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STANFORD, Calif. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (18-8, 9-5) will take on Stanford on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (PT) at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.
The Ducks are coming off an 86-83 loss at California on Thursday night. Devoe Joseph scored a career-high 33 points in the defeat to lead all scorers. Carlos Emory contributed 11 points off the bench for UO. Stanford beat Oregon State on Thursday night by a score of 87-82. The Cardinal have won their last two games including a road game against USC last week (59-47).
Stanford leads the all-time series over Oregon, 89-46. UO won this season’s first meeting, a 78-67 home win at Matt Arena on Jan. 5. Last season, the Ducks snapped a 24-game road losing streak to the Cardinal with a 67-59 victory at Maples Pavilion.
OREGON - STANFORD LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: Fox Sports Net (ROOT Sports NW); Kevin Calabro, play-by-play; Don MacLean, analyst; Rebecca Haarlow, reporter
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; Brian Prawitz, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio and stats
• Satellite radio: SIRIUS 92, XM 192
• 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 IN THE PAC-12 CONFERENCE TITLE CHASE
Oregon (9-5) sits alone in fifth place in the Pac-12 Conference standings. If the league tournament began this week, the Ducks would open play on Wednesday night against a projected No. 12 seed USC.
UO has four regular season games remaining, with two of those contests coming against teams from the top half of the conference (Colorado, 4th; Stanford, t-6th).
Oregon plays its next two games on the road: at Stanford (Feb. 19) and Oregon State (Feb. 26). The Ducks have been effective away from Eugene, as almost half of their league wins have come on the road (4-3). The other 11 league schools are a combined 26-of-63 in road games.
The Ducks came in at No. 67 in this week’s NCAA RPI Rankings released on Monday. Only three other Pac-12 schools rank higher (Cal at No. 36, Washington at No. 62, Arizona at No. 66).
UP NEXT FOR OREGON
The Ducks will travel to Corvallis, Ore., to play in-state rival Oregon State on Sunday, Feb. 26. That game will tip-off at 4:30 p.m. and be televised by Fox Sports Net (seen locally on ROOT Sports Northwest). Oregon will close the regular-season the week of March 1-3 with home games against Colorado and Utah.
SINGLER IS OREGON’S MR. CONSISTENCY
Junior forward E.J. Singler (bio on page 17) leads the team with 342 total points (13.2 ppg) and has grabbed a team-high 145 total rebounds (5.6 rpg). Singler has taken -- and made -- the most shots of any Duck this season (111-of-238, .466).
He was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week for Feb. 6-12 after leading Oregon to a home sweep of the Washington schools.
Singler is back atop the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.895, 85-of-95). As of Feb. 13, Singler’s percentage ranked 10th nationally. He also ranks third in school history for a career percentage (.866, 240-of-277).
The 6-6 forward from Medford, Ore., has reached double-figures in scoring in 21 of the 26 games this season. He’s scored 10 or more points in 55 of his 96 career games at UO. Singler has also led the Ducks in rebounding on eight occasions this season (and 30 times in his career).
Season highlights include: scoring 23 points in a home win over Washington State. A 13-point and 13-rebound effort at Colorado for his first double-double of the season (fourth career). A career-high 26 points in UO’s home win over UCLA (16-of-17 from the free throw line). Scoring 20 of UO’s 60 total points at Washington. He posted 21 points against SE Missouri State.
Singler ranks among the Pac-12 active leaders in career statistics: fifth in rebounds (502) and sixth in career points (995).
With a 13.2 points per game average in 2011-12, Singler is on pace to eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season. Singler has 995 points in 97 career games for a 10.3 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 (joined only by Garrett Sim). In fact, Singler has started the last 71 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.
ASSIST TOTALS NO COINCIDENCE IN OREGON’S WINS THIS YEAR
Unselfish play has been a key in UO’s 18 victories this season, as the Ducks have recorded more assists than the opponent in 14 of those wins. Oregon is 14-2 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: +8.9 as compared to +3.8 in all games. Oregon’s two largest victories in 2011-12 are 25-point triumphs over Southeast Missouri State and Washington, both of which came in games when the Ducks had more assists than the opponent.
Oregon’s shooting percentages are also up when registering more assists: 49.1 percent versus 45.8 percent in all games. UO is also better from behind the 3-point arc: 39.9 percent versus 37.2 percent in all games.
The Ducks’ primary ball-handlers are largely responsible for UO’s assist totals in those games. Devoe Joseph (42), E.J. Singler (43), Garrett Sim (44) and Johnathan Loyd (58) have accounted for 187 of the 245 assists and collectively maintain a 1.6 assist to turnover ratio (187 a, 117 to) in those games.
UO FEATURES BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Seven different Ducks have led the team in scoring this season: Devoe Joseph (10 times), E.J. Singler (seven times), Garrett Sim (six times), Olu Ashaolu (twice) and Carlos Emory, Johnathan Loyd and Tony Woods (one time each).
Ten of UO’s 11 scholarship players have reached double-figures in scoring. The leaders in that category are Singler (21 times), Joseph (19) and Sim (16). Emory has reached double-figures in scoring five times this year and he’s scored 10+ points in five of the last six games.
In addition, five different Ducks have dropped 20+ points in a game this season (Joseph and Singler four times; Sim three times; Ashaolu and Loyd once).
JOSEPH EMBRACES ROLE AS OREGON’S TOP SCORER
Since becoming eligible to compete on Dec. 10, senior guard Devoe Joseph (bio on page 20) has averaged a team-high 16.6 points per outing. He’s led the team in field goals made (111), field goals attempted (238) and minutes played (35.0 mpg) in those 20 games. The Ducks are 14-6 with him in the lineup.
Joseph has scored in double-figures 19 times and has a pair of 30-point efforts (30 vs. Stanford, 33 at Cal) in the books. He’s led the team in scoring 10 times this season (most of any Duck). Joseph has scored in double-figures in 12 straight games.
Now that he’s played in 75 percent of UO’s games on the year, Joseph is eligible for top 10 rankings among Pac-12 players (all games). He currently ranks second in 3-pointers made per game (2.5) and minutes per game (35.0), third in scoring (16.6 ppg), fifth in 3-point percentage (.445) and free throw percentage (.833) and 10th in steals (1.3 spg).
The 6-4 guard from Toronto, Ontario, has bettered his scoring average to 17.5 points per game in Pac-12 games only, shooting 46.8 percent (36-of-77) on 3-pointers in those league games. He’s also shooting 84.9 percent on free throws (45-of-53) against Pac-12 teams.
Season highlights include: Joseph came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points in 29 minutes in his Oregon debut against Fresno State. He tallied 19 points and a career-high five steals in UO’s win over Prairie View A&M. 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 in a road win over Washington State.
Joseph established a career-high with 30 points at home against Stanford to become the first UO player to score 30 points in a game since Tajuan Porter tallied 32 against Washington State on March 10, 2010. Joseph then set a new career-high with his 33-point effort at California on Thursday.
BLOCKED SHOTS A FACTOR FOR DUCKS
The Ducks have a 10-2 record in games where they tally four or more blocks. UO’s only losses came in the season-opener at No. 7 Vanderbilt and in the home loss to Oregon State. In 24 of the 25 outings this season, Oregon has recorded at least one block. The Ducks are 9-1 this season when they record more blocks than their opponent (L, vs. Oregon State).
Junior center Tony Woods (bio on page 23) ranks third in the Pac-12 with 42 blocks (1.6 bpg). Woods has rejected 27 shots (1.9 bpg) in the Ducks’ 14 conference games this year. As a team, UO ranks fifth in blocks (3.7 bpg) amongst the rest of the league.
Woods recently tied the school record for blocks in a single season. With a possible five games remaining on the schedule, Woods is projected to shatter that school mark held by Blair Rasmussen (42 blocks, 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 (Dunigan at Washington State). 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 (11.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.483, 101-of-209), 3-point percentage (.452, 52-of-115) and free throw percentage (.867, 52-of-60). He ranks third in the conference for both 3-point percentage and free throw percentage, while ranking eighth for 3-pointers made per game (2.0).
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 tied for seventh and his free throw percentage would rank tied for 30th nationally.
In 128 career games, Sim has 970 points (seventh) and 235 assists (eighth) which both rank in the top 10 of the Pac-12’s active career leaders. In addition, Sim’s 164 career 3-pointers ranks second and his 95 career steals ranks seventh.
Sim is on pace to match Joevan Catron’s modern school record for games played (133). With an 11.8 points per game average this season, Sim is on track to become the 32nd player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. He recently moved into 10th all-time for career 3-pointers made (164). Sim is also just nine steals shy of ranking 10th all-time at UO for career steals (95).
DUCKS ARE WINNING CLOSE GAMES THIS SEASON
Oregon is 11-3 this season in games decided by fewer than 10 points (4-2 in games decided by less than five points). UO’s only losses in those games came at California (86-83), at Colorado (72-71) and at home to Oregon State (76-71). The Pac-12 team with the next best mark in games decided by less than 10 points is Colorado (8-4).
In those tight games, the Ducks had the advantage in all three shooting percentages (UO / Opponent): overall field goal percentage (.462 / .446), 3-point percentage (.379 / .320) and free throw percentage (.733 / .684).
UO has closed-out several games on the free throw line. The Ducks are shooting 87.2 percent (75-of-86) from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of games decided by less than 10 points. A big difference from the 69.7 percent (386-of-554) 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 (.941, 16-of-17), Devoe Joseph (.857, 18-of-21) and Johnathan Loyd (.833, 10-of-12) are a combined 67-of-74 (.905) in those pressure situations.
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.
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