Men's Basketball Travels to Tucson to Face Arizona

Feb. 12, 2010




Oregon State (10-13, 4-7) at Arizona (13-11, 7-5)



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

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Television: FCS Pacific



Oregon State vs. Arizona: Arizona leads 51-18

Corvallis, Ore.: Arizona leads 20-13

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 travel to Tucson., Ariz., to face Arizona on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 5:00 p.m. The will be televised by Fox College Sports Pacific and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.


Oregon State enters with a mark of 10-13 on the season, 4-7 in conference play, after the Beavers fell to Arizona State 56-46 on Thursday. Calvin Haynes led the way for Oregon State with 15 points as a strong defensive effort by the Beavers was torpedoed by struggles on offense as OSU shot a season-low 24.6 percent from the field (14-of-57).


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 10.4 points per game as the senior guard leads the defensive efforts for the Beavers, leading the Pac-10 Conference at 2.4 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 (30.0). In addition, Oregon State ranks third in the league in field goal percentage defense (42.2) and scoring defense (61.0).


Arizona enters the contest with a mark of 13-11 overall and tied for second in the league at 7-5 in conference play after a 70-57 win over Oregon on Thursday. The Wildcats are led by Derrick Williams, who is averaging 15.5 points per game.


Arizona leads the all-time series 51-18 and has won 27 straight in Tucson; however, the Beavers captured a 67-64 victory when the teams met earlier this season.



Arizona, led by first-year head coach Sean Miller, enters the week with a mark of 13-11 on the season, 7-5 in league play, after defeating Oregon, 70-57, on Thursday.


Derrick Williams leads the Arizona attack at 15.5 points per game while Nic Wise ranks second on the squad at 15.3 points per contest. Kyle Fogg (10.7) and Jamelle Horn (10.0) are also averaging in double figures for Arizona.


The Wildcats enter averaging 72.1 points per contest while hitting 43.9 percent of its shots from the field. The Arizona defense is holding opponents to 70.9 points per game and 42.6 percent from the field.


Arizona holds a commanding 51-18 lead in the series and has won 27 straight in Tucson; however, the Beavers picked up the win earlier this season, 67-64, as Lathen Wallace hit the game-winning three-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining.



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 23 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. 19 in the NCAA at 2.4 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.1 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 53 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 42.2 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 30 NCAA) at 61.0 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State leads the league (No. 24 NCAA) at 30.0 percent.



Senior forward Seth Tarver has been one of the leaders of the Oregon State attack since the start of season, averaging 10.4 points and 4.7 rebounds through 23 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 13-of-23 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 2.4 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 11th in career points (896), fourth in rebounds (494) and first in steals (163). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State.


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. 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 11-of-15 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 near the top 10 in three-point field goal percentage at 39.8 percent (41-of-103).


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



Oregon State returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 18, when the Beavers host Pac-10 Conference leader Cal at 7:30 p.m. in a game nationally-televised by FSN.


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