one block. The Ducks are 7-0 this season when the record more blocks than their opponent.

Junior center Tony Woods (bio on page 24) ranks second in the Pac-12 with 29 blocks (1.6 bpg). As a team, UO ranks fifth in blocks (3.7 bpg) in the league. Woods has blocked 14 shots (2.3 bpg) in the Ducks’ six conference games this year.

Woods’ total in 2011-12 is tied for ninth all-time for blocks in a single season at Oregon. With a possible 13 games remaining on the schedule, Woods is projected to break the school record for blocks in a season (42, Blair Rasmussen in 1983-84).

Woods had a career-high five blocks in the win over Portland State, the most blocks for a UO player since Dec. 31, 2009 (Michael Dunigan at Washington State). That total is also tied for the second-best single-game effort for a Pac-12 player in 2011-12. That five-block game also ranks tied for second in school history for most blocks in a single game.

SIM AVERAGING CAREER-HIGHS THIS SEASON
Senior guard Garrett Sim (bio on page 10) is averaging career-highs in points per game (11.9), field goal percentage (.534, 71-of-133), 3-point percentage (.465, 33-of-71) and free throw percentage (.833, 40-of-48). He ranks fourth in the conference in 3-point percentage and in free throw percentage, while ranking 11th in overall field goal percentage.

Sim’s does not have enough made field goals to qualify for the national rankings (minimum 5 FGs made/game; 2.5 3-PT FGs made/game). However as, Sim’s 3-point field goal percentage would rank 11th in the nation.

In 120 career games, Sim has 879 points (seventh) and 216 assists (seventh) which both rank in the top 10 of the Pac-12’s active career leaders. In addition, Sim’s 145 career 3-pointers ranks second and his 89 career steals ranks seventh.

Sim is on pace to match Joevan Catron’s modern school record for games played (133). With an 11.9 points per game average this season, Sim is also on track to become the 32nd player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.

UO INKS THREE PLAYERS DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
Dana Altman announced the signing of three prep standouts to National Letters of Intent. Joining the Ducks beginning in 2012-13 are Dominic Artis (Richmond, Calif. / Findlay Prep), Ben Carter (Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman HS) and Damyean Dotson (Houston, Texas / Jack Yates High School).

It is the second straight season that Altman has signed a strong recruiting class. UO brought in a consensus top 25 recruiting class a year ago according to Scout.com (No. 20), Rivals.com (No. 21) and ESPN.com (No. 23).

Dominic Artis (5-11, 175, G): Is playing his senior season at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. … Played freshman through junior seasons at Salesian High School in Richmond, Calif. … Averaged 14 points and 4.1 assists per game as a junior at SHS … As a freshman in 2009, helped lead SHS to California’s Division IV state title … Played AAU basketball for the Oakland Soldiers … Also considered UCLA, California, St. Johns, Florida State, Memphis and Georgia Tech.

Ben Carter (6-8, 215, F): Is playing his senior season at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. … Helped lead BGHS to a 25-6 overall record as a junior … A member of the BGHS squads that won a state title in his sophomore season (playing alongside current UO player Johnathan Loyd) … Played AAU basketball for the Las Vegas Lakers … Also considered USC, UNLV, San Diego State, Utah and New Mexico.

Damyean Dotson (6-6, 190, G):
Is playing his senior season at Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas … Member of JYHS team that was a consensus No. 1 ranked prep team in the nation in 2010 … Helped lead JYHS to back-to-back state titles in freshman and sophomore seasons … Played AAU basketball for Houston Hoops … Also considered Arkansas, Georgetown, Colorado, Texas Tech and Baylor.

OREGON BASKETBALL ON THE INTERNET THIS SEASON
Live audio, video (for a fee on the O-Zone) and stats will be available for select home games on goducks.com. O-Zone features include: Live video streaming, on-demand video replays, live audio coverage and more.

UO basketball representatives will make periodic appearances throughout the season on Ducks Insider, a daily sports webcast (hosted by Jerry Allen and Jill Savage, 1-3 pm) that features interviews with coaches and student-athletes.

Check out Oregon men's basketball on Facebook. Follow Oregon on Twitter @OregonMBB for behind the scenes perspective by the staff and players. Follow @Geraghty_UO for the latest team news, in-game updates and facts/figures on the squad.


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