Oregon plays St. Joseph's on Sunday

SPOKANE, WASH. -- Jordan Bell has one of the quiet Ducks. In the first part of the season he was sidelined with a foot injury that kept him out of action for much of the out of conference schedule. However, once he came back on the court he has been far from quiet as his presence is one of the reasons for Oregon's success.

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

The Oregon Ducks perhaps for the first time ever, not only have one rim protectors and that has paid off with a school record 207 blocked shots, nearly double the number (110) of what opponents have done to the Ducks. Jordan Bell is responsible for 47 of those blocks. The early season injury may be responsible for Bell's block shot numbers being down, because up until Chris Boucher showed up Bell held the shot blocking record with 90 in on season and no one until that time had ever come close to that sort of number.

This season, teams have found out the hard way that it was not going to be easy trying to score on Oregon by driving to the basket.

Going into the round of 32 on Sunday, the Ducks will continue to play the way they have all year -- utilizing a tenacious defense that protects the rim, forcing teams to rely on outside shooting, and filling the passing lanes with fast hands and quick feet.

On offense Bell has been a pleasant surprise with his solid play around the basket. He is scoring 7.1 points per game and leads the team in field goal percentage at .592 on  84-of-142 shooting.

Bell and his teammates will get the chance on Sunday evening to advance on in the tournament when they face St. Joseph's in Spokane with tip off scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Pacific. The game will be carried on  TBS.

eDuck Top Stories