Annual Trip to Seattle Thursday
Feb. 17, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. -
SERIES: Washington leads overall 138-132, but Oregon State has won six of the last seven. The Beavers scored an 82-62 win over the Huskies Jan. 25 on Ralph Miller Court in Gill Coliseum, in what was possibly OSU's best overall game thus far this season. Jimmie Haywood led six Beavers in double figures with 16, with Brian Jackson, Philip Ricci, and Floyd North III each adding 12 points. Ricci tacked on 12 boards. Oregon State has won three consecutive games in Seattle, after Washington had a six-game streak at home. This series is the second oldest in the country in terms of games played with 270 meetings. These two schools first met during the 1903-04 season.
SHOOTING WOES: Oregon State's poor shooting percentage is one of the keys to its current three-game losing streak. The Beavers have a combined .317 (60-189) percentage over the last three contests, including .241 (13-54) from three-point range. In OSU's 10 losses for the season, the team has shot 44 percent or less nine times, including less than 40 percent on five occasions.
THE OPPOSITE SIDE: While Oregon State has struggled from the field during its current losing streak, its opponents have flourished, hitting .492 (89-181). The last three opponents have also combined for .441 (30-68) from beyond the arc, including an amazing .581 (25-43) in the combined first halves.
FRESHMEN IN THE PAC-10: Beaver point guard Lamar Hurd entered the week leading the Pac-10 Conference for average minutes played by a freshman at 33.3 per game. Hurd has played at least 30 minutes in every contest this season, except at California where he fouled out after playing 21 minutes. Arizona State's Ike Diogu is second in the conference at 31.5, Richard Midgley of California is third at 25.8, the Huskies' Nate Robinson is fourth at 24.2, and teammate Mike Jensen is fifth at 23.5.
PRIZED POSSESSIONS: Oregon State enters the week with the lowest turnovers per game average in the Pac-10 Conference at 13.6. The team has averaged just 10.2 over the last five games, including a season-low six vs. Oregon last Saturday.
FIVE WOULD BE NICE: A win Thursday would give the Beavers their fifth conference win of the season, equaling Eddie Payne's 2000 total. The program has won more than five in Pac-10 play only once over the last seven seasons (7/1999).
RICCI CONTINUES HIS STELLAR PLAY: Beaver senior forward Philip Ricci continues to make a case for being the school's first all-conference selection since Deaundra Tanner in 1999. Ricci is sixth in the conference for scoring (17.4), first for rebounding (8.7), 10th for field goal percentage (.525), and fourth for blocked shots (1.4). He leads the Pac-10 for active players with double-doubles with 14.
RETURN TO SENDER: Oregon State enters this week fourth in the Pac-10 Conference for blocked shots, averaging 3.76 per game. The Beavers are on pace to register 102 rejections this season, which would be the most since the 1992-93 team had 111. Oregon State had nine blocked shots vs. Washington Jan. 23, one shy of the school record.
PUT THEM IN THE BOOK: Unlike recent seasons, Oregon State has been consistent with its starting lineup. Beaver head coach Jay John has used the same five players to start the game for the last 19 contests (Ricci, Jackson, North, Haywood, Hurd).
LOOK INSIDE FIRST: Oregon State's perimeter players are looking for the big guys inside first for the most part. The Beavers are on pace to attempt 415 three-point field goals for the season, a number that would be the lowest since the 1994-95 team had 343 attempts. The Beavers' .310 percentage is last in the conference.
THREE RECRUITS SIGNED: First-year head coach Jay John signed three individuals to national letters of intent during the early signing period in November. Joining the Beavers for the 2003-2004 season will be Liam Hughes (7-2, C) from Modesto Christian High School in California, Kyle Jeffers (6-8, F), from Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, Cal., and Jeffree Williams (6-9, F) from Roosevelt High School in Portland, Ore. John and his staff have two scholarships remaining to award during the late signing period, April 16-May 15.