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January 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Scouting report: Oregon

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Rick Bowmer
OREGON
Game info:
5:30 p.m. Thursday at Edmundson Pavilion
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Record: 7-7, 0-2 Pac-10. RPI rank: 205.
Previous game: Lost 60-55 to Arizona State.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish last in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Coach: Dana Altman is 7-7 in his first season with the Ducks. He is 417-250 overall in 22 years.
Series: UW leads 183-103 in a series that began in 1904. The Ducks Bruins split last season’s games. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 11-6 against Oregon including a 7-1 record at home.
Last meeting: Oregon snapped Washington’s 18-game home winning streak with a convincing 90-79 upset at Hec Ed. The Huskies were geared up to stop departed senior Tajuan Porter, who needed 16 shots to score 16 points. UW, however, had no answer for newcomer Malcolm Armstead. The junior-college transfer finished with a team-high 21 points and six assists. Departed big man Michael Dunigan also had 20 points and 14 rebounds and won the Pac-10 Player of the Week award following the UW game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— It wasn’t obvious when the season began, but senior forward Joevan Catron has emerged as Oregon’s leader. If the Pac-10 had a Comeback Player of the Year award, Catron might win it. He received a medical redshirt last season after appearing in just four games due to back injury. This season, he’s averaging a career-best 16.4 points. He’s led UO in scoring nine times this season.
— Sophomore forward E.J. Singler (above, left) leads Oregon in rebounding (6.4 per game) and blocks (1.7 bpg), while ranking second on team with a 12.1 scoring average. He’s reached double figure in scoring in 11 games and has posted two double double. Singler played AAU basketball with Terrence Ross and Abdul Gaddy. Singler’s older brother Kyle stars at Duke.
— Armstead, a junior guard, set the school record with 65 steals last season. The previous mark was held by Luke Ridnour, Fred Jones and Terrell Brandon. Armstead saw action in all 32 games last season, starting 27. He started every game this season. Armstead requested a release from his scholarship this summer, but decided to stay at Oregon after a visit with Altman.
OVERVIEW:
— When Oregon fired coach Ernie Kent and hired Altman, four players transferred including: Drew Wiley (Boise State), Josh Crittle (Central Florida), Matt Humphrey (Boston College) and Jamil Wilson (Marquette). Dunigan, perhaps the Ducks best returning player, chose to play in Israel and senior LeKendric Longmire was ruled academically ineligible. Only five Ducks played against the Huskies last season. Oregon has 10 scholarship players on the roster.
— There’s been no new developments in the NCAA probe into whether Oregon players received extra benefits from unnamed sources. The school triggered the investigation in the offseason when it notified the Pac-10 of possible violations involving former players. At the time, school officials said no current member of the coaching staff was involved.
— Altman has implemented a full court pressing defense that’s produced mixed results particularly because he doesn’t have the personnel or the depth to make it work properly.
— Oregon ranks second in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (72.3 percent) and steals (8.7 per game). The Ducks are third with a plus 4.1 turnover margin and offensive rebounds (12.4 per game).
— Junior guard Nicholas Fearn, a former Seattle Prep player, has received spot duty as a deep reserve in nine games this season.
— Oregon unveils its new building Matthew Knight Arena Jan. 13 against USC.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – E.J. Singler, 6-6, 210, So., 12.1 ppg., 6.4 rpg.
F – Joevan Catron, 6-6, 245, Sr., 16.4, 6.3
C – Jeremy Jacob, 6-8, 226, Jr., 8.3, 4.7
G – Malcolm Armstead, 6-0, 195, Jr., 6.9, 2.6
G – Jonathan Loyd, 5-8, 160, Fr., 5.3, 2.0 apg
KEY MATCHUP:
— Oregon’s best players Catron and Singler will have their hands full against a taller Washington front line, however, the most significant position battle is among the guards. The Ducks have forced at least 15 turnovers in each of their past three games. They harassed Arizona into 19 turnovers, including four from point guard Lamont Jones. Without starting point guard Abdul Gaddy, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL, it will be interesting to see who is the primary ball handler for the Huskies. It could be 5-foot-9 guard Isaiah Thomas or 6-foot guard Venoy Overton. At some point one of them or both figures to paired against Loyd, which theoretically is a favorable matchup for UW.

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