Men's Hoops Takes on Washington State on Saturday
Jan. 1, 2010
SATURDAY, JANUARY 2
Oregon State (6-6) at Washington State (10-3), 4:10 PM
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: None
Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com
Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com
Television: FSN NW
Oregon State vs. Washington State: OSU leads 162-116
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 97-39
Pullman, Wash.: Washington State leads 74-61
Neutral: Oregon State leads 4-3
The Oregon State men’s basketball returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 2, when the Beavers close out the opening weekend of Pac-10 Conference play when they face Washington State at 4:10 p.m. in Pullman. The game will be televised by FSN NW and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters with a mark of 6-6 on the season, 0-1 in league play, after the Beavers dropped a hard-fought 76-70 decision at No. 17 Washington on Thursday. Roeland Schaftenaar led Oregon State with 16 points while Calvin Haynes added 15 points and Omari Johnson scored 10 off the bench for the Beavers.
Forward Seth Tarver continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 12.9 points per game while Calvin Haynes ranks second on the squad at 11.6 points per contest. Tarver has led the defensive effort as well as the senior leads the Pac-10 and ranks second in the NCAA at 3.2 steals per contest.
Washington State enters with a mark of 10-3 on the season, 0-1 in conference play after the Cougars dropped a tough, 91-89 double overtime decision to Oregon on Thursday. Klay Thompson leads the Washington State attack and enters as the Pac-10 Conference’s leading scorer at 25.6 points per game.
Oregon State leads the all-time series, 162-116, after the teams split a pair of close games last season. Last year, Washington State won in overtime in Gill Coliseum before Oregon State captured a win in Pullman to close out the season series.
Washington State, led by first-year head coach Ken Bone, enters the contest with a mark of 10-3 on the season after the Cougars fell in the league opener to Oregon, 91-89 in double overtime.
Klay Thompson leads three Washington State players in double figures and leads the Pac-10 Conference at 25.6 points per game. Reggie Moore ranks second on the squad at 12.4 points per contest while DeAngelo Casto averages 11.1 points and leads the team with 7.6 rebounds per game.
The Cougars high-octane offense ranks second in the league at 80.8 points per game as Washington State is hitting 49.1 percent of its shots from the floor and 40.1 percent from behind the three-point arc. Oregon State leads the all-time series, 162-116, after the teams split a pair of close games last season.
DEFENSE, AND THE 1-3-1, LEADING THE WAY FOR OREGON STATE HEADING INTO PAC-10 PLAY
The Oregon State defense has been among the nation’s best in the early-going as the Beavers have been forcing turnovers and keeping opponents field-goal percentage down through 12 games. Specifically, Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense has received the share of the attention as the guard at the top of the zone, 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 second in the NCAA at 3.2 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.9 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 32 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 40.5 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 21 NCAA) at 60.3 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State ranks second in the league at 28.8 percent.
Seth Tarver PLAYING WELL TO START THE SEASON
Senior forward Seth Tarver has led the Oregon State attack since the start of season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.2 rebounds to lead the Beavers in both categories through 12 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 10-of-12 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 3.2 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 10th in career points (811), fourth in rebounds (448) and first in steals (145). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State.
Calvin Haynes BACK TO OLD FORM HEADING INTO PAC-10 PLAY 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. In the victory over Fresno State, Haynes tied his career-high with 25 points and scored the most points by an Oregon State player this season.
In his last four games, Haynes has averaged 17.5 points per contest and his hitting 55.6 percent (25-of-45) of his shots from the field. The 25-point outburst marked the fifth time in his career the guard has scored 20-plus points. This season, Haynes has reached double figures on seven occasions and ranks second on the squad with 32 career games in double figures.
OREGON STATE LOOKS TO CONTINUE EFFICIENCY FROM THE FIELD
After struggling from the field two years ago, indicators show the new offensive system in place allowed Oregon State to dramatically improve its shooting numbers as the Beavers finished last season ranked among the nation’s best. For the year, Oregon State shot 46.7 percent and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 and 46th in the NCAA. In fact, the 46.7 percent is the highest field goal percentage for Oregon State since the 1992 season.
This trend has continued this season Oregon State is currently hitting 47.3 percent of its shots and has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field on six occasions, including five of the last eight games.
Oregon State has been especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers hit 53.2 percent of their two-point shots to rank 33rd in the country according to kenpom.com. Last season, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better from the field 14 times; and, in fact, the Beavers shot 58 percent or better from the floor on five occasions last year.
Oregon State steps out of conference for the final time this season when the Beavers host Seattle on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in a game televised by FSN NW.
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