The BasketBlog: Some News and Notes as Season Draws Closer

Sept. 25, 2009

NEWS AND NOTES AS THE ANTICIPATION BUILDS FOR THE 2009-10 SEASON

Welcome back! Let's get right to it. Some news and notes surrounding the Oregon State men's basketball team as we stand exactly 49 days from the start of a highly-anticipated campaign.

It was a hectic week for the team as the squad did much more than the usual preseason workouts. The favorite time of year for any sports team at Oregon State (insert sarcastic font here), the team went through head shots, did some posed profile shots (pic here) and then finished the week off by doing their stand-up shots for the Gill Coliseum video boards. Calvin Haynes, Roeland Schaftenaar and Seth Tarver had a little more time in front of the cameras as the trio filmed parts for the Oregon State online e-magazine, which will be available on osubeavers.com in November.

The plan was to bring readers of the blog a practice report; however, Oregonian beat writer Paul Buker stopped by Gill Coliseum this week for a Q&A session with Craig Robinson. Buker followed up by swinging through practice and provides full coverage of his talk with Robinson and what he saw at practice here.

Speaking of Robinson, the 'world media tour' has kicked in as he'll be all over the airwaves in the next couple of days.

Robinson will appear on the Live Wire! radio program on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8:00 p.m. Ryan White of The Oregonian conducted the interview as the segment was taped on Sept. 12 at the historic Elsinore Theater in Salem, Ore. A listing of radio stations carrying the interview can be found here. If you are unable to catch the radio broadcast, a podcast of the program will be available on iTunes or by clicking here.

Robinson will also make an appearance during the Oregon State-Arizona football game as he will be interviewed by sideline reporter Lewis Johnston at some point during the second quarter. For those not watching the game at home, the head coach can be heard at halftime on the Beavers Sports Radio Network with sideline reporter Ron Callan.

Finally, as we wrap up this edition of the blog, here's a few more links that should get readers excited about the upcoming season. A good article by Yahoo/Rivals.com on why Jared Cunningham and Roberto Nelson chose Oregon State. Speaking of Yahoo, the Beavers come in fourth in Jason King's Pac-10 power rankings. And, to wrap up the Yahoo/Rivals.com links, Oregon State comes in at No. 47 in their national power rankings countdown.

Before we go, make sure to follow Oregon State men's basketball on twitter @oregonstatembb or on Facebook by clicking on the fan button below. Go Beavs!



Welcome to the Beaver BasketBlog: An Inside Look at Men's Hoops

Sept. 17, 2009

Welcome to the newest feature on osubeavers.com, 'The Beaver BasketBlog.' With basketball season right around the corner, and interest in the program growing each and every day, it's my hope this blog will be an opportunity to keep fans connected and share as much information as possible regarding the Beavers.

Using links, pictures, news and notes while incorporating some general thoughts, the goal of the blog is to let you know what's going on in the world of Oregon State men's basketball, both past and present, as well as the topics throughout college basketball.

So, without further adieu, let's get started. With all the media attention and talk Oregon State received throughout last year and into the summer, one quote from head men's basketball Craig Robinson seemed to resonate the most:

'When we pack Gill Coliseum, we win games.' - Craig Robinson

Robinson uttered the quote back in August at an Albany Beaver Huddle. The quote is especially important heading into this season. According to many of the preseason prognostications, Oregon State is predicted to do some good things in 2009-10.

In case you have missed the pre-season hype surrounding the program, a quick sample: Yahoo Sports has Oregon State making the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship for the first time since 1990, an ESPN.com article predicts a third-place finish in the Pac-10 for the Beavers and Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview has Oregon State slated for a fourth-place finish and the spot in the NIT.


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