Beavers Prepared For Saturday’s Civil War

THE GAME: Oregon State (9-3, 0-0 Pac-12) opens Pac-12 play against intrastate rival Oregon (10-3, 0-0) in the 343rd Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Spirit Mountain Casino and Your Local Ford Stores, at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

TELEVISION: The game will be televised on ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams calling the action. The game can also be viewed online on WatchESPN at this link.

RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action. It can also be heard on Sirius 139 and XM 197.

LIVE STATS: There will be live stats at this link.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Live updates will be available on Twitter and Facebook.

SEASON CENTRAL PAGE: Click on this link for information about the Oregon State men’s basketball team.

QUICKLY: Oregon State and Oregon meet for the 343rd time, making it the most-contested rivalry in college basketball ... The Beavers have defeated the Ducks 185 times, the third-most wins against a single team in NCAA history ... Wayne Tinkle is 1-0 as a head coach against Oregon after leading Montana to a 68-55 victory in Eugene on Nov. 23, 2009 ... Gary Payton II is fifth in the nation in steals (3.1); he has a steal in every game this season and multiple steals in five straight ... Victor Robbins is averaging a team-best 16.5 points over the past four games ... Olaf Schaftenaar has made a 3-pointer in 11 consecutive games, including nine from deep in the past three contests ... Malcolm Duvivier has scored in double figures in four straight games, the longest current streak on the team ... Oregon State is outscoring its opponents 380-202 in points in the paint ... The Beavers are shooting 69.8 percent from the free throw line but 81.0 percent (34-for-42) in the final two minutes of games.

vs. OREGON: Oregon State and Oregon have played an NCAA-record 342 games with the Beavers holding a 185-157 advantage. Here’s a look at the most contested rivalries in college basketball history:

Games -- Opponents (First Year)
342 -- Oregon State vs. Oregon (1903)
297 -- Oregon vs. Washington (1904)
295 -- Oregon State vs. Washington (1904)
290 -- Oregon State vs. Washington State (1907)
287 -- Oregon vs. Washington State (1908)

The Beavers have defeated the Ducks 185 times, the third-most wins against a single team in NCAA history (Washington has defeated Oregon 188 times; Kansas has 187 wins over Kansas State).

Oregon State has won two of the last five meetings in Eugene after dropping 16 straight road games to the Ducks from 1993 to 2009.

The teams split the season series last year with the Beavers winning, 80-72, on Jan. 19 in Corvallis and the Ducks taking a 93-83 victory on Feb. 16 in Eugene. They met again in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament with Oregon coming out on top, 88-74, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It was the first-ever time the Civil War was played in the Pac-10/12 Tournament.

CURRENT PLAYERS AGAINST OREGON: There are six players on Oregon State’s roster who have competed in the Civil War. They have played in a combined 23 games, counting the Pac-12 Tournament, and have scored 40 total points: Malcolm Duvivier (3 games, 4 points); Daniel Gomis (3 games, 6 points); Langston Morris-Walker (4 games, 13 points); Jarmal Reid (5 games, 5 points); Victor Robbins (3 games, 3 points); Olaf Schaftenaar (5 games, 9 points).

BEAVERS vs. DUCKS IN CONFERENCE OPENER: Oregon State and Oregon have met nine times previously in the Pac-12 opener since the conference expanded in 1978-79. The Beavers won the first two meetings but the Ducks have taken the last seven, including two years ago when they opened at Gill Coliseum.

Dec. 21, 1978 -- Oregon State 85, Oregon 58 (Corvallis)
Dec. 22, 1979 -- Oregon State 75, Oregon 66 (Eugene)
Jan. 6, 1996 -- Oregon 70, Oregon State 59 (Eugene)
Jan. 4, 1997 -- Oregon 91, Oregon State 69 (Corvallis)
Jan. 8, 2000 -- Oregon 67, Oregon State 49 (Corvallis)
Jan. 6, 2001 -- Oregon 84, Oregon State 66 (Eugene)
Dec. 31, 2005 -- Oregon 70, Oregon State 64 (Eugene)
Dec. 30, 2006 -- Oregon 76, Oregon State 73 (Corvallis)
Jan. 6, 2013 -- Oregon 79, Oregon State 66 (Corvallis)

A WIN OVER THE DUCKS: If Oregon State defeats Oregon it will improve to 10-3 overall and 1-0 in Pac-12 play. It would also:

  • Equal Oregon State’s best overall record through 13 games since the 1989-90 team opened 11-2 (the 2004-05, 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams started 10-3).
  • Be the third time since 1994-95 that Oregon State won its Pac-12 opener (2004-05 and 2010-11 were the others).
  • Be the first time since 1992-93 the Beavers won their Pac-12 opener when it was on the road (Oregon State 77, Stanford 66 on the Farm).

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Oregon State is 8-0 at Gill Coliseum, its best start at home since the 1998-99 team opened 10-0. The 1979-80 team went 13-0 at home, and the 1981-82 and 1983-84 teams finished the seasons 11-0 at Gill.

TEAM NOTES: Here are some quick-hitters about the Oregon State men’s basketball team through 12 games:

  • Through December 30 games, Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (56.5), steals (8.8) and turnover margin (+3.3). They finished last in the conference in those categories last season (75.6/4.8/-3.0).
  • The Beavers are second in the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.355).
  • Oregon State has held eight of its 12 opponents below 35 percent shooting from the field
  • The Beavers are 8-1 when holding their opponent below 40 percent shooting from the field; 1-2 when the opponent shoots better than 40 percent.
  • Oregon State has outrebounded eight of its 12 opponents and has fewer turnovers than its opponent in nine of the 12 games.
  • The Beavers overcame a 16-point deficit in the win over UC Santa Barbara, their biggest comeback in a victory since Dec. 3, 2005 when they came back from 22 points down to defeat UNLV, 69-63, at Gill Coliseum.
  • Six Oregon State players scored in double figures against UCSB (Jarmal Reid 16, Olaf Schaftenaar 14, Gary Payton II 14, Langston Morris-Walker 11, Victor Robbins 11, Malcolm Duvivier 10). It’s the first time six Beavers have scored in double digits in a game since Nov. 9, 2012 (Roberto Nelson 22, Angus Brandt 18, Ahmad Starks 18, Eric Moreland 14, Devon Collier 14, Joe Burton 10).
  • The Beavers held Grambling State to nine first-half points, the fewest by an opponent in either half since Jan. 28, 1980 when Stanford scored four points in the second frame. Oregon State won that game, 18-16.
  • The Beavers have held four opponents below 30 percent shooting from the field (Oral Roberts .209, Mississippi Valley .295, Portland .273, Grambling State .281). In the last five seasons prior to this one, Oregon State held a total of four opponents below 30 percent shooting (two in 2009-10, two in 2011-12).
  • In specialty statistics, Oregon State is outscoring its opponents in all five categories: turnovers 225-142, second chance 151-97, in the paint 380-202, fast break 79-38, bench 260-193.

GARY PAYTON II QUICK HITTERS: Here are some quick hitters about Gary Payton II, a junior transfer from Salt Lake Community College:

  • He posted the second triple-double in Oregon State history with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against Grambling State. His father, Gary Payton, recorded the only other triple-double on Nov. 26, 1988 when he had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists against Portland at Gill Coliseum.
  • He leads the Pac-12 and is fifth in the nation in steals (3.1). His father led the conference in steals in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and is the Pac-12’s career leader.
  • He has a steal in all 12 games and multiple steals in five straight. The Oregon State records are 37 straight games with a steal by Gary Payton and 16 straight games with multiple steals by Brent Barry.
  • He is averaging 5.0 steals in the last four games.
  • He leads the team in scoring (12.5), rebounding (8.7), steals (37) and blocked shots (13). No player in Oregon State history has led the team in all four categories at the end of a season.
  • The last Beaver guard to lead the team in rebounding was Seth Tarver in 2010 (4.6) and the last to lead the team in blocks was Brent Barry in 1994 (0.9).
  • He is fourth in the Pac-12 in rebounding (8.7), trailing only 6-foot-10 Josh Hawkinson of Washington State (10.5), 6-foot-9 Kevon Looney of UCLA (10.4) and 6-foot-5 Tyrone Wallace of California (8.8).
  • He is sixth in the Pac-12 in assist/turnover ratio (2.1) ninth in field goal percentage (.539), 12th in assists (3.0) and tied for 12th in blocked shots (1.1).
  • His father went 9-1 against the Oregon Ducks in his four-year college career.

MALCOLM DUVIVIER QUICK HITTERS: Here are some quick hitters about Malcolm Duvivier, a sophomore guard from Toronto, Canada:

  • He has started every game this season after coming off the bench in all 32 games as a freshman.
  • He has scored in double figures in four straight games after reaching double digits twice in the first eight games.
  • He’s averaging 11.8 points in the last four games after averaging 3.7 points in the three games prior to that.
  • In the last four games, he is shooting 40 percent (6-for-15) from the 3-point line and 81.8 percent (9-for-11) from the free throw line; in the first eight games he shot 31.6 percent (6-for-19) from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent (12-for-18) from the stripe.
  • He leads the team in assists (44) and is second in steals (18).
  • He is eighth in the Pac-12 in steals (1.5) and 10th in assists (3.7) and assist/turnover ratio (1.4).
  • He is averaging 10.3 points and shooting 44.4 percent (28-for-63) from the field in games at Gill Coliseum, and averaging 5.8 points and shooting 24.2 percent (8-for-33) in away and neutral site games.

LANGSTON MORRIS-WALKER QUICK HITTERS: Here are some quick hitters about Langston Morris-Walker, a junior guard from Berkeley, California:

  • He is fourth on the team in scoring (10.3) and second in rebounding (4.8).
  • He has scored in double figures in eight of the 12 games.
  • He has knocked down three 3-pointers in the last two games after making two in the five games prior to that.
  • He has already set career highs in points (16), rebounds (10), assists (8), steals (2) and minutes played (37).
  • He’s 24-for-29 (82.8 percent) from the free throw line in the last nine games.
  • He nearly had a triple-double against DePaul with seven points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

OLAF SCHAFTENAAR QUICK HITTERS: Here are some quick hitters about Olaf Schaftenaar, a junior forward from Utrecht, Netherlands:

  • He has knocked down 10 of his last 19 shots from beyond the arc (52.6 percent) to move into seventh in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (.426).
  • His 3-point percentage in his first two seasons was 31.6 percent (43-for-136).
  • He has taken 90 shots this season with 47 from the 3-point line (52 percent). In his first two seasons, Schaftenaar put up 167 shots with 136 of those coming from beyond the arc (81 percent).
  • He is shooting 48.9 percent (44-for-90) from the field this season; coming into this season his career percentage was 32.9 percent (55-for-167).
  • He has made a 3-pointer in 11 straight games, the longest streak on the team.

DANIEL GOMIS QUICK HITTERS: Here are some quick hitters about Daniel Gomis, a junior forward from Thies, Senegal:

  • He missed the first game of the season with an injured shoulder but has played in every game since. He has started the last seven games.
  • He got his first start of the season against Mississippi Valley State and scored a career-high 11 points and tied a career best with five blocked shots.
  • He is shooting 53.6 percent (15-for-28) from the field; he entered the season a career 59.6 percent shooter (31-for-52).
  • He is 11th in the Pac-12 in blocked shots (1.2).

VICTOR ROBBINS QUICK HITTERS: Here are some quick hitters about Victor Robbins, a junior guard/forward from Compton, California:

  • He’s averaging a team-best 16.5 points over the past four games, while shooting 57.9 percent (22-for-38) from the field, 40 percent (6-for-15) from beyond the arc and 94.1 percent (16-for-17) from the free throw line.
  • He has scored career highs in three of his past six games with 18 points at Portland, 22 against Grambling State and 27 against DePaul to move into second on the team in scoring (11.0).
  • He second on the team in scoring (11.) and tied for third in rebounding (3.9) despite coming off the bench in all 12 games.
  • He has made eight 3-pointers in the last six games after making two in the first six games.

JARMAL REID QUICK HITTERS: Here are some quick hitters about Jarmal Reid, a junior forward from Decatur, Georgia:

  • He missed the DePaul game with a hyperextended right knee but has played in the two games since.
  • He has scored in double figures in two of his last four games after failing to hit double digits in the five games prior.
  • He has scored in double figures four times this season, including a career-high 17 points in the season opener; he didn’t score in double digits in his first career 58 games.
  • In his last four games he has knocked down 17-of-20 free throws (85.0 percent); he was 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) from the stripe before that.

CHEIKH N’DIAYE QUICK HITTERS: Here are some quick hitters about Cheikh N’diaye, a sophomore center from Dakar, Senegal:

  • He has played 93 minutes this season after playing only 71 all of last season.
  • He started the first five games but has come off the bench in the last seven.
  • He is shooting a team-best 63.2 percent from the field (12-for-19).

THE ROSTER: Here are some quick-hitters about the 2014-15 Oregon State men’s basketball team:

  • The 16-man roster includes 10 scholarship players and six walk-ons.
  • All six walk-ons are from the State of Oregon.
  • The roster doesn’t include a senior. Since 1950, the only other times Oregon State didn’t have a senior were 1978-79 and 2003-04 when those teams went 18-10 and 12-16, respectively.
  • AJ Hedgecock, Dylan Livesay, Matt Dahlen, Bryan Boswell and Tanner Sanders were all added to the official roster after the team held open tryouts on Oct. 4. A total of 22 Oregon State students participated in the open tryouts. Sanders also played on the Oregon State football team as a scout player.

RECRUITING CLASS: The 2015 class includes Derrick Bruce, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound guard from Orlando, Fla.; Drew Eubanks, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward from Troutdale, Ore.; Gligorije Rakocevic , a 6-foot-10, 245-pound center from Bijelo Polj, Montenegro; Stephen Thompson, Jr., a 6-foot-3, 165-pound guard from Torrance, Calif., and Tres Tinkle, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Missoula, Mont.

  • The class is ranked 15th in the nation by and 18th in the nation by, the highest-ever recruiting class rankings in school history.
  • Bruce is a three-star guard and ranked 124th overall on Rivals 150.
  • Eubanks is a four-star forward and the top-ranked 2015 player in the State of Oregon by ESPN.
  • Rakocevic is a three-star center according to Rivals and 247Sports.
  • Thompson Jr., is a four-star guard and ranked 69th on the ESPN 100.
  • Tres Tinkle is a four-star forward and No. 77 on ESPN’s Top 100.

PAUL VALENTI TRIBUTE: Every home ticket this season will feature an image of Paul Valenti, an Oregon State athlete, coach, administrator and goodwill ambassador for more than 70 years, who passed away this past September. The team and coaching staff are wearing a PV patch on their jerseys and suits in honor of the Oregon State legend who played basketball at Oregon State from 1940-42, was an assistant coach for the Beavers for 19 years and the head coach for six seasons.

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