Men's Hoops Hosts Washington in Regular-Season Finale
March 5, 2010
SATURDAY, MARCH 6
Washington (20-9, 10-7) at Oregon State (14-15, 8-9) 5:05 p.m.
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: None
Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com
Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com
Television: FSN NW; Rich Burk (play-by-play); Lamar Hurd (color)
Oregon State vs. Washington: Washington leads 149-135
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 93-46
Seattle, Wash.: Washington leads 100-40
Neutral: Washington leads 3-2
The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday, March 6, as the Beavers host Washington in the regular season finale at 5:05 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call. The game will also serve as the setting for Senior Day ceremonies as Calvin Hampton, Roeland Schaftenaar, Josh Tarver and Seth Tarver will be honored prior to the start of the contest.
Oregon State enters the finale with a mark of 14-15 overall, 8-9 in Pac-10 Conference play after the Beaver held on for a 59-55 win over Washington State on Thursday. Jared Cunningham led the way with 20 points and a school record-tying eight steals as the Beavers led the entire contest.
Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 12.7 points per game while S. Tarver is averaging 10.5 points per contest.
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 (8.3) and three-point percentage defense (30.3) and ranks third in scoring defense (60.4) and field goal percentage defense (42.2).
With a win on Saturday, Oregon State will finish .500 in Pac-10 Conference play for the first time since the 1992-93 season. Several seeding possibilities remain for the Beavers as they could enter the Pac-10 tournament seeded as high as No. 4.
Washington enters the weekend with a mark of 20-9 overall, 10-7 in conference, after the Huskies defeated Oregon, 86-72, on Thursday. Quincy Pondexter leads the Washington attack, averaging 20.3 points per contest. Washington leads the all-time series, 149-135; as the Huskies captured a 76-70 victory in Seattle earlier this season.
Washington, led by eighth-year head coach Lorenzo Romar, enters the contest with a mark of 20-9 on the season and in third-place in the Pac-10 Conference after an 86-72 win at Oregon on Thursday.
Quincy Pondexter leads the Washington attack with 20.7 points per game. Isaiah Thomas is the other Washington player averaging in double figures as he ranks second on the squad at 17.1 points per game.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in points per game with 80.5 and has led the conference in scoring in three of the last five seasons. The Huskies are currently holding opponents to 70.6 points per game and 42.3 percent from the field.
Washington leads the all-times series between the two schools by a 149-135 margin since the first meeting in 1904. Washington has won five-straight overall in the series.
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 2.3 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.3 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 42.2 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 21 NCAA) at 60.4 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 30.3 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 10.5 points and 4.6 rebounds through 29 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 17-of-29 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 2.3 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 12th in career points (961), fourth in rebounds (520) and first in steals (175). 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 32 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) - 32
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) - 32
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-21 games, including nine-of-11, and now leads the team in scoring at 12.7 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks No. 11 in the league in three-point field goal percentage at 37.6 percent (47-of-126).
Haynes has been especially effective in Pac-10 Conference games as the junior guard leads the team and ranks 11th in the league at 13.9 points per game. The junior guard has averaged 15.2 points per game over the last 10 contests.
Oregon State will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., to open play at the Pacific Life Pac-10 Conference tournament on Thursday, March 11, at a time to be determined.