Men's Basketball Travels to Lincoln to Face Nebraska
Dec. 9, 2009
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
Oregon State (4-3) at Nebraska (5-2), 5:00 PM
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: ESPN360.com
Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com
Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com
Television: FSN Midwest; Greg Sharpe (play-by-play); Eric Piatkowski (color)
Oregon State vs. Nebraska: Oregon State leads 6-3
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 5-0
Lincoln, Neb.: Nebraska leads 3-0
Neutral: Oregon State leads 1-0
Winners of three straight, the Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this week when the Beavers travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face Nebraska on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 5:00 p.m. A live video stream of the contest will be available on ESPN360.com and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters with a mark of 4-3 on the season after a convincing, 74-39 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday. Seth Tarver tied a school record with eight steals in the victory as freshmen Joe Burton and Jared Cunningham led the Beavers attack with 13 points each.
Tarver continues to lead the Oregon State attack as the senior leads the team at 13.0 points per game. The forward also leads a strong defensive effort as the Beavers lead the Pac-10 Conference in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 38.4 percent from the floor. Tarver leads the league and ranks No. 7 in the NCAA with 3.3 steals per game.
Nebraska enters the week with a mark of 5-2 on the season after falling to Creighton, 67-61, last week. Ryan Anderson leads the Huskers attack at 11.3 points per game as Sek Henry ranks second on the squad at 9.1 points per game.
Oregon State owns a 6-3 edge in the series; however, Nebraska owns a 3-0 mark all-time in Lincoln. The two teams met last season in Corvallis, with Oregon State claiming a 64-63 victory.
This marks the third time this season Oregon State has faced a Big 12 Conference opponent. The Beavers fell to Texas Tech, 64-60, in Lubbock before picking up a 74-69 win over Colorado in the Pac-10/Big 12 Conference Hardwood Series.
Nebraska, led by fourth-year head coach Doc Sadler, enters the week with a record of 5-2 on the season after falling to Creighton in its last outing.
The Huskers are led by Ryan Anderson, who leads the team at 11.3 points per game. Sek Henry and Jorge Brian Diaz rank second on the squad at 9.1 points per game as Nebraska is shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from behind the three point arc.
On the defensive side of the ball, Nebraska is holding opponents to just 41.0 percent from the floor and 34.2 percent from behind the three-point line. The Huskers own a rebounding edge of +2.0 per game for the season.
The meeting marks the 10th in history between the two schools as both teams are undefeated on their home floor in the series. Oregon State captured last year’s meeting in Corvallis, 64-63, while Nebraska captured a 75-67 win during the 1996-97 season, the last time the two teams met in Lincoln.
DEFENSE, AND THE 1-3-1, LEADING THE WAY FOR OREGON STATE IN EARLY GOING
The Oregon State defense has been among the nation’s best in the early-going as the Beavers have been forcing turnovers and keeping opponents field-goal percentage down through seven games. Specifically, Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense has received the share of the attention as the guard at the top of the zone, Seth Tarver, is a big reason why.
Tarver leads the way for the Oregon State defense as the senior leads the Pac-10 Conference at 3.3 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 9.1 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 45 in the nation. Last season, Tarver became the first Oregon State player since Gary Payton to lead the league in steals during conference play as the forward averaged 2.0 per game.
When opponents do get shots off against Tarver and the 1-3-1, they have not been able to hit them with consistency. Oregon State leads the league (No. 46 NCAA) in field goal percentage defense at 38.4 percent and ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 26 NCAA) at 58.3 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State ranks third in the league at 28.9 percent.
Seth Tarver PLAYING WELL TO START THE SEASON
Senior forward Seth Tarver has led the Oregon State attack to open the season, averaging 13.0 points and 6.1 rebounds to lead the Beavers in both categories through six games. Tarver has reached double figures in 6-of-7 games this season; and, in the victory over George Washington, Tarver led the team with 18 points while recording three assists and three steals.
The senior also led the Oregon State attack at the “Duel in the Desert” tournament and was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds through the three games.
Tarver currently leads the Pac-10 with 3.3 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 10th in career points (747), fourth in rebounds (429) and first in steals (130).
OREGON STATE NEARS SCHOOL VICTORY NO. 1600
After a victory against Cal State Bakersfield, Oregon State stands just two wins shy of a historic milestone as the Beavers have compiled a mark of 1,597-1,183 over the years. During that span, Oregon State has captured 21 conference titles, including five Pac-10 Conference crowns, and has made 16 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship appearances.
Oregon State, the 15th winningest program in men’s college basketball history, stands two wins shy of its 1,600th victory. Only 14 programs have reached the historic milestone as Western Kentucky was the last program to accomplish the feat, surpassing 1,600 wins last season.
In addition to the historic program total, head coach Craig Robinson has reached the 50-win plateau as the second-year head coach picked up his 50th career win at George Washington. Robinson owns a 52-49 career mark in three-plus seasons.
OREGON STATE LOOKS TO CONTINUE EFFICIENCY FROM THE FIELD
After struggling from the field two years ago, indicators show the new offensive system in place allowed Oregon State to dramatically improve its shooting numbers as the Beavers finished last season ranked among the nation’s best. For the year, Oregon State shot 46.7 percent and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 and 46th in the NCAA. In fact, the 46.7 percent is the highest field goal percentage for Oregon State since the 1992 season.
This trend has continued this season Oregon State is currently hitting 46.8 percent of its shots and has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field on four occasions, including three straight games.
Last season, Oregon State was especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers hit 52.6 percent of their two-point shots to rank 31st in the country according to kenpom.com. Oregon State shot 50 percent or better from the field 14 times; and, in fact, the Beavers shot 58 percent or better from the floor on five occasions last year.
Oregon State returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 16, when the Beavers travel to Chicago, Ill., to face Illinois-Chicago at 5:00 p.m.