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%).
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.