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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (22-8, 13-5) will take a No. 3 seed into the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament played March 7-10 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Tickets for the four-day event are still available and can be purchased by visiting pac-12.org/hoopstix.
The Ducks will open play on Thursday night at 8:40 p.m. (PT) against the winner of the first-round game between No. 6 Colorado and No. 11 Utah.
UO is coming off a home sweep of Colorado and Utah this past week. The Ducks defeated the Buffaloes 90-81 on Thursday before closing the regular season with Saturday’s 94-48 win over the Utes.
Colorado has a 4-3 edge in the all-time series with Oregon. CU defeated Oregon earlier this year, 72-71. Oregon leads the all-time series over Utah, 9-8. The Ducks took both regular-season meetings from Utah, including a 79-68 road win on Feb. 2.
In 14 years of Pac-12 Tournament history, Oregon has won two titles to go with an overall record of 15-11 (.577). The Ducks’ two tournament titles came during the 2002-03 (No. 5 seed) and 2006-07 (No. 3 seed) seasons. Other tourney notes: The Ducks’ highest seeding came back in 2002 as the No. 1 seed. Two UO players have been named Most Outstanding Player (Luke Ridnour, 2003; Tajuan Porter, 2007).
THURSDAY-FRIDAY LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: Fox Sports Net (ROOT Sports NW); Steve Physioc, play-by-play; Marques; Johnson, analyst; Rebecca Haarlow, reporter
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio and stats
• Satellite radio: TBA
• Twitter: @Geraghty_UO for in-game updates, stats, etc.
SATURDAY LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: CBS; Broadcast team TBA
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; 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 FINISH REGULAR SEASON TIED FOR SECOND
Oregon (13-5) finished the regular season tied for second place (with California) in the Pac-12 standings. The Ducks earned a first round bye in the conference tournament (top four teams receive the opening-round bye).
It is UO’s best conference record since the 2001-02 season when the Ducks won the regular-season crown with a 14-4 league mark.
Over 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.
As of Monday, March 5, UO was listed at No. 50 in the NCAA RPI Ratings. Only one other Pac-12 school ranks higher (No. 37 Cal). Washington was listed at No. 54 and Arizona dropped to No. 76.
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 on Monday. 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 397 total points (13.3 ppg) and has grabbed a team-high 166 total rebounds (5.5 rpg).
Singler has 1,050 points in 101 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 (1,050 points and 523 rebounds).
Singler ranks first in the Pac-12 for free throw percentage (.907, 97-of-107). As of March 5, 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 (523) and sixth in points (1,050).
He’s reached double-figures in scoring in 25 of the 30 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 75 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 second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 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 16.8 points per outing. He’s led the team in field goals made (140), field goals attempted (290) and minutes played (34.8 mpg) in those 24 games. The Ducks are 18-6 with him in the lineup.
Joseph has scored in double-figures in 16 straight games, and 23 of the 24 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 currently ranks second in 3-pointers made per game (2.4) and minutes per game (34.8), third in scoring (16.8 ppg) and 3-point percentage (.445), sixth in free throw percentage (.817) and ninth in steals (1.4 spg).
The 6-4 guard from Toronto, Ontario, has bettered his scoring average to 17.7 points per game in Pac-12 games only, shooting 46.3 percent (44-of-95) on 3-pointers in those league games. He’s also shooting 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 (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 (25 times), Joseph (23) 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 five games. Emory has reached double-figures in scoring eight times this year, including seven times in the last 10 games. Emory is coming off a career-high 19 points (8-of-9 field goals) and grabbed six rebounds in last Saturday’s blowout win over Utah.
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 (.502, 125-of-249), 3-point percentage (.467, 64-of-137) and free throw percentage (.859, 55-of-64). He ranks second in the conference for 3-point percentage, while tied for fifth 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’s also 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 sixth and his free throw percentage would rank tied for 37th nationally.
In 132 career games, Sim has 1,033 points (seventh) and 240 assists (eighth) which both rank in the top 10 of the Pac-12’s active career leaders. In addition, Sim’s 176 career 3-pointers ranks second and his 101 career steals ranks seventh.
Sim will match Joevan Catron’s modern school record for games played (133) in this Thursday’s Pac-12 tournament game. 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 (176). Sim is also just three steals shy of ranking 10th all-time at UO for career steals (101).
DUCKS ARE WINNING CLOSE GAMES THIS SEASON
Oregon is 14-3 this season in games decided by fewer than 10 points (6-2 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 (9-5).
In those tight games, the Ducks had the advantage in all three shooting percentages (UO / Opponent): overall field goal (.465 / .452), 3-point (.380 / .330) and free throw (.731 / .680).
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 70.4 percent (438-of-622) 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 THIS YEAR
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 43 blocks (1.5 bpg). Woods has rejected 28 shots (1.6 bpg) in the Ducks’ 18 conference games this year. As a team, UO ranks tied for fifth for blocks (3.4 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.
As a team, the Ducks have an 11-2 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 29 of the 30 outings this season, Oregon has recorded at least one block. The Ducks are 10-1 this season when they record more blocks than their opponent (L, vs. 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 (987 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 257 points in 30 games (8.6 ppg). His combined total is 1,263 points in 130 games (9.7 ppg).
Singler reached the 1,000-point mark during his 20-point effort in UO’s recent road win over Stanford. He now has 1,050 points in 101 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 1,033 points in 132 career games (7.8 ppg) which ranks 29th all-time in school history.
Joseph is 13 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point mark. He has 987 points in 100 career games (9.9 ppg) in split time at Minnesota (76 games, 583 points) and Oregon (24 games, 404 points).
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 TO BE INDUCTED INTO 2012 PAC-12 HALL OF HONOR
The Pac-12 Conference will honor 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
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.
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
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