Men's Hoops Goes for Third Straight Win as Beavers Host ASU Saturday
Jan. 15, 2010
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
Arizona State (13-5, 3-2) at Oregon State (8-8, 2-2)
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; Rich Burk (play-by-play); Lamar Hurd (color)
Oregon State vs. Arizona State: Oregon State leads 38-35
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 21-12
Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona State leads 22-12
Neutral: Oregon State leads 5-1
After its most thrilling win of the season, the Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this weekend as the Beavers host Arizona State on Saturday, January 16, at 3:30 p.m. in a game televised by FSN NW. For tickets to the contest, contact the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO- BEAVS or purchase online at www.osubeavers.com.
Oregon State enters the weekend with a mark of 8-8 on the season and in a five-way tie for third-place with a 2-2 conference mark after an exciting 67-64 victory over Arizona on Thursday. Roeland Schaftenaar led the way with 22 points for the Beavers; however, it was Lathen Wallace’s three-pointer with just 1.1 seconds remaining to break the tie and give Oregon State the win.
Seth Tarver continues to lead the Oregon State attach as the forward leads the team at 12.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. The defensive specialist also leads the Pac-10 Conference in steals at 2.8 per game as Oregon State leads the league with 8.6 steals per game.
Calvin Haynes is the other Oregon State player in double figures at 11.4 per contest as the Beavers enter the game against the Sun Devils hitting 44.9 percent of their shots while averaging 62.7 points per game.
Arizona State enters as the second-place team in the league with a mark of 13-5 overall, 3-2 in conference play. The Sun Devils cruised to a 76-57 win over Oregon as Rihards Kuksiks led the way with 25 points for ASU.
Oregon State leads the all-time series 38-35 and holds a 22-12 advantage in Gill Coliseum. Arizona State has won four straight in the series after Oregon State swept a pair of games during the 2006-07 season.
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE
Arizona State, led by head coach Herb Sendek, enters the weekend with a mark of 13-5 on the season, 3-2 in league play, after cruising past Oregon on Thursday night.
The Sun Devils, known for their aggressive match-up zone, have held 13 of their first 18 opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting, as 30 of its past 53 opponents have shot under 40 percent.
The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (54.6 points per game), three-point percentage (.386), scoring margin (+14.2 points per game) and three-pointers made per game (8.3 with 150 made in 18 games). They are second in the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2), field goal percentage defense (.382) and free throw percentage (.733).
On offense, Arizona State is led by Rihards Kuksiks, who leads the team at 12.8 points per game. Derek Glasser is the other Arizona State player in double figures, averaging 10.8 points per contest.
DEFENSE, AND THE 1-3-1, LEADING THE WAY FOR OREGON STATE
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 16 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 fourth in the NCAA at 2.9 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.3 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 58 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 42.0 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 65 NCAA) at 63.1 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State leads the league (No. 56 NCAA) at 31.2 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 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds to lead Oregon State in both categories through 16 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 11-of-15 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 2.9 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 10th in career points (849), fourth in rebounds (459) and first in steals (154). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State.
OREGON STATE CONTINUES 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 44.9 percent of its shots and has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field on six occasions.
Oregon State has been especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers hit 51.2 percent of their two-point shots to rank 67th 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.
Roeland Schaftenaar LOOKS TO RETURN TO HIS ROLE AS THE “POINT-CENTER”
The term “point-center” entered the Pac-10 Conference lexicon with the arrival of Craig Robinson at Oregon State as Roeland Schaftenaar played the position last year and was pivotal in leading the Beavers to 18 victories.
Four games into the Pac-10 Conference season, Schaftenaar is playing well against as the senior center leads the team in league games with 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. In the victory over Arizona, Schaftenaar tallied a season-high 22 points as the Beavers rallied from 11 down to claim a 67-64 victory over the Wildcats.
In Pac-10 Conference games last year, Schaftenaar finished No. 7 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 63 assists and 39 turnovers gave him a 1.6 ratio.
Oregon State returns to the road as the Beavers travel to Stanford, Calif., to face Stanford on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7:00 p.m.