Men's Hoops Travels to Face No. 24 Washington
Feb. 11, 2009
Thursday, Feb. 12
Oregon State at Washington, 8:00 PM
Oregon State vs. Washington: Washington leads 147-135
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 93-46
Seattle, Wash.: Washington leads 98-40
Neutral: Washington leads 3-2
The Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers travel to Seattle, Wash., to take on No. 24 Washington on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW and can be heard of the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters the contest with a record of 10-12 overall and in a tie for seventh-place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 4-7 mark. The Beavers dropped a pair of home contests last week, falling to Arizona, 56-53, before a 49-38 loss at the hands of No. 23 Arizona State on Saturday.
Sophomore guard Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 15.1 points per game as he ranks 16th in the league with a 13.5 points per game average in league play.
No. 24 Washington split a pair of games last week, falling to Cal before picking up a victory over Stanford to close out the week. The Huskies enter the week one-game back in the loss column of UCLA for first-place in the Pac-10 standings as Washington holds a 147-135 advantage in the series. Washington captured an 85-59 victory over Oregon State when the squads met earlier this season.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Washington, led by head coach Lorenzo Romar, enters the contest with a record of 17-6 on the season, 8-3 in league play, after the Huskies split on their Bay Area road trip last weekend. The Huskies fell to Cal before claiming a 75-68 win over Stanford on Saturday.
Freshman guard Isaiah Thomas leads four Washington players in double figures at 16.5 points per game. Justin Dentmon ranks second on the squad at 15.1 points per game while Jon Brockman, Washington's leading rebounder, is averaging a double-double with 15.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per contest. Quincy Pondexter is the other Washington player in double figures, averaging 10.7 points per contest.
THE WASHINGTON SERIES
The contest with the Huskies marks the 283rd meeting in the series as Washington holds a 147-135 advantage over the Beavers. Washington holds a 98-40 advantage in games played in Seattle.
Calvin Haynes OFF TO A FAST START
Sophomore Calvin Haynes has had a fast start since returning to the Oregon State line-up in the win against Nebraska as the guard has averaged 15.1 points through 16 games. After scoring 14 in the win against Nebraska, Haynes came off the bench to score 20 points against Seattle Pacific. In reaching double figures in every game but three since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 25 points in the win at Stanford. Through 16 games, Haynes has shot 46.7 percent (86-of-184) from the field while hitting 38.2 percent (34-of-89) from behind the three-point arc.
Haynes leads the team with 12 games in double figures and has scored 20-plus points four times this season.
Rickey Claitt PLAYING WELL
Senior Rickey Claitt has had a solid senior season as the guard as stepped into a leadership role for the Beavers. Heading into Saturday, Claitt ranks fifth on the team with 73 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks fifth in the Pac-10 Conference at 35.4 minutes per game.
One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 59.2 percent of his shots including an impressive 48.0 percent from behind the arc (24-of-50).
The senior has already established numerous career highs as Claitt scored a career-high 21 points against Montana State. Claitt surpassed his previous career best of 11 points in the first half alone, scoring 13. Claitt followed it up by going a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in the win against Fresno State, including a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc.
Roeland Schaftenaar PLAYING PIVOTAL ROLE AS 'POINT-CENTER'
The term 'point-center' has entered the Pac-10 Conference lexicon with the arrival of Craig Robinson at Oregon State as Roeland Schaftenaar has played the position and been pivotal in leading the Beavers to 10 victories this season.
In Pac-10 Conference games, Schaftenaar ranks No. 4 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 40 assists and 20 turnovers give him a 2.0 ratio. In addition, Schaftenaar ranks seventh in conference games in assists at 3.6 per game, the only non-guard in the top 10.
The 'point-center' led Oregon State to its first Bay Area sweep since the 1992-93 season as the Beavers captured wins at California (69-65) and Stanford (77-62). In the wins, he averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals as he turned in an impressive 10-to-1 assist to turnover ratio for the weekend while earning Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors.
OREGON STATE RANKS AMONG NATION'S BEST IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
After struggling from the field last season, indicators show the new offensive system in place has allowed Oregon State to dramatically improve its shooting numbers as the Beavers rank among the nation's best. Entering this contest against Washington, Oregon State is shooting 46.4 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 55th in the NCAA.
Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 53.4 percent of their two-point shots to rank 19th in the country according to kenpom.com.
The Beavers shot 62.0 percent (31-of-50) from the field in the victory over Stanford, marking the eighth time this season Oregon State has shot 50 percent or better from the field. In fact, the Beavers have shot 58 percent or better from the floor on four occasions this season. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.
Oregon State travels to Pullman, Wash., to face Washington State on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 4:00 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW.