Men's Hoops Opens CBI Championship Series Versus UTEP on Monday
March 28, 2009
Monday, March 30
UTEP at Oregon State, 7:00 PM
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: None
Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com
Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com
Oregon State vs. UTEP: Series tied 1-1
Corvallis, Ore.: UTEP leads 1-0
El Paso, Texas: Oregon State leads 1-0
Neutral: Never Met
Winners of three straight, including two consecutive overtime contests, the Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this week for game one of the College Basketball Invitational championship series as the Beavers host UTEP on Monday, March 30, 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 championship series with a record of 16-17 on the year after a thrilling, 65-62, overtime victory over Stanford in the semifinals. Lathen Wallace led the Beavers with 16 points and Roeland Schaftenaar added 14 points as the Beavers picked up their second straight overtime win.
The Beavers are making their 21st postseason appearance in school history as the three victories in the CBI mark the first time the Beavers have won three post-season games since the Beavers went to the Final Four in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship after the 1962-63 season.
Oregon State meets UTEP for the third time in school history as the schools split the previous two meetings. UTEP won the first meeting in Corvallis during the 1985-86 season while Oregon State won in El Paso the following year.
Tickets for the finals 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 Tuesday 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 UTEP MINERS
UTEP, led by head coach Tony Barbee, enters the contest with a record of 22-12 on the season as the Miners advanced to the championship series of the College Basketball Invitational with an 81-69 win over Richmond on Wednesday.
Stefon Jackson leads the UTEP attack with 24.1 points per game while Randy Culpepper is averaging 16.3 points per contest for the Miners. Jackson is averaging 28.7 ppg in the CBI while shooting 50.8 percent (30-for-59) from the field, 42.9 percent (6-for-14) from outside and 80 percent (20-for-25) from the line.
UTEP is shooting 42.0 percent from the field while holding opponents to 42.5 percent from the floor.
THE UTEP SERIES
The contest with the Miners marks the third time the teams have met in school history. UTEP captured the first meeting with a win in Corvallis during the 1985-86 season while Oregon State won in El Paso the following year.
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 13.9 points through 27 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 27 games, Haynes leads the team with 19 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 championship series of the CBI, Claitt ranks fifth 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 33.3 minutes per game.
One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 54.7 percent of his shots including an impressive 45.2 percent from behind the arc (33-of-73).
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 UTEP, Oregon State is shooting 46.1 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 62nd in the NCAA. In fact, the 46.1 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 Vermont, 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.
NOTES IN THE WIN OVER STANFORD
TEAM AND PLAYER NOTES
• • With the wins over Houston, Vermont and Stanford in the CBI it marks the first time the Beavers have won three post-season games since the Beavers went to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament after the 1962-63 season.
• The last time Oregon State defeated a Pac-10 opponent three times in a season dates back to the 1989-90 season when the Beavers defeated Oregon three times.
• The last time Oregon State played a Pac-10 opponent four times in the same season dates back to the 1986-87 season when the Beavers played Cal four times.
• The last time the Beavers played back-to-back overtimes games was in the 1999-00 season.
• The last time Oregon State recorded three overtime victories was in the 1989-90 season.
• Sophomore Lathen Wallace led the Beavers in scoring with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, his 11th double-digit performance of the season. Wallace recorded a career and game high three steals.
Oregon State will meet UTEP in game two of the championship series when the Beavers travel to El Paso, Texas, to face the Miners on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m.