Men's Hoops Travels to Face No. 17 UCLA

March 3, 2009

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THE SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 5
Oregon State at No. 17 UCLA, 7:36 PM

LIVE COVERAGE
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
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Television: FSN Prime Ticket (live); FSN NW (tape delayed, 10:00 p.m.)

THE SERIES
Oregon State vs. UCLA: UCLA leads 83-34
Corvallis, Ore.: UCLA leads 35-25
Los Angeles, Calif.: UCLA leads 46-7
Neutral: Series tied 2-2

Winners of three of four, the Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers travel to Los Angeles, Calif., to take on No. 17 UCLA on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live by FSN Prime Ticket and will be shown on a tape delayed basis on FSN NW beginning at 10:00 p.m. The game can also be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters the contest with a record of 13-14 on the season, 7-9 in league play, after falling to Oregon on Sunday. Calvin Haynes led the way for Oregon State in the loss with 16 points while Roeland Schaftenaar (13) and Seth Tarver (14) also scored in double figures for the Beavers.

Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack as the sophomore guard leads the team and ranks eighth in the league at 15.5 points per game.

UCLA enters the week ranked No. 17 in the country after picking up wins at Stanford and Cal last week. The Bruins enter with a record of 22-7 overall and in second-place in the Pac-10 with an 11-5 league mark.

UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 83-34, and has won eight straight in the series as the Bruins captured a 69-46 win earlier this season in Corvallis.

SCOUTING THE UCLA BRUINS
UCLA, led by sixth year head coach Ben Howland, enters with a record of 22-7 on the season and in second-place in the Pac-10 with an 11-5 league mark after sweeping Stanford and Cal last week. The pre-season favorites to win the Pac-10 Conference title, UCLA is led by guard Darren Collison, who leads the team with 15.0 points per game and 144 assists. Josh Shipp and Alfred Aboya are also in double figures for the Bruins, averaging 13.4 and 10.1 points, respectively. UCLA has been effective from the field, hitting 50.1 percent of its shots from the field while holding opponents to 45.3 percent from the floor.

THE UCLA SERIES
This is the 118th meeting between UCLA and Oregon State with the Bruins leading the series, 83-34. The Bruins have won eight straight meetings against Oregon State and 17-of-21.

OREGON STATE CLIMBING UP THE LIST OF GREATEST SINGLE-SEASON TURNAROUNDS
With the win over Cal, 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 UCLA, the seven-win improvement ties Oregon State for fifth on the list of biggest Pac-10 improvements from one season to the next.

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 1.7 steals per game overall and 2.0 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 recent games. In five of the last six games, 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 21 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 21 games, Haynes has shot 46.6 percent (116-of-249) from the field while hitting 39.8 percent (43-of-108) from behind the three-point arc. Haynes leads the team with 17 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 34.5 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 58.3 percent of his shots including an impressive 47.4 percent from behind the arc (27-of-57).

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. 4 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 58 assists and 33 turnovers give him a 1.8 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 UCLA, Oregon State is shooting 46.7 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 48th in the NCAA.

Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 53.1 percent of their two-point shots to rank 24th in the country according to kenpom.com.

The Beavers shot 51.0 percent (26-of-51) from the field against Oregon, marking the 11th 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 closes out the regular season portion of the schedule as the Beavers travel to USC to face the Trojans on Saturday, March 7, at 5:00 p.m. The game will not be televised.

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