Men's Hoops Travels to Oregon on Sunday

Feb. 26, 2009

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THE SCHEDULE
Sunday, March 1
Oregon State at Oregon, 7:00 PM

LIVE COVERAGE
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
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Television: FSN; Ted Robinson (play-by-play); Marques Johnson (color)

THE SERIES
Oregon State vs. Oregon: Oregon State leads 181-149
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 98-59
Eugene, Ore.: Oregon leads 84-69
Neutral: Oregon State leads 14-9

Winners of three straight and seven of their last 10, the Oregon State men's basketball team return to action this week as the Beavers travel to Eugene, Ore., to take on in-state rival Oregon in the Civil War Series presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers on Sunday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. The game will be nationally-televised by FSN and can be heard on the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters the contest with a chance to move to .500 in league play as the Beavers enter the week with a record of 13-13 overall, 7-8 in league play, and in seventh-place in the Pac-10 standings. Last week, Oregon State completed its first season-sweep of the Bay Area schools since the 1989-90 season as the Beavers defeated Stanford and Cal.

Calvin Haynes led the way in the averaging 18.0 points per game. Haynes scored 17 points in a win over Stanford before scoring 19 in the victory over Cal. Haynes did most of his damage against the Bears in the second half, scoring 15 of his 19 points, including a key three-pointer and lay-up in the closing minutes to extend the lead.

Haynes continues to lead the team and rank eighth in the Pac-10 Conference at 15.5 points per game while Roeland Schaftenaar ranks second on the squad at 9.8 points per contest.

Oregon enters with a record of 7-20 on the season, 1-14 in league play, after the Ducks fell to Cal and defeated Stanford last week.

Oregon State leads the series, the most-played in Division I men's basketball, 181-149. Oregon had won four straight in the series before Oregon State captured a 57-54 victory earlier this season in Corvallis. Oregon State has not won at Oregon since the 1992-93 season.

SCOUTING THE OREGON DUCKS
Oregon, led by head coach Ernie Kent, enters the weekend with a record of 7-20 on the season, 1-14 in league play, after the Ducks fell to Cal before picking up a win over Stanford last week.

Tajuan Porter leads the Oregon attack as the guard is averaging 15.0 points per game. LeKendric Longmire is the other Oregon player in double figures, averaging 10.0 points per game.

Oregon is hitting 40.4 percent of its shots from the floor while holding opponents to 48.4 percent from the field.

THE OREGON SERIES
The most-played series in NCAA Division I, the meeting between Oregon and Oregon State marks the 331st in the series as the Beavers own a 181-149 all-time edge in the series.

OREGON STATE CLIMBING UP THE LIST OF GREATEST SINGLE-SEASON TURNAROUNDS
With the win over Cal on Saturday, Oregon State improved its league record to 7-8 on the season after the Beavers went winless in league play a year ago. Entering the game against Oregon, the seven-win improvement ties Oregon State for fifth on the list of biggest Pac-10 improvements from one season to the next. Below is a list of the biggest improvements from one season to the next in Pac-10 Conference history.

TEAM - RECORD (SEASON) - IMPROVED RECORD (SEASON) - GAMES IMPROVED
Oregon: 5-13 (2000-01); 15-3 (2001-02); +10
Washington State: 4-14 (2005-06); 13-5 (2006-07); +9
Stanford; 2-16 (1992-93); 10-8 (1993-94); +8
Arizona State; 7-11 (1978-79); 15-3 (1979-80); +8
OREGON STATE: 0-18 (2007-08); 7-8 (2008-09); +7
Seven additional schools at +7

Seth Tarver AND THE 1-3-1 WREAKING HAVOC ON OPPOSING OFFENSES
Oregon State's 1-3-1 zone defense has received a lot of attention and the guard at the top of the zone, Seth Tarver, is a big reason why. The junior leads the Pac-10 Conference at 1.8 steals per game overall and 2.1 steals per game in league play.

Led by Tarver, the 1-3-1, in addition to the other defenses the Beavers play throughout the game, is a big reason why the opponents' leading scorers have been held in check as of late. Since Arizona's Jordan Hill scored 13 points on 6-of-11 from the floor on Feb. 5, Oregon State has held the leading scorer of the opposition to a total of just 26 points (5.2 points per game) and 8-of-40 from the floor (20.0 percent): Jerome Randle (Cal, 3 points, 1-7 FG); Anthony Goods (Stan., 0 points, 0-of-3); Taylor Rochestie (WSU, 5 points, 2-of-11); Isaiah Thomas (UW, 9 points, 3-of-10); James Harden (ASU, 9 points, 2-of-9).

Calvin Haynes LEADING THE WAY FOR THE BEAVERS
Sophomore Calvin Haynes has been the leading scorer ever since returning to the Oregon State line-up in the win against Nebraska as the guard has averaged 15.5 points through 20 games to rank eighth in the league in scoring. 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 20 games, Haynes has shot 47.6 percent (111-of-233) from the field while hitting 40.2 percent (41-of-102) from behind the three-point arc. Haynes leads the team with 16 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 Sunday, Claitt ranks fifth on the team with 7.1 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks eighth 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 57.9 percent of his shots including an impressive 48.2 percent from behind the arc (27-of-56).

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 12 victories this season.

In Pac-10 Conference games, Schaftenaar ranks No. 5 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 52 assists and 30 turnovers give him a 1.7 ratio.

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 46.5 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 56th 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 27th in the country according to kenpom.com.

The Beavers shot 54.8 percent (23-of-42) from the field in the victory over Cal, marking the 10th 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.

UP NEXT...
Oregon State hits the road when the Beavers travel to Los Angeles, Calif., to face UCLA on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. The game will not be televised.

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