Regular Season Finale Set for Saturday at Arizona State
March 6, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. -
WINNING SEASON? Oregon State needs to win Saturday to post its first winning regular season since the 1990 campaign. Since 1990, the program has finished with one even record (1991), and one game under in 1992, 1993, and 1999.
A LONG ROAD: Oregon State officials need to speak with Pac-10 Conference officials about the schedule, as this is the fifth time in the last seven years the program has finished the regular season away from Corvallis. The Beavers do host the L.A. schools at the end of the 2003-2004 season.
SERIES: Oregon State leads the all-time series 35-24, but the Sun Devils have won seven of the last eight contests. Arizona State has won four consecutive games at the Wells Fargo Arena. ASU won this season's earlier encounter 67-47 Jan. 2 in Gill Coliseum in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both clubs. The Sun Devils allowed just 18 OSU points in the second half, as the Beavers shot .233 from the field -- the Beavers shot .333 for the game. Curtis Millage led ASU with 16 points, while Ike Diogu added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jimmie Haywood paced the Beavers with 14 points.
'IT'S A VERY SIMPLE GAME': A quote from the late Ralph Miller, and it pretty much sums up Oregon State's struggles of late -- it's comes down to the simple fact that this team just doesn't shoot very well. The Beavers have shot 40 percent or less in six of their last seven games. OSU is 0-8 when it shoots under 40 percent. The Beavers entered the week eighth in the Pac-10 with a .427 overall field goal percentage, and are last for three-point field goal percentage at .306. The .306 percentage would be the program's second-lowest (.300/1994) since the three-point shot was introduced to college basketball prior to the 1987 season.
SHOOTING TWO: Oregon State's deficiency in perimeter shooting is at times painfully clear, but credit the coaching staff and team for knowing its strength -- in the paint. Thus, the Beavers have been earning trips to the free throw line. The team has actually converted more free throws (414) than its opponents have attempted (410). OSU has also attempted 29 or more from the line in five of the last seven contests. Individually, Philip Ricci has attempted 160 for the season, second in the Pac-10 to only Arizona State's Ike Diogu.