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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (18-7, 9-4) is back on the road this week for games against California (20-6, 10-3) and Stanford (17-8, 7-6 Pac-12). The Ducks will face the Golden Bears on Thursday with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion. The Oregon-Stanford game will be played Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
The Ducks are coming off a home sweep of the Washington schools, registering an 82-57 win over the Huskies on Thursday and a 78-69 victory over the Cougars on Saturday afternoon. California won road games over USC (75-49) and UCLA (73-63) last week. Stanford split its road games with the Los Angeles schools, falling to UCLA (72-61) before defeating USC (59-47).
California has a 76-55 edge in the all-time series with Oregon. Cal has won the last eight meetings with UO. The Golden Bears defeated the Ducks earlier this season, a 77-60 result back on Jan. 8 at Matt Arena. The last time Oregon won at Cal was back on Feb. 9, 2008 when the Ducks registered a 92-70 road win.
Stanford leads the all-time series over Oregon, 89-46. UO won this season’s first meeting, a 78-67 home win at Matt Arena on Jan. 5. Last season, the Ducks snapped a 24-game road losing streak to the Cardinal with a 67-59 victory at Maples Pavilion.
OREGON - CALIFORNIA LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: Comcast SportsNet NW; Glen Kuiper, pxp; Dan Belluomini, analyst
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; Brian Prawitz, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio, video and stats
• Satellite radio: SIRIUS 128, XM 194
• Twitter: @Geraghty_UO for in-game updates, stats, etc.
OREGON - STANFORD LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: Fox Sports Net (ROOT Sports NW); Kevin Calabro, pxp; Don Maclean, analyst; Rebecca Haarlow, reporter
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; Brian Prawitz, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio and stats
• Satellite radio: SIRIUS 92, XM 192
• 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.
OREGON IN THE PAC-12 CONFERENCE TITLE CHASE
Oregon (9-4) is tied for third in the Pac-12 Conference standings with Arizona and Colorado. If the league tournament began this week, the Ducks would be one of four teams to receive an opening-round bye.
UO has five regular season games remaining, with three of those contests coming against teams from the top half of the conference (Cal, 1st; Colorado, T-3rd; Stanford, 6th).
Oregon plays its next three games on the road: at Cal, Stanford and Oregon State (Feb. 26). The Ducks have been effective away from Eugene, as almost half of their league wins have come on the road (4-2). The other 11 league schools are a combined 25-of-59 in road games.
The Ducks came in at No. 67 in this week’s NCAA RPI Rankings released on Monday. Only three other Pac-12 schools rank higher (Cal at No. 36, Washington at No. 62, Arizona at No. 66).
SINGLER IS OREGON’S MR. CONSISTENCY
Junior forward E.J. Singler (bio on page 20) leads the team with 334 total points (13.4 ppg) and has grabbed a team-high 139 total rebounds (5.6 rpg). Singler has taken -- and made -- the most shots of any Duck this season (108-of-229, .472).
He was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week for Feb. 6-12 after leading Oregon to a home sweep of the Washington schools.
Singler is back atop the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.894, 84-of-94). As of Feb. 13, Singler’s percentage ranked 10th nationally. He also ranks third in school history for a career percentage (.866, 239-of-276).
The 6-6 forward from Medford, Ore., has reached double-figures in scoring in 21 of the 25 games this season. He’s scored 10 or more points in 55 of his 96 career games at UO. Singler has also led the Ducks in rebounding on eight occasions this season (and 30 times in his career).
Season highlights include: scoring 23 points in a home win over Washington State. A 13-point and 13-rebound effort at Colorado for his first double-double of the season (fourth career). A career-high 26 points in UO’s home win over UCLA (16-of-17 from the free throw line). Scoring 20 of UO’s 60 total points at Washington. He posted 21 points against SE Missouri State.
Singler ranks among the Pac-12 active leaders in career statistics: fifth in rebounds (496) and sixth in career points (987).
With a 13.4 points per game average in 2011-12, Singler is on pace to eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season. Singler has 987 points in 96 career games for a 10.3 ppg scoring average. He is looking to become the 31st player in school history to reach the scoring mark.
Singler is one of two Ducks to have started every game this season (joined only by Garrett Sim). In fact, Singler has started the last 70 games for UO dating back to his freshman season. He started all 39 games a year ago and 22-of-32 games as a freshman.
ASSIST TOTALS NO COINCIDENCE IN OREGON’S WINS THIS YEAR
Unselfish play has been a key in UO’s 18 victories this season, as the Ducks have recorded more assists than the opponent in 14 of those wins. Oregon is 14-1 this season when dishing out more assists than the opposition.
In the games where UO has more assists, the Ducks margin of victory is almost six points better than their season average for all games: +9.7 as compared to +4.1 in all games. Oregon’s two largest victories in 2011-12 are 25-point triumphs over Southeast Missouri State and Washington, both of which came in games when the Ducks had more assists than the opponent.
Oregon’s shooting percentages are also up when registering more assists: 48.7 percent versus 45.4 percent in all games. UO is also three percentage points better from behind the 3-point arc: 40.4 percent versus 37.6 percent in all games.
The Ducks’ primary ball-handlers are largely responsible for UO’s assist totals in those games. Devoe Joseph (40), E.J. Singler (41), Garrett Sim (42) and Johnathan Loyd (55) have accounted for 178 of the 228 assists and collectively maintain a 1.7 assist to turnover ratio (178 a, 105 to) in those games.
UO FEATURES BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Seven different Ducks have led the team in scoring this season: Devoe Joseph (nine times), E.J. Singler (seven times), Garrett Sim (six times), Olu Ashaolu (twice) and Carlos Emory, Johnathan Loyd and Tony Woods (one time each).
Ten of UO’s 11 scholarship players have reached double-figures in scoring. The leaders in that category are Singler (21 times), Joseph (18) and Sim (16). Emory has reached double-figures in scoring in four of the last five games (of his six times on the season).
In addition, five different Ducks have dropped 20+ points in a game this season (Singler four times; Joseph and Sim three times; Ashaolu and Loyd once).
JOSEPH EMBRACES ROLE AS OREGON’S TOP SCORER
Since becoming eligible to compete on Dec. 10, senior guard Devoe Joseph (bio on page 23) has averaged a team-high 15.7 points per outing. He’s led the team in field goals made (101), field goals attempted (221) and minutes played (34.8 mpg) in those 19 games. The Ducks are 14-5 with him in the lineup.
Joseph has scored in double-figures 18 times and has a 30-point effort against Stanford in the books. He’s led the team in scoring nine times this season (most of any Duck). Joseph has scored in double-figures in 11 straight games.
Now that he’s played in 75 percent of UO’s games on the year, Joseph is eligible for top 10 rankings among Pac-12 players (all games). He currently ranks second in 3-pointers made per game (2.4), third in minutes per game (34.8), fifth in scoring (15.7 ppg) and 3-point percentage (.446), eighth in free throw percentage (.810) and ninth in steals (1.4 spg).
The 6-4 guard from Toronto, Ontario, has bettered his scoring average to 16.3 points per game in Pac-12 games only, shooting 47.1 percent (32-of-68) on 3-pointers in those league games. He’s also shooting 81.8 percent on free throws (36-of-44) against Pac-12 teams.
Season highlights include: Joseph came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points in 29 minutes in his Oregon debut against Fresno State. He tallied 19 points and a career-high five steals in UO’s win over Prairie View A&M. Joseph nearly registered a double-double with 10 points and a career-best eight rebounds against Stephen F. Austin. He had 17 points and matched a career-high with seven assists in a road win over Washington State. In his 30-point effort against Stanford, a career-high point total, Joseph made career-bests with nine field goals and five 3-pointers. He became the first UO player to score 30 points in a game since Tajuan Porter tallied 32 against Washington State on March 10, 2010.
BLOCKED SHOTS A FACTOR FOR DUCKS
The Ducks have a 10-2 record in games where they tally four or more blocks. UO’s only losses came in the season-opener at No. 7 Vanderbilt and in the home loss to Oregon State. In 24 of the 25 outings this season, Oregon has recorded at least one block. The Ducks are 9-1 this season when they record more blocks than their opponent (L, vs. Oregon State).
Junior center Tony Woods (bio on page 26) ranks third in the Pac-12 with 40 blocks (1.6 bpg). Woods has rejected 25 shots (1.9 bpg) in the Ducks’ 12 conference games this year. As a team, UO ranks fifth in blocks (3.7 bpg) amongst the rest of the league.
Woods’ total in 2011-12 ranks third all-time for blocks in a single season at Oregon. With a possible six games remaining on the schedule, Woods is projected to break the school record for blocks in a season as he is just three shy from the mark (42, Blair Rasmussen; 1983-84).
Woods had a career-high five blocks in the win over Portland State, the most blocks for a UO player since Dec. 31, 2009 (Dunigan at Washington State). That five-block game ranks tied for second in school history for most blocks in a single game.
SIM AVERAGING CAREER-HIGHS THIS SEASON
Senior guard Garrett Sim (bio on page 14) is averaging career-highs in points per game (12.0 ppg), field goal percentage (.490, 98-of-200), 3-point percentage (.468, 52-of-111) and free throw percentage (.864, 51-of-59). He ranks second in the conference for 3-point percentage, while ranking third in free throw percentage and seventh for 3-pointers made per game (2.1).
Sim’s does not have enough made field goals to qualify for the national rankings (minimum 5 FGs made/game; 2.5 3-PT FGs made/game). However, Sim’s 3-point field goal percentage would rank tied for seventh and his free throw percentage would rank tied for 30th nationally.
In 127 career games, Sim has 963 points (seventh) and 233 assists (eighth) which both rank in the top 10 of the Pac-12’s active career leaders. In addition, Sim’s 164 career 3-pointers ranks second and his 94 career steals ranks seventh.
Sim is on pace to match Joevan Catron’s modern school record for games played (133). With a 12.0 points per game average this season, Sim is on track to become the 32nd player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. He recently moved into 10th all-time for career 3-pointers made (164). Sim is also just 10 steals shy of ranking 10th all-time at UO for career steals (94).
DUCKS ARE WINNING CLOSE GAMES THIS SEASON
Oregon is 11-2 this season in games decided by fewer than 10 points (4-1 in games decided by less than five points). UO’s only losses in those games came at Colorado (72-71) and at home to OSU (76-71). The Pac-12 team with the next best mark in games decided by less than 10 points is CU (8-4).
In those tight games, the Ducks had the advantage in all three shooting percentages (UO / Opponent): overall field goal percentage (.455 / .436), 3-point percentage (.382 / .326) and free throw percentage (.723 / .680).
UO has closed-out several games on the free throw line. The Ducks are shooting 87.2 percent (75-of-86) from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of games decided by less than 10 points. A big difference from the 69.7 percent (386-of-554) they are making on the season.
UO’s primary ball handlers have been terrific at the line in crunch time of close games. E.J. Singler (.958, 23-of-24), Garrett Sim (.941, 16-of-17), Devoe Joseph (.842, 16-of-19) and Johnathan Loyd (.833, 10-of-12) are a combined 61-of-68 (.897) in those pressure situations.
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 as a freshman and sophomore … Played AAU basketball for Houston Hoops … Also considered Arkansas, Georgetown, Colorado, Texas Tech and Baylor.
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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