Scouting report: Oregon
Game info: 8 p.m. Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena (12,369 capacity)
TV: FSN (Kevin Calabro, Marques Johnson and Rebecca Haarlow.
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Record: 16-7, 7-4 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 186-104 in a series that began in 1904. Lorenzo Romar is 14-7 against Oregon and 4-5 on the road. Altman is 1-3 versus UW and 1-0 at home.
Last meeting: Washington’s 76-60 win was one of the better performances of the season by the Huskies. They dominated Oregon defensively and held the Ducks to 32.3 percent shooting (20 of 62) from the field. Washington shot 53.7 percent from the field and 54.5 percent (12 of 22) on three-pointers. C.J. Wilcox came off the bench for the first time this season and scored a game-high 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Tony Wroten Jr. added 17 points, five assists and four rebounds while Abdul Gaddy had 12 points and Terrence Ross 11. Washington led 41-30 at halftime. Oregon closed to within 48-44 with 13 minutes left, but never got any closer. The Huskies led by as many as 19 points.
Previous game: Oregon lost 72-71 on a last-second free throw at Colorado on Saturday (above).
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Senior guard Devoe Joseph (left), struggled miserably against Washington due in large part to Ross’ handcuffing defense. Joseph missed 12 of 13 shots and was 0 for 5 on three-pointers. He got the line twice and finished with four points, three assists and three rebounds in 34 minutes. It was his worse outing this season. Since the Washington game, he has scored in double figures in the past nine games and is averaging 18 points. Joseph has led Oregon in scoring in the last three games.
The Toronto native transferred to Oregon from Minnesota last season and became eligible Dec. 10. He’s averaging a team-high 15.8 points and has led the Ducks in field goals made (89), field goals attempted (197) and minutes played (34.8 mpg) in those 17 games. Oregon is 12-5 with him in the lineup. Joseph has scored in double-figures 16 times and has a 30-point effort against Stanford.
Joseph has bettered his scoring average to 16.6 points per game in the
Pac-12, shooting 48.3 percent (29-of-60) on 3-pointers in those league games. He’s also shooting 81.0 percent on free throws (34-of-42) against Pac-12 teams.
Joseph played three seasons and 76 games at Minnesota.
— Junior forward E.J. Singler (right) was Oregon’s best player against Washington. He tallied 20 points on 7-for-16 shooting and nine rebounds in 32 minutes against Darnell Gant and Desmond Simmons. While everyone else struggled to get a clean look at the basket, Singler peppered the Huskies with mid-range jumpers and dribble drive layups. He had 13 of Oregon’s 30 points in the first half.
The 6-6 forward from Medford, Ore. has been a fixture for the Ducks. He’s one of two players who has started every game this season. He’s also started the last 68 games dating back to his freshman season. Singler has reached double-figures in scoring in 19 of the 23 games and has also led the Ducks in rebounding on seven occasions this season (and 29 times in his career). Last weekend, Singler posted 13 points and a season-best 13 rebounds at Colorado for his first double-double of the season (fourth career). He scored a career-high 26 points in a recent home win over UCLA, making 16-of-17 from the free throw line.
Singler leads Oregon with 298 total points (13.0 ppg) and has grabbed a team-high 125 total rebounds (5.4 rpg). He has taken — and made — the most shots of any Duck this season (97-of-211, .460).
Singler ranks second in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage and 22nd nationally (.882, 75-of-85) and third in school history for career free throw percentage (.861, 230-of-267).
With a 13.0 points per game average in 2011-12, Singler is on pace to eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season and become the 31st player in school history to reach the mark. He has 951 points in 94 career games for a 10.1 ppg scoring average.
Singler’s older brother Kyle played at Duke.
— Garrett Sim notched 13 points against Washington. However, he missed 6 of 10 shots and committed five turnovers in 34 minutes. The 6-2 senior guard had no defense for Wroten and Gaddy who muscled around him for short jumpers and layups. Sim is Oregon’s third leading scorer at 11.7 points per game. He’s taken more three-pointers (100) than anyone else and shoots 45 percent behind the arc. He’s also outstanding at the line where he shoots 86 percent. In 125 career games, Sim has 934 points and 225 assists, which ranks eighth on Oregon’s all-time lists. He’s on pace to tie the modern school record for games played at 133.
— 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.
— Oregon is an veteran team with players who have a combined 19 years of experience. Washington has 10 years of experience.
— The midcourt stripe at Matt Arena (above) was the subject of debate last season among opposing coaches who complained it was barely visible. TV viewers have criticized the court’s unusual markings. However, in person it really is quite stunning.
— Oregon is 10-2 this season in games decided by fewer than 10 points (4-1 in
games decided by less than five points). UO’s only losses in those games came
at Colorado (72-71) and at home to OSU (76-71).
— The Ducks are 9-2 when they tally four or more blocks.
— Oregon uses a variety of defenses including man-to-man, a 1-2-2 zone, a 3/4 press and it likes to trap along the sideline.
— Six different Ducks have led the team in scoring this season: Joseph (nine
times), Sim (six times), Singler (six times), Ashaolu (twice), Johnathan
Loyd (once) and Woods (once).
— 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.
— Loyd and Ashaolu fell out of the lineup following the loss at Washington. Loyd remains on the bench while Ashaolu regained his starting job last week.
— Oregon has used eight lineups this season. The lineup (below) has started the past nine games and has compiled a 6-3 record.
F – Jeremy Jacob, 6-8, 230, Sr., 4.7 ppg., 3.3 rpg., 58.3 FT%
F – Olu Ashaolu, 6-6, 220, Sr., 8.3, 4.9, 53.2 FG%
F – E.J. Singler. 6-6, 215, Jr., 13.0, 5.4, 2.1 apg.
G – Devoe Joseph, 6-4, 180, Sr, 15.8, 3.8, 2.9
G – Garrett Sim, 6-2, 185, Sr., 11.7, 2.9, 2.6
— Joseph is one of the few Oregon players who can create a shot for himself off the dribble. Ross did an outstanding job in the previous game of crowding him and not giving him space to get a good look at the rim. It’ll be important for Washington to keep Joseph unsettled. He’s a dynamic scorer and if he gets going it could be a long night for the Huskies. It’s going to be critical for Washington to control the middle as well. Oregon lived off of putbacks the last time. The Ducks scored 16 second-chance points and they outrebounded the Huskies 36-34. Aziz N’Diaye will have a four-inch height advantage over Jacob. The 7-0 center doesn’t have to dominate offensively, but it’s important he keeps Oregon off the glass.