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Scouting report: Oregon
Game info: 7p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000 capacity)
TV: ESPN2 (David Fleming and Sean Farnham.
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Record: 10-3, 1-0 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Dana Altman is 31-21 in his second season with the Ducks. He’s 441-264 in 23 years. He’s had previous stints at Creighton (372-176), Kansas State (68-54) and Marshall (15-13).
Prediction: Picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 by media.
Series: Washington leads 185-104 in a series that began in 1904. Lorenzo Romar is 13-7 against Oregon and 8-1 at home. Altman is 1-2 versus UW. The Huskies have won 13 of the last 19 meetings, including 2-1 last season.
Last meeting: In the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals, Isaiah Thomas dished a tournament-record tying12 assists in the 69-51 win over Oregon. C.J. Wilcox scored14 points, Terrence Ross (above, left) has 13 while Scott Suggs and Thomas each had 10. Behind Thomas, who played 38 minutes, Washington controlled the game and led 30-21. Oregon closed to within four points (44-40), but the Huskies held the Ducks to just 11 points in the final 10 minutes.
Previous game: Oregon won 92-75 at Washington State on Thursday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Oregon won’t have Devoe Joseph very long, but the senior is making the most of his short time with the Ducks. He transferred from Minnesota and was eligible to play Dec. 10. Joseph, a 6-4 guard from Toronto, has played in seven games. He’s reached double-digit scoring in every game. Joseph recently moved into the starting lineup and Thursday he tallied 17 points and seven assists against Washington State. His scoring high with Oregon is 19 and his personal best is 23. Joseph played three seasons and 76 games at Minnesota.
— Garrett Sim, a 6-2 senior guard, scored 13 points in last season’s game at UW. In four games against the Huskies, he’s averaging 5.8 points and 2.8 assists. Sim is sixth in the Pac-12 shooting 57.6 percent from the field and second in free throws at 86.0 percent (37 of 43). In 115 career games, Sim has 842 points (fifth) and 200 assists (seventh) which both rank in the top 10 of the Pac-12’s active career leaders. In addition, Sim’s 135 career 3-pointers ranks second and his 83 career steals ranks sixth. Sim is on pace to match Joevan Catron’s modern school record for games played (133).
— Junior forward E.J. Singler (above, right) is perhaps the most consistent player for Oregon. He’s scored in double figures in 10 games this season and collected at least five rebounds in seven games. Singler leads the Pac-12 with a 90.9 percent (40 of 44) shooting at the free throw line. He had an amazing performance in the Pac-10 quarterfinals last season when he notched 24 points in a win over UCLA. His older brother Kyle played for Duke. Singler is averaging 7.8 points against Washington in five games.
— In addition to Joseph, two other transfers play prominent roles for Oregon. Olu Ashaolu, a 6-7 senior forward, played three seasons at Louisiana Tech. Tony Woods, a 6-11 junior center, played two years at Wake Forest.
— Woods has started 11 games. He was bothered with an ankle injury early in the season. He’s not a big scoring threat. His career high is 13 points and he’s scored fewer than 10 points in the past seven games. Woods’ season high for rebounds is six.
— Ashaolu had a breakout performance Thursday and scored a season-high 23 points to lead Oregon past Washington State.
— Sophomore guard Johnathan Loyd (thigh) was injured Thursday, but is expected to play.
— Senior forward Tyrone Nared (knee) has the past five games and isn’t expected to play against Washington. He’s averaging 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds.
— Freshman guard Brett Kingma, a Mill Creek native, led Jackson High School to a 23-4 all record last season and was named the 2011 Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 4A Player of the Year. He was recruited by Washington. His older sister Kristi plays for the women’s basketball team and his younger sister Kelli committed to the UW.
— In the nonconference season, Oregon beat the teams it should have beaten and lost at then-No. 7 Vanderbilt, against BYU in Salt Lake City and at home to Virginia. The Ducks have won six of their last seven games.
— Oregon isn’t a very good rebounding team. No one averages more than five rebounds. When the Ducks do rebound, they’re dangerous. They’re 6-0 when they outrebound the opponent. Oregon’s rebounding margin against WSU was plus 12.
— Oregon uses a variety of defenses. The Ducks will press full court, trap along the sidelines and fall back into varying zones. It’s a complicated scheme. Altman said: “I think kids enjoy being pushed and being able to play different defenses.”
— Altman has used six starting lineups this season, but has kept the same starters in the past two games.
C – Tony Woods, 6-11, 250, Jr., 6.9 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 0.8 apg.
F – E.J. Singler. 6-6, 215, Jr., 14.7, 3.0, 1.8
G – Devoe Joseph, 6-4, 180, Sr, 8.2, 6.4, 3.3
G – Garrett Sim, 6-2, 185, Sr., 12.8, 3.0, 2.7
G – Jonathan Loyd, 5-8, 165, So., 5.7, 2.3, 3.6
— Controlling Joseph is important, but it may not be essential. He’s a dynamic scorer, volume shooter and he’s going to get his points. But it’s critical the Huskies not only contain, but out play Oregon’s front line. The Ducks are vulnerable inside. They employ a three-guard lineup and Singler, a forward, is just 6-6. Without Nared, Oregon doesn’t have much athleticism among the big men. This could be a game in which senior forward Darnell Gant or redshirt freshman Desmond Simmons lead the Huskies. Washington may also look to exploit Loyd, a 5-8 guard, much like it did Oregon State’s Ahmad Starks, a 5-9 guard. Starks had difficulties keeping Tony Wroten Jr. and Abdul Gaddy out of the lane.