Men's Hoops Faces Stanford in Pac-10 Tournament
March 9, 2009
Wednesday, March 11
No. 9 Stanford vs. No. 8 Oregon State, 6:04 PM
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
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Oregon State vs. Stanford: Oregon State leads 68-58
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 35-23
Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford leads 34-28
Neutral: Oregon State leads 5-1
The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this weekend as the No. 8 Beavers open post-season play when they travel to the Pac-10 Conference Tournament to face No. 9 Stanford on Wednesday, March 11, at 6:04 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN and will be carried on the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call. The winner of the opening round contest will advance to face No. 1 Washington on Thursday, March 12, at 2:38 p.m.
Oregon State enters with a record of 13-16 on the season after the Beavers fell to USC on Saturday. Seth Tarver led the way with 16 points for the Beavers while Roeland Schaftenaar added 11 points in a losing effort.
Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack as the sophomore guard leads the way at 14.3 points per game to rank No. 13 in the league. Schaftenaar adds 9.8 points per contest for the Beavers.
Tarver leads the defensive effort for the Beavers as the junior finished the regular season with the lead league in steals, averaging 1.8 steals per game overall and 2.1 steals per contest in league play.
Stanford enters with a mark of 17-12 on the season after splitting a pair of games last week. The Cardinal defeated Arizona State before falling at Arizona to close out the week.
Oregon State captured both meetings against the Cardinal this season as the Beavers lead the all-time series, 68-58. The Beavers are 5-10 all-time at the Pac-10 Conference Tournament as the meeting marks the first time the teams have met in the conference championship.
SCOUTING THE STANFORD CARDINAL
Stanford, led by first year head coach Johnny Dawkins, enters the contest with a record of 17-12 on the season, 6-12 in league play, after splitting last weekend. The Cardinal enter the contest in ninth-place in the league standings.
Anthony Goods leads the Stanford attack with 15.7 points per game as three Cardinal players enter the contest in double figures. Lawrence Hill averages 13.6 points per game while Landry Fields averages 12.6 points per contest for the Cardinal.
Stanford is shooting 46.1 percent from the field while holding opponents to 48.1 percent from the floor.
THE STANFORD SERIES
The contest with the Cardinal marks the 127th meeting in the series as Oregon State holds a 68-58 advantage over the Cardinal. Stanford had won eight straight in the series before Oregon State captured both meetings this year.
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. The seven-win improvement this year tied 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.
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 finishes the regular season leading the Pac-10 Conference at 1.8 steals per game overall and 2.0 steals per game in league play. Should Tarver capture the regular season steals crown, it would be the first time an Oregon State player led the league in steals since Gary Payton led the league in 1990.
In addition to Tarver, the rest of the Oregon State defense has done its part as well, as the Beavers ranked second in steals in conference games, averaging 7.2 points per game.
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 14.3 points through 23 games to rank 13th 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 five since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 25 points in the win at Stanford. Through 23 games, 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 has stepped into a leadership role for the Beavers. Heading into the confernce tournament, Claitt ranks fifth on the team with 6.9 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks ninth in the Pac-10 Conference at 34.0 minutes per game.
One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 57.5 percent of his shots including an impressive 46.7 percent from behind the arc (28-of-60).
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 13 victories this season.
In Pac-10 Conference games, Schaftenaar ranks No. 7 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 63 assists and 39 turnovers give him a 1.6 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 USC, Oregon State is shooting 46.3 percent and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 and 59th in the NCAA. In fact, the 46.3 percent is the highest field goal percentage for Oregon State since the 1992 season.
Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 52.3 percent of their two-point shots to rank 35th 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.
Should Oregon State defeat Stanford, the Beavers would advance in the Pac-10 Conference tournament to face Washington in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 12, at 2:30 p.m.