Men's Hoops Hosts Arizona in Pac-10 Contest Thursday

Jan. 13, 2010


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THE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14

Arizona (8-8, 2-2) at Oregon State (7-8, 1-2), 7:06 PM

 

LIVE COVERAGE

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

Live Video: None

Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com

Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com

Television: None

 

THE SERIES

Oregon State vs. Arizona: Arizona leads 51-17

Corvallis, Ore.: Arizona leads 20-12

Tucson, Ariz.: Arizona leads 28-5

Neutral: Arizona leads 3-0

 

The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers host their first Pac-10 Conference game of the season when they face Arizona on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:06 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum. The game will not be televised as tickets are available by contacting the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or by purchasing online at www.osubeavers.com.

  

Oregon State enters with a mark of 7-8 on the season, 1-2 in league play, after the Beavers picked up their first win at McArthur Court in 16 seasons with a 64-57 victory over Oregon on Sunday. Seth Tarver and Daniel Deane each had 15 points to lead Oregon State in the victory as the Beavers held the Ducks to just 35.2 percent (19-of-54) from the field.

  

Tarver continues to lead the Oregon State attack at 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as the senior forward also leads the team and Pac-10 Conference with 3.0 steals per game. Calvin Haynes is the other Oregon State player in double figures, averaging 11.5 points per contest.

  

Arizona enters the week with a mark of 8-8 on the season, 2-2 in league play, after splitting at home against the Washington schools last week. Nic Wise leads the Arizona attack, averaging 15.0 points per contest as Derrick Williams ranks second on the squad at 14.8 points per game.

  

Arizona holds a commanding 51-17 lead in the series after the Wildcats picked up a pair of hard-fought victories last season. Last year, Oregon State fell to Arizona, 64-47, in Tucson before dropping a 56-53 decision in Corvallis.

 

SCOUTING ARIZONA

Arizona, led by first-year head coach Sean Miller, enters the week with a mark of 8-8 on the season, 2-2 in league play, after splitting at home against the Washington schools last week. The Wildcats fell to Washington State, 78-76, before cruising to an 87-70 win over Washington.

  

Nic Wise leads the Arizona attack, averaging 15.0 points per contest as Derrick Williams ranks second on the squad at 14.8 points per game. Jamelle Horn is the third Arizona player in double figures, averaging 12.1 points per game.

  

The Wildcats enter averaging 72.4 points per contest while hitting 44.3 percent of its shots from the field. The Arizona defense is holding opponents to 72.5 points per game and 44.0 percent from the field.

  

Arizona holds a commanding 51-17 lead in the series after the Wildcats picked up a pair of hard-fought victories last season. Last year, Oregon State fell to Arizona, 64-47, in Tucson before dropping a 56-53 decision in Corvallis.

 

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 15 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 fourth in the NCAA at 3.0 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.4 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 58 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 third in the league in field goal percentage defense at 43.2 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 65 NCAA) at 63.0 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State leads the league (No. 56 NCAA) at 30.7 percent.

 

Seth Tarver PLAYING WELL AS SEASON ENTERS PAC-10 PLAY

Senior forward Seth Tarver has led the Oregon State attack since the start of season, averaging 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds to lead Oregon State in both categories through 15 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 11-of-15 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 (835), fourth in rebounds (454) and first in steals (152). 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 1,601-1,187 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 55-54 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-seven games and now ranks second on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks among the league leaders at 43.1 percent (25-of-58) 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 44.8 percent of its shots and has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field on six occasions.

  

Oregon State has been especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers hit 51.1 percent of their two-point shots to rank 72nd 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 Arizona State to close out the weekend on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in a game televised by FSN NW.

 

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