Jacksonville State (3-1) at Oregon (3-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, November 19, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthew Knight Arena (12,369) -- Eugene, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: JSU 3-0, Oregon 3-0. Away Record: JSU 0-1, Oregon 0-0. Neutral Record: JSU 0-0, Oregon 0-0. Conference Record: JSU 0-0, Oregon 0-0. Series Record: Oregon leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Oregon Ducks try to keep their unblemished record intact as the host the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State as part of the Global Sports Classic at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks have won all three of their previous outings by double digits, the most recent of those coming against Vanderbilt in Eugene last Friday by a score of 74-48.
As for the Gamecocks, until Saturday they too were enjoying perfection as they began the 2012-13 campaign with three wins in as many tries, but then the squad ran into nationally-ranked UNLV on the road. The meeting with the Runnin' Rebels in Sin City resulted in a 77-58 setback.
Oregon won the only previous matchup between these two teams, a 74-56 decision back in 2010.
The next step in this tournament has both teams heading to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Friday where the Gamecocks will challenge Northern Arizona, and Oregon faces host UNLV in the third round.
The Gamecocks were out of their element at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday as they scored a grand total of just 14 points in the first half. Granted, the squad did turn it around after the break with 44 points, but by then it was too little, too late. The only player to score in double figures for JSU was Ronnie Boggs who not only dropped in 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, he also cleared nine rebounds for a group that was beaten on the glass by a 41-24 margin. During the three-game win streak for the Gamecocks, the team was outscoring the competition by an average of more than 18 ppg, even though the group had made good on a meager 7-of-42 (.167) behind the three-point line. Boggs, who missed his only two triples before taking on UNLV, was shooting 68.0 percent from the field for his 12.0 ppg.
Against Vanderbilt, the Ducks put together a dominant defensive effort that not only held the Commodores to just 4-of-21 shooting behind the three-point line and 34.0 percent from the floor overall, it also forced the visitors into 18 turnovers as well. Offensively, E.J. Singler led the way with a game-high 22 points, adding six assists and five rebounds in limited action. Tony Woods and Damyean Dotson both tallied 10 points as the unit knocked down 45.5 percent from the floor and worked through only 6-of-22 beyond the arc. Through three games, Singler is leading a group of five double-digit scorers with his 13.3 ppg, even though he has shot a disappointing 34.5 percent from the field. Dotson (11.7 ppg) has been much more efficient at 56.0 percent and that has helped lift the group to 47.6 percent overall.
Oregon might be the bigger name in this matchup, but that doesn't mean the Gamecocks don't stand a chance. However, playing in front of a biased audience certainly won't help matters for JSU.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon 76, Jacksonville State 67
11/19 10:32:25 ET