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Ducks Host Idaho State Saturday Afternoon
Release Date: 12/05/2012
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Oregon (7-1, 0-0 Pac-12) plays its third game of a four-game homestand on Saturday against the Idaho State Bengals.  Oregon is 4-1 all-time against Idaho State, most recently defeating the Bengals, 77-71, on Dec. 22, 2009 in Eugene.   Saturday’s game is slated for 3:06 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.

The Ducks defeated Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 80-59, in their last contest.  Oregon has never lost to a Southwestern Athletic Conference team.  Senior Arsalan Kazemi recorded the first double-double (11 pts, 13 reb) by an Oregon player this season and four other players scored in double figures (Carlos Emory, 16; Damyean Dotson, 11; E.J. Singler, 10; Dominic Artis, 10).  The Ducks shot 50 percent from the field and held Arkansas Pine-Bluff to just 1-of-8 shooting from behind the arc.  Kazemi and Artis each posted a game-high five steals and Artis led all players with six assists.  Emory’s 16 points led all scorers.  Oregon did commit a season-high 21 turnovers, however, but forced its opponent into 20.  The Ducks out-rebounded Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 40-21.

Saturday’s game between Idaho State and Oregon marks the first meeting between the two schools in nearly three years.  The Ducks knocked off the Bengals, 77-71, on Dec. 22, 2009 at McArthur Court in Eugene.  Idaho State has one win over Oregon all-time, beating the Ducks, 62-57, on Dec. 3, 1986. 

Oregon enters Saturday’s game against Idaho State with a perfect 6-0 record at Matthew Knight Arena.  Saturday marks the Ducks’ first home game in exactly one week, when they defeated Arkansas Pine-Bluff (Dec. 1), 80-59.

Idaho State is 0-3 on the road this season and 0-2 in games played at neutral sites.  Most recently, the Bengals lost to Utah, 57-46, on Nov. 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament.  They lost to Central Michigan on Nov. 24 at the same tournament, 54-52.

The Ducks are 58-12 against Big Sky teams all-time.  This season, Oregon has played two teams from the Big Sky, beating Northern Arizona, 83-73, on Nov. 10 and Portland State, 80-60, on Nov. 12.  Both games were played in Eugene.

E.J. Singler has scored 1,201 points in 113 career games (10.6 ppg) which puts him all alone in 20th place all-time. He is just the 13th player at UO to amass over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds (1,201 points and 580 rebounds).

A year ago, Singler ranked second on the team with 461 total points (13.6 ppg) and grabbed a team-high 189 total rebounds (5.6 rpg). Singler also ranked second nationally and led the Pac-12 Conference in free throw percentage (.909, 110-of-121).  This year, his 10.9 points per game (87 total) is third on the team behind Carlos Emory and Damyean Dotson, who have each scored 90 points (11.3 ppg).

His career free throw percentage currently ranks third in school history (.864, 292-of-338).  He is just four one-hundreths of a percentage point away from tying Rob Closs (.868) for second all-time in the category.  Singler entered the 2012-13 season as the conference’s active career leader in points (1,126), while ranking third in both rebounds (554) and 3-pointers made (132).

Singler reached double-figures in scoring in 28-of-34 games last season. He has scored 10 or more points in 67 of his 113 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 86 games dating back to his freshman season. He started all 39 games as a sophomore and 22 of 32 games as a freshman.

Oregon senior E.J. Singler has scored 1,201 career points in his career and, along with his brother (Kyle), is helping the Singler name climb the charts in the NCAA All-Time Scoring For Brother Combinations category.  Kyle Singler, who played for Duke University from 2007-11 and was an integral part of the Blue Devils’ 2010 National Championship team, scored 2,392 points in his career. 

Along with E.J.’s 1,201 points, the two have combined for 3,593 points, which ranks 21st all-time in brother scoring combinations.  The Tripucka family (Tracy, Todd, T.K., Kelly) leads the way with 5,632 combined points.  E.J. Singler is just five points away from moving the Singlers past UCLA’s famous Ed and Charles O’Bannon combination (3,597; won 1995 NCAA Championship), for 20th all-time.

Through Oregon’s first eight games, senior E.J. Singler has 55 career blocks, just two shy of tying Jerry Adams (1981-86) and Ian Crosswhite (2003-05), who each posted 57 career blocks, for 10th on UO’s all-time block list.  Teammate and fellow senior Tony Woods (61 career blocks) currently stands alone in ninth place all-time.

The Ducks are averaging 10.6 steals per game this season (85 total), which leads the Pac-12 by nearly three steals per game. 

Senior Arsalan Kazemi enters Saturday averaging 3.67 steals per game, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks fourth nationally.  Freshman Dominic Artis comes into the game with 2.5 steals per contest, good enough for second in the conference.  Additionally, Kazemi is averaging 9.5 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth in the Pac-12.

On Nov. 20, Oregon men’s basketball coach Dana Altman announced the signing of three players for UO’s 2013-14 class: A.J. Lapray, Cristiano Felicio and Jordan Bell. 

Lapray, a 6-4 shooting guard at Sprague High School in Salem, Ore., who had drawn interest from other Pac-12 programs and prominent schools the West Coast, signed his National Letter of Intent on Monday at the Sprague’s gym.  A member of the Grassroots Canada AAU team, Lapray was a second-team Class 6A all-state selection as a prep junior and averaged 20.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He was also named Central Valley Conference co-player of the year.  Lapray is the nephew of Mike McShane, who played for UO from 1996 to 1999.

Felicio, a 6-9 post from Brazil, is expected to bring a wealth of international experience to Eugene. As a member of Brazil’s ninth-place team at the 2011 U-19 World Championships, Felicio averaged 9.5 points on 75.6% shooting, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over eight games. He was also a solid performer at the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2011 Nike Global Challenge.

Bell signed a National Letter of Intent committing to the Ducks Wednesday during an assembly at his school. The 6-8, 225-pound prep senior was the first signee in UO’s 2013-14 class.  Bell held offers from several major programs, but told his local newspaper that he chose the Ducks, in part, because: “I like the way they use their bigs, that they get up and down the court.”  Considered one of the top defensive players in the state of California, the four-star prospect has also been termed “one of the nation’s top athletes and most tenacious rebounders” by, which ranked him 70th on its list of the nation’s top 150 recruits.  He is listed 14th nationally for his position.  Bell played his AAU ball for the Compton Magic. In his junior season at Long Beach Poly, he averaged 8.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, while recording three triple-doubles on the season. 

The three players are early signees for UO.  NCAA Basketball’s early signing period was Nov. 14 through Nov. 21. The regular signing period is April 17 to March 15, 2013.

Non-conference games against UNLV, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Nevada and UTEP and a Pac-12 slate that features 18 televised contests are among the highlights of men’s basketball schedule.

Along with the three 2012 NCAA Tournament teams at the front of the season – Vanderbilt, UNLV and Cincinnati – Oregon will also contend with NCAA participants Colorado and California in the Pac-12, as well as NIT final four teams Stanford and Washington. Other opponents who advanced to the postseason in 2012 included Arizona and Nevada in the NIT and Oregon State and Washington State in the College Basketball Invitational.

In addition to the Pac‐12 Conference schools on the schedule, the Ducks will battle teams from 10 different conferences: Big Ten, SEC, Mountain West (twice), Conference USA, Big Sky (three times), Ohio Valley, Western Athletic Conference, SWAC, Great West and the Big East.

Dana Altman added nine newcomers to the Oregon men’s basketball team during the offseason, a group made up of six prep standouts and three transfers.

Waverly Austin (6-11, 275, C, Jr.):  Florida JC Player of they Year, averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per game in sophomore campaign at Palm Beach State College ... Averaged a field goal percentage of .59 and a free throw percentage of .82 ... Made the first team of the 2012 NJCAA men’s All American Team ...Voted Player of the Year in the Southern Conference.

Arik Armstead (6-8, 260, F, Fr.): A three-year starter in basketball at Pleasant Grove High School … Graduated early from PGHS and enrolled at Oregon for the 2012 Spring quarter … Entered senior season listed at No. 3 in’s Top 40 boys basketball rankings for Class of 2012 … Averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior before cutting short his prep career to focus on collegiate football.

Dominic Artis (5-11, 175, G, Fr.): Played senior season at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. … Helped lead the Pilots to a 32-1 record and an ESPNHS National High School Invitational title in 2011-12 ... Averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a senior ... Shot 52.7 percent on field goals and 33.7 percent on 3-pointers ... 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.

Coleton Baker (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): Played 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons at Umpqua CC in Roseburg, Ore. ... Was a first team all-conference selection in 2011-12 … Ranked as the top scorer in the Northwest Atheletic Association of Community Colleges South Region as a sophomore averaging more than 24 points per game … Played prep basketball at Oakland High School in both his junior and senior seasons … Earned first team all-state recognition as a senior … A two-time all-conference selection while at OHS … Played freshman and sophomore seasons at Sutherlin High School.

Ben Carter (6-8, 215, F): Played prep basketball at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. … Sat most of senior season with an injury ... Averaged 10.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior ... Was a third team all-state selection and an all-conference honoree in 2011-12 ... Averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing as a junior ... Also earned all-state and all-conference recognition in junior season ... Helped lead BGHS to a 25-6 overall record in 2010-11 … A member of the BGHS squad that won a state title in his sophomore season … Played AAU basketball for the Las Vegas Lakers.

Damyean Dotson (6-6, 190, G): Played prep basketball at Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas … Averaged 21 points and five rebounds per game as a senior … Named 2012 Greater Houston Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle … Selected as 4A All-State, All-Region 3 and All-District 21 in his senior season … Led JYHS to the 4A state title game scoring 23 points in a losing effort … Registered 26 points in the semifinal round of the state tourney to send JYHS to the title game … Averaged 18 points and six rebounds as a junior … Recognized as the District 21 Newcomer of the Year … Also an all-district performer as a junior … Member of JYHS team that was a consensus No. 1 ranked prep team in the nation in 2009-10 … Helped lead JYHS to a state title as a sophomore … Played AAU basketball for Houston Hoops.

Arsalan Kazemi (6-7, 222, F, Jr.): In three seasons at Rice, he averaged a double-double for his career (12.6 ppg and 10.1 rpg) ... Scored 1,195 career points which currently ranks 21st all-time at Rice ... Also has 963 career rebounds which ranks third all-time at Rice ... Is a career 54.9 percent shooter ... Ranks second in all-time free throws (421), second in career free throw attempts (620), fourth in career steals (154) and third in career blocks (84) ... Posted 45 career double-doubles which ranked third all-time at Rice ... Led Rice in scoring 34 times during his career and was the team’s leading rebounder in 80 of 95 games he played in an Owl uniform ... Played his senior year of high school at The Patterson School located near Lenoir, North Carolina ... ranked him 82nd overall in the 2009 prep signing class.

Willie Moore (6-4, 195, G, Fr.): Played prep basketball at Aiken High School in Cincinnati, Ohio …  A Division II-IV first team selection by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a senior ... Averaged 16.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 2011-12 … Named team MVP as a junior ... Averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.9 steals in the 2010-11 season … Also considered South Carolina, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech ... Played AAU ball for the Cincinnati Knights and All-Ohio Purple.

Fred Richardson III (6-6, 190, G): Played prep basketball at Clear Brook High School in Clear Brook, Tex. … Is the all-time leading scorer at CBHS with 1,820 career points in four seasons as a varsity player … Helped high school team to a 29-4 overall record in 2011-12 … Averaged 20.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game as a senior … Was a 5A All-Region 3 honoree … Named to the All-District 24 team where he was recognized as both the Overall MVP and Offensive MVP … Earned all-tournament honors for District 24 … Shot 50 percent on field goals and 36 percent from behind the 3-point arc in 2011-12 … Scored 20 or more points on 20 occasions in his senior campaign … Reached double-figures in scoring in all but one of his 33 outings in 2011-12 … Averaged 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior … Named first team All-District 24 and Offensive MVP in junior season … Played AAU basketball for the Houston Defenders.
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