THE BASIC FACTS
- UTEP (3-5) continues a season-long seven-game homestand on Wednesday against Oregon (9-1). The Ducks are receiving votes in both top-25 polls and bring a four-game winning streak to El Paso.
- Wednesday’s game is the second meeting between the Miners and the Ducks. UTEP lost at Oregon, 64-59, on Nov. 29 of last season.
- The Miners are 117-159 all-time versus schools currently in the Pac-12 Conference (30-60 versus Arizona, 45-51 versus Arizona State, 4-2 versus Colorado, 0-1 versus Oregon, 2-3 versus Oregon State, 0-1 versus UCLA, 0-1 versus USC, 31-35 versus Utah, 4-3 versus Washington, 1-2 versus Washington State).
- UTEP’s last win over a Pac-12 team came on April 1, 2009 over Oregon State (70-63) in the championship series of the College Basketball Invitational at the Haskins Center.
- UTEP is 3-1 at home this season with wins over Oral Roberts (69-49), NM State (55-54) and Idaho (64-60), and a loss to no. 21 UNLV (62-60).
- Oregon is 1-0 on the road with an 83-79 win at UNLV on Nov. 23. The Ducks are playing their first game outside of Eugene, Ore. in nearly four weeks.
- The Miners are 13-5 in December under Tim Floyd (11-2 home, 0-2 away, 2-1 neutral site). UTEP has won 14 of its last 16 home games in December dating back to the 2009-10 season.
- Oregon is coming off a 60-38 win over Nebraska on Saturday that raised its record at Matthew Knight Arena to 8-0 this season.
- The Ducks have 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).
- Artis was a teammate of UTEP freshman center Matt Willms at Findlay Prep last season. Willms is redshirting this season.
- Kazemi will be playing against UTEP for the sixth time after transferring from Rice. Kazemi 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.
- Oregon is averaging 77.5 points per game and has topped 80 points on six occasions. The Ducks scored a season-high 95 points against UT San Antonio on Nov. 29.
- Oregon leads the series 1-0.
- UTEP’s Tim Floyd is 7-3 all-time when coaching against Oregon, including a 7-2 mark at USC (2005-09) and an 0-1 mark at UTEP. He is 3-1 when coaching against the Ducks at home.
- Floyd and Oregon’s Dana Altman have coached against one another twice previously and split the two games. Floyd’s Iowa State Cyclones handed Altman’s Creighton Blue Jays a 70-52 loss in Omaha, Neb. on Jan. 18, 1995. Last year Altman’s crew got the upper hand as Oregon slipped past UTEP, 64-59, in Eugene.
THE LAST MEETING
- Michael Perez scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half, and UTEP gave Oregon all it could handle before succumbing 64-59 on Nov. 29, 2011 at Matthew Knight Arena.
- The Miners, heavy underdogs, hung around all night and trailed just 60-59 after Malcolm Moore hit a couple of free throws with 34 seconds to play. But Oregon scored the game’s final four points on a dunk by Olu Ashaolu with 0:22 left and a pair of foul shots by Garrett Sim with nine seconds to go.
- After the teams battled to a 23-23 tie at the half, Oregon buried three three-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half in surging to a 35-26 lead. The Ducks kept the Miners at arm’s length until Perez’s three-point play drew UTEP to within one (56-55) with 1:38 to go.
- The Ducks had the answer for every UTEP bucket down the stretch, and the Miners couldn’t take the lead despite closing the gap to a point three times in the final two minutes.
- The Miners shot 59.3 percent from the field in the second half and 49.1 percent on the night. They also outrebounded the Ducks 31-29.
- Oregon received a breakout game from Johnathan Loyd, who hit six three pointers and scored a career-high 24 points.
- UTEP finished 6-for-16 at the line to the Ducks’ 15-for-18.
- John Bohannon had 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the Miners, and Julian Washburn recorded four steals.
- UTEP continues to honor past greats at its home games, a policy instituted upon coach Tim Floyd’s arrival for the 2010-11 season.
- On Wednesday, the Miners will honor Jim Forbes, who played at UTEP from 1971-74 and was a 1972 Olympian.
- In 61 games for the Miners, Forbes scored 649 points (10.6 ppg) and snared 553 rebounds (9.1 rpg), shooting 49.8 percent (287-for-576) from the field and 75.6 percent (75-for-99) from the charity stripe.
- He is tied for fifth in school history with 20 double-double (points/rebounds) games.
- Forbes’ career rebounding average (9.1) ranks sixth in school history.
- He averaged 12.0 ppg and 10.7 rpg as a freshman during the 1971-72 season, helping the Miners to 20 wins and an NIT bid.
- Forbes was a second team All-Western Athletic Conference honoree in 1972 and 1974.
- He was a three-time All-District choice by the NABC, garnering second team honors in 1972 & 1973 and third team in 1974.
- A knee injury in the fall of 1972 kept Forbes from fully realizing his potential as a professional athlete, although he was chosen by the Chicago Bulls in the fourth round of the 1974 NBA Draft.
- Forbes attended Bel Air High School in El Paso. His no. 50 jersey was retired by the school last month.
- He helped Bel Air HS win two straight district titles, earning All-City accolades twice and a High School All-America honor.
- He is currently the head coach at Andress High School in El Paso. He also coached at Riverside High School. He led Riverside to the Final Four of the state tournament in 1995 and Andress to the Sweet 16 in 2009.