Men's Hoops Closes out Regular Season at USC
March 7, 2009
Saturday, March 7
Oregon State at USC, 5:00 PM
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
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Oregon State vs. USC: USC leads 64-56
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 34-29
Los Angeles, Calif.: USC leads 32-21
Neutral: USC leads 3-1
The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this weekend as the Beavers close out the regular season when they travel to USC to face the Trojans on Sunday, March 7, at 5:00 p.m. The game will not be televised; however, live streaming video is available of the game at osubeavers.com (via usctrojans.com). The game can also be heard on the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters with a record of 13-15 on the season, 7-10 in league play, after the Beavers fell to UCLA earlier in the week. The Beavers can earn the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Pac-10 Conference tournament if Oregon State wins and Washington State falls to Washington.
Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack as the sophomore guard ranks 10th in the league in scoring at 14.9 points per game. Roeland Schaftenaar ranks second on the squad at 9.7 points per game.
USC enters the contest with a record of 17-12 on the season, 8-9 in league play, after the Trojans defeated Oregon, 80-66, earlier this week.
USC leads the all-time series against the Beavers, 64-56; however, Oregon State captured the first meeting of the year with a 62-58, overtime victory in Corvallis.
SCOUTING THE USC TROJANS
USC, led by head coach Tim Floyd, enters the contest with Oregon State with a record of 17-12 on the season, 8-9 in conference play, as the Trojans captured an 80-66 win over Oregon on Thursday.
Dwight Lewis leads four players in double figures at 14.7 points per game while Taj Gibson ranks second on the team with 14.4 points per contest.
USC is hitting 47.2 percent of its shots from the floor while holding opponents to just 40.6 percent from the floor.
THE USC SERIES
This is the 121st meeting between USC and Oregon State with the Trojans leading the series, 64-56. USC had won seven straight in the series before the Beavers captured a 62-58, overtime victory in Corvallis earlier this season.
OREGON STATE CLIMBING UP THE LIST OF GREATEST SINGLE-SEASON TURNAROUNDS
With the win over Cal, Oregon State improved its league record to 7-8 on the season after the Beavers went winless in league play a year ago. Entering the game against USC, the seven-win improvement ties Oregon State for fifth on the list of biggest Pac-10 improvements from one season to the next. Below is a list of the biggest improvements from one season to the next in Pac-10 Conference history.
Seth Tarver AND THE 1-3-1 WREAKING HAVOC ON OPPOSING OFFENSES
Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense has received a lot of attention and the guard at the top of the zone, Seth Tarver, is a big reason why. The junior leads the Pac-10 Conference at 1.8 steals per game overall and 2.0 steals per game in league play. Should Tarver capture the steals crown, it would be the first time an Oregon State player led the league in steals since Gary Payton led the league in 1990.
Calvin Haynes LEADING THE WAY FOR THE BEAVERS
Sophomore Calvin Haynes has been the leading scorer ever since returning to the Oregon State line-up in the win against Nebraska as the guard has averaged 14.9 points through 22 games to rank 10th in the league in scoring. After scoring 14 in the win against Nebraska, Haynes came off the bench to score 20 points against Seattle Pacific. In reaching double figures in every game but five since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 25 points in the win at Stanford. Through 22 games, Haynes has shot 45.3 percent (116-of-256) from the field while hitting 39.1 percent (43-of-110) from behind the three-point arc. Haynes leads the team with 17 games in double figures and has scored 20-plus points four times this season.
Rickey Claitt PLAYING WELL
Senior Rickey Claitt has had a solid senior season as the guard has stepped into a leadership role for the Beavers. Heading into Sunday, Claitt ranks fifth on the team with 7.0 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks ninth in the Pac-10 Conference at 34.3 minutes per game.
One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 58.5 percent of his shots including an impressive 48.3 percent from behind the arc (28-of-58).
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.
Roeland Schaftenaar PLAYING PIVOTAL ROLE AS “POINT-CENTER”
The term “point-center” has entered the Pac-10 Conference lexicon with the arrival of Craig Robinson at Oregon State as Roeland Schaftenaar has played the position and been pivotal in leading the Beavers to 13 victories this season.
In Pac-10 Conference games, Schaftenaar ranks No. 4 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 63 assists and 35 turnovers give him a 1.8 ratio.
The “point-center” led Oregon State to its first Bay Area sweep since the 1992-93 season as the Beavers captured wins at California (69-65) and Stanford (77-62). In the wins, he averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals as he turned in an impressive 10-to-1 assist to turnover ratio for the weekend while earning Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors.
OREGON STATE RANKS AMONG NATION’S BEST IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
After struggling from the field last season, 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. Entering this contest against USC, Oregon State is shooting 46.5 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 48th in the NCAA.
Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 53.1 percent of their two-point shots to rank 24th in the country according to kenpom.com.
The Beavers shot 51.0 percent (26-of-51) from the field against Oregon, marking the 11th 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 four occasions this season. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.
Oregon State will open play at the Pac-10 Conference Tournament at a time and date to be determined.