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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (16-17, 7-11) will play Weber State (18-13) on Wednesday night in the opening round of the 2011 College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen. Tip-time for the Ducks-Wildcats contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
Wednesday’s UO-WSU winner will advance to face the winner of the Duquesne-Montana game also scheduled for March 16.
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The Ducks, making their first postseason appearance since 2007-08, are 2-0 all-time against WSU. Oregon won the last meeting, 75-57, in a game played in Eugene during the 1986-87 season.
Weber State is playing a postseason tournament for the third straight season and the fourth time in Randy Rahe’s five seasons as head coach. Weber State played in the NCAA Tournament in 2007, and in the NIT each of the past two seasons.
The Wildcats, who went 11-5 in Big Sky Conference play, finished the regular season in third place in league standings (behind regular-season champion Northern Colorado and fellow CBI participant Montana). The Wildcats lost in the conference tournament semifinal to Montana. WSU is coming off a 77-54 non-conference loss to Saint Mary’s played on March 11.
WEBER STATE LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: HDNet; Rich Cellini, play-by-play; Craig Ehlo, analyst
• Radio: Oregon Sports Network affiliates; 590-AM KUGN in Eugene/Springfield; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio, stats
Follow Oregon men’s basketball on Twitter @OregonMBB for in-game updates.
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.
HDNET TO TELEVISE 11 CBI TOURNAMENT GAMES
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 15, 16, 21, and 23, as well as each game of the Championship Series. Opening Round matchups to be broadcast include: March 15 - James Madison at Davidson (4 p.m. PT); Austin Peay at Boise State (6 p.m. PT) March 16 - St. Bonaventure at UCF (5 p.m. PT); Weber State at Oregon (7 p.m. PT).
To watch 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.
Again, there is nothing more that you need to do, nor any extra purchase to make and these games are not subject to blackout, the establishment just needs to tune to HDNet.
CATRON HAVING BIG SENIOR SEASON
Senior forward Joevan Catron has played in 127 career games averaging career-bests for points (15.0 ppg) and minutes played (27.3 mpg). This season he leads the team in scoring, rebounding (6.2 rpg), field goal shooting percentage (.475, 153-of-322), 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. He was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 20 Second Team. The teams are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.
Catron became the 30th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in scoring a career-high 28 points at Arizona in the regular-season finale.
The 6-6 senior from Phoenix, Ill., has made 141 free throws this season (141-of-200), shooting 70.5 percent from the charity stripe. He’s been clutch late in games, upping his average to 77.4 percent in the last five minutes (24-of-31). Just over 30 percent of his points this season (141 of the 464) have come from the line. He has averaged 4.5 made free throws per game, nearly two times more than the next best UO player (Singler, 2.7).
Catron has had some big second-half performances this season. Against Washington in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament, he scored 14 of his 18 points in the second stanza. Catron had a 20-point performance in the home win over then No. 20 Washington, tallying 16 second-half points. In the game at UW, Catron scored 17 of his team-high 20 points in the second half (including 11 straight points to open the stanza). In an overtime win over North Dakota State, he tallied 16 of his career-best 27 points in the second half.
SINGLER NAMED TO PAC-10 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Sophomore forward E.J. Singler (bio on page 26) was 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 had 24 points in UO’s upset quarterfinal win over UCLA, and the previous night he scored a then career-high 22 points in an opening round victory over Arizona State. Entering the tourney, Singler’s previous career high was 19.
Singler, who leads the Pac-10 in free throw shooting percentage (.863, 88-of-102), ranks second on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg, 377), rebounding (5.7 rpg, 187), blocks (0.7 bpg, 23) and 3-point field goal percentage (.395, 45-of-114). He is also third on the team in field goal percentage (.459, 122-of-266). Singler is the only UO player to have started all 33 games this season. He has led the team in scoring seven times in his three years with the Ducks, with all of those coming this year.
Singler has reached double figures in scoring 22 times this season. He fell just short of a double-double when he scored 19 points and added 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, Singler posted an 18-point, 17-rebound (career high) against Willamette. He scored 16 points on two occasions during conference play, a road win over Oregon State and home triumph of then No. 20 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 ON OREGON’S LIST FOR CAREER STEALS
Junior guard Malcolm Armstead (bio on page 21) has 139 steals in 64 games which ranks him No. 6 all-time in career steals at UO (complete list on page 6). He recently moved by Aaron Brooks who had 127 steals in 115 career games.
Armstead, who has 74 steals this 32 games this season, has shattered his own single-season school record. He came up with a career-high six steals in UO’s semifinal loss to Washington last Friday.
Last season, Armstead set a new school record with 65 steals in 32 games, 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).
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 33 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 33 contests, including starts in the last 15 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 (.462, 63-of-134).
Loyd has played in all 33 games, starting in 16 contests. He has 69 assists (to just 43 turnovers), ranking second on the team in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6). He’s shooting 77.1 percent on free throws (37-of-48).
SIM FINDING 3-POINT TOUCH IN PAC-10 CONFERENCE PLAY
Junior guard Garrett Sim (bio on page 18) has found his shooting touch from behind the 3-point arc during Pac-10 Conference play and the league tournament. Sim’s 31 made 3-pointers in league play ranks second on the team, while he is third on the squad in 3-point shooting percentage at .360 (31-of-86). He ranks fifth on the team in scoring average in those 21 games (8.4 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 games.
Sim recently had four straight games where he scored 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 270 (8.2 spg) in having played 33 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. No. 3 on that list is the 2001-02 squad which finished with 261 steals (7.5 spg) in 35 games. The 2006-07 team that went to the NCAA Elite Eight produced 254 steals (6.9 spg) in 37 games which ranks fourth at UO.
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 24 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 (.736, 437-of-594) and steals (8.2, 270), while ranking third in assist/turnover ratio (1.1, 453-409).
Senior forward Joevan Catron ranks seventh in scoring (15.0 ppg) and tied for 11th in rebounding (6.2 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 (.863, 88-of-102).
UO’S 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 16 wins in 2010-11.
Oregon has a 13-1 record when shooting a better field goal percentage (just 3-16 on the year with a worse field goal percentage). UO is 4-2 when they shoot 50 percent or better (just 12-15 when under 50 percent). The Ducks are 10-3 overall when they grab more rebounds (5-13 when out-rebounded, 1-1 with same number of rebounds). In four of the seven league wins, UO led in rebounds: 34-32 at USC, 39-30 vs. Washington State, 33-29 at Stanford, 34-31 at Oregon State.
Oregon is 12-4 when they hold a first-half lead (3-13 when the fall behind at halftime, 1-0 when tied). On four occasions UO has lost despite leading at halftime: the Nov. 20 home game with San Jose State, both contests with UCLA and the home loss to Cal.
DUCKS SHOOT IT WELL FROM CHARITY STRIPE
Oregon ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference in free throw shooting
percentage (.736, 437-of-594), 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 86.3 percent of his free throws
(88-of-102) which ranks second in the Pac-10. Junior guard Garrett Sim,
who does not have enough attempts to qualify for the league rankings, is
shooting a career-high 83.3 percent (35-of-42) to lead the Ducks. He is
a perfect 12-of-12 on free throws in the last five minutes of a game
during the 2010-11 season.
Also 70 percent or better: senior guard Jay-R Strowbridge (77.8
percent), freshman guard Johnathan Loyd (77.1 percent) and senior
forward Joevan Catron (70.5 percent). In addition, junior guard Teondre
Williams (68.8 percent), junior guard Malcolm Armstead (68.6 percent)
and junior forward Tyrone Nared (68.1 percent) are just below that 70
ALTMAN’S FIRST YEAR COACHING NOTES
Head coach Dana Altman has taken this 2010-11 Oregon squad, which was projected to finish last in the preseason poll, and helped the Ducks defy expectations and finish in a tie for seventh in final regular season standings and make 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 he 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
Dana Altman 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 Gooden Soldiers.
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.
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