Men's Hoops Travels to Arizona on Saturday

Jan. 9, 2009

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Saturday, Jan. 10
Oregon State at Arizona, 1:00 PM

Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
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Television: FSN AZ/FSN NW; Dave Sitton (play by play), Bob Elliott (analyst) and Sean Mooney (sideline)

Oregon State vs. Arizona: Arizona leads 49-17
Corvallis, Ore.: Arizona leads 19-12
Tucson, Ariz.: Arizona leads 27-5
Neutral: Arizona leads 3-0

The Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face Arizona in a Pac-10 Conference contest on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 1:00 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW (check local listings) and can be heard on the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters with a record of 6-7 on the year, 1-2 in league play, after falling to nationally-ranked Arizona State on Thursday night. Lathen Wallace led the way for Oregon State in the loss with 13 points as the Sun Devils built an early lead and use suffocating defense to claim the win.

Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack as the sophomore guard leads the team with 15.7 points per game. Sophomore forward Omari Johnson is the other Oregon State player in double figures, averaging 10.3 points per contest.

Arizona enters with a record of 10-5 on the season, 1-2 in league play as the Wildcats downed Oregon on Thursday night.

The Wildcats hold a commanding lead in the series against Oregon State as Arizona leads the series, 49-17. Arizona holds an impressive 27-5 mark against the Beavers in games played in Tucson.

Arizona, led by head coach Russ Pennell, enters the contest with Oregon State with a record of 10-5 on the season, 1-2 in conference play, as the Wildcats captured a 67-52 win over Oregon in action on Thursday night.

Jordan Hill leads three players in double figures as the forward is averaging 18.0 points per contest. Chase Budinger ranks second on the squad with 16.9 points per game while Nic Wise is averaging 14.3 points per contest for the Wildcats.

Arizona is one of the top shooting teams in the league, hitting 48.5 percent of its shots from the floor while holding opponents to just 41.5 percent from the field.

This is the 67th meeting between Arizona and Oregon State with the Wildcats leading the series, 49-17. Arizona won all three meetings last season and has won six straight in the series, with the Beavers last victory against the Wildcats coming in the 2005-2006 campaign with a 75-65 win. Oregon State has not won at Arizona since the 1982-83 season, when the Beavers claimed a 72-54 win.

Rickey Claitt PLAYING WELL
Senior Rickey Claitt has had a solid start to his senior season as the guard as stepped into a leadership role for the Beavers. Heading into Saturday, Claitt ranks third on the team with 8.2 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks fifth in the Pac-10 Conference at 34.2 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 59.7 percent of his shots including an impressive 50.0 percent from behind the arc (17-of-34).

The senior has already established numerous career highs as Claitt scored a career-high 21 points against Montana State. Claitt surpassed his previous career best of 11 points in the first half alone, scoring 13. Claitt followed it up by going a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in the win against Fresno State, including a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc.

Sophomore Calvin Haynes has had a fast start since returning to the Oregon State line-up in the win against Nebraska as the guard has averaged 15.7 points through seven games. After scoring 14 in the win against Nebraska, Haynes came off the bench to score 20 points against Seattle Pacific while playing a career-high 33 minutes. In reaching double figures in every game but one since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 24 points against Seattle. Through seven games, Haynes has shot 54.2 percent (39-of-72) from the field while hitting 41.9 percent (13-of-31) from behind the three-point arc.

After struggling from the field last season, early indicators show the new offensive system in place has allowed Oregon State to dramatically improve its shooting numbers as the Beavers rank among the nation's best through 13 games. Entering this contest against Arizona, Oregon State is shooting 47.5 percent and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and 27th in the NCAA.

The Beavers shot 50.0 percent (25-of-50) from the field in the victory over USC, marking the sixth time this season Oregon State has shot 50 percent or better from the field. In fact, the Beavers have shot 58 percent or better from the floor on three occasions this season. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.

Oregon State returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 15, when the Beavers return home to face Washington State at 6:00 p.m. in a game to be nationally televised by FSN.

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