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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (15-5, 6-2) will host in-state rival Oregon State (13-7, 3-5) as part of The Civil War presented by Pacific Source & your Northwest Ford Dealers. Tip-time for the Ducks-Beavers contest is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
The Ducks have won their last four games including last week’s home sweep of the Los Angeles schools. Two weeks ago, Oregon completed its first road sweep of the Arizona schools since the 2006-07 season. Oregon State enters the game on a roll having also swept UCLA and USC last week.
The Beavers lead the all-time series over the Ducks, 183-152, although the edge goes to Oregon over the last 17 years. Dating back to the 1994-95 season, UO has won 29 of the last 36 meetings. Oregon won both games against Oregon State last season marking the first sweep of the Beavers since the 2007-08 season.
Tickets (prices starting at $16) 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 - OREGON STATE LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: Fox Sports Net (ROOT Sports NW); Steve Physioc, play-by-play; Marques Johnson, analyst
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; 95.3 FM - KUJZ in Eugene/Springfield; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio and stats
• Satellite radio: SIRIUS 93, XM 191
• 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 HAVE SUCCESS WITH REOCCURING TRENDS
Oregon can point to a few key factors when it comes to its win-loss record. An important record to look at is the 11-2 mark in home games (3-1 in Pac-12 games). Below are some trends for the Ducks this season.
The 70-point mark has been significant for Oregon both offensively and defensively. UO is a perfect 9-0 when scoring 70 or more points in a game. The Ducks are 11-1 when holding opponents under 70 points.
UO is 13-1 when shooting for a better percentage than the opponent. The only loss came at No. 7 Vanderbilt in the season opener. And only once this season the Ducks have lost when holding a halftime lead (vs. Virginia). Oregon is 12-1 in games when taking the advantage into the locker room.
Oregon is 11-0 when dishing out more assists than the opponent and 8-1 when committing fewer turnovers (more records breakdown on page 4).
SINGLER IS OREGON’S MR. CONSISTENCY
Junior forward E.J. Singler (bio on page 17) leads the team with 257 total points (12.9 ppg) and has grabbed a team-high 102 total rebounds (5.1 rpg). Singler has taken -- and made -- the most shots of any Duck this season (83-of-183, .454).
Singler ranks second in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.895, 68-of-76) and ranks third in school history for career free throw percentage (.864, 223-of-258). As of Jan. 22, Singler ranked 19th nationally in free throw percentage (leader: 48-of-48; Scott Wood, North Carolina State).
Singler has reached double figures in scoring in 16 of the 20 games this season. He’s scored 10 or more points in 50 of his 90 career games at UO. Singler has also led the Ducks in rebounding on five occasions this season (and 27 times in his career).
He scored a career-high 26 points and added seven rebounds in last Saturday’s win over UCLA. Singler went a career-best 16-of-17 from the free throw line against the Bruins. Singler scored 20 of UO’s 60 total points at Washington, a game where he also grabbed a season-best nine boards. Earlier in the season he scored 21 points against SE Missouri State (8-of-10 on FGS).
The 6-6 forward from Medford, Ore., ranks among the Pac-12 active leaders in career statistics: seventh in career points (910) and sixth in rebounds (459).
With a 12.9 points per game average in 2011-12, Singler is on pace to eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season. Singler has 910 points in 91 career games for a 10.0 ppg scoring average. He is looking to become the 32nd player in school history to reach the scoring mark.
Singler is one of two Ducks to have started every game this season (joined only by Garrett Sim). In fact, Singler has started the last 65 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.
DUCKS ARE WINNING CLOSE GAMES THIS SEASON
Oregon is 10-0 this season in games decided by fewer than 10 points (4-0 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 (7-4).
In those tight games, the Ducks had the advantage in all three shooting percentages (UO / Opponent): overall field goal percentage (45.8 / 42.9), 3-point percentage (38.1 / 31.1) and free throw percentage (73.0 / 66.5).
UO has closed-out several games on the free throw line. The Ducks are shooting 90 percent (63-of-70) from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of games decided by less than 10 points. A stark difference from the 69.7 percent (317-of-455) they are making on the season.
UO’s primary ball handlers have been terrific at the line in crunch time. E.J. Singler (22-of-22), Garrett Sim (14-of-15), Devoe Joseph (11-of-12) and Johnathan Loyd (10-of-12) are a combined 57-of-61 (93.4 percent) in those pressure situations.
OREGON OFF TO STRONG START IN CONFERENCE PLAY
Oregon (6-2) is tied with California atop the Pac-12 Conference standings which marks UO’s best start in league play since the 2006-07 season (6-1). The Ducks came in at No. 61 in this week’s NCAA RPI Rankings released on Monday. Only one other Pac-12 school ranks higher (California at No. 35).
The Ducks have been effective away from Eugene, as half of UO’s league wins have come on the road (3-1 in road tests). The other 11 league schools are a combined 8-of-32 in road games.
In conference games only, the Ducks rank third in 3-point percentage (.375) and 3-pointers made (54), fourth in free throw percentage (.732), and sixth in both scoring offense (69.5 ppg) and assists (12.8 apg). Four Ducks have scoring averages in double figures (or just under) in Pac-12 play: Joseph, 14.9 ppg; Singler, 13.9 ppg; Sim, 12.1 ppg; Ashaolu, 9.8 ppg.
UO FEATURES BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Six different Ducks have led the team in scoring this season: Devoe Joseph (six times), Garrett Sim (six times), E.J. Singler (six 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 (16 times), Sim (14) and Joseph (13). In addition, five different Ducks have dropped 20 or more points in a game this season (Sim and Singler three times, 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 20) has averaged a team-high 14.6 points per outing. He’s led the team in field goals made (69), field goals attempted (154) and minutes played (33.9 mpg) in those 14 games. The Ducks are 11-3 with him in the lineup.
Joseph has scored in double-figures 13 times and has a 30-point effort against Stanford in the books. He has averaged 13.5 points per game in Oregon’s current four-game winning streak.
Joseph has bettered his scoring average to 14.9 points per game in the Pac-12, shooting 46.3 percent (19-of-41) on 3-pointers in those league games. He’s also shooting 90.9 percent on free throws (20-of-22) against Pac-12 teams.
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 19 of the 20 outings this season, Oregon has recorded at least one block. The Ducks are 8-0 this season when the record more blocks than their opponent.
Junior center Tony Woods (bio on page 23) ranks third in the Pac-12 with 32 blocks (1.6 bpg). Woods has rejected 17 shots (2.1 bpg) in the Ducks’ eight conference games this year. As a team, UO ranks fifth in blocks (3.5 bpg) amongst the rest of the league.
Woods’ total in 2011-12 ranks tied for eighth all-time for blocks in a single season at Oregon. With a possible 11 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 tied for the second-best single-game effort for a Pac-12 player this season. In addition, that five-block game 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 11) is averaging career-highs in points per game (12.6), field goal percentage (.536, 82-of-153), 3-point percentage (.476, 40-of-84) and free throw percentage (.855, 47-of-55). He ranks third in the conference in 3-point percentage and fourth in free throw percentage, while ranking 12th in overall field goal percentage (one of two guards in the top 12).
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, Sim’s 3-point field goal percentage would rank seventh and his overall field goal percentage would rank 47th nationally.
In 122 career games, Sim has 915 points (sixth) and 217 assists (seventh) which both rank in the top 10 of the Pac-12’s active career leaders. In addition, Sim’s 152 career 3-pointers ranks second and his 91 career steals ranks seventh.
Sim is on pace to match Joevan Catron’s modern school record for games played (133). With a 12.6 points per game average this season, Sim is also on track to become the 31st player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. Sim has 91 career steals, just 12 shy of entering UO’s top 10 for most career steals.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK’S SWEEP OF THE LA SCHOOLS
Oregon swept the Los Angeles schools last week at Matt Arena in Eugene. With the victories, the Ducks moved into a tie for first in the Pac-12 Conference standings with California (6-2). UO has won four straight Pac-12 Conference games, and nine of its last 11 games overall. The last time the Ducks won four conference games in a row was in 2006-07 when they took down then No. 1 UCLA to start a five game winning streak.
In Thursday’s 65-62 win over USC, Oregon had three players score in double-figures, led by Garrett Sim who tallied a team-high 20 points. Devoe Joseph contributed 16 points and Olu Ashaolu added 11 points - nine in the first half – off the bench for the Ducks.
In Saturday’s 75-68 win over UCLA, E.J. Singler scored a career-high 26 points and Oregon rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit en route to the come-from-behind win. Singler scored 20 points in the second half and was 16-of-17 from the free-throw line. Sim added 16 points for the Ducks, including a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half to spark the comeback.
LAST YEAR AGAINST THE BEAVERS
Head coach Dana Altman swept the in-state rival in his first year at Oregon. The Ducks grinded out a 63-59 road win before registering an 82-63 home win. It was UO’s first season sweep of the Beavers since 2007-08.
E.J. Singler had 16 points and Jay-R Strowbridge scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half as won the game at Oregon State on Jan. 22. It was the first time since the 2008 season the Ducks won in Corvallis. Garrett Sim chipped in 15 points in that road win. Strowbridge made two free throws with 8 seconds remaining to seal the win for Oregon (9-10, 2-5 ** record at the time), which outscored Oregon State (8-10, 3-4 ** record at the time) 11-4 during a four-minute stretch late in the game. Roberto Nelson had 11 points and Jared Cunningham nine for the Beavers. Oregon shot 24-of-48 from the floor, including 9-of-23 from 3-point range. Oregon State was 20-of-52 overall. The Ducks posted a 25-5 run in the first half to take a commanding 33-16 advantage with 3:34 on the clock. OSU went scoreless (stuck on 16 points) for just under four minutes during that stretch.
Jay-R Strowbridge scored a career-high 26 points in leading Oregon to the home win on Feb. 19. The victory was monumental in multiple ways as it gave the Ducks (14-12, 7-7 Pac-10 ** record at the time) a sweep of the Civil War series against the Beavers and moved them into fourth place in the conference standings. Joevan Catron and Singler scored 13 points each in the win. Lathen Wallace led OSU (9-16, 4-10 Pac-10 ** record at the time) with 17 points off the bench and Joe Burton finished with a game-high eight rebounds.
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.
2010-11 HIGHLIGHTS AND OTHER NOTES
Oregon finished the 2010-11 season with a 21-18 record for just its 12th 20-win season in the history of the program ... UO closed the season by winning seven of its last 10 games, including 5-of-6 in the 2011 College Basketball Invitational. Oregon defeated Creighton in a best-of-three championship series to win the postseason tourney.
The Ducks also had a stretch of seven wins (in 10 games) during conference play from Jan. 13 against USC (Matt Arena opener) through Feb. 19 against Oregon State ... Oregon’s shooting percentages also improved after making the arena move (listed Mac / Matt): FG% - .426 / .445; 3PT% - .300 / .354; FT% - .736 / .783.
Dana Altman posted the second-highest win total (21) of any first-year UO head coach. Only John Warren (30 wins in 1944-45) posted more in his first year on the sidelines. Altman is also just the second coach to finish his first year with a winning record.
The Ducks set a new school record for steals in a season in 2010-11, registering 321 (8.3 spg) in 39 games. The previous mark for a single-season was held by the 2002-03 team which had 263 (7.9 spg) in 33 games. On nine occasions last year, Oregon generated 10+ steals in a game, posting a season-high 17 in a Dec. 11 non-conference win over Willamette.
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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