Scouting report: No. 3 Oregon
Game info: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000 capacity)
TV: ESPN (Dan Flemming and Sean Farnham.)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Record: 24-9, 13-5 (Tied second in Pac-12).
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Dana Altman is 45-27 in his second season with the Ducks. He’s 455-270 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 the media.
Series: Washington leads 186-105 in a series that began in 1904. Lorenzo Romar is 14-8 against Oregon and 9-1 at home. Altman is 2-3 versus UW and 0-2 at Hec Ed.
First 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. (below, right) 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.
Last meeting: Oregon flipped the script and dominated in every way possible on the way to an 82-57 win. The Ducks led 12-2 at the 15:53 mark and things didn’t get any better for Washington. They Huskies trailed by 23 points (49-26) at halftime. Perhaps the most disappointing part of the game for UW is it never made a run in the second half and never got any closer than 21 points. The 25-point defeat is the most lopsided of the season for the Huskies. Wroten finished with 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting. He also had four steals, four assists and six turnovers. Wilcox added 10 points and six rebounds.
Previous game: Oregon beat No. 7 Iowa 108-97 (highlights above) on Sunday.
Photo credit: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Senior guard Devoe Joseph (above, left), needed 13 shots to score 13 points in the last outing against Washington. In the first game, he struggled miserably against the Huskies due in large part to Abdul Gaddy’s 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.
Otherwise Joseph has been sensational since he became eligible Dec. 10. He leads Oregon in scoring average (16.9), field goals made (162), field goals attempted (336) and minutes played (35.2 mpg) in those 27 games. The Ducks are 20-7 with him in the lineup.
In the Pac-12, he ranks second in three-pointers. per game (2.3), third in scoring, fifth in free throw percentage (.802), sixth in 3-point percentage (.426) and ninth in steals (1.4 spg). He was named first-team all-Pac-12.
Joseph has scored in double-figures in 19 straight games and 26 of the 27 games. He scored 30 points at home against Stanford and set tallied a career-high 33 in a road loss at California.
The Toronto native, played three seasons and 76 games at Minnesota.
Photo credit: Pac-12
— Junior E.J. Singler (above, middle) has played well against Washington this season. He was Oregon’s best player in the first game tallying 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.
In the second game, the 6-6 forward from Medford, Ore. collected a team-high tying eight rebounds and connected on 3 of 6 shots for 13 points. He was 6 of 6 from the line and 1 of 3 on threes in 30 minutes.
If you’re going to foul somebody, it better not be Singler. He ranks first in the Pac-12 for free throw percentage (.912, 104-of-114). As of March 18, Singler’s free throw percentage ranked second nationally. He also currently ranks first in school history for a career free throw percentage (.875, 259-of-296).
Singler is one of two players who has started every game this season. He’s started the last 78 games for UO dating back to his freshman season. He started all 39 games a year ago and 22-of-32 games as a freshman.
Singler notched a career-high 26 points this season against UCLA. He’s reached double-figures in scoring in 27 of the 33 games this season and has led the Ducks in rebounding on 11 times.
Singler was named to the second team all-Pac-12 and second team NABC all-district team. He won Pac-12 Player of the Week honors Feb. 13 after leading UO to a home sweep of the Washington schools.
— Garrett Sim notched 13 points in both games against Washington this season. However, he had an amazing start in the last meeting. The 6-2 senior guard scored the game’s first eight points and scored 10 when Oregon led 14-4.
This season Sim is averaging career-highs in points per game (12.3 ppg), field goal percentage (.491, 137-of-279), 3-point percentage (.474, 72-of-152) and free throw percentage (.871, 61-of-70). He ranks 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 rank second in the Pac-12 (behind Singler), but Sim does not have enough attempts to qualify.
Sim broke UO’s modern school record for career games played (135) in the NIT win over LSU. He became the 32nd player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark (now ranks 29th). He ranks eighth in school history for career 3-pointers made (184). Sim is also just two steals shy of ranking 10th all-time at UO for career steals (102).
— In addition to Joseph, three 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 and 6-6 forward Carlos Emory transferred from Howard College.
— Ashaolu scored 22 points – one shy of his season high – on Sunday. Late in the game, he dove out of bounds to save a loose ball and collided with a railing. He needed stitches to close a gash above his right eye.
— Oregon is an veteran team with players who have a combined 19 years of experience. Washington has 10 years of experience.
— Four Ducks (Ashaolu, Singler, Sim and Joseph) have scored over 1,000 career points.
— Oregon is 14-4 in games decided by fewer than 10 points (6-3 in games decided by less than five points). UO’s four losses came in 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 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.
— The Ducks are shooting 86.9 percent (93-of-107) from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of games decided by less than 10 points.
— Seven different Ducks have led the team in scoring this season: Joseph (13) Singler (nine), Sim (seven), Ashaolu, Emory and Woods (twice) and Johnathan Loyd (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. Both remain on the bench, however Ashaolu regained his starting job last week.
— Oregon has used eight lineups this season. The lineup (below) has started the past three games and has compiled a 13-4 record.
C – Tony Woods, 6-11, 250, Jr., 6.5 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 51.7 FG%
F – Jeremy Jacob, 6-8, 230, Sr., 4.4, 3.2, 46.4 FG%
F – E.J. Singler. 6-6, 215, Jr., 13.4, 5.5, 2.2 apg.
G – Devoe Joseph, 6-4, 180, Sr, 16.9, 3.7, 3.2
G – Garrett Sim, 6-2, 185, Sr., 12.3, 2.5, 2.5
— It’s difficult to say who has the key matchup in a game like this because both teams have several offensive outlets. Joseph, Singler, Sim and Ashaolu are proven scorers who can tally 20 points. The same can be said for Ross, Wroten and Wilcox. Washington’s Big Three can score with anybody, but it’s going to be important to contain Ashaolu who is a tough, scrappy energy guy. Oregon doesn’t call a lot of plays for him, but he’s active and gets his hands on a lot of loose balls. Darnell Gant and Desmond Simmons will have to keep a body on him.