EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team (5-2) will face Portland State (5-3) on Monday night at Matthew Knight Arena (12,369) in Eugene. Tip-time is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT).
The Ducks, who have won five of their last six games, are coming off a 74-70 home win over Fresno State on Saturday night. Oregon is 4-0 in home games this season and 13-3 all-time in games played at Matt Arena.
Portland State had a three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday with a 93-87 loss at Utah Valley State.
UO has an 8-2 edge in the series history with Portland State (and is 54-12 all-time against Big Sky schools). The Ducks posted a 68-49 home win over the Vikings last season. Tyler Geving is in his third season as head coach at Portland State, maintaining a 32-38 overall record.
Oregon is in the midst of playing six non-conference home games (in a 13-day stretch) which started with Saturday’s win over Fresno State. Following UO’s game with PSU, the Ducks will face Virginia (Dec. 18) in a Sunday afternoon game at Matt Arena.
UO will close its non-conference schedule by hosting the three-day Global Sports Hoops Showcase. Oregon will play games against North Carolina Central (Dec. 20), Prairie View A&M (Dec. 21) and Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 22).
Oregon opens Pac-12 Conference play on the road with a neutral-site game against Washington State in Spokane on Dec. 29 followed by a road test against Washington on Dec. 31.
JOSEPH IMPRESSIVE IN OREGON DEBUT
Senior guard Devoe Joseph (bio on page 17) made his Oregon debut in the 74-70 win over Fresno State. Joseph came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points (going 6-of-13 on field goals) in playing a team-high 29 minutes. He also had four assists and two steals.
Joseph, from Toronto, Canada, played three seasons and 76 total games at Minnesota before transferring to UO last December. The 6-4 combo guard has been practicing with the UO basketball program dating back to last year.
He is one of just nine players in the history of the Minnesota basketball program to have 300 points and 100 assists in a season (329 pts, 105 assists in 2009-10). Joseph played his prep basketball at Pickering High School just outside of Toronto. He led PHS to a 70-2 career record and was a three-time Canadian High School Player of the Year. Joseph played AAU basketball for Grassroots Canada.
BALANCED SCORING ATTACK THROUGH SEVEN GAMES
In seven games this season, Oregon has been led in scoring by five different players.
That list includes: Tony Woods (12 points at Vanderbilt), Garrett Sim (17 points vs. Eastern Washington; 20 points at Nebraska; 16 points vs. BYU), E.J. Singler (21 points vs. SE Missouri State) and Johnathan Loyd (24 points vs. UTEP), Devoe Joseph (18 points vs. Fresno State).
In addition, eight different players have reached double-figures in scoring this season. This has been done five times by Singler and Sim, twice by Woods, Olu Ashaolu and Jeremy Jacob, and once by Loyd, Joseph, Carlos Emory, Brett Kingma and Tyrone Nared.
Three different Ducks have dropped 20 or more points in a game this season (Sim, Singler and Loyd). Through seven games a year ago, only one UO player had scored 20+ points in a game (Joevan Catron, who did it three times in the first four games in 2010-11).
CORE GROUP OF RETURNERS LEAD THE WAY EARLY ON
UO’s core group of returners - seniors Jeremy Jacob, Tyrone Nared and Garrett Sim, junior E.J. Singler and sophomore Johnathan Loyd - have played an integral part in jumping out to a 5-2 record.
Five of UO’s top eight scorers are from that group: 2) Sim, 13.0 ppg; 3) Singler, 12.1 ppg; 6) Loyd, 7.7 ppg; 7) Jacob, 5.9 ppg; 8) Nared, 5.7 ppg.
And of the seven best field goal percentages on the team, four are players who started games for UO in 2010-11: 1) Nared, .600; 2) Sim, .587; 5) Singler, .500; 7) Loyd, .436.
Three of the top four shooters from behind the 3-point arc are returners: 1) Sim, .542; 2) Loyd, .412; 4) Singler, .409. Three of the top five free throw shooting percentages: 1) Sim, .923; 2) Singler, .870; 3) Nared, .778; 5) Jacob, .733.
Three of the team’s top five rebounders this year include: 1) Singler, 4.4 rpg; 3) Nared, 4.1 rpg; 5) Jacob, 3.6 rpg. The top three in steals are: 1) Loyd, 1.3 spg; 2) Sim,1.0 spg; 3) Singler, 0.9 spg. And the top three assist men include: 1) Loyd, 4.1 apg; 2) Sim, 3.7 apg; 3) Singler, 2.1 apg.
SIM RANKS AMONG PAC-12 STATISTICAL LEADERS
Senior guard Garrett Sim (bio on page 8) has scored a team-best 91 points (13.0 ppg) in logging a team-high 210 minutes (30.0 mpg). In his last two games, Sim is shooting 84.6 percent on field goals (11-of-13) and 62.5 percent on 3-pointers (5-of-8).
Sim ranks atop the Pac-12 Conference in free throw shooting percentage (.923, 24-of-26). In addition, he ranks second in field goal shooting percentage (.587, 27-of-46) and 3-point field goal percentage (.542, 13-of-24).
In 109 career games, Sim has tallied 755 points and 191 assists which both rank seventh among the Pac-12’s active career leaders. In addition, Sim’s 125 career 3-pointers ranks second and his 76 career steals ranks sixth among active leaders.
UO INKS THREE PLAYERS DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
Dana Altman announced the signing of three prep standouts to National Letters of Intent. Joining the Ducks beginning in 2012-13 are Dominic Artis (Richmond, Calif. / Findlay Prep), Ben Carter (Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman HS) and Damyean Dotson (Houston, Texas / Jack Yates High School). It is the second straight season that Altman has signed a strong recruiting class. UO brought in a consensus top 25 recruiting class a year ago according to Scout.com (No. 20), Rivals.com (No. 21) and ESPN.com (No. 23).
Dominic Artis (5-11, 175, G): Will play his senior season at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. … 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 … Also considered UCLA, California, St. Johns, Florida State, Memphis and Georgia Tech.
Ben Carter (6-8, 215, F): Is entering his senior season at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. … Helped lead BGHS to a 25-6 overall record as a junior … A member of the BGHS squads that won a state title in his sophomore season (playing alongside current UO player Johnathan Loyd) … Played AAU basketball for the Las Vegas Lakers … Also considered USC, UNLV, San Diego State, Utah and New Mexico.
Damyean Dotson (6-6, 190, G): Is entering his senior season at Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas … Member of JYHS team that was a consensus No. 1 ranked prep team in the nation in 2010 … Helped lead JYHS to back-to-back state titles in freshman and sophomore seasons … Played AAU basketball for Houston Hoops … Also considered Arkansas, Georgetown, Colorado, Texas Tech and Baylor.