Head Coach Jay John Announces 2004-05 Schedule

July 14, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

A challenging men's basketball schedule featuring marquee non-conference matchups and a rigorous Pacific-10 Conference slate awaits third-year Oregon State University head coach Jay John's talented and experienced squad in the upcoming 2004-05 season.

The Beavers, who return 11 lettermen and all five starters, open their campaign with a Nov. 8 exhibition against Western Oregon University in Gill Coliseum; the regular season home-opener is against Portland on Dec. 1, followed by a clash with Colorado on Dec. 4.

OSU also hosts Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 13 and Sacramento State on Dec. 28.

OSU opens Pac-10 play in storied Gill Coliseum against UCLA on Friday, Dec. 31 and USC on Sunday, Jan. 2.

The Arizona schools pay a visit to Corvallis the weekend of Jan. 20-22; Saturday's contest is a rematch of OSU's 90-84 upset win over then-No. 14 Arizona last February.

OSU's annual Civil War battles with Oregon take place on Jan. 8 in Eugene and Feb. 5 in Corvallis, where OSU topped the Ducks 90-81 last year.

The Beavers travel to UNLV on Nov. 26, Boise State Dec. 18 and Prairie View on Dec. 21.

OSU faced several of its non-league foes last season, including Portland, Colorado, Boise State, Prairie View and Sacramento State.

The top eight teams in the regular season conference standings qualify for the Pac-10 Tournament, Mar. 10-12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Also included in the slate are the Black Coaches Association Invitational in Raleigh, N.C., Nov. 17-19, and a contest against Georgia on Dec. 11 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Classic for Kids in Atlanta.

Among the potential opponents at the BCA Invitational is North Carolina State, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year as a three-seed and finished with a 21-10 record overall.

Four of OSU's scheduled non-league opponents competed in postseason play last spring.

'Our players have evolved to the point that they understand that if they want to develop into an elite program, we need to play a top-notch schedule,' John said. 'An upgraded non-league schedule will help prepare us for the tough Pac-10 and assist in this team gaining experience as we look toward postseason opportunities.'

UNLV, which lost in the National Invitational Tournament first round to Boise State last spring, boasted a 12-4 record at the Thomas & Mack Center last year en route to a 18-13 overall record.

Georgia also advanced to the NIT, losing in the first round to Iowa State. Of the Bulldogs' 16 total wins in 2003-04, 13 came at home, where Georgia was 13-3.

Boise State, which accumulated a 23-10 mark, was 12-4 at home and advanced to the NIT second round.

Colorado also advanced to the NIT, falling to Oregon in the opening game.

In all, OSU plays 13 of its 29 possible regular season contests in Gill Coliseum, where the Beavers posted an 11-6 record last season.

2004-05 Oregon State Men's Schedule

Nov. 8 Western Oregon University (exhibition)Nov. 17 @ BCA Invitational - Raleigh, North CarolinaNov. 18 @ BCA Invitational - Raleigh, North CarolinaNov. 19 @ BCA Invitational - Raleigh, North CarolinaNov. 26 @ UNLV

Dec. 1 PortlandDec. 4 ColoradoDec. 11 @ Georgia (Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA)Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Classic for KidsDec. 13 Bethune-CookmanDec. 18 @ Boise StateDec. 21 @ Prairie ViewDec. 28 Sacramento StateDec. 31 UCLA

Jan. 2 USCJan. 8 @ OregonJan. 13 @ Washington StateJan. 15 @ WashingtonJan. 20 Arizona StateJan. 22 ArizonaJan. 27 @ StanfordJan. 29 @ California

Feb. 5 OregonFeb. 10 Washington StateFeb. 12 WashingtonFeb. 17 @ Arizona StateFeb. 19 @ ArizonaFeb. 24 StanfordFeb. 26 California

Mar. 3 @ UCLAMar. 5 @ USC

Mar. 10-12 Pac-10 TournamentMar. 17-20 NCAA - 1st & 2nd RoundsMar. 25-28 NCAA - RegionalsApril 2, 4 Final Four (St. Louis, Missouri)

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