Miners to Host 9-1 Oregon on Wednesday
Dec. 19, 2012
Two days after dropping a heartbreaker to no. 21 UNLV at the Haskins Center, the UTEP Miners will take their shot at a team on the fringe of the national rankings when 9-1 Oregon comes to El Paso.
The Last Meeting
November 29, 2011
Oregon is the top team in the "others receiving votes" section of the Associated Press poll. The Ducks are coming off a 60-38 win over Nebraska on Saturday in Eugene.
Oregon has a balanced scoring attack with six players averaging over nine points per game. Freshman guard Damyean Dotson leads the way (11.0 ppg), followed by senior forward E.J. Singler (10.7 ppg), senior center Tony Woods (10.6 ppg), freshman guard Dominic Artis (10.2 ppg), senior forward Carlos Emory (9.7 ppg) and senior forward Arsalan Kazemi (9.4 ppg).
"At times they play two 5-10 point guards together in [Johnathan] Loyd and Artis," UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. "They both have dynamic speed and quickness and know how to run a team. In Singler they have one of the premier players in the Pac-12. They have added a player who was top-five in the country in rebounding a year ago in Kazemi from Rice to go along with their 6-10 center Woods, who is a 56 percent field goal shooter."
Kazemi will be playing against UTEP for the sixth time. He has averaged 10.2 points and 9.4 rebounds in his career versus the Miners with three double-figure rebounding games. Kazemi averaged 16 ppg and 10 rpg against UTEP last season, making 9-of-14 shots and 14-of-17 free throws.
Kazemi was third in the country in steals (3.5 avg.) and 20th in rebounding (10.3 avg.) through the games of Dec. 16.
Oregon entered the week rated 10th nationally in rebound margin (+11.1 avg.), 16th in scoring margin (+17.4 ppg) and 20th in steals per game (9.8).
The Ducks have made more free throws (167) than their opponents have attempted (164). Four Oregon players (Emory, Kazemi, Singler, Woods) have gone to the line 30 or more times in 2012-13.
UTEP is seeking its first victory over a Pac-12 opponent since topping Oregon State, 70-63, in game two of the CBI Championship Series on April 1, 2009 in El Paso. The Miners are 3-1 at home this season. Oregon is 1-0 on the road with an 83-79 win at UNLV on Nov. 23, but the Ducks are playing their first game outside of Eugene in nearly four weeks.