Men's Hoops Faces Washington State on Saturday
Feb. 13, 2009
Saturday, Feb. 14
Oregon State at Washington State, 4:06 PM
Oregon State vs. Washington State: OSU leads 161-116
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 97-39
Pullman, Wash.: Washington State leads 74-60
Neutral: Oregon State leads 4-3
The Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on Washington State on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 4:06 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 10-13 overall and in ninth-place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 4-8 mark. The Beavers fell to No. 24 Washington on Thursday, 79-60.
Sophomore guard Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 15.1 points per game as he ranks 17th in the league with a 13.6 points per game average in league play.
Washington State enters with a record of 13-11 on the season, 5-7 in league play after the Cougars cruised past Oregon, 67-38 on Saturday. The meeting with the Cougars marks the 278th meeting in series history as Oregon State owns a 161-116 edge in the series. Washington State has won five straight against the Beavers; however, including a 61-57 overtime victory earlier this season in Corvallis.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
Washington State, led by head coach Tony Bennett, enters the contest with Oregon State with a record of 13-11 on the season, 5-7 in conference play, as the Cougars defeated Oregon on Thursday.
Klay Thompson leads the Washington State attack, averaging 13.0 points per game while Taylor Rochestie ranks second on the squad at 12.8 points per contest. Aron Baynes is the other Washington State player in double figures, averaging 12.4 points per contest.
Washington State leads the Pac-10 Conference in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 53.8 points per contest. The Cougars are holding opponents to just 37.7 percent from the field.
THE WASHINGTON STATE SERIES
The contest with the Cougars marks the 278th meeting in the series as Oregon State holds a 161-116 advantage against Washington State. The Cougars; however, have won five straight in the series as Washington State captured a 61-57 overtime victory in Corvallis earlier this season.
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 17 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 four since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 25 points in the win at Stanford. Through 17 games, Haynes has shot 46.0 percent (91-of-198) from the field while hitting 38.7 percent (36-of-93) from behind the three-point arc.
Haynes leads the team with 13 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 fourth on the team with 7.3 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks seventh in the Pac-10 Conference at 34.9 minutes per game.
One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 60.4 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. 7 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 40 assists and 22 turnovers give him a 1.7 ratio. In addition, Schaftenaar ranks ninth in conference games in assists at 3.3 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 46.0 percent and ranks eighth in the Pac-10 and 55th in the NCAA.
Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 52.9 percent of their two-point shots to rank 26th 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 returns home to face Stanford on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:06 p.m. The game will not be televised.