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Hoops GameDay Blog: Oregon at UTEP

Tonight the Oregon Ducks (9-1) travel to El Paso, Texas and face the UTEP Miners (3-5) in a non-conference tilt between Pac-12 and C-USA teams. Tip is set for 5:00 PT and broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

The Ducks have become rebounding machines with the addition of Arsalan Kazemi into the lineup.

Oregon has won the only other meeting between the two programs last season. The Ducks played in Eugene and won 64-59. Junior Johnathan Loyd had his best game as a Duck when he scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 6-of-7 from three. Senior E.J. Singler had an off night scoring nine points but did chip in five assists and two blocks but battled foul trouble all game long.

The Miners play a slow it down style of basketball much like Nebraska did last Saturday against the Ducks. Expect the Miners to use the same style tonight and hope for the game to play somewhere in the 60s. Oregon will push tempo and look to have the score somewhere in the 80s.

This season the Miners have played two common opponents for Oregon. On Monday UNLV played at the Don Haskins Center and beat the Miners 62-60. Earlier in the season UTEP lost to Vanderbilt 73-49 in the Old Spice Classic.

The Miners also played at Arizona early in the season and lost 72-51. The Ducks will face the Wildcats in a few weeks.

Tim Floyd, head coach of the Miners has a trio of scorers in Julian Washburn, John Bohannon, and recently eligible senior Konner Tucker.

Floyd's team however isn't the greatest shooting team in the country from outside. The Miners shoot just 31-percent from three and average just 57.1 points per game. The Miners also score over half their points in or around the key. Stopping UTEP from getting into the paint and limiting the second chance points will be key for Oregon.

Rebounding is also an issue for the Miners who don't have a player who rebounds more than five boards a game. The Miners overall are also a negative-six in the rebounding margin. Oregon on the flip side is a plus-11 in the same stat.

Floyd as a head coach is 7-3 all-time against Oregon and 3-1 when coaching at home.

Projected Starters

UTEP Miners

G - Jacques Steeter SR 6-foot-0 7.1 ppg 4.5 apg
G - Jalen Ragland SO 6-foot-6 6.6 ppg 1.8 rpg
F - Julian Washburn SO 6-foot-7 12.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg
F - Chris Washburn FR 6-foot-8 7.3 ppg 4 rpg
F - Cedrick Lang SO 6-foot-9 3.6 ppg 4.4 rpg

Oregon Ducks

G - Dominic Artis FR 6-foot-1 10.2 ppg 3.5 apg
G - Damyean Dotson FR 6-foot-5 11 ppg 3.1 rpg
F - E.J. Singler SR 6-foot-6 10.7 ppg 3.2 rpg
F - Arsalan Kazemi SR 6-foot-7 9.4 ppg 10.3 rpg
C - Tony Woods SR 6-foot-11 10.6 ppg 3.2 rpg

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