Men's Hoops Travels to Oregon for Civil War

Jan. 10, 2010


THE SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

Oregon State (6-8, 0-2) at Oregon (10-4, 2-0), 7:37 PM

 

LIVE COVERAGE

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

Live Video: None

Live Audio: www.goducks.com

Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com

Television: FSN; Steve Physioc (play-by-play); Marques Johnson (color)

 

THE SERIES

Oregon State vs. Oregon: Oregon State leads 181-150

Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 98-59

Eugene, Ore.: Oregon leads 85-69

Neutral: Oregon State leads 14-6

 

The Oregon State men’s basketball returns to action this week as the return to Pac-10 Conference play when the Beavers travel to Eugene, Ore., to face Oregon in the 332nd edition of the Civil War on Sunday, January 10, at 7:37 p.m. The game will be nationally-televised by FSN and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

           

Oregon State enters the most-played rivalry in NCAA Division I men’s basketball with a record of 6-8 on the season after suffering a non-conference loss to Seattle on Wednesday. The Beavers have lost three in a row entering the game against the Ducks as Oregon State enters the contest 0-2 in league play after a pair of close losses in Washington to open conference action.

  

Calvin Haynes leads the Oregon State attack heading into the weekend as the junior guard leads the team with 11.8 points per contest. Seth Tarver ranks second on the squad and is the only other Oregon State player in double figures at 11.7 points per game.

  

Tarver leads the Oregon State defense as well as the senior leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 3 in the country at 3.0 steals per game. Entering the Oregon contest, Tarver ranks No. 10 on the OSU career steals list with 148 for his career.

  

Oregon enters the contest as the only undefeated team remaining in Pac-10 play as the Ducks enter with a record of 10-4 overall, 2-0 in league contests after winning at Washington State and at Washington last year. Guard Tajuan Porter leads the Duck attack at 13.5 points per game.

  

Oregon State leads the all-time series, 181-150, after the teams split a pair of games last season. Oregon State captured the meeting in Gill Coliseum as Oregon rallied from a double-digit deficit to win in Eugene.

 

SCOUTING OREGON

Oregon, led by head coach Ernie Kent, enters the contest with a mark of 10-4 on the season as the Ducks enter the game as the only Pac-10 school undefeated in conference play with a mark of 2-0. Oregon swept games at Washington and Washington State last weekend to open conference action

  

Tajuan Porter leads three Oregon players in double figures at 13.5 points per game as the guard is hitting 39.7 percent of his shots from behind the three-point arc. Michael Dunigan ranks second on the squad at 12.3 points per contest while Malcolm Armstead is scoring 11.7 points per game for the Ducks.

  

On the offensive side of the ball, Oregon is hitting 45.5 percent of its shots and 38.1 percent from behind the three-point arc while holding opponents to just 43.7 percent from the field.

 

DEFENSE, AND THE 1-3-1, LEADING THE WAY FOR OREGON STATE

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 14 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 third in the NCAA at 3.0 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.6 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 47 in the nation. Last season, Tarver became the first Oregon State player since Gary Payton in 1989-1990 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 ranks fifth in the league in field goal percentage defense at 42.6 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 43 NCAA) at 63.4 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State ranks fourth in the league (No. 32 NCAA) at 31.6 percent.

 

Seth Tarver PLAYING WELL TO START THE SEASON

Senior forward Seth Tarver has led the Oregon State attack since the start of season, averaging 11.3 points and 4.6 rebounds to rank second ni both categories through 14 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 10-of-14 games this season with a season-high of 18 points while recording three assists and three steals in a win over George Washington.

  

The senior 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 3.0 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 10th in career points (820), fourth in rebounds (451) and first in steals (148). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State.

 

OREGON STATE REACHES HISTORIC MILESTONE IN WIN OVER FRESNO STATE

With a victory over Fresno State, Oregon State became just the 15th program to reach 1,600 wins as the Beavers now own a 1,600-1,187 record in its 109-year history. During the course to 1,600 wins, Oregon State has captured 21 conference titles, including five Pac-10 Conference crowns, and has made 16 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship appearances.

  

Heading into this weekend, 16 programs have reached the historic milestone. In addition to Pac-10 squads Oregon State, Washington and UCLA, the following programs have reached 1,600 victories: Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John’s, Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, Indiana, Utah, Illinois and Western Kentucky.

  

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 54-54 career mark in three-plus seasons.

 

Calvin Haynes BACK TO OLD FORM HEADING INTO PAC-10 PLAY                                        

The leading scorer for Oregon State last season, junior guard Calvin Haynes has shown in recent games why he was a key member of last year’s College Basketball Invitational championship squad. In the victory over Fresno State, Haynes tied his career-high with 25 points and scored the most points by an Oregon State player this season.

  

Haynes has reached double figures in five-of-six games and now leads the team in scoring at 11.8 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks among the league leaders at 41.1 percent (23-of-56) from behind the three point arc.

 

OREGON STATE CONTINUES 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 45.1 percent of its shots and has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field on six occasions, including five of the last 10 games.

  

Oregon State has been especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers hit 52.5 percent of their two-point shots to rank 42nd in the country according to kenpom.com. Last season, 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.

 

UP NEXT...

Oregon State hosts its first home game in Pac-10 Conference play as the Beavers take on Arizona on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:

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