EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (19-17) will play Creighton (22-14) on Monday night in Game 1 on the best-of-three championship series for the 2011 College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen. Tip-time for the Ducks-Bluejays contest is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PT) at Qwest Center Omaha.
Game 2, which will be played in Eugene at Matthew Knight Arena, is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday. A deciding Game 3 (if necessary) is scheduled for Friday in Eugene.
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UO is 1-0 all-time against the Bluejays. Oregon won 75-64 in the only meeting back on Dec. 26, 1974, in a game played in Portland, Ore.
Creighton defeated San Jose State (85-74), Davidson (102-92) and Central Florida (82-64) en route to the championship series. The Bluejays are 4-1 in March, with their only loss a 60-50 decision to Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
Oregon defeated Boise State, 79-71, in the semifinal round last Wednesday. UO beat Duquesne 77-75 in last week’s quarterfinal game, while also recording a 68-59 win over Weber State in the opening round. The Ducks are 5-1 in their last six games, the only loss coming to Washington (69-51) in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinal round.
CREIGHTON 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
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for in-game updates.
OREGON’S NUMBERS IN THE 2011 CBI
The Ducks have won their three CBI games -- single-digit results over Weber State, Duquesne and Boise State -- by a +6.3 average margin of victory.
The Ducks have had an advantage at the free throw line where they’ve made 58 free throws (19.3 per game). Oregon’s three opponents have combined to make just 22 free throws (7.3 per game).
Senior forward Joevan Catron
has tallied three consecutive double-doubles to open CBI tournament play. Catron currently ranks third in the CBI’s history for rebounding average (11.3), while ranking fourth in total rebounds (34). He also ranks third for made free throws (28) and tied for fifth in free throws attempted (34).
This tournament also marks a rare opportunity for UO to play in late March. Wednesday’s CBI game against Creighton will match the latest in the year Oregon has ever played a basketball game (matching March 30, 2004 – NIT Semifinals vs. Michigan at Madison Square Garden).
HDNET TO TELEVISE CBI CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
HDNet is the official broadcast home for the CBI presented by Zebra Pen and has already broadcast eight of the tournament’s games, including four first-round games and double-headers during the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.
HDNet will televise the best-of-three championship series scheduled for March 28, March 30 and April 1 (if necessary). Monday’s game at Qwest Center Omaha is set to tip-off at 5 p.m. (PT). Games 2 and 3 in Eugene will tip-off at 7 p.m. (PT).
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 game time.
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 HDNet.
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.
CATRON HAVING BIG SENIOR SEASON
Senior forward Joevan Catron
(bio on page 28) has played in a school record 130 career games averaging career-bests for points (15.5 ppg) and minutes played (27.5 mpg). This season he leads the team in scoring, rebounding (6.7 rpg), field goal shooting percentage (.464, 170-of-366), field goals attempted and field goals made, free throws made (169) and attempted (234) while ranking second in minutes played.
Catron was named Second Team Pac-10 All-Conference in a vote by the coaches, 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.
This season Catron became the 30th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark (currently ranks 24th with 1,105 points). Catron became just the sixth player in school history to amass over 1,000 career points and 700 career rebounds (709), joining Greg Ballard (1,828 / 1,114), Maarty Leunen (1,259 / 875), Stan Love (1,644 / 818), Charlie Franklin (1,090 / 747) and Charlie Warren (1,301 / 730). He is just five rebounds shy of reaching UO’s career top 10 list.
The 6-6 senior from Phoenix, Ill., has matched a school record with 169 made free throws this season, shooting 72.2 percent from the charity stripe. He’s been clutch late in games, upping his average to 82.2 percent in the last five minutes (37-of-45). Over 32 percent of Catron’s points this season (169 of the 526) have come from the line.
Catron has produced some big second-half performances this season, where he is averaging 9.2 of his 15.5 ppg during the final 20 minutes of a game. He posted 20 of his 24 points in the second half of the semifinal win over Boise State. In the win over Weber State, he scored 18 of his team-high 24 points in the second stanza. He scored 14 of his 18 points in the second stanza of a Pac-10 Tournament semifinal against Washington.
SINGLER’S OFFENSIVE NUMBERS IMPROVE IN POSTSEASON PLAY
Sophomore forward E.J. Singler
(bio on page 26) has bettered his offensive numbers in UO’s Pac-10 Tournament and CBI contests. In the last six games, Singer is averaging 16.8 ppg, while shooting 53.4 percent on field goals, 50.0 percent on 3-pointers and 96.3 percent from the free throw line.
On the season, Singler leads the Pac-10 in free throw shooting percentage (.871, 101-of-116), ranks second on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg, 422), rebounding (5.6 rpg, 203), blocks (0.7 bpg, 29) and 3-point field goal percentage (.395, 51-of-129). He ranks third on the team in field goal percentage (.459, 135-of-294). Singler is the only UO player to have started all 36 games this season.
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. During the tourney, 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 25 times this season, including UO’s last six 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, he posted 18 points and 17 rebounds (career high). He also had a 16-point, 11-rebound effort in a win over North Dakota State.
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 145 steals in 67 games which ranks him No. 6 all-time in career steals at UO (complete list on page 6). Armstead is just two steals shy of matching No. 5 Anthony Taylor who had 147 steals in 115 games from 1984-88.
Armstead, who has 80 steals in 35 games this season, already bested his own single-season school record which he set last season. 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). He recently came up with a career-high six steals in UO’s semifinal loss to UW in the Pac-10 tourney.
The second-year player from Chipola Junior College also has 153 assists in 2010-11 which ranks eighth all-time in school history for a single season. Armstead is also tied for 10th all-time for career assists (291, 4.3 apg), matching Darius Wright who had 291 in 62 games from 1998-00.
OFFSEASON ADDITIONS KEY CONTRIBUTORS
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 36 games, a starter in seven contests. He is UO’s third leading scorer (9.4 ppg), upping his average to 11.1 points per night in the Ducks’ 18 conference games.
Nared has also played in all 36 contests, including starts in the last 18 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 (.459, 67-of-146).
Loyd has played in all 36 games, starting in 16 contests. He has 78 assists (to just 48 turnovers), ranking second on the team in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6). He’s shooting 74.1 percent on free throws (40-of-54).
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 20 of UO’s last 23 games. He ranks second on the squad in 3-point shooting percentage at .343 (48-of-140) this season, while ranking fifth on the team in scoring (8.2 ppg).
In the first 12 non-conference games to start the year, 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 games.
Sim tallied a season-high 20 points in last 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 297 (8.3 spg) in 36 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 over Willamette.
UO LEADS PAC-10 CONFERENCE IN TURNOVER MARGIN
The Ducks have the best turnover margin in the Pac-10 (+2.9). In fact, in conference games only Oregon is a league-best +2.9, 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 the conference for free throw shooting (.742, 495-of-667) and steals (8.3, 297), while ranking third in assist/turnover ratio (1.1, 501-450).
Senior forward Joevan Catron
ranks sixth in scoring (15.5 ppg) and ninth in rebounding (6.7 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 15-1 record when shooting a better field goal percentage (just 4-16 on the year with a worse field goal percentage). UO is 5-2 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 (6-13 when out-rebounded, 1-1 with same number of rebounds). Oregon is 14-4 when they hold a first-half lead (4-13 when the fall behind at halftime, 1-0 when tied).
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 (.742). This is in large part because five of UO’s eight major contributors (players who average 16 or more minutes per game), five shoot it 70 percent or better from the line, and three 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 83.7 percent (41-of-49) to lead the Ducks. He is 16-of-18 on free throws (88.9 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
(74.1 percent) and senior forward Joevan Catron
(72.2 percent). In addition, junior forward Tyrone Nared
(68.6 percent), junior guard Malcolm Armstead
(68.4 percent) and junior guard Teondre Williams
(64.7 percent) are just below that 70 percent mark.
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).
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.
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 Gooden Soldiers.
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.
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.
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