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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team wrapped up the 2011-12 season with a 24-10 overall record and a 13-5 mark in Pac-12 Conference games. The Ducks finished the regular season tied for second place in the league standings.
The 2011-12 squad opened the year by adding nine newcomers to a group of six returning players. The Ducks were predicted to finish fifth in the conference’s preseason poll (behind UCLA, Cal, Arizona and Washington).
Following a loss to Colorado in the opening round of the conference tournament, UO participated in the National Invitation Tournament where the Ducks went 2-1 before losing in the quarterfinal round.
It was the second straight season that UO advanced to play in a postseason tournament. Oregon’s 24 wins last year were the most since the 2006-07 season. The Ducks had four different four-game winning streaks throughout the 34-game calendar. Not once all season did UO lose consecutive games, and only twice did they have a stretch where they lost two out of their last three games.
The Ducks went 17-3 overall in games played at Matthew Knight Arena, going 10-1 in non-conference games and 7-2 in Pac-12 contests. Also a very good road team in 2011-12, Oregon posted a 7-5 record in true road games and a 6-3 record in road Pac-12 games.
DUCKS END SEASON IN NIT QUARTERFINALS
Oregon made its 10th overall appearance in the postseason National Invitation Tournament, falling to top-seed Washington in the quarterfinal round. It was the first time since 2004 UO played in the NIT.
The Ducks are 13-11 overall in NIT games. Oregon has advanced to the NIT semifinals on three occasions (1975, 1999, 2004).
In 1975, Oregon posted a pair of wins (St. Peter’s, Oral Roberts) before a semifinal loss to Princeton. UO won the consolation game 80-76 over St. John’s.
In 1999, the Ducks won three consecutive games (Georgia Tech, Wyoming, TCU) before falling to California in the semis. They eventually lost to Xavier in the consolation game.
In 2004, Oregon won three straight (Colorado, George Mason, Notre Dame) but lost again in the semifinals, this time to Michigan.
Dana Altman has a 9-9 record in eight trips to the NIT (two at K-State, five at Creighton, one at UO).
DUCKS FINISH REGULAR SEASON TIED FOR SECOND IN PAC-12 STANDINGS
Oregon (13-5) finished the regular season tied for second place (with California) in the Pac-12 standings. It was UO’s best conference record since the 2001-02 season when the Ducks won the regular-season crown with a 14-4 league mark.
Almost half of UO’s league wins last season came on the road (6-3) proving the Ducks to be one of the top road teams in the Pac-12. The other 11 league schools were a combined 33-of-79 (.295) in road games on the year. UO’s 6-3 road mark was its best since the 1999-00 season when the Ducks also went 6-3 in conference play.
OREGON REGISTERS BACK-TO-BACK 20-WIN SEASON
Dana Altman and the Ducks finished the regular season with 22 wins, the second straight year for UO to tally 20+ wins. It marked just the third time in school history UO produced consecutive seasons of 20+ wins. It was just the 13th time in school history that UO has won 20 games.
Howard Hobson led Oregon to four straight 20-win seasons from the 1935-36 season through the 1938-39 campaign, the year UO won the NCAA title. The Ducks posted back-to-back 20-win seasons in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons under the direction of Ernie Kent.
Altman now has 14 seasons of 20+ wins to his credit (11 at Creighton, two at Oregon, one at Kansas State). Altman became just the third UO head coach to tally 20+ wins in his first season.
SINGLER NAMED TO NABC ALL-DISTRICT 20 SECOND TEAM
E.J. Singler was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 20 Second Team. The teams were selected and voted on by the NABC member coaches. The last Oregon player recognized as part of the NABC All-District 20 teams was Joevan Catron, who earned second team recognition in 2010-11.
DUCKS RECOGNIZED AS PART OF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Three Ducks were recognized as part of the 2012 Pac-12 All-Conference teams. Devoe Joseph was named first team all-conference, while E.J. Singler received second team honors. Garrett Sim was an honorable mention selection. In addition, Tony Woods received honorable mention consideration for the Pac-12’s All-Defensive Team. Joseph, from Toronto, Ontario, became the first Oregon player to receive first team recognition since Aaron Brooks earned the accolade for the 2006-07 season. It was the first all-league recognition for both Singler and Sim.
SINGLER CONSISTENTLY GOOD THROUGH JUNIOR SEASON
E.J. Singler (bio on page 16) ranked second on the team with 461 total points (13.6 ppg) and grabbed a team-high 189 total rebounds (5.6 rpg) in 2011-12. Singler has scored 1,114 points in 105 career games (10.6 ppg) which ranks 25th in school history. He is just the 13th player at UO to amass over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds (1,114 points and 546 rebounds).
Last season, Singler ranked second nationally and led the Pac-12 Conference in free throw percentage (.909, 110-of-121). His career percentage currently ranks first in school history (.875, 265-of-303). Singler enters the 2012-13 season as the conference’s active career leader in points (1,114), while ranking third in both rebounds (546) and 3-pointers made (131).
Singler reached double-figures in scoring in 28-of-34 games last season. He has scored 10 or more points in 62 of his 105 career games. He also led the Ducks in rebounding on 12 occasions last year (34 times in his career). Singler was one of two Ducks to start every game in 2011-12 (joined by Garrett Sim). Singler has started the last 79 games dating back to his freshman season. He started all 39 games as a sophomore and 22-of-32 games as a freshman.
Season highlights: He scored 25 points on 9-of-10 field goal shooting in NIT second round game against Iowa. Singler had his second double-double of the year (12 points and 10 rebounds) March 3 against Utah. He scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half at Oregon State. Singler scored 20 points, including 10 straight in the second half, in a road win over Stanford. He was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Feb. 6-12 after leading UO to a home sweep of the Washington schools. Singler scored 23 points in a home win over WSU. He posted a 13-point and 13-rebound effort at Colorado. He scored a career-high 26 points in a home win over UCLA. He recorded 20 of UO’s 60 total points at Washington.
JOSEPH EMBRACED ROLE AS OREGON’S TOP SCORER
After becoming eligible to compete on Dec. 10, Devoe Joseph (bio on page 19) averaged a team-high 16.7 points per outing. He led the team in field goals made (166), field goals attempted (351) and minutes played (35.3 mpg) in those 28 games. The Ducks went 20-8 with him in the lineup.
Joseph scored in double-figures in 20 consecutive games to close the season (and 27-of-28 on the year). He also registered a pair of 30-point efforts (30 vs. Stanford, 33 at California). Joseph led the team in scoring 13 times last season (the most of any Duck).
Joseph also ranked in the top 10 among Pac-12 players (all games) in numerous statistical categories. He ranked second in minutes per game (35.3) and 3-pointers made per game (2.4), third in scoring (16.7 ppg), sixth in free throw percentage (.795), seventh in 3-point percentage (.418) and ninth in steals (1.4 spg).
The 6-4 guard from Toronto, Ontario, bettered his scoring average to 17.7 points per game in Pac-12 regular-season games only, shooting 46.3 percent (44-of-95) on 3-pointers in those league games. He also shot 82.5 percent on free throws (52-of-63) against Pac-12 teams.
Season highlights: In his UO debut against Fresno State, Joseph came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points. Joseph nearly registered a double-double with 10 points and a career-best eight rebounds against Stephen F. Austin. He had 17 points and seven assists at Washington State. Joseph scored 30 points at home against Stanford. Joseph set a new career-high with his 33-point effort in a close road loss to California. He led UO with 24 points in a home win over Colorado. Joseph had 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes at home against Utah. He scored a team-high 25 points in the NIT first round win over LSU. He scored 15 points and a career-high eight assists versus Iowa.
OREGON FEATURED BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Seven different Ducks led the team in scoring last season: Devoe Joseph (13 times), E.J. Singler (nine times), Garrett Sim (seven times), Olu Ashaolu (three times), Carlos Emory and Tony Woods (two times each) and Johnathan Loyd (one time).
Ten of UO’s 11 scholarship players reached double-figures in scoring. The leaders in that category were Singler (28 times), Joseph (27) and Sim (21).
Five different Ducks dropped 20+ points in a game last season (Joseph seven times, Singler six times, Sim four times, Ashaolu three times and Loyd once). Joseph scored 30+ points on two occasions.
Oregon received solid bench scoring contributions from both Ashaolu and Emory late in the 2011-12 season. Ashaolu reached double-figures 13 times last year, including six times in UO’s last nine games. Emory reached double-figures 11 times last year, including 10 out of the last 14 games. Emory averaged 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in that 14-game stretch.
SIM PRODUCED CAREER YEAR AS A SENIOR
Garrett Sim (bio on page 10) averaged career-highs in points (12.2 ppg), field goal percentage (.486, 140-of-288), 3-point percentage (.465, 73-of-157) and free throw percentage (.871, 61-of-70). He finished the year second in the Pac-12 for 3-point percentage, while ranking seventh for 3-pointers made per game (2.2). His free throw shooting percentage would have ranked second in the Pac-12 (behind Singler), but he did not have enough attempts to qualify.
Sim did 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 have ranked fifth and his free throw percentage would have ranked tied for 24th nationally.
In 136 career games, Sim finished with 1,078 points and 256 assists which both ranked in the top 10 of the Pac-12’s active career leaders. In addition, Sim’s 185 career 3-pointers ranked second and his 103 career steals ranked seventh among the league’s active leaders last season.
In 2011-12, Sim established a new modern school record for career games played (136). The previous mark of 133 was set by Joevan Catron in 2010-11. Sim became the 32nd player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark (29th on that list). He finished his career eighth in school history for 3-pointers made (185) and tied for 10th all-time for career steals (103).
DUCKS WERE GOOD IN CLOSE GAMES
Oregon was 14-5 in games decided by fewer than 10 points (6-4 in games decided by less than five points). UO’s five losses included: an NIT quarterfinal loss at top-seed Washington (90-86), the Pac-12 tourney game with Colorado (62-61), road games against California (86-83) and Colorado (72-71), and a home contest with Oregon State (76-71). The Pac-12 team with the next best mark in games decided by less than 10 points was Colorado (11-6).
In those tight games, the Ducks had the advantage in all three shooting percentages (UO / Opponent): overall field goal (.460 / .452), 3-point (.362 / .332) and free throw (.728 / .694).
UO closed-out several games on the free throw line. The Ducks shot 86.5 percent (96-of-11) from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of games decided by less than 10 points. A big difference from the 70.9 percent (515-of-726) they made on the season.
UO’s primary ball handlers were terrific at the line in crunch time of close games. E.J. Singler (.962, 25-of-26), Garrett Sim (.905, 19-of-21), Devoe Joseph (.833, 20-of-24) and Johnathan Loyd (.833, 10-of-12) are a combined 72-of-81 (.889) in those pressure situations. In addition, forwards Carlos Emory (9-of-10, .900) and Tyrone Nared (10-of-11, .909) also came up clutch in those moments.
ASSIST TOTALS NO COINCIDENCE IN WINS
Unselfish play was a key in UO’s 24 victories last season, as the Ducks recorded more assists than the opponent in 17 of those wins. Oregon was 17-2 last season when dishing out more assists than the opposition. The Ducks recorded a season-high 26 assists (to just 10 turnovers) in their NIT win over Iowa.
In the games where UO had more assists, the Ducks margin of victory was almost six points better than their season average for all games: +11.6 as compared to +5.8 in all games. Oregon’s four largest victories in 2011-12 came in games when the Ducks had more assists than their opponent: a 46-point home win over Utah, a pair of 25-point home wins over Southeast Missouri State and Washington, and a 20-point home win over LSU in the NIT first round.
UO’s shooting percentages were also up when the Ducks record more assists than the opposition: 50.6 percent versus 46.9 percent in all games. UO was also better from behind the 3-point arc: 41.3 percent versus 37.8 percent in all games.
The Ducks’ primary ball-handlers were largely responsible for UO’s assist totals in those games. Johnathan Loyd (69), Devoe Joseph (61), Garrett Sim (51) and E.J. Singler (50) accounted for 231 of the 313 assists and collectively maintained a 1.8 assist to turnover ratio (231 a, 129 to) in those games.
WOODS PROVED TO BE A MAJOR FACTOR ON THE DEFENSIVE END
Tony Woods (bio on page 22) ranked third in the Pac-12 with 51 blocks (1.6 bpg). Woods rejected 28 shots (1.6 bpg) in the Ducks’ 18 regular-season conference games last year (he only played in 17 of those). As a team, UO ranked tied for fifth among Pac-12 teams for blocks (3.6 bpg).
Woods set a new single-season school record for blocks, moving past Blair Rasmussen who had 42 blocks in the 1983-84 season.
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. Woods swatted four shots in UO’s Pac-12 tourney game with Colorado on March 8. He set career highs for points (14), field goals made (6) and attempted (10) in that loss to the Buffaloes.
As a team, the Ducks posted a 12-3 record in games where they tallied four or more blocks. UO’s only losses came in the Pac-12 tournament loss to Colorado, the home loss to Oregon State and the season-opener at No. 7 Vanderbilt. In 33 of the 34 outings this season, Oregon has recorded at least one block. The Ducks are 11-2 this season when they record more blocks than their opponent (L, vs. Colorado; L, Oregon State).
OREGON LINEUP FEATURED EXPERIENCED SCORERS
Four Oregon players -- Olu Ashaolu, E.J. Singler, Garrett Sim and Devoe Joseph -- eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark.
Ashaolu entered the year with 1,006 career points in 100 games (all at Louisiana Tech). In one year at UO, he totaled 314 points in 34 games (9.2 ppg). His combined total is 1,320 points in 134 games (9.9 ppg).
Singler reached the 1,000-point mark during his 20-point effort in UO’s road win over Stanford. He now has 1,114 points in 105 career games (10.6 ppg) which ranks 25th in school history.
Sim eclipsed the 1,000-point mark during his season-high 25-point effort at Oregon State. Sim ended his career with 1,078 points in 136 career games (7.9 ppg) which ranks 29th all-time in school history.
Joseph joined the 1,000-point club in UO’s NIT win over LSU, scoring a game-high 25 points in the process. He ended his career with 1,051 points in 104 career games (10.1 ppg) in split time at Minnesota (76 games, 583 points) and Oregon (28 games, 468 points).
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.
BARNETT INDUCTED INTO 2012 PAC-12 HALL OF HONOR
The Pac-12 Conference honored 11 former student-athletes and one former coach with their induction into the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor presented by Bank of the West during the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Inductees: Richard Jefferson (Arizona), Kurt Nimphius (Arizona State), Lamond Murray (California), Burdette Haldorson (Colorado), Jim Barnett (Oregon), A.C.Green (Oregon State), George Selleck (Stanford), EdO’Bannon (UCLA), Sam Barry (USC), Arnie Ferrin (Utah), George Irvine (Washington), Steve Puidokas (Washington State).
Barnett had a sterling three-year stretch for the Oregon Ducks from the 1963-64 season through the 1965-66 campaign. The 6-4 guard from Riverside, Calif., was one of just three Oregon players to be named an all-american during the decade of the 1960s.
Barnett was twice named to the all-conference team, selected as a first team All-Pacific 8 honoree as a senior and a second team member as a junior. He was recognized as the team’s Most Valuable Player during both of those seasons.
With a career scoring average of 17.7 points per outing (1,325 total points in 75 games played), Barnett finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer (currently ranks 15th all-time). He started his career off in style, averaging 13.0 points per game during his sophomore year. His 338 points during the 1963-64 season was (at the time) a UO school record for points by a sophomore.
Barnett was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the eighth pick overall in the 1966 NBA Draft. He later played for the Golden State Warriors for three seasons (1971–74) and five other teams during his 11-year career, including the San Diego Rockets, the Portland Trail Blazers, the New Orleans Jazz, New York Knicks, and the Philadelphia 76ers.
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