Men's Hoops Squares Off against Illinois-Chicago
Dec. 15, 2009
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
Oregon State (4-4) at Illinois-Chicago (1-6), 5:00 PM
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker
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Oregon State vs. Illinois-Chicago: First Meeting
Corvallis, Ore.: Never Met
Chicago, Ill.: First Meeting
Neutral: Never Met
The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers travel to Chicago, Illinois to take on Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 5:00 p.m. The game can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call as the contest will also be available on the internet at www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv/uic.
Oregon State enters the contest with a mark of 4-4 on the season after the Beavers dropped a tough, 50-44 decision to Nebraska on Saturday. Defense continues to be the driving force for Oregon State as the Beavers lead the Pac-10 Conference at 9.1 steals per game and rank second in the league in field goal percentage defense at 38.2 percent.
Seth Tarver leads the defensive efforts as the senior leads the league and ranks second in the NCAA at 3.4 steals per game. Tarver has also led the offensive efforts for Oregon State as the forward enters the week averaging 12.9 points per game. Calvin Haynes ranks second on the squad at 8.6 points per game while Roeland Schaftenaar ranks third on the squad at 8.0 points per contest.
Illinois-Chicago enters with a mark of 1-6 on the season after the Flames dropped a 77-56 decision to cross-town rival DePaul on Sunday. The Flames are led by Zavion Neely, who leads the team at 14.3 points per game.
The meeting marks the first in history between the two schools.
Illinois-Chicago, led by 14th year head coach Jimmy Collins, enters with a mark of 1-6 on the season after falling to cross-town rival DePaul on Sunday. UIC has lost six straight after opening the year with a 72-59 victory over Illinois Springfield.
Zavion Neely leads two players in double figures, averaging 14.3 points per game while Robo Kreps ranks second on the squad at 13.4 points per contest.
The Flames are hitting on 36.4 percent of their shots from the floor and 25.5 percent from behind the three point arc. Meanwhile, the Illinois-Chicago defense is holding opponents to 39.9 percent from the floor and only 33.1 percent from behind the three-point arc.
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 and ranks second in the NCAA at 3.4 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. 36 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. 37 NCAA) in field goal percentage defense at 38.2 percent and ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 15 NCAA) at 57.3 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State ranks third in the league at 27.3 percent.
Seth Tarver PLAYING WELL TO START THE SEASON
Senior forward Seth Tarver has led the Oregon State attack to open the season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.8 rebounds to lead the Beavers in both categories through six games. Tarver has reached double figures in 7-of-8 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 3.4 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 10th in career points (759), fourth in rebounds (432) and first in steals (134).
OREGON STATE’S QUEST FOR SCHOOL VICTORY NUMBER 1600 UNDERWAY
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 52-50 career mark in three-plus seasons.
Oregon State returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 19, when the Beavers host Mississippi Valley State at 7:00 p.m
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