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Ducks Host Boise State in CBI Semifinal
Release Date: 03/22/2011
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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 , 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 Court.

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 Tournament.

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 round.


• 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
• Live audio , stats

Follow Oregon men’s basketball on Twitter @OregonMBB for in-game updates.

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 Championship Series.

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 HDNet.

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 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.

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.

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 member coaches).

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.

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 occasions.

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).

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).

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 (.459, 67-of-146).

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 throws (38-of-50).

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 games.

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.

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 over Willamette.

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).

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 when tied).


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).

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.

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.
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