Boise State Set to Battle Oregon Tonight

Boise State is in Eugene for a semifinal contest with Oregon in the CBI Tournament. Here is a brief preview of the Ducks.

After winning two College Basketball Invitation Tournament games at home, Boise State ventures to Eugene, Oregon for a CBI semifinal game with the Ducks Wednesday night.

The venue won't be the only thing that is different. In Monday's game with Duquesne, Oregon outscored the Dukes 20-4 at the free throw line. The Ducks won that one 77-75.

Senior forward Joevan Catron tops Oregon with 15.2 points (7th in the Pac-10) and 6.5 rebounds a game and broke the school record by playing in his 129th career game against Duquesne. Catron, a Second-Team All-Pac-10 selection, shoots 46.7% from the field (164-351). Catron recently became the 30th player in school history to top 1,000 career points. Catron draws attention underneath and will get to the free-throw line; he's a 71.4% shooter there.

Catron's frontcourt mate E.J. Singler (sophomore) was named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team. He is the conference leader in free-throw shooting (87.1%; 101-116) and is second on the Oregon team with 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. Singler will also pop out and hit the three; he is 128-283 this year (45.2%).

Tyrone Nared has started the last 17 games, with his career high being 16 points against California.

Junior guard Malcolm Armstead is sixth in career steals at Oregon with 143. Armstead has a record 78 steals this season. He also led Oregon with 148 assists this year, 10th all-time at Oregon. Senior guard Jay R. Stowbridge is Oregon's third leading scorer at 9.6 points a game although he has not been a full-time starter.

Another Duck to watch is junior guard Garret Sim, who has become a three-point threat as the season has progressed. Sim has made at least one trey in 19 of Oregon's last 22 games and he is second on the team with 33.3% shooting (46-138) from beyond the arc.

As a team, Oregon set a school record for steals with 288 and they lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin.

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. Mountain Time.


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