Men's Hoops Travels to Valley of the Sun to Face Arizona State

Feb. 9, 2010


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THE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Oregon State (10-12, 4-6) at Arizona State (16-8, 6-5) 5:30 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 State: Oregon State leads 38-36

Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 21-13

Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona State leads 22-12

Neutral: Oregon State leads 5-1

 

The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers travel to Tempe., Ariz., to face Arizona State on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. The game will not be televised; however, can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

  

Oregon State enters with a mark of 10-12 on the season, 4-6 in conference play, after the Beavers completed their first sweep over Oregon since the 1992-93 season with a 62-42 victory over the Ducks on Saturday. Omari Johnson led the way with a season-high 18 points as the Oregon State defense held the Ducks to their lowest point total of the season.

  

Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack as the junior guard leads the team at 13.0 points per game, 15.2 points per game in conference action. Seth Tarver ranks second on the squad at 10.5 points per game as the senior guard leads the defensive efforts for the Beavers, leading the Pac-10 Conference at 2.5 steals per game.

  

Oregon State continues to put forth strong defensive performances as the Beavers lead the league in steals (8.1 per game) and three-point field goal percentage defense (29.8). In addition, Oregon State ranks third in the league in field goal percentage defense (42.5) and scoring defense (61.3).

 

Arizona State enters the contest with a mark of 16-8 overall and tied for second in the league at 6-5 in conference play. The Sun Devils are led by Rihards Kuksiks, who leads the team at 12.4 points per game.

  

Oregon State leads the all-time series, 38-36; however, the Sun Devils have won five straight in the series, including picking up a 66-57 victory in Corvallis earlier this season.

 

SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE

Arizona State, led by head coach Herb Sendek, enters the weekend with a mark of 16-8 on the season, 6-5 in league play, after splitting in Washington last week. Arizona State picked up an 81-70 win at Washington State before falling, 79-56, to Washington.

  

The Sun Devils rank second in the the Pac-10 in scoring defense (58.9 points per game) and leads the league in three-point percentage (.380).

  

On offense, Arizona State is led by Rihards Kuksiks, who leads the team at 12.4 points per game. Ty Abbot (11.7 points per game) and Derek Glasser (10.0 points per game) are also in double figures for the Dun Devils.

  

Oregon State leads the all-time series, 38-36; however, the Sun Devils have won five straight in the series, including picking up a 66-57 victory in Corvallis earlier this season.

 

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

The Oregon State defense has been among the nation’s best as the Beavers have been forcing turnovers and keeping opponents field-goal percentage down through 22 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 No. 17 in the NCAA at 2.5 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.2 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 48 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 42.5 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 34 NCAA) at 61.3 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State leads the league (No. 23 NCAA) at 29.8 percent.

 

Seth Tarver CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL

Senior forward Seth Tarver has been one of the leaders of the Oregon State attack since the start of season, averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds through 22 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 13-of-22 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 2.5 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 11th in career points (887), fourth in rebounds (486) and first in steals (161). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State.

 

Calvin Haynes PROVING TO BE OREGON STATE’S GO-TO GUY                                 

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. Three times this season (vs. Fresno State, Cal and USC), Haynes has tied his career-high with 25 points. The mark is the most points by an Oregon State player this season.

  

Haynes has reached double figures in 10-of-13 games and now leads the team in scoring at 13.0 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks sixth in the Pac-10 Conference at 41.5 percent (39-of-94) from behind the three point arc.

  

Haynes has been especially effective in Pac-10 Conference games as the junior guard leads the team and ranks 11th in the league at 15.2 points per game.

 

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 44.1 percent of its shots and has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field on seven occasions. 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 concludes its swing through Arizona as the Beavers travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face the Wildcats on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 5:00 p.m. The game will be televised by FCS Pacific.

 

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