Men's Hoops Opens Pac-10 Tournament Against Washington

March 10, 2010


The Oregon State men’s basketball team enters postseason play this week as the Beavers return to action as the No. 6 seed in the Pacific Life Pac-10 Conference Tournament and face No. 3 seed Washington in Los Angeles, Calif., on Thursday, March 11, at approximately 8:30 p.m. The game will be nationally-televised by FSN.

Oregon State enters the tournament with a mark of 14-16 overall, and tied for fifth in Pac-10 Conference play after the Beavers fell to Washington, 82-70, on Saturday. Roeland Schaftenaar led the way with 15 points in the loss while Calvin Haynes added 13 points for Oregon State.

Entering the tournament, defense continues to be the trademark for Oregon State as the Beavers are near the lead league in several categories. Led by Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year Seth Tarver, Oregon State leads the league in steals (8.2) and three-point percentage defense (30.7) and ranks third in scoring defense (61.1) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (42.5).

On the offensive side of the ball, Calvin Haynes, who earned second-team All Pac-10 Conference honors, leads the team at 12.7 points per game while Tarver ranks second on the squad at 10.4 points per game.

The winner of the quarterfinal contest will advance to the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament and will face the winner of No. 2 Arizona State and No. 7 Stanford on Friday, March 12, at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Washington enters the weekend with a mark of 21-9 overall, 11-7 in conference, after Huskies win over the Beavers on Thursday. Quincy Pondexter leads the Washington attack, averaging 20.2 points per contest. Washington leads the all-time series, 150-135; as the Huskies swept the season series from Oregon State this year.


SCOUTING WASHINGTON


Washington, led by eighth-year head coach Lorenzo Romar, enters the contest with a mark of 21-9 on the season as the Huskies enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed.

Quincy Pondexter leads the Washington attack with 20.2 points per game. Isaiah Thomas is the other Washington player averaging in double figures as he ranks second on the squad at 17.2 points per game.

Washington leads the Pac-10 in points per game with 80.5 and has led the conference in scoring in four of the

last six seasons. The Huskies are currently holding opponents to 70.6 points per game and 42.4 percent from the field.

Washington leads the all-times series between the two schools by a 150-135 margin since the first meeting in 1904. Washington has won six-straight overall in the series.


 

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


 


 


 


Seth Tarver CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL


 


 


 


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

 

 


 

 

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 1,608-1,195 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, 17 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, Louisville 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 62-62 career mark in three-plus seasons.


 


Calvin Haynes BACK TO OLD FORM ENTERING POSTSEASON PLAY


 


 


 

 

 

 

LAST TIME OUT: OREGON STATE FALLS TO WASHINGTON IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -Washington beat Oregon State 82-70 Saturday night, spoiling Senior Day for the Beavers and setting up a rematch between the two schools in the first round of the Pac-10 Conference tournament on Thursday.

Junior forward Matt Bryan-Amaning led the Huskies with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and five assists and Quincy Pondexter scored 18 for Washington (21-9, 11-7 Pac-10), which will carry the No. 3 seed in the postseason conference tournament.

Roeland Schaftenaar had 15 points for Oregon State (14-16, 8-10), the No. 6 seed in the Pac-10.

Washington, which has won six straight games over the Beavers, led 37-29 at the half and by as many as 20 points in the second half.

The Huskies had only seven turnovers against the Beavers, who lead the Pac-10 in steals.


 

OREGON STATE SIGNS TWO DURING THE EARLY SIGNING PERIOD


Devon Collier, a 6-8, 215-pound forward from Bronx, New York, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Oregon State men’s basketball program, head coach Craig Robinson announced on Tuesday. Collier joins Ahmad Starks, a highly-touted point guard from Chicago, Ill., as student-athletes who have signed with the program during the early signing period.

'Devon (Collier) is an athletic big man who can play inside and outside and has tremendous potential,' head coach Craig Robinson said. 'It’s terrific to have a guy of his caliber come across the country to attend Oregon State. We’re excited to have him and think he can do some great things here.'

Collier signs with Oregon State out of St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, N.J., and is a consensus top 150 prospect. The power forward is rated No. 79 overall by ESPN.com, No. 134 by Rivals.com and is a four-star recruit ranked in the top 100 by Scout.com. Collier helped lead St. Anthony to the NJSIAA sectional semi-finals as a junior, his first year at the school. As a sophomore at All Hallows High School in the Bronx, Collier averaged 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds.

In addition to Collier, Starks signed with Oregon State men’s basketball program during the early signing period. Starks is ranked No. 132 overall by Rivals.com as the website has him tabbed as the No. 30 point guard prospect in the country. Nearly every recruiting service has Starks as a three-star prospect as the high school senior is ranked the No. 35 point guard prospect by ESPN.com and the No. 25 point guard by Scout.com.

'Ahmad is a tremendous player who has been a winner throughout his high school career,' head coach Craig Robinson said. 'He’s a guard who is a natural scorer and can get other players involved as well. He brings a lot of energy to the game and will help the program continue to move in the right direction.'

The duo continue Oregon State’s recent recruiting class as the Beavers’ 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the best in the nation by several recruiting services.


 

Craig Robinson AGREES IN PRINCIPLE TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION


 


Oregon State University head men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson has reached an agreement in principle to a two-year contract extension, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Tuesday. The contract ensures Robinson will be on the sidelines for Oregon State through the 2015-2016 season. Terms of the contract will be released in the near future.

'I’d like to thank President Ed Ray and Bob De Carolis for their commitment to me, our program and Oregon State,' Robinson said. 'This extension represents a mutual commitment to the future of Oregon State men’s basketball. We will continue to recruit the best student-athletes, invest in our facilities and build a successful team on and off the court. We have ambitious goals and look forward to returning the Oregon State basketball program to prominence.'

In just his second season at Oregon State, Robinson has started a remarkable turnaround that has seen the Beavers win 31 games since his arrival. The 31 wins is the most over a two-year period for Oregon State since the Beavers won a combined 36 games during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons.

In his first season at Oregon State, Robinson led a turnaround that culminated in the Beavers capturing the College Basketball Invitational tournament title with a best-of-three series win over UTEP. With the championship, the Beavers captured the first postseason men’s basketball title in school history.

Oregon State finished the season with an 18-18 record and had one of the greatest turnarounds in the nation as the plus-12 win total from the previous year ranked No. 3 in the country. The 18 wins were the most for Oregon State since the 1989-90 season (22) as Robinson was named District IX Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

Prior to joining Oregon State, Robinson spent two years as the head coach at Brown, leading a revival of the Bears program as he guided the squad to a school-record 19 victories in his final season. In his second year at Brown, Robinson led the Bears to their fourth ever post-season tournament berth, competing in the CBI. Robinson’s team posted an 11-3 Ivy League mark, second best in school history, and good for second place in the conference standings. Robinson won more games (30) in his first two years than any other head coach in Brown basketball history.

A 1983 graduate of Princeton with an AB (Arts of a Bachelor degree) in Sociology, Robinson is considered one of the top players in Ivy League history. He ranks fourth on Princeton’s all-time scoring list with 1,441 points and led the Ivy League in field goal percentage in 1982 and 1983.

After graduating from Princeton with a degree in sociology, Robinson was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA draft. He played two seasons with the Manchester (England) Giants of the European Basketball League. In addition, he served as the assistant to the general manager and public relations officer for Manchester.

Robinson began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the Illinois Institute of Technology from 1988-90. He was responsible for offense implementation, game strategy, recruiting and advance scouting. He was also the head coach at the University of Chicago High School in 1999-2000.

Robinson, who also has a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1992), took a hiatus from coaching and went into private business in 1990. Robinson and his wife Kelly have two sons, Avery and Austin, and a daughter, Leslie.


 

UP NEXT...

Should Oregon State win, the Beavers will advance to play the winner of No. 2 Arizona State and No. 7 Stanford on Friday, March 12, in the Pac-10 Conference semifinals at 8:30 p.m.

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, who was named second-team All Pac-10 Conference, has reached double figures in 16-of-22 games, including 10-of-12, 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 36.4 percent (47-of-129).

Haynes has been especially effective in Pac-10 Conference games as the junior guard leads the team and ranks 12th in the league at 13.8 points per game. The junior guard has averaged 15.0 points per game over the last 10 contests.

 

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 the regular season. Tarver has reached double figures in 17-of-30 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 (968), fourth in rebounds (527) and first in steals (176). 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.

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 the regular. Specifically, Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense has received the share of the attention as the guard at the top, Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year 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 2.3 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. 36 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. 29 NCAA) at 61.1 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State leads the league (No. 34 NCAA) at 30.7 percent.

 

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