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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (6-2) will face Virginia (8-1) on Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena (12,369) in Eugene. Tip-time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (PT).
The Ducks, who have won six of their last seven games, are coming off a 79-70 home win over Portland State on Monday night. Oregon is 5-0 in home games this season and 14-3 all-time in games played at Matt Arena. Virginia has won its last six games with the most recent a 68-48 home win over George Mason.
Last year’s Oregon-Virginia game played on Dec. 17, 2010 was the first meeting between the two schools. The Cavaliers won the game 63-48 at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. The Ducks are 5-8 all-time against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Tickets ($16-$38) for Sunday’s Oregon-Virginia game 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.). Tickets for next week’s Global Sports Hoops Showcase played Dec. 20-22 are also available with prices ranging from $12-$29.
OREGON-VIRGINIA LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: Fox Sports Net (ROOT Sports NW); Kevin Calabro, play-by-play; Reggie Theus, analyst
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; 95.3-FM KUJZ in Eugene/Springfield; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio, stats
• Satellite radio: Sirius 128, XM 190
• 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.
BLOCKED SHOTS A FACTOR FOR 2011-12 DUCKS
UO has a 5-1 record in games where they tally five or more blocked shots. The only loss came in the season-opener at No. 7 Vanderbilt. The Ducks have recorded at least two blocks in every game this season.
Opponents are shooting just 42 percent on field goals (148-of-352) in the games where UO tallies five+ blocks, with Oregon maintaining a 35-21 edge in blocked shots in those six outings (5.8 bpg).
Seven different Ducks recorded a block this season, led by Tony Woods who has 13 blocks (1.6 bpg), and Tyrone Nared and E.J. Singler who each have eight (1.0 bpg).
The Ducks as a squad rank second in the Pac-12 Conference in blocks per game (5.0 bpg). Woods ranks third among league players. He had a career-high five blocks in Monday’s win over Portland State, the most blocks for an Oregon player since Dec. 31, 2009 (5 blks, Michael Dunigan at Washington State).
SENIOR GUARD RED HOT FROM THE FIELD
Senior guard Garrett Sim is looking to continue his hot shooting as he’s averaged 15.3 points per game and shot 72.7 percent from the field (16-of-22) and 61.5 percent on 3-pointers (8-of-13) in the last three games. Sim also went a perfect 6-of-6 on free throws in those contests.
On the season, Sim has scored a team-best 104 points (13.0 ppg) in logging a team-high 238 minutes (29.8 mpg). He ranks atop the Pac-12 Conference in free throw percentage (.923, 24-of-26), while ranking third in both field goal percentage (.582, 32-of-55) and 3-point percentage (.533, 16-of-30). As of Dec. 12, Sim’s free throw shooting percentage ranked 17th nationally.
In 110 career games, Sim has 768 points (sixth) and 191 assists (seventh) which both rank in the top 10 of the Pac-12’s active career leaders. In addition, Sim’s 128 career 3-pointers ranks second and his 76 career steals ranks eighth.
DUCKS FEATURE BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Five different players have led the Ducks in scoring, a list that includes: Tony Woods (12 points at Vanderbilt), Garrett Sim (17 points vs. Eastern Washington; 20 points at Nebraska; 16 points vs. BYU), E.J. Singler (21 points vs. SE Missouri State; 19 points vs. Portland State), Johnathan Loyd (24 points vs. UTEP) and Devoe Joseph (18 points vs. Fresno State).
Ten different players have reached double-figures in scoring this season. This has been done six times by Singler and Sim, twice by Joseph, Woods, Olu Ashaolu and Jeremy Jacob, and once by Loyd, Carlos Emory, Brett Kingma and Tyrone Nared.
Three different Ducks have dropped 20 or more points in a game this season (Sim, Singler and Loyd). Through eight games a year ago, only one UO player had scored 20+ points in a game (Joevan Catron, three times in first four games in 2010-11).
JOSEPH IMPRESSIVE IN OREGON DEBUT
Senior guard Devoe Joseph averaged 15.5 points per game in his first two outings in an Oregon uniform. In his debut against Fresno State, Joseph came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points (going 6-of-13 on field goals) in playing a team-high 29 minutes. He also had four assists and two steals. Joseph followed that up with 13-point, six-assist effort against Portland State. He scored the last eight points of the game for UO, going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final minutes.
Joseph, from Toronto, Canada, played three seasons and 76 total games at Minnesota before transferring to UO last December. The 6-4 combo guard has been practicing with the UO basketball program dating back to last year.
He was one of just nine players in the history of the Minnesota basketball program to have 300 points and 100 assists in a season (329 pts, 105 assists in 2009-10). Joseph played his prep basketball at Pickering High School just outside of Toronto. He led PHS to a 70-2 career record and was a three-time Canadian High School Player of the Year. .
LAST YEAR VERSUS THE CAVALIERS
The Ducks lost 63-48 at Virginia last season. It was Virginia’s fourth straight victory despite being without scoring and rebounding leader Mike Scott (injury). Oregon’s point total in that game (48) was the lowest single-game output for the entire 2010-11 season. The Ducks hit just 34.5 percent of their field goal attempts (19-of-55) and 15.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc (3-of-19).
The Ducks posted a 15-2 run (from 17:31 to 10:19 in the first half) to take a 15-6 lead, their largest of the game. Joevan Catron (16 points) reached double figures in scoring for the sixth straight game and 10th time in 11 games.
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.
OREGON ATHLETICS OFFERS FLEXIBLE TICKET PACKAGES
Oregon Athletics has several mini-plan ticket packages for the 2011-12 men’s basketball campaign. Two of the featured mini-plans, the GREEN and the YELL-O, offer an affordable and flexible option to enjoy the inaugural Pac-12 Conference season.
Tickets can be purchased online at goducks.com. In-person sales are also available at the Moshofsky Center Ticket Office (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) or the Matthew Knight Arena Box Office (Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.).
The GREEN mini-plan is made up of weekend games against California (Jan. 8), UCLA (Jan. 21) and Washington State (Feb. 11). The Cal Golden Bears return four starters from a team that reached the second round of last year’s Postseason National Invitation Tournament. Tradition-rich UCLA entered the season ranked in the top 25 in all of the notable preseason publications. In addition, Northwest rival WSU rolls through town in mid-February for what should be a pivotal league game.
As part of the YELL-O mini-plan, Duck fans gain access to home games against Oregon State (Jan. 29), Washington (Feb. 9) and Utah (March 3). The Civil War presented by Pacific Source & your Northwest Ford Dealers is one of the toughest tickets to secure year in and year out. The Huskies, who lost at Matt Arena last season, are one of the conference’s top teams. And the Utes, making their inaugural trip to Eugene as a Pac-12 foe, will close out the regular-season schedule on the Ducks’ Senior Day.
The GLOBAL SPORTS HOOPS SHOWCASE mini-plan includes tickets to all three of the Ducks’ home tourney games Dec. 20-22, with an approximate 20 percent savings off the regular price. Opponents include: North Carolina Central, Prairie View A&M, Stephen F. Austin.
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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