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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (22-9) will take a No. 3 seed into the 2012 National Invitation Tournament and host a game against No. 6 seed LSU (18-14) on Tuesday, March 13. Tip-time for the Ducks-Tigers contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

Oregon and LSU have never played. The Ducks are 4-13 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference. UO and LSU have played a pair of common opponents this season. UO lost 78-64 in its season opener to then seventh-ranked Vanderbilt back on Nov. 11. The Tigers dropped their only meeting with Vandy, a 76-61 road decision on Feb. 8. Oregon and LSU both lost home games to Virginia. The Ducks fell 67-54 to the Cavaliers on Dec. 18, while the Tigers lost 57-52 on Jan. 2.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets (including fees) will be priced at $13, $21, $31. Student tickets are free and can be claimed via their student account online. UO Athletics is absorbing the cost of all student tickets, which are a cost of $4 per ticket.

Season ticket holders have until 2 p.m. on Monday to request tickets for their usual location through their online accounts.

The sale to the general public will begin Monday at 6 p.m. (online only) at goducks.com/mbbtix, with phone and walk-up sales beginning Tuesday morning at UO locations (Moshofsky Center Ticket Office, 9 am-5 p.m.; Matthew Knight Arena Box Office, 10 am-5:30 pm).

OREGON - LSU LIVE COVERAGE

• TV: ESPN; Dave Flemming, play-by-play; Sean Farnham, analyst
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; 95.3 FM in the Eugene / Springfield area; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio and stats
• Satellite radio: TBA
• 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.

DUCKS’ HISTORY IN THE NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT

Oregon is making its 10th appearance in the postseason National Invitation Tournament. It’s the first time since the 2004 season UO has played in the NIT.

The Ducks are 11-10 overall in NIT games. Oregon has won six of its last nine NIT games (all in 1999 and 2004 tourneys).

UO has advanced to the NIT semifinals on three occasions (1975, 1999, 2004).

In 1975, Oregon posted a pair of wins (St. Peter’s, Oral Roberts) before a semifinal loss to Princeton. UO won the consolation game 80-76 over St. John’s.

In 1999, the Ducks won three consecutive games (Georgia Tech, Wyoming, TCU) before falling to California in the semis. They eventually lost to Xavier in the consolation game.

In 2004, Oregon won three straight (Colorado, George Mason, Notre Dame) but lost again in the semifinals, this time to Michigan.

Dana Altman has a 7-8 record in seven previous trips to the NIT (two at Kansas State, five at Creighton). Altman was 4-3 in NIT games at Kansas State, while going 3-5 at Creighton. He led K-State to the 1994 NIT Final Four before eventually losing games in the semifinal round and consolation game.

DUCKS RECOGNIZED AS PART OF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Three Ducks were recognized as part of the 2012 Pac-12 All-Conference teams announced by the league office. Devoe Joseph was named first team all-conference, while E.J. Singler received second team recognition. Garrett Sim was an honorable mention selection. In addition, Tony Woods received honorable mention consideration for the Pac-12’s All-Defensive Team.

Joseph, from Toronto, Ontario, becomes the first Oregon player to receive first team recognition since Aaron Brooks earned the accolade for the 2006-07 season. It is the first all-league recognition for both Singler and Sim.

Other league accolades included: Jorge Gutierrez (California) was named both player of the year and defensive player of the year. Tony Wroten (Washington) was selected the league’s freshman of the year. Brock Motum (Washington State) was named the league’s most improved player. Lorenzo Romar (Washington) was named coach of the year.

OREGON REGISTERS BACK-TO-BACK 20-WIN SEASON
Dana Altman and the Ducks finished the regular season with 22 wins, the second straight year for UO to tally 20+ wins. It marks just the third time in school history UO has produced consecutive seasons of 20+ wins. It’s just the 13th time in school history that UO has won 20 games in a year.

Howard Hobson led Oregon to four straight 20-win seasons from the 1935-36 season through the 1938-39 campaign, the year UO won the NCAA title. The Ducks posted back-to-back 20-win seasons in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons under the direction of Ernie Kent.

Altman now has 14 seasons of 20+ wins to his credit (11 at Creighton, two at Oregon, one at Kansas State). Last year he became just the third UO head coach to tally 20+ wins in his first season.

SINGLER IS OREGON’S MR. CONSISTENCY

Junior forward E.J. Singler (bio on page 16) ranks second on the team with 406 total points (13.3 ppg) and has grabbed a team-high 169 total rebounds (5.5 rpg).

Singler has 1,059 points in 102 career games (10.4 ppg) which ranks 28th in school history. He recently became the 13th player at UO to amass over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds (1,059 points and 526 rebounds).

Singler ranks first in the Pac-12 for free throw percentage (.907, 97-of-107). As of March 11, Singler’s free throw percentage ranked second nationally. He also currently ranks first in school history for a career free throw percentage (.872, 252-of-289). Singler ranks among the Pac-12 active career leaders: fifth in rebounds (526) and sixth in points (1,059).

He’s reached double-figures in scoring in 25 of the 31 games this season. Singler has scored 10 or more points in 59 of his 101 career games at UO. He’s also led the Ducks in rebounding on 10 occasions this season (and 32 times in his career). Singler is one of two Ducks to have started every game this season (joined by Garrett Sim). In fact, Singler has started the last 76 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.

Season highlights: Singler had his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in playing 21 minutes March 3 against Utah. He scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half at Oregon State. Singler scored 20 points, including 10 straight in the second half, in a road win over Stanford. He was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Feb. 6-12 after leading Oregon to a home sweep of the Washington schools. Singler scored 23 points in a home win over WSU. He posted a 13-point and 13-rebound effort at Colorado. He scored a career-high 26 points in UO’s home win over UCLA (16-of-17 from the free throw line). He recorded 20 of UO’s 60 total points at Washington.

JOSEPH EMBRACES ROLE AS OREGON’S TOP SCORER

Since becoming eligible to compete on Dec. 10, senior guard Devoe Joseph (bio on page 19) has averaged a team-high 16.6 points per outing. He’s led the team in field goals made (146), field goals attempted (309) and minutes played (35.0 mpg) in those 25 games. The Ducks are 18-7 with him in the lineup.

Joseph has scored in double-figures in 17 straight games, and 24 of the 25 games he’s played this season. He also has a pair of 30-point efforts in the books (30 vs. Stanford, 33 at California). Joseph has led the team in scoring 12 times this season (the most of any Duck).

Now that he’s played in over 75 percent of UO’s games on the year, Joseph is eligible for top 10 rankings among Pac-12 players (all games). He ranks second in minutes per game (35.0), fourth in scoring (16.6 ppg), fifth in free throw percentage (.817) and 3-pointers made per game (2.3), sixth in 3-point percentage (.422) and ninth in steals (1.4 spg).

The 6-4 guard from Toronto, Ontario, bettered his scoring average to 17.7 points per game in Pac-12 regular-season games only, shooting 46.3 percent (44-of-95) on 3-pointers in those league games. He’s also shot 82.5 percent on free throws (52-of-63) against Pac-12 teams.

Season highlights: Joseph came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points in his Oregon debut against Fresno State. Joseph nearly registered a double-double with 10 points and a career-best eight rebounds against Stephen F. Austin. He had 17 points and matched a career-high with seven assists at Washington State. Joseph scored 30 points at home against Stanford to become the first UO player to score 30 points in a game since Tajuan Porter (32, at WSU on March 10, 2010). Joseph set a new career-high with his 33-point effort in a close road loss to California. He led UO with 24 points last Thursday against Colorado. He had 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes March 3 against Utah.

UO FEATURES BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Seven different Ducks have led the team in scoring this season: Devoe Joseph (12 times), E.J. Singler (eight times), Garrett Sim (seven times), Olu Ashaolu, Carlos Emory and Tony Woods (two times each), and Johnathan Loyd (one time).

Ten of UO’s 11 scholarship players have reached double-figures in scoring. The leaders in that category are Singler (25 times), Joseph (24) and Sim (19).

Five different Ducks have dropped 20+ points in a game this season (Joseph six times, Singler five times, Sim four times; Ashaolu and Loyd once). Joseph has scored 30+ points on two occasions.

Oregon has received solid bench scoring contributions from both Ashaolu and Emory in the second half of league play. Ashaolu has reached double figures on 11 occasions this season, including four times in the last six games. Emory has reached double-figures in scoring nine times this year, including eight times in the last 11 games.

SIM AVERAGING CAREER-HIGHS THIS SEASON

Senior guard Garrett Sim (bio on page 10) is averaging career-highs in points per game (12.3 ppg), field goal percentage (.490, 128-of-261), 3-point percentage (.462, 66-of-143) and free throw percentage (.859, 55-of-64). He ranks second in the Pac-12 for 3-point percentage, while ranking seventh for 3-pointers made per game (2.1). His free throw shooting percentage would rank second in the Pac-12 (behind Singler), but Sim does not have enough attempts to qualify.

Sim 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 of March 11, Sim’s 3-point field goal percentage would rank sixth and his free throw percentage would rank tied for 37th nationally.

In 133 career games, Sim has 1,041 points (seventh) and 243 assists (eighth) which both rank in the top 10 of the Pac-12’s active career leaders. In addition, Sim’s 178 career 3-pointers ranks second and his 101 career steals ranks seventh.

Sim will break Joevan Catron’s modern school record for games played (133) in UO’s first round NIT game against LSU. Sim recently became the 32nd player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark (now ranks 29th). He ranks eighth in school history for career 3-pointers made (178). Sim is also just three steals shy of ranking 10th all-time at UO for career steals (101).

DUCKS GOOD IN CLOSE GAMES

Oregon is 14-4 this season in games decided by fewer than 10 points (6-3 in games decided by less than five points). UO’s four losses came in the Pac-12 tourney game with Colorado (62-61), road games against California (86-83) and Colorado (72-71), and a home contest with Oregon State (76-71). The Pac-12 team with the next best mark in games decided by less than 10 points is Colorado (11-6).

In those tight games, the Ducks had the advantage in all three shooting percentages (UO / Opponent): overall field goal (.460 / .452), 3-point (.368 / .330) and free throw (.726 / .675).

UO has closed-out several games on the free throw line. The Ducks are shooting 86.9 percent (93-of-107) from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of games decided by less than 10 points. A big difference from the 70.1 percent (451-of-643) they are making on the season.

UO’s primary ball handlers have been terrific at the line in crunch time of close games. E.J. Singler (.958, 23-of-24), Garrett Sim (.905, 19-of-21), Devoe Joseph (.833, 20-of-24) and Johnathan Loyd (.833, 10-of-12) are a combined 72-of-81 (.889) in those pressure situations. In addition, forwards Carlos Emory (8-of-8, 1.000) and Tyrone Nared (10-of-11, .909) have also come up clutch in those moments.

ASSIST TOTALS NO COINCIDENCE IN WINS
Unselfish play has been a key in UO’s 22 victories this season, as the Ducks have recorded more assists than the opponent in 15 of those wins. Oregon is 15-2 this season when dishing out more assists than the opposition.

In the games where UO has more assists, the Ducks margin of victory is almost six points better than their season average for all games: +11.1 as compared to +5.3 in all games. Oregon’s three largest victories in 2011-12 came in games when the Ducks had more assists than their opponent: a 46-point home win over Utah last Saturday, and a pair of 25-point home wins over Southeast Missouri State and Washington.

UO’s shooting percentages are also up with more assists: 49.6 percent versus 46.4 percent in all games. UO is also better from behind the 3-point arc: 40.5 percent versus 37.8 percent in all games.

The Ducks’ primary ball-handlers are largely responsible for UO’s assist totals in those games. Johnathan Loyd (62), Devoe Joseph (47), E.J. Singler (45) and Garrett Sim (45) have accounted for 199 of the 267 assists and collectively maintain a 1.6 assist to turnover ratio (199 a, 120 to) in those games.

WOODS MAKING AN IMPACT ON THE DEFENSIVE END
Junior center Tony Woods (bio on page 22) ranks third in the Pac-12 with 47 blocks (1.6 bpg). Woods rejected 28 shots (1.6 bpg) in the Ducks’ 18 regular-season conference games this year. As a team, UO ranks tied for fifth for blocks (3.5 bpg).

Woods set a new single-season school record for blocks, moving past Blair Rasmussen who had 42 blocks in the 1983-84 season.

Woods had a career-high five blocks in the win over Portland State, the most blocks for a UO player since Dec. 31, 2009 (Dunigan at Washington State). That five-block game ranks tied for second in school history for most blocks in a single game. Woods swatted four shots in UO’s Pac-12 tourney game with Colorado on March 8. He set career highs for points (14), field goals made (6) and attempted (10) in that loss to the Buffaloes.

As a team, the Ducks have an 11-3 record in games where they tally four or more blocks. UO’s only losses came in last week’s defeat to Colorado, the home loss to Oregon State and the season-opener at No. 7 Vanderbilt. In 30 of the 31 outings this season, Oregon has recorded at least one block. The Ducks are 10-2 this season when they record more blocks than their opponent (L, vs. Colorado; L, Oregon State).

OREGON LINEUP FEATURES EXPERIENCED SCORERS
Olu Ashaolu, E.J. Singler and Garrett Sim have all scored over 1,000 career points. A fourth Duck, Devoe Joseph (999 points), has a shot at joining that group this season.

Ashaolu entered the year with 1,006 career points in 100 games (all at Louisiana Tech). In one year at UO, he’s totaled 263 points in 31 games (8.5 ppg). His combined total is 1,269 points in 131 games (9.7 ppg).

Singler reached the 1,000-point mark during his 20-point effort in UO’s road win over Stanford. He now has 1,059 points in 102 career games (10.4 ppg) which ranks 28th in school history.

Sim eclipsed the 1,000-point mark during his season-high 25-point effort at Oregon State. Sim has 1,041 points in 133 career games (7.8 ppg) which ranks 29th all-time in school history.

Joseph is just one point shy of reaching the 1,000-point mark. He has 999 points in 101 career games (9.9 ppg) in split time at Minnesota (76 games, 583 points) and Oregon (25 games, 416 points).

DUCKS FINISH REGULAR SEASON TIED FOR SECOND
Oregon (13-5) finished the regular season tied for second place (with California) in the Pac-12 standings. It was UO’s best conference record since the 2001-02 season when the Ducks won the regular-season crown with a 14-4 league mark.

Almost half of UO’s league wins came on the road (6-3) proving the Ducks to be one of the top road teams in the conference. The other 11 league schools were a combined 33-of-79 (.295) in road games this year. Oregon’s 6-3 road mark this year is its best since the 1999-00 season when the Ducks also went 6-3 in conference play.

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). UO brought in a consensus top 25 recruiting class last season 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 as a freshman and sophomore … Played AAU basketball for Houston Hoops … Also considered Arkansas, Georgetown, Colorado, Texas Tech and Baylor.

BARNETT INDUCTED INTO 2012 PAC-12 HALL OF HONOR
The Pac-12 Conference honored 11 former student-athletes and one former coach with their induction into the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor presented by Bank of the West during the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The individuals to be inducted are: Richard Jefferson (Arizona), Kurt Nimphius (Arizona State), Lamond Murray (California), Burdette Haldorson (Colorado), Jim Barnett (Oregon), A.C.Green (Oregon State), George Selleck (Stanford), EdO’Bannon (UCLA), Sam Barry (USC), Arnie Ferrin (Utah), George Irvine (Washington), Steve Puidokas (Washington State).

Barnett had a sterling three-year stretch for the Oregon Ducks from the 1963-64 season through the 1965-66 campaign. The 6-4 guard from Riverside, Calif., was one of just three Oregon players to be named an all-american during the decade of the 1960s.

Barnett was twice named to the all-conference team, selected as a first team All-Pacific 8 honoree as a senior and a second team member as a junior. He was recognized as the team’s Most Valuable Player during both of those seasons.

With a career scoring average of 17.7 points per outing (1,325 total points in 75 games played), Barnett finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer (currently ranks 15th all-time). He started his career off in style, averaging 13.0 points per game during his sophomore year. His 338 points during the 1963-64 season was (at the time) a UO school record for points by a sophomore.

Barnett was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the eighth pick overall in the 1966 NBA Draft. He later played for the Golden State Warriors for three seasons (1971–74) and five other teams during his 11-year career, including the San Diego Rockets, the Portland Trail Blazers, the New Orleans Jazz, New York Knicks, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

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.