Men's Hoops Faces Washington State on Thursday Night

March 2, 2010


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THE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, MARCH 4

Washington State (16-12, 6-10) at Oregon State (13-15, 7-9), 7:06 p.m.

 

LIVE COVERAGE

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

Live Video: www.osubeavers.com

Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com

Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com

Television: None

 

THE SERIES

Oregon State vs. Washington State: OSU leads 162-117

Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 97-39

Pullman, Wash.: Washington State leads 75-61

Neutral: Oregon State leads 4-3

 

The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action on Thursday, March 4, as the Beavers host Washington State in a Pac-10 Conference game at 7:06 p.m. The game will not be televised; however, a live video stream will be available with a subscription to Beaver Nation Online, the official online audio and video source of Oregon State athletics. The game can also be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

  

Oregon State enters the week with a mark of 13-15 overall, 7-9 in Pac-10 Conference play after capturing a 49-44 win at USC on Saturday. The win gave the Beavers a sweep of the Trojans for the first time since the 2002-03 season as Seth Tarver led the way with 15 points in the victory.

  

Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 13.1 points per game while Tarver is averaging 10.7 points per contest.  Haynes has scored in double digits in nine-of-10 games, averaging 15.8 points over that span. In Pac-10 play, he ranks 11th in scoring, averaging 14.6 points per game.

  

Defense continues to be the trademark for Oregon State as the Beavers are near the lead league in several categories. Oregon State leads the league in steals (8.1) and three-point percentage defense (30.0) and ranks third in scoring defense (60.6) and field goal percentage defense (42.3).

  

Washington State enters the weekend with a mark of 16-12 overall, 6-10 in conference, after the Cougars dropped a 59-52 decision against Washington on Saturday. Klay Thompson leads the Cougar attack at 19.6 points per game.

  

Oregon State leads the all-time series, 162-117; however, Washington State captured a 65-60 win in Pullman earlier this season.

 

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE

Washington State, led by first-year head coach Ken Bone, enters the contest with a mark of 16-12 on the season after the Cougars fell to Washington, 59-52, on Saturday.

  

Klay Thompson leads three Washington State players in double figures and at 19.6 points per game. Reggie Moore ranks second on the squad at 13.2 points per contest while DeAngelo Casto averages 10.6 points and leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game.

  

The Cougars high-octane offense ranks third in the league at  72.4 points per game as Washington State is hitting 45.4 percent of its shots from the floor and 34.5 percent from behind the three-point arc. Oregon State leads the all-time series, 162-117, after the Cougars captured a 65-60 victory over the Beavers 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 28 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. 20 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. 45 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 42.3 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 21 NCAA) at 60.6 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.

 

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 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds through 28 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 17-of-28 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 12th in career points (955), fourth in rebounds (517) and first in steals (173). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State and tied a school record with a Pac-10 season high of eight steals against Cal State Bakersfield.

 

OREGON STATE IN THE MIDST OF ONE OF THE BEST TURNAROUNDS IN RECENT MEMORY

Since 2001-02, 44 teams have gone winless or won only one conference game on 51 occasions. As many know, Oregon State went 0-18 during Pac-10 Conference play during the 2007-08 season; however, since the arrival of Craig Robinson, the Beavers have started one of the most impressive turnarounds in recent memory. Of the 44 teams mentioned above, only four have won more games over the next two years than Oregon State. In addition, among BCS schools, only Texas A&M has won more games over the next two years following a dubious conference record. Below is a list of where Oregon State ranks among recent turnarounds.

  

Under Robinson, Oregon State has won 31 games since his arrival. The win-total is the most during a two-year span for Oregon State since the Beavers won 36 contests during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons.

 

WINS FOLLOWING A WINLESS OR ONE-WIN CONFERENCE SEASON (NEXT TWO SEASONS)

1. New Mexico State (1-14 in 2005) - 41

2. Texas A&M (0-16 in 2004) - 40

3. San Diego (1-13 in 2004) - 34

4. Jacksonville (1-19 in 2006) - 33

5. Oregon State (0-18 in 2008) - 31

t6. West Virginia (1-14 in 2002) – 29

t6. Army (1-13 in 2006) - 29

t8. Central Michigan (1-15 in 2006) – 27

t8. Nicholls State (1-15 in 2005) - 27

t10. Penn State (1-14 in 2005) – 26

t10. UC Riverside (1-13 in 2007) - 26

 

WINS FOLLOWING A WINLESS OR ONE-WIN CONFERENCE SEASON (BCS ONLY)

1. Texas A&M (0-16 in 2004) - 40

2. Oregon State (0-18 in 2008) - 31

3. West Virginia (1-14 in 2002) - 29

4. Penn State (1-14 in 2005) - 26

5. St. John’s (1-15 in 2004) – 21

5. South Florida (1-15 in 2004) - 21

7. Washington State (1-17 in 2002) - 20

 

Calvin Haynes BACK TO OLD FORM THROUGHOUT PAC-10 CONFERENCE 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 15-of-20 games, including nine-of-10, and now leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks No. 10 in the league in three-point field goal percentage at 38.5 percent (47-of-122).

 

Haynes has been especially effective in Pac-10 Conference games as the junior guard leads the team and ranks 11th in the league at 14.6 points per game. The junior guard has averaged 15.8 points per game over the last 10 contests.

 

UP NEXT...

Oregon State concludes the regular-season schedule when the Beavers host Washington on Saturday, March 6, at 5:00 p.m. in a game to be televised by FSN NW.

 

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