Arizona scouting report

Oregon (12-5, 3-2) at Arizona (12-5, 3-1) • McKale Center • 1:30 p.m. today • Channel 13 • 1290-AM, 107.5-FM, 990-AM (Sp)
2012-01-14T00:00:00Z 2012-01-14T13:06:22Z Arizona scouting report Arizona Daily Star
January 14, 2012 12:00 am

Starters

Arizona

• G Josiah Turner (6-3, Fr.)

• G Nick Johnson (6-2, Fr.)

• F Kyle Fogg (6-3, Sr.)

• F Solomon Hill (6-6, Jr.)

• C Jesse Perry (6-7, Sr.)

Oregon

• G Garrett Sim (6-2, Sr.)

• G Devoe Joseph (6-4, Sr.)

• F E.J. Singler (6-6, Jr.)

• F Jeremy Jacob (6-8, Sr.)

• C Tony Woods (6-11, Jr.)

Sidelines

Lavender earning minutes

Brendon Lavender doesn't qualify for NCAA three-point percentage listings because he has made only 1.35 on average per game, and the minimum is 2.5 made threes. But if he played more and kept up the pace, he would be leading the country. Lavender has made 60.5 percent of his three-pointers after hitting 5 of 6 against Oregon State.

"If you look at him statistically, you can really look back at me and say, 'Coach does he deserve to play more?'" UA coach Sean Miller said. "I would say the answer to that is 'yes.' Not by leaps and bounds, but giving him a bigger window is something that will make our team better at this point."

Lavender is averaging only 13.3 minutes a game, but Miller said it is possible that he will move Lavender up in his playing rotation immediately.

Progress, but inconsistent

Oregon is undefeated on Thursdays in Pac-12 play so far and 0-2 on Saturdays. Some of that is the opponent: The Ducks have faced California and Washington on Saturdays.

But Oregon coach Dana Altman said some of the problem is the Ducks' fault.

"We just haven't made the consistent steps that we need to be where I think we should be halfway through the season," Altman said. "We're a little behind where I thought we'd be right now because it's kind of one step forward and the other back. It's not the consistent progress I had hoped for."

National TV

Unlike many CBS telecasts of Pac-12 games, today's game is scheduled to be televised nationwide instead of to a split national audience, with Ian Eagle and Greg Anthony calling the action. It will be the second straight time Oregon has been on a CBS telecast at McKale, with Arizona having clinched the Pac-10 title last season by beating the Ducks. "It was really a good atmosphere here with them cutting down the nets, and senior day, and everything," Altman said.

HOW THEY MATCH UP

• The series: The Wildcats have won six straight games against the Ducks and lead the all-time series 45-23. Five players scored in double figures when UA beat Oregon 90-82 on the final day of the regular season last year to clinch the Pac-10 title outright.

• Oregon overview: With three four-year transfers on a team that won the CBI postseason tournament last season, the Ducks are no longer flying under the radar in coach Dana Altman's second season. They were picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12, then cruised through the nonconference season at 9-3, before beginning conference play with a 3-2 record. Oregon tries to confuse opponents with a mix of defenses that includes presses, zones and man-to-man. Johnathan Loyd, a 5-8 guard, is a disruptive force defensively as a reserve, while center Tony Woods averages 1.5 blocks per game. On offense, Oregon can score from anywhere on the floor, with guards Garrett Sim and Devoe Joseph the top three-point threats. Versatile forward E.J. Singler is particularly effective at the free-throw line, where he has hit 89.1 percent.

• Status report: Oregon: Loyd played 18 minutes at ASU despite having a bruised knee and practiced fully Friday.

KEY PLAYERS

E.J. Singler

Oregon

Singler may not blow you away in any one area but he's effective - and consistent - in nearly all of them. Singler is a capable three-point shooter, has a 1.3-1 assist-turnover ratio, leads the Ducks in rebounding and is an 89 percent free throw shooter.

Kyle Fogg

Arizona

After scoring 23 points in 36 minutes against Oregon State, Fogg has no time to rest. The memory of his last game at McKale against the Ducks may keep the adrenaline going: He had 20 points in UA's Pac-10-clinching win on March 5.

Numbers game

7

Oregon wins in seven games decided by 10 points or less.

15

Arizona wins in 24 regular-season games televised by CBS since the start of the 2000-01 season.

69

Points scored by guards out of 81 Arizona points Thursday against Oregon State.

He said it

"(Defensively) they'll pressure you, and they keep you on your feet. (Offensively) they play very fast and can spread you out by shooting the ball well from three. They can shoot it from a lot of positions. They run a continuity offense, like a flex offense where you can run it over and over. (Olu) Ashaolu is effective inside off that offense. We have to defend (E.J.) Singler and Devoe (Joseph)."

UA associate head coach James Whitford, who scouted the Ducks

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