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Oregon Weekly MBB Release - Oregon State
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 02/23/2012
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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (19-8, 10-5) will play at Oregon State (15-12, 5-10) Sunday with tip-time is set for 4:30 p.m. (PT) at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.

The Ducks are coming off a road split against California and Stanford last week. UO lost 86-83 to the Golden Bears in the first game. Devoe Joseph led all scorers with a career-high 33 points in the defeat. Carlos Emory contributed 11 points off the bench for UO. Oregon, which has yet to lose consecutive games this season, rebounded with a 68-64 win at Stanford on Sunday. E.J. Singler scored a team-high 20 points to lead the Ducks in the win.

The Beavers have lost their last four games, including both last week against Stanford (L, 87-82) and California (L, 77-63).

Oregon State leads the all-time series over Oregon, 184-152. The Beavers won this year’s earlier meeting in Eugene by a score of 76-71. The Ducks won in Corvallis a year ago, 63-59.

UP NEXT FOR OREGON
The Ducks will close the regular season with home games against Colorado on Thursday, March 1 and Utah on Saturday, March 3. The UO-CU game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. (PT) and will be televised by Fox Sports Net (seen locally on ROOT Sports Northwest). The Ducks and the Utes will tip-off at 3 p.m. and that game will air on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.


Tickets for both games (starting as low as $16) 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.).

OREGON – OREGON STATE LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: Fox Sports Net (ROOT Sports NW); Kevin Calabro, play-by-play; Marques Johnson, analyst; Rebecca Haarlow, reporter
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; 95.3 FM in Eugene / Springfield; Jerry Allen, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio and stats
• Satellite radio: SIRIUS 94, XM 191 ** OSU broadcasts
• 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 SEEKING SECOND-STRAIGHT 20-WIN SEASON
Dana Altman and the Ducks are just one victory shy of reaching the 20-win mark for the second consecutive season. It would mark just the third time in school history UO has produced consecutive seasons of 20+ wins.

Howard Hobson and the Ducks strung together four straight 20-win seasons from the 1935-36 season through the 1938-39 campaign, the year UO won the NCAA title. The last time Oregon posted back-to-back 20-win seasons was in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons under the direction of Ernie Kent.

Dana Altman already has 13 seasons of 20 or more wins to his credit, with one more win this year making the 14th time he reaches the mark. Last year he became just the third person in school history to tally 20+ wins in his first season as head coach.

Oregon has only reached the 20-win mark 12 times in school history.

OREGON IN THE PAC-12 CONFERENCE TITLE CHASE
Oregon (10-5) is tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 Conference standings. If the league tournament began this week, the Ducks would receive one of the four opening round byes.

UO only has one regular-season road game remaining, this Sunday’s match-up with OSU. The Ducks have been effective away from Eugene, as almost half of their league wins have come on the road (5-3). The other 11 league schools are a combined 28-of-69 (.288) in road games.

The Ducks came in at No. 55 in this week’s NCAA RPI Rankings released on Monday. Only two other Pac-12 schools rank higher (Cal at No. 29 and Washington at No. 54).

ASSIST TOTALS NO COINCIDENCE IN OREGON’S WINS THIS YEAR

Unselfish play has been a key in UO’s 19 victories this season, as the Ducks have recorded more assists than the opponent in 14 of those wins. Oregon is 14-2 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: +8.9 as compared to +3.8 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.

UO’s shooting percentages are also up with more assists: 49.1 percent versus 45.8 percent in all games. UO is also better from behind the 3-point arc: 39.9 percent versus 37.2 percent in all games.

The Ducks’ primary ball-handlers are largely responsible for UO’s assist totals in those games. Devoe Joseph (42), E.J. Singler (43), Garrett Sim (44) and Johnathan Loyd (58) have accounted for 187 of the 245 assists and collectively maintain a 1.6 assist to turnover ratio (187 a, 117 to) in those games.

SINGLER IS OREGON’S MR. CONSISTENCY
Junior forward E.J. Singler (bio on page 18) leads the team with 362 total points (13.4 ppg) and has grabbed a team-high 150 total rebounds (5.6 rpg). Singler has taken -- and made -- the most shots of any Duck this season (120-of-253, .474).

Last Sunday at Stanford, Singler became the 31st player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark. He has 1,015 career points in 98 games (10.4 ppg) which ranks 29th all-time. He is also just the 13th player in school history to amass over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.

Singler ranks first in the Pac-12 for free throw percentage (.895, 85-of-95). As of Feb. 19, Singler’s free throw percentage ranked 11th nationally. He also ranks third in school history for a career percentage (.866, 240-of-277).

Singler ranks among the Pac-12 active leaders in career statistics: fourth in rebounds (507) and fifth in career points (1,015).

He’s reached double-figures in scoring in 22 of the 27 games this season. Singler has scored 10 or more points in 56 of his 98 career games at UO. He’s also led the Ducks in rebounding on eight occasions this season (and 30 times in his career).

Singler is one of two Ducks to have started every game this season (joined by Garrett Sim). In fact, Singler has started the last 72 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.

Season highlights include: He scored 20 points, including 10 straight in the second half, in a road win over Stanford. Singler 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 scored 23 points in a home win over Washington State. He posted a 13-point and 13-rebound effort at Colorado for his first double-double of the season (fourth career). He scored a career-high 26 points in UO’s home win over UCLA (16-of-17 from the free throw line). He recorded 20 of UO’s 60 total points at Washington.

JOSEPH EMBRACES ROLE AS OREGON’S TOP SCORER
Since becoming eligible to compete on Dec. 10, senior guard Devoe Joseph (bio on page 21) has averaged a team-high 16.3 points per outing. He’s led the team in field goals made (115), field goals attempted (251) and minutes played (35.0 mpg) in those 21 games. The Ducks are 15-6 with him in the lineup.

Joseph has scored in double-figures 20 times and has a pair of 30-point efforts (30 vs. Stanford, 33 at Cal) in the books. He’s led the team in scoring 10 times this season (most of any Duck). Joseph has scored in double-figures in 13 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) and minutes per game (35.0), fourth in scoring (16.3 ppg) and free throw percentage (.829), fifth in 3-point percentage (.439) and ninth in steals (1.3 spg).

The 6-4 guard from Toronto, Ontario, has bettered his scoring average to 17.1 points per game in Pac-12 games only, shooting 45.7 percent (37-of-81) on 3-pointers in those league games. He’s also shooting 84.2 percent on free throws (48-of-57) against Pac-12 teams.

Season highlights include: Joseph came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points in his Oregon debut against Fresno State. He tallied 19 points and a career-high five steals against 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 at Washington State. Joseph established a career-high with 30 points at home against Stanford to become the first UO player to score 30 points in a game since Tajuan Porter tallied 32 against Washington State on March 10, 2010. Joseph then set a new career-high with his 33-point effort at California last Thursday.

WOODS MAKING AN IMPACT ON THE DEFENSIVE END
Junior center Tony Woods (bio on page 24) ranks third in the Pac-12 with 42 blocks (1.6 bpg). Woods has rejected 27 shots (1.8 bpg) in the Ducks’ 15 conference games this year. As a team, UO ranks fifth in blocks (3.6 bpg) amongst the rest of the league.

Woods recently tied the school record for blocks in a single season. With a possible five games remaining on the schedule, Woods is projected to shatter that school mark held by Blair Rasmussen (42 blocks, 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.

As a team, 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 26 of the 27 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).

SIM AVERAGING CAREER-HIGHS THIS SEASON
Senior guard Garrett Sim (bio on page 12) is averaging career-highs in points per game (11.6 ppg), field goal percentage (.479, 104-of-217), 3-point percentage (.444, 52-of-117) and free throw percentage (.867, 52-of-60). He ranks third in the conference free throw percentage, fourth for 3-point percentage, while ranking eighth for 3-pointers made per game (1.9).

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 13th and his free throw percentage would rank tied for 27th nationally.

In 129 career games, Sim has 976 points (seventh) and 236 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 97 career steals ranks seventh.

Sim is on pace to match Joevan Catron’s modern school record for games played (133). With an 11.6 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 seven steals shy of ranking 10th all-time at UO for career steals (97).

UO FEATURES BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Seven different Ducks have led the team in scoring this season: Devoe Joseph (10 times), E.J. Singler (eight 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 (22 times), Joseph (20) and Sim (16). Emory has reached double-figures in scoring five times this year, including five times in the last seven games.

In addition, five different Ducks have dropped 20+ points in a game this season (Singler five times, Joseph four times; Sim three times; Ashaolu and Loyd once).

DUCKS ARE WINNING CLOSE GAMES THIS SEASON
Oregon is 12-3 this season in games decided by fewer than 10 points (5-2 in games decided by less than five points). UO’s only losses in those games came at California (86-83), at Colorado (72-71) and at home to Oregon State (76-71). The Pac-12 team with the next best mark in games decided by less than 10 points is Colorado (9-4).

In those tight games, the Ducks had the advantage in all three shooting percentages (UO / Opponent): overall field goal percentage (.461 / .446), 3-point percentage (.373 / .320) and free throw percentage (.730 / .670).

UO has closed-out several games on the free throw line. The Ducks are shooting 87.8 percent (79-of-90) from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of games decided by less than 10 points. A big difference from the 70.2 percent (405-of-577) 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 (.870, 20-of-23) and Johnathan Loyd (.833, 10-of-12) are a combined 69-of-76 (.908) 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). UO brought in a consensus top 25 recruiting class last season 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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