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EUGENE, Ore. --
The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (18-17) will play Boise
State (22-12) on Wednesday night in the semifinal round of the 2011
College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen. Tip-time for the
Ducks-Broncos contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight
Arena in Eugene.
Tickets for the UO-BSU game can be purchased online at goducks.com
, in person at the Casanova Center ticket office and the Matthew Knight Arena box office, or by phone at 1-800-WEBFOOT.
Great seats are available in the Lower Bowl Reserved ($23) and Upper
Bowl Reserved ($18) areas. Tickets are free for UO students.
Ticket pricing and
public transportation will work the same as it did with Oregon's
postseason games against Weber State and Duquesne.
The UO-BSU winner will
advance to the best-of-three championship series which will be played
Monday-Wednesday-Friday (if necessary) next week. Creighton (21-14)
hosts Central Florida (21-11) in the other semifinal.
UO is 4-0 all-time against the Broncos. Oregon won 61-58 in the last
meeting with BSU back on Dec. 20, 1996 in a game played at McArthur
Boise State won 83-80 over Austin Peay in the CBI opening round, and
followed that with a 75-69 semifinal victory over Evansville. The
Broncos have won 10 of their last 11 outings, with their only loss
coming to Utah State (77-69) in the title game of the 2011 WAC
Oregon is coming off a 77-75 decision over Duquesne in Monday’s
quarterfinal game, while also recording a 68-59 win over Weber State in
the opening round. The Ducks are 4-1 in their last five games, the only
loss coming to Washington (69-51) in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinal
BOISE STATE LIVE COVERAGE
HDNet; Rich Cellini, play-by-play; Craig Ehlo, analyst
Oregon Sports Network affiliates; 590-AM KUGN in Eugene/Springfield; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
Follow Oregon men’s basketball on Twitter @OregonMBB
for in-game updates.
HDNET TO TELEVISE SEMIFINALS AND CHAMPIONSHIP
HDNet is the official broadcast home for the CBI presented by Zebra Pen
and will broadcast up to 11 of the tournament’s games, including
double-headers on March 21 and 23, as well as each game of the
HDNet will televise both semifinal games, beginning with the Central Florida and Creighton game set to tip-off at 5 p.m. (PT).
That will be followed by the Boise State and Oregon contest set for 7
p.m. The best-of-three championship series will be played on March 28,
March, 30 and April 1 (if necessary) with all three games televised by
To watch HDNet from home: First, you must have an HDTV and receiver box,
including the high-definition programming package from your cable or
satellite provider. You can find HDNet in your area by going to our home
page at www.hd.net and clicking on the “Subscribe” button.
If you receive HDNet as one of your high-definition channel choices then
there is nothing more that you need to do, nor any extra purchase to
make. These games are not subject to blackout. Just tune to HDNet at
To watch from a Sports Bar/Restaurant: Most sports bars and restaurants
offering sports programming in high definition are served by either
DIRECTV or Dish Network. If that is the case (and they broadcast
programming on HD sets) then they WILL have HDNet. A good rule of thumb
is that, if the establishment has access to ESPN-HD then they also carry
You may just want to call in advance to make sure they tune one of their
HDTV’s to channels 79 or 306 (DIRECTV) or channel 362 (Dish Network) so
that you can watch the games on HDNet at that location.
2011 CBI FORMAT AND HISTORY
The 2011 CBI presented by Zebra Pen is a single-elimination tournament
up until the “best-of-three” Championship Series, with all games played
at campus sites. Prior to the semifinals, the remaining teams will be
seeded. The Championship Series is a “best-of-three” in which the higher
seeded team will host two of the three games.
Tulsa (2008), Oregon State (2009), and VCU (2010) won the previous three
tournaments. Five participants in the 2010 CBI presented by Zebra Pen
have earned berths in the 2011 NCAA Tournament: Akron, Boston
University, Indiana State, Morehead State, and Princeton.
The CBI sent a greater percentage of its 2010 field to the 2011 NCAA
than any other postseason tournament: CBI - 6-of-16 (38 percent); NIT -
7-of-32 (22 percent); CIT - 1-of-16 (six percent).
This year’s tournament features 16 teams from 10 different conferences:
Ohio Valley, WAC, C-USA, Missouri Valley, Southern, Atlantic-10,
Colonial Athletic, Mid-American, Big Sky and Pac-10.
CATRON HAVING BIG SENIOR SEASON
Senior forward Joevan Catron
(bio on page 28) has played in a school record 129 career games
averaging career-bests for points (15.2 ppg) and minutes played (27.5
mpg). This season he leads the team in scoring, rebounding (6.5 rpg),
field goal shooting percentage (.467, 164-of-351), field goals attempted
and field goals made, while ranking second in minutes played.
Catron was named Second Team Pac-10 All-Conference in a vote by the
coaches, the first Oregon player to receive all-league recognition since
the 2007-08 season (Maarty Leunen, Second Team). He is the 41st player
in school history to be recognized as all-conference. Catron was also
named to the NABC Division I All-District 20 Second Team (voted on by
In a 28-point effort in UO’s regular-season finale at Arizona, Catron
became the 30th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark
(he currently ranks 27th all-time with 1,081 points).
The 6-6 senior from Phoenix, Ill., has made 157 free throws this season
(157-of-220), shooting 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He’s been
clutch late in games, upping his average to 80.0 percent in the last
five minutes (32-of-40). Over 31 percent of Catron’s points this season
(157 of the 502) have come from the line.
Catron has produced some big second-half performances this season. In
UO’s win over Weber State, he scored 18 of his team-high 24 points in
the final 20 minutes. Catron scored 14 of his 18 points in the second
stanza of a Pac-10 Tournament semifinal against Washington. He had a
20-point performance in UO’s home win over UW, tallying 16 second-half
points in that upset. In the road game with the Huskies, Catron scored
17 of his team-high 20 points in the second half (including 11 straight
points to open the stanza). Also, in an overtime win over North Dakota
State, Catron tallied 16 of his 27 points in the second half.
SINGLER NAMED TO PAC-10 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Sophomore forward E.J. Singler
(bio on page 26) leads the Pac-10 in free throw shooting percentage
(.871, 101-of-116), ranks second on the team in scoring (11.5 ppg, 404),
rebounding (5.7 rpg, 199), blocks (0.7 bpg, 26) and 3-point field goal
percentage (.385, 47-of-122). He is also third on the team in field goal
percentage (.452, 128-of-283). Singler is the only UO player to have
started all 35 games this season, leading the team in scoring on seven
Singler was recently named to the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Conference
All-Tournament team, averaging 18.7 points and 5.0 rebounds over three
games and a semifinal appearance. In five career tourney contests,
Singler has averaged 14.4 points per game. During the league tournament,
he produced a career-high 24 points in UO’s upset quarterfinal win over
UCLA, and the previous night he scored 22 points in an opening round
victory over Arizona State.
Singler has reached double figures in scoring 24 times this season,
including the last five games. In addition to his big Pac-10 tourney
outings, Singler has had several other strong performances. He posted 19
points and nine rebounds Jan. 1 against ASU. In the near upset of then
No. 9 Missouri, Singler tallied 19 points and nine boards. On Dec. 11
against Willamette, Singler posted 18 points and 17 rebounds (career
high). He scored 16 points on two other occasions during conference
play, a road win over Oregon State and home triumph of Washington.
The Medford, Ore., product has led the Ducks in rebounding on 15
occasions this season (21 times in his career). He’s grabbed 10 or more
rebounds three times this season, with 10 rebounds in the road loss at
ASU, and a pair of double-doubles he posted earlier this season (16 pts
and 11 rebs - Nov. 12 vs. North Dakota State; 18 pts and 17 rebs - Dec.
11 vs. Willamette).
ARMSTEAD NO. 6 FOR CAREER STEALS, NEARING TOP 10 FOR ASSISTS
Junior guard Malcolm Armstead
(bio on page 21) has 143 steals in 66 games which ranks him No. 6
all-time in career steals at UO (complete list on page 6). Armstead is
just four steals shy of matching No. 5 Anthony Taylor who had 147 steals
in 115 games from 1984-88.
Armstead, who has 78 steals in 34 games this season, already bested his
own single-season school record which he set last season. He recently
came up with a career-high six steals in UO’s semifinal loss to UW in
the Pac-10 tourney. A year ago, Armstead set a new school record with 65
steals in 32 games, a mark previously held by Terrell Brandon (63 in 28
games, 1990-91), Fred Jones (63 in 35 games, 2001-02) and Luke Ridnour
(63 in 33 games, 2002-03).
The second-year player from Chipola Junior College also has 148 assists
in 2010-11 which ranks 10th all-time in school history for a single
season. Armstead is also just five assists shy of UO’s top 10 for career
assists (286, 4.3 apg).
OFFSEASON ADDITIONS PROVIDING A SPARK FOR UO
Senior guard Jay-R Strowbridge
(bio on page 29), junior forward Tyrone Nared
(bio on page 27) and freshman guard Johnathan Loyd
(bio on page 20) have made an impact in the lineup.
Strowbridge has played in all 35 games, a starter in seven contests. He
is UO’s third leading scorer (9.6 ppg), upping his average to 11.1
points per night in the Ducks’ 18 conference games.
Nared has also played in all 35 contests, including starts in the last
17 games. His two best games have come against California, where he
registered a career-high 16 points on Feb. 24 in Eugene, and posted a
double-double effort with 14 points and 10 rebounds on Jan. 29 in
Berkeley. He is second on the team in field goal percentage this season
Loyd has played in all 35 games, starting in 16 contests. He has 75
assists (to just 47 turnovers), ranking second on the team in
assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6). He’s shooting 76.0 percent on free
SIM IMPROVES 3-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Garrett Sim
(bio on page 18) has found his shooting touch from behind the 3-point
arc since the Ducks moved to Matthew Knight Arena. Sim has made at least
one 3-pointer in 19 of UO’s last 22 games. He ranks second on the squad
in 3-point shooting percentage at .333 (46-of-138) this season, while
ranking fifth on the team in scoring (8.2 ppg).
In non-conference games only, Sim shot just 26.8 percent on 3-pointers
(11-of-41). He was tied for sixth on the team in scoring during those 12
Sim tallied a season-high 20 points in Monday’s quarterfinal win over
Duquesne. Sim recently recorded four straight games with 10 or more
points: 10 at Arizona State, 14 at Arizona, 10 vs. Arizona State, 10
vs. UCLA. He went 7-of-18 (.388) on 3-pointers in those four games.
Three other games standout for Sim, road wins over Oregon State and
Stanford and a home win over Washington State. In the victory over OSU,
Sim hit 3-of-7 from behind the arc en route to a 15-point effort. In the
historic win over the Cardinal (breaking a 24-game losing streak at
Stanford), Sim hit a pair of timely 3-pointers and finished with 10
points, one of four UO players to score in double figures. Sim added 13
points, 3-of-5 on 3-pointers, in the blowout home victory of WSU.
OREGON POSTS SCHOOL RECORD FOR STEALS IN A SEASON
The Ducks have set a new school record for steals in a season,
registering 288 (8.2 spg) in 35 games on the year. 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 this season Oregon has generated 10+ steals
in a game, posting a season-high 17 in a Dec. 11 non-conference win
UO LEADS PAC-10 CONFERENCE IN TURNOVER MARGIN
The Ducks have the best turnover margin in the Pac-10 (+3.03). In fact,
in conference games only Oregon is a league-best +2.89, with USC ranking
a distant second at +1.0.
UO has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent 26 times this season
(13 out of 18 Pac-10 outings). Oregon posted a season-low seven
turnovers in the road game with Arizona. The Ducks also rank second in
free throw shooting (.743, 480-of-646) and steals (8.2, 288), while
ranking third in assist/turnover ratio (1.1, 482-433).
Senior forward Joevan Catron
ranks seventh in scoring (15.2 ppg) and ninth in rebounding (6.5 rpg). Junior guard Malcolm Armstead
ranks second in steals (2.3 spg) and third in assists (4.4 apg). Sophomore forward E.J. Singler
is the conference’s top free throw shooter (.871, 101-of-116).
DUCKS’ WIN/LOSS RECORD BASED ON STATISTICS
A better field goal percentage than the opponent, grabbing more rebounds
and holding a first-half lead have been essential for the Ducks in
their 18 wins in 2010-11.
Oregon has a 14-1 record when shooting a better field goal percentage
(just 4-16 on the year with a worse field goal percentage). UO is 4-2
when they shoot 50 percent or better (just 14-15 when under 50 percent).
The Ducks are 12-3 overall when they grab more rebounds (5-13 when
out-rebounded, 1-1 with same number of rebounds). Oregon is 13-4 when
they hold a first-half lead (4-13 when the fall behind at halftime, 1-0
ALTMAN COACHING NOTES
Head coach Dana Altman
has taken the 2010-11 Oregon squad, which was projected to finish last
in the preseason poll, and helped the Ducks defy expectations. Oregon
finished in a tie for seventh in final regular-season standings and made
a run to the semifinal round of the conference’s postseason tournament.
Below are a couple of notes about Altman’s coaching career and how he
stands with some first-year coaches at Oregon.
• Altman is making his 14th-straight postseason appearance.
• Altman’s teams have finished with a winning record for 13 consecutive seasons (looking to make it 14 this year).
• A winning overall record would make Altman just the second first-year
UO head coach to accomplish the feat since the Pac-8 (now Pac-10) was
formed before the 1964-65 season.
• A winning overall record would be the 19th time in 22 seasons that Altman has finished with a .500 record or better.
• Altman has won four conference coach of the year awards from three
different conferences (Missouri Valley Conference at Creighton in both
2001 and 2002; Big Eight Conference at Kansas State in 1993; Southern
Conference at Marshall in 1990).
UO ADDS FOUR PLAYERS IN EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent.
Joining the Ducks’ 2011-12 squad are guards Bruce Barron (Carbondale,
Ill./Brehm Preparatory School), Jabari Brown (Oakland, Calif./Oakland
HS) and Brett Kingma (Mill Creek, Wash./Jackson HS) along with center
Austin Kuemper (Portland, Ore./Westview HS).
Bruce Barron: Plays prep basketball at Brehm Preparatory School in
Carbondale, Ill. … led AAU basketball team (Illinois Titans) to a
national title in 2009, averaging 18 points per game in the senior
national tournament … chose Oregon over Oklahoma State, Marquette and
Indiana … also played AAU basketball for Mac Irvin Fire.
Jabari Brown: Started junior season at Findlay Prep (Nev.) where he
averaged 16 points per game before transferring mid-year to Oakland High
School … averaged 23.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game at
Oakland High the rest of his junior campaign ... led Oakland High to
second round of the state playoffs … chose Oregon over Arizona State,
Connecticut, Georgia Tech and Washington … played AAU ball for Drew
Brett Kingma: Averaged 25 points, four steals and four assists per game
as a junior … Led Jackson High School to the 2010 Washington Class 4A
title game … chose Oregon over Arizona State, Brigham Young and
Washington … played AAU ball for Friends of Hoop.
Austin Kuemper: Averaged 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a
junior for Westview High School … Lead WHS to the 2010 OSAA 6A Boys
state title game … also led WHS to a second-round appearance at the 2009
OSAA 6A Boys State Tournament … chose Oregon over Iowa State, San Diego
State, USC and Washington State … played AAU ball for ICP.
DUCKS SHOOT IT WELL FROM CHARITY STRIPE
Oregon ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference in free throw shooting
percentage (.743, 480-of-646), behind Arizona (.747). This is in large
part because five of UO’s eight major contributors (players who average
16 or more minutes per game) shoot it 70 percent or better from the
line, and two others are just below that mark.
Sophomore forward E.J. Singler
has made 87.1 percent of his free throws (101-of-116) which leads all Pac-10 players. Junior guard Garrett Sim
, who does not have enough attempts to qualify for the league rankings,
is shooting a career-high 85.1 percent (40-of-47) to lead the Ducks. He
is 15-of-16 on free throws (93.8 percent) in the last five minutes of a
game during the 2010-11 season.
Also 70 percent or better: senior guard Jay-R Strowbridge
(78.2 percent), freshman guard Johnathan Loyd
(76.0 percent) and senior forward Joevan Catron
(71.4 percent). In addition, junior guard Teondre Williams
(68.8 percent), junior forward Tyrone Nared
(68.6 percent) and junior guard Malcolm Armstead
(68.4 percent) are just below that 70 percent mark.
Ducks Host Boise State in CBI Semifinal
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