EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (20-18) will host Creighton (23-15) on Friday night in the deciding Game 3 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 7 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
UO is 2-1 all-time against the Bluejays. The Ducks are coming off a 71-58 win in Game 2 of the series, while having lost 84-76 at Creighton on Monday. Oregon won 75-64 in the first-ever meeting back on Dec. 26, 1974, in a game played in Portland, Ore.
Creighton entered the championship round having defeated San Jose State (85-74), Davidson (102-92) and Central Florida (82-64). The Bluejays are 5-2 in March, with their only other 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 6-2 in eight postseason games this season, the only other loss coming to Washington (69-51) in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinal round.
SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL GIVE-AWAY
During Friday's game, Oregon Athletics will be awarding a $500 shopping spree at the official team store for goducks.com to one lucky fan who has bought a ticket to each of the CBI games. The selection will be read over the PA during a break in the game action. Click here for more on that.
Tickets (ranging from $10-$23) can be purchased online at goducks.com
, over the phone at 1-800-WEBFOOT, or in person at the Matthew Knight Arena box office (open from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) and the Casanova Center ticket office (open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.).
Great seats are available in the Lower Bowl Reserved ($23) and Upper Bowl Reserved ($18) areas. New for Game 3 of the CBI Finals is the Upper Level Corner Reserved seat ($10). Tickets are free for UO students.
Fans who purchase tickets online are strongly encouraged to choose the FREE print-at-home option. To avoid anticipated long lines on gameday at Matt Arena ticket windows, fans can print the ticket from a home computer and have it scanned at any of the three arena gates.
A ticket printed at home looks just like a regular ticket, and features a seat location and bar code.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
Oregon Athletics and First Student will continue to bring public transportation to Matthew Knight Arena for all the Ducks’ postseason home games. Services beginning 90 minutes prior to the game, while concluding 15 minutes immediately following the game. Fare is $3 round trip.
Pick-up locations are at the following: Autzen Stadium south gate, South Eugene High School (at the cross of 19th and Patterson) and Springfield LTD Station.
GAME 3 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.
OREGON’S NUMBERS IN THE 2011 CBI
Three of UO’s four tournament victories have been by single digits. The Ducks had a 13-point win over the Bluejays on Wednesday night. Oregon is averaging 74.2 points per game, limiting opponents to 69.4 ppg, for a +4.8 scoring margin.
The Ducks have had an advantage at the free throw line during the tourney where they’ve made 70 free throws (14.0 per game) and are shooting 76.1 percent (70-of-92). Oregon’s four opponents have combined to make just 56 free throws (11.2 per game) and are hitting for 65.1 percent (56-of-86). UO maintains this edge despite Creighton going 15-of-18 free throws in Game 2, while the Ducks went just 4-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Senior forward Joevan Catron
opened the tournament with three consecutive double-doubles, and narrowly missed out on another in Monday’s loss to the Bluejays (15 pts, 9 rebs). He also added a team-high 18 points and six rebounds in Wednesday’s win. Catron ranks third in tournament history for points (95), and his 49 rebounds is tied for fourth all-time in CBI games. Catron also ranks third for both free throws made (31) and free throws attempted (39), even though he did not attempt a free throw on Wednesday night.
Junior guard Malcolm Armstead
, who has 12 steals in five tournament games, is just two steals shy of matching the CBI record for total steals.
This tournament also marks the first-ever time Oregon men’s basketball has played in April. Wednesday’s CBI game against Creighton matched the latest in the year Oregon has ever played a basketball game (matching March 30, 2004 – NIT Semifinals vs. Michigan at Madison Square Garden).
OTHER OREGON NOTES
The Ducks picked up their 20th victory of the season, making Dana Altman
the third first-year UO head coach to rack up 20 wins in his first season and the first since John Warren went 30-15 in the 1944-45 season.
It is just the 12th time in school history the Ducks have reached the 20-win mark.
Junior guard Malcolm Armstead
is in sole possession of third place on the school’s all-time steals list (151). He passed Luke Ridnour (150), Fred Jones (148) and Anthony Taylor (147) with Wednesday night’s five-steal effort.
Senior forward Joevan Catron
is just 15 points shy of moving into 23rd place for points in a career at Oregon. He is seven rebounds shy of moving into ninth place on that all-time list. He already maintains the most games played (132) of any Oregon player in the modern era.
HDNET TO TELEVISE CBI CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
HDNet is the official broadcast home for the CBI presented by Zebra Pen and has already broadcast nine of the tournament’s games, including four first-round games and double-headers during the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, and Games 1 and 2 of the best-of three championship series.
HDNet will televise the deciding game of the CBI finals games April 1, with tip-off set for 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.
Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, and Verizon FiOS and in Canada via Access Communications, Cogeco, Rogers, Shaw Cable, and Shaw Direct.
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