Men's Hoops Goes for CBI Title at UTEP on Wednesday

April 1, 2009

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THE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, April 1

Oregon State at UTEP, 7:05 PM

 

LIVE COVERAGE

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

Live Video: None

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Television: HDNet


THE SERIES

Oregon State vs. UTEP: Oregon State leads 2-1

Corvallis, Ore.: Series tied 1-1

El Paso, Texas: Oregon State leads 1-0

Neutral: Never Met

 

Winners of four straight, the Oregon State men’s basketball team is within one win of its first-ever postseason tournament title as the Beavers return to action this week for game two of the College Basketball Invitational championship series as the Beavers travel to face UTEP on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:05 p.m. The game will be carried live by HDNet (DirecTV 79 or 306; Dish 9422, Comcast 737) and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

  

Oregon State enters game two with a record of 17-17 on the year after defeating UTEP 75-69 in game one. Roeland Schaftenaar had 19 points and six assists while Lathen Wallace added 18 points, Seth Tarver 17 and Rickey Claitt 13 for the Beavers.

  

Oregon State is making its 21st postseason appearance in school history as the four victories in the CBI mark the first time the Beavers have won four post-season games in school history.        

  

Oregon State meets UTEP for the fourth time in school history as the schools split the first two meetings before Oregon State captured game one. UTEP won the first meeting in Corvallis during the 1985-86 season while Oregon State won in El Paso the following year.

  

Oregon State enters the contest as one of the most improved teams in college basketball as the Beavers have won 11 more games than the 2007-08 squad, ranking the Beavers behind Missouri (+15) and LSU (+14) as the most improved teams this season.

 

SCOUTING THE UTEP MINERS

UTEP, led by head coach Tony Barbee, enters the contest with a record of 22-13 on the season as the Miners fell to the Beavers, 75-69, in game one of the championship series.

  

Stefon Jackson leads the UTEP attack with 24.4 points per game while Randy Culpepper is averaging 17.6 points per contest for the Miners.

  

UTEP is shooting 42.1 percent from the field while holding opponents to 42.9 percent from the floor. UTEP owns an impressive 12-4 mark in El Paso this season.

     

THE UTEP SERIES

The contest with the Miners marks the fourth time the teams have met in school history. Before Monday’s win by Oregon State, 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 13.5 points through 28 games to rank 18th 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 28 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 game two against UTEP, Claitt ranks fifth on the team with 7.0 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 54.8 percent of his shots including an impressive 46.2 percent from behind the arc (36-of-78).

  

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 17 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 46.5 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 60th in the NCAA. In fact, the 46.5 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 52.4 percent of their two-point shots to rank 33rd in the country according to kenpom.com.

  

The Beavers shot 60.5 percent from the field against UTEP in game one, marking the 13th 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 five occasions this season. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.

 

UP NEXT...

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.

 

 

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