Men's Hoops Hosts Houston in Opening Round of CBI
March 16, 2009
Wednesday, March 18
Houston at Oregon State, 7:05 PM
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: None
Live Audio: None
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Television: HDNet (DirecTV 79 or 306; Dish 9422)
Rich Cellini (play-by-play) and Craig Ehlo (color)
Oregon State vs. Houston: Oregon State leads 1-0
Corvallis, Ore.: First Meeting
Houston, Texas: Never Met
Neutral: Oregon State leads 1-0
For the first time since the 2004-05 season, the Oregon State men’s basketball team will play in the postseason as the Beavers host Houston in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:05 p.m. The game will be carried live by HDNet (DirecTV 79 or 306; Dish 9422) and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters postseason play with a record of 13-17 on the year after finishing Pac-10 Conference play in eighth-place with a 7-11 mark. The Beavers, who own three top 50 RPI wins, were picked to finish last in the Pac-10 Conference heading into the season.
The postseason appearance is the 21st in school history as the Beavers last earned a postseason bid with a berth in the National Invitation Tournament following the 2004-05 campaign.
Houston enters the contest with a record of 21-11 on the season as the Cougars fell to Memphis in the semi-finals of the Conference USA tournament this past week. The meeting with the Cougars will mark only the second in series history as Oregon State captured the first and only meeting with a 63-60 win during the 1965-66 season.
Tickets for the first round of the CBI are on sale now and the price is $25 for a chairback and $15 for a bench seat. Students will be admitted to the contest for free and can begin picking up tickets on Monday at 8:30 a.m.
To order tickets, purchase in person at the Oregon State ticket office or by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS. Fans can also order online at the official website of Oregon State athletics, www.osubeavers.com.
SCOUTING THE HOUSTON COUGARS
Houston, led by head coach Tom Penders, enters the contest with a record of 21-11 on the season as the Cougars fell to Memphis in the semi-finals of the Conference USA tournament this past week. The Cougars have four players in double figures, led by Aubrey Coleman at 19.7 points per game. Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the squad, averaging 18.0 points per contest.
Houston is shooting 42.7 percent from the field while holding opponents to 41.5 percent from the floor.
THE HOUSTON SERIES
The meeting with the Cougars will mark only the second in series history as Oregon State captured the first and only meeting with a 63-60 win during the 1966 NCAA West Regional. This marks the first time the teams have met in Corvallis.
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 currently leads the Pac-10 Conference at 1.8 steals per game overall and led the league with 2.0 steals per game in conference 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, and fourth overall at 6.9 steals per contest.
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 14.1 points through 24 games to rank 14th 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 six 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 CBI, Claitt ranks sixth on the team with 6.8 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks 10th in the Pac-10 Conference at 33.9 minutes per game.
One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 57.7 percent of his shots including an impressive 47.5 percent from behind the arc (29-of-61).
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 finished No. 7 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 63 assists and 39 turnovers gave 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 46.0 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 65th in the NCAA. In fact, the 46.0 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 51.8 percent of their two-point shots to rank 48th 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.
2009 COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL - OPENING ROUNDS
First Round - Tuesday, March 17
Northeastern vs. Wyoming – 6 p.m. on HDNet - Arena-Auditorium – Laramie, Wyo.
UTEP vs. Nevada – 8 p.m. on HDNet - Lawlor Events Center – Reno, Nev.
First Round - Wednesday, March 18
St. John’s vs. Richmond – 4 p.m. - Robins Center – Richmond, Va.
Vermont vs. Green Bay – 5 p.m. - Resch Center – Green Bay, Wis.
Charleston vs. Troy – 5 p.m. - Trojan Arena – Troy, Ala.
Buffalo vs. Wichita State – 5 p.m. on HDNet - Charles Koch Arena – Wichita, Kans.
Houston vs. Oregon State – 7 p.m. on HDNet- Gill Coliseum – Corvallis, Ore.
Boise State vs. Stanford – 7 p.m. - Roscoe Maples Pavilion – Stanford, Cal.
Should Oregon State defeat Houston, the Beavers will face the winner of Green Bay and Vermont on Monday, March 23, at a time and site to be determined.