Men's Hoops Heads to Bay Area to Face Stanford on Thursday
Jan. 19, 2010
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21
Oregon State (8-9, 2-3) at Stanford (8-9, 2-3), 7:00 PM
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: None
Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com
Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com
Oregon State vs. Stanford: Oregon State leads 69-59
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 36-23
Stanford, Calif.: Stanford leads 34-28
Neutral: Oregon State leads 5-2
The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers travel to Stanford, Calif., to face Stanford on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters the contest with a mark of 8-9 on the season, 2-3 in Pac-10 play after the Beavers dropped a hard-fought, 66-57 decision to league leader Arizona State on Saturday. Calvin Haynes led the way with 17 points in the loss as Lathen Wallace added 14 points for Oregon State.
Entering the game against the Cardinal, Haynes leads the Oregon State attack at 11.7 points per game with senior forward Seth Tarver pouring in 11.6 points per contest. Haynes ranks among the league leaders in three-point field goal percentage at 44.3 percent while Tarver leads the league and ranks No. 7 in the NCAA at 2.9 steals per game.
Stanford enters with an identical mark of 8-9 overall, 2-3 in Pac-10 play after the Cardinal were swept in a pair of games in Washington last weekend. Landry Fields leads the Cardinal attack at 21.5 points per game while Jeremy Green ranks second on the squad with 17.4 points per contest.
Oregon State leads the all-time series, 69-59, after the Beavers won three-of-four over the Cardinal a year ago. Last year, the Beavers swept the regular season series and defeated the Cardinal en route to the College Basketball Invitational title while Stanford defeated Oregon State at the Pacific Life Pac-10 Conference Tournament.
Stanford, led by head coach Johnny Dawkins, enters the weekend with a mark of 8-9 overall, 2-3 in conference play, after the Cardinal dropped a pair of games in Washington last week. Stanford fell to Washington, 94-61, before dropping a 77-73 decision at the hands of Washington State on Saturday.
The Cardinal are led by Landry Fields, who leads the team at 21.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Field ranks second in the league in scoring and No. 8 in the NCAA. Jeremy Green has also been putting up big numbers for the Cardinal as the guard is averaging 17.4 points per contest.
Stanford enters the contest averaging 72.2 points per game while allowing 72.5 points per contest. The Cardinal are currently hitting 43.7 percent of their shots from the field while opponents are hitting at a 47.4 percent clip. Oregon State leads the all-time series, 69-59, after the Beavers won three-of-four over the Cardinal a year ago.
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 17 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 seventh in the NCAA at 2.9 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.2 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 63 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 42.1 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 65 NCAA) at 632 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 11.6 points and 4.5 rebounds through 17 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 12-of-17 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 (853), fourth in rebounds (463) and first in steals (158). 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.
Haynes has reached double figures in six-of-nine games and now leads the team in scoring at 11.7 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks third in the Pac-10 Conference at 44.3 percent (31-of-70) from behind the three point arc.
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 45.0 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 50.7 percent of their two-point shots to rank 77th 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 concludes the road trip on Saturday, Jan. 23, when the Beavers travel to Berkeley, Calif., to face California at 11:00 a.m. in a game televised by CBS.