Men's Basketball Travels to Eugene for Civil War

Feb. 12, 2002

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (10-13, 3-10 Pac-10) travels to No. 17 (Associated Press)/No. 18 (ESPN/USA Today) Oregon (17-7, 9-4) Sat., Feb. 16. Game time is 7:05 p.m. from McArthur Court.

STARTING LINEUP SHUFFLE: Injuries to forward Brian Jackson and guard J.S. Nash in recent weeks has forced head coach Ritchie McKay to shuffle his starting lineup. The Beavers have announced four different starting combinations in the last four games. Senior guard Adam Masten is the only Beaver to start all 23 games. Oregon State has used nine different starting lineups with the combination of Jackson, Nash, Masten, Philip Ricci, and Jimmie Haywood earning eight starts.

YOUTH OF THE NATION: Oregon State entered this week (Feb. 4) second in the Pac-10 Conference for the number of minutes its freshmen (includes redshirts) are playing per game. Here is a look at the conference breakdown -- Arizona (104.8), OSU (76.3), Washington (64.7), UCLA (57.6), Stanford (54.4), California (54.0), USC (53.6), Washington State (29.8), Arizona State (20.7), and Oregon (0).

YOUTHFUL CONFERENCE: There are 11 freshmen in the Pac-10 averaging 20-plus minutes per game. Here is a list of the top-15 freshman (includes redshirts) in the conference: 1. Salim Stoudamire (UA), 29.5, 2. Errick Craven (USC), 26.8, 3. Amit Tamir (Cal), 26.2, 4. Channing Frye (UA), 25.3, 5. Jamal Sampson (Cal), 25.1, 6. Josh Childress (Stan), 23.4, 7. Joe See (OSU), 22.9, 8. Cedric Bozeman (USC), 22.6, 9. Will Bynum (UA), 21.0, 10. Jason Braxton (ASU), 20.7, 11. Erroll Knight (UW), 20.1, 12. J.S. Nash (OSU), 19.7, 13. Floyd North III (OSU), 17.2, 14. Jeffrey Day (UW), 16.1, 15. Dijon Thompson (UCLA), 16.0.

DOWN THE STRETCH: Oregon State continues to show its competitive nature, particularly in recent Pac-10 Conference games. The Beavers have been within striking distance in the second half in all but two losses (Oregon, UCLA) this season. Here is a closer look at the losses this season:

	Nov. 22 vs. Texas -- the game is tied at 49-49 at 10:33.	Nov. 23 vs. St. John's -- OSU leads 58-57 at 3:05.	Dec. 15 at Cal Poly -- OSU trails twice by three in the last 3:28.	Dec. 20 vs. Arizona -- the game is tied at 73-73 at 2:09.	Jan. 4 at Arizona State -- OSU within four (62-58) at 1:46.	Jan. 6 at Arizona -- OSU within two (83-81) at 2:41.	Jan. 10 vs. Stanford -- OSU down one (41-40) at 9:26.	Jan. 12 vs. California -- OSU down two (55-53) at 3:16.	Jan. 31 vs. USC -- OSU down nine (54-45) at 4:24	Feb. 7 at California -- OSU within five (61-56) at 2:54.	Feb. 9 at Stanford -- OSU down three (46-43) at 11:48.

POSITIVE SIGN: Oregon State has won four road games this season (UW, WSU, Portland State, UA-Anchorage) -- the most since 1998 (Cal, ASU, UC Irvine, UH-Hilo). Oregon State hasn't won more than four on the road since the 1990 season (7).

LEARNING HOW TO WIN: Oregon State continues its rather impressive streak of leads in games. The team has led in 21 of the 23 games this season and in the second half of 17 of those contests.

LOOKING TO REGAIN SHOOTING RANGE: Oregon State enters this week looking to regain its shooting touch after four tough outings. The Beavers have shot just .395 (75-190) in the four-game stretch.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Oregon State continues through its toughest part of the schedule, traveling to No. 17 Oregon Saturday. Three of the last four games have been against nationally ranked teams, and the fourth team (Cal) is receiving votes for top 25 consideration. OSU's schedule is ranked 20th in the nation, according to the Feb. 11 Sagarin Rankings. Arizona has the nation's most difficult schedule, followed by Washington (2), UCLA (6), USC (17), Washington State (21), Stanford (24), Oregon (28), California (70), and Arizona State (80).

1,500 MILESTONE: Oregon State earned its 1,500 NCAA recognized men's basketball victory in the New Year's Eve Day triumph over Lehigh. UCLA has 1,505 victories entering the week, followed by OSU (1,502). The rest of the conference stands at Washington (1,431), Arizona (1,403), Washington State (1,344), USC (1,330), Oregon (1,282), California (1,264), Stanford (1,186), and Arizona State (1,055).

FREE THROW PERCENTAGE INCREASES UNDER McKAY: Oregon State enters this week second in the Pac-10 Conference for free throw percentage at .721. The team shot .727 last year in Ritchie McKay's first year, marking the highest percentage since 1992 (.729). OSU has shot .720-plus from the line for the season only 10 times since 1954. Saturday's game features the league's top two teams for free throw percentage (Oregon .775).

DEFENSIVE DATA: Oregon State is second this week in the Pac-10 for scoring defense allowing 65.7 points per game. The program appears to be heading for its fifth consecutive season of allowing less than 70 points per game. The Beavers have held Portland State (46 pts), San Diego (56), Arizona State (57), and IPFW (59) to those programs lowest point total of the season entering this week.

JUST PLAIN '2': Senior guard Brandon Payton will wear jersey number '2' for the remainder of the season. Payton wore '02' the first six games in honor of his brother Gary Payton (#20), but the number has been declared ineligible by the NCAA (Sect. 5, Art. 12).

DOUBLE-DOUBLE CLUB: Junior forward Philip Ricci has recorded four double-doubles this season, and teammate Brian Jackson has one. Ricci is the first Beaver to have more than two in one season since Mustapha Hoff achieved seven in 1995.

Philip Ricci, 15 pts, 10 reb. vs. Texas	Philip Ricci, 17 points, 11 reb. vs. San Diego      Philip Ricci, 23 pts, 10 reb at Cal Poly       Philip Ricci, 24 pts, 11 reb vs. IPFW         Brian Jackson, 16 pts, 10 reb. at WSU

A FULL BENCH: Head coach Ritchie McKay has many options this year when he turns to his bench, unlike last season. He has 14 'active' players for most games. McKay didn't have a game where he had more than nine available players in 2000-2001, and at times during the year had only seven.

STARTING STREAK: OSU senior Adam Masten enters Saturday's game with 53 consecutive starts. Brian Jackson had a streak of 50 starts snapped Feb. 9 at Stanford due to an injury -- he did play in the game. Jackson still has started 93 percent (70 of 75) of his career college appearances.

OSU VS. OREGON: Oregon has six game winning streak in the series and has won eight straight at McArthur Court. The Ducks shot .556 in the first half to lead 34-22 at halftime and went on to a 63-51 victory at Gill Coliseum Jan. 19. Frederick Jones paced UO with 16 points, with Robert Johnson adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. OSU was led by Philip Ricci's 12 points. The Beavers were hampered by their .297 field goal percentage in the first half and shot just .327 for the game. In each of the last two Civil War games, Oregon State has shot less than 30 percent in the first half. Oregon State leads the overall series 176-139.

HOOPS RECRUITS ADDED: Ritchie McKay and his staff signed three athletes to national letters of intent during the early signing period. Joining the program for the 2002-2003 season are Kerbrell Brown (6-7, F) from Dodge City Community College in Kansas, Kevin Field (6-10, C) from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash., and Justin Holt (6-6, F) from Lincoln High School in Tacoma. The program has one remaining scholarship to offer during the late signing period April 10-May 15. A quick glance at the projected roster for next year (as of Nov. 15) includes four seniors, two juniors, seven sophomores, and two freshmen. The program has one scholarship available for the late signing period (April 10-May 15).

HEAD COACH RITCHIE McKAY: Ritchie McKay is in his second year at Oregon State, and is in his sixth overall as a head coach. McKay's record stands at 81-84, which includes an injury riddled 2001 season at OSU (10-20) and the first year of college basketball in 15 years at Portland State University (9-17). McKay spent two years at PSU and finished with a record of 24-29, then led Colorado State University for two of the program's most successful years ever, leaving with a mark of 37-23.

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