March Madness Continues: Men's Hoops Hosts Stanford in CBI

March 24, 2009

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THE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 25

Stanford at Oregon State, 7:05 PM

 

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Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)

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Television: HDNet; Rich Cellini (play-by-play) and Craig Ehlo (color)

 

THE SERIES

Oregon State vs. Stanford: Oregon State leads 68-59

Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 35-23

Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford leads 34-28

Neutral: Oregon State leads 5-2

 

The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers host Stanford in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday, March 25, 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 the semifinal round with a record of 15-17 on the year after a thrilling, 71-70, victory over Vermont in the quarterfinals. Calvin Haynes led the Beavers with 19 points and Roeland Schaftenaar added 14 points and 10 rebounds as Haynes hit a high-arcing shot with 6 seconds left in overtime for the win.

  

The Beavers are making their 21st postseason appearance in school history as the two victories in the CBI marked the first time the Beavers have won two post-season tournament contests since the Beavers knocked off New Orleans and Idaho in the NIT after the 1982-83 season.

  

Oregon State meets Stanford for the fourth time this season as the Beavers captured the first two meetings before Stanford defeated OSU in the opening round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Conference Tournament. Oregon State leads the all-time series 68-59.

  

Tickets for the semifinals 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 STANFORD CARDINAL

Stanford, led by first year head coach Johnny Dawkins, enters the contest with a record of 20-13 on the season as the Cardinal advanced to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational with a win over Wichita State on Monday.

  

Anthony Goods leads the Stanford attack with 16.1 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 12.7 points per contest for the Cardinal.

  

Stanford is shooting 46.1 percent from the field while holding opponents to 47.4 percent from the floor.

     

THE STANFORD SERIES

The contest with the Cardinal marks the 128th meeting in the series as Oregon State holds a 69-58 advantage over the Cardinal. This is the fourth time this season the teams have met this season.

 

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 steals per game, and rank fifth 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 26 games to rank 17th 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 26 games, Haynes leads the team with 18 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 semifinals of 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 54.9 percent of his shots including an impressive 45.8 percent from behind the arc (33-of-72).

  

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 Stanford, Oregon State is shooting 46.0 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 62nd 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 52.0 percent of their two-point shots to rank 42nd in the country according to kenpom.com.

  

The Beavers shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the field against Oregon, marking the 12th 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.

 

THREE OREGON STATE PLAYERS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

 The Oregon State men’s basketball team placed three players on the all-conference teams, the league office announced. Calvin Haynes and Roeland Schaftenaar earned honorable mention all-league honors while Seth Tarver was named to the all-defensive team.

  

The all-conference honors are the first for Haynes and Schaftenaar during their careers. Haynes leads the team in scoring while Schaftenaar, who has played the “point-center” role in offensive sets this season, finished the conference season seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio.

  

Tarver earns his first honorable mention all-defensive nod after the junior guard became the first Oregon State player to lead the league in steals since Gary Payton during the 1989-90 season. Tarver has recorded 54 steals this season to average 1.8 per contest as the guard averaged 2.0 steals per game in conference play.

  

NOTES IN THE WIN OVER VERMONT

TEAM AND PLAYER NOTES

The wins over Houston and Vermont in the CBI marks the first time the Beavers have won two post-season tournament contests since the Beavers knocked off New Orleans and Idaho after the 1982-83 season in the NIT.

• With the victory coming in overtime, tonight marks the first time Oregon State has won two overtime games in the same season since the 1994-95 season when the Beavers beat USC twice. Also, tonight’s game made for four overtime games this season, the most since the 2003-04 season.

• Junior Roeland Schaftenaar recorded his first double-double of the season scoring 14 points (6-fo-r8 FG) and grabbing 10 rebounds. The 14 points makes for 13 double-digit scoring performances and 10 rebounds is a season best.

• Sophomore Calvin Haynes had a game high 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting, making for his 18th double-digit scoring performance this season. Haynes hit the game winning shot with six seconds remaining.

 

UP NEXT...

Should Oregon State defeat Stanford, the Beavers would advance to the College Basketball Invitational best-of-three championship series to face UTEP or Richmond on March 30 at a time and site to be determined.

 

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