Men's Hoops Hosts Oregon in the 333rd Edition of the Civil War
Feb. 3, 2010
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Oregon State (9-12, 3-6) at Oregon (12-9, 4-5), 3:05 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; Rich Burk (play-by-play); Lamar Hurd (color); Jen Mueller (sideline)
Oregon State vs. Oregon: Oregon State leads 182-150
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 98-59
Eugene, Ore.: Oregon leads 85-70
Neutral: Oregon State leads 14-6
Looking for its first sweep of Oregon since the 1992-93 season, the Oregon State men’s basketball returns to action this week when the Beavers host the Ducks in the 333rd edition of the Civil War on Saturday, February 6, at 3:05 p.m. The game, which serves as Alumni Weekend for the men’s basketball program, 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 the most-played rivalry in NCAA Division I men’s basketball with a record of 9-12 on the season, 3-6 in league play, after the Beavers split a pair of games against the Los Angeles schools. Oregon State defeated USC, 51-45, before dropping a 62-52 decision at the hands of UCLA.
Calvin Haynes leads the Oregon State attack heading into the weekend as the junior guard leads the team and ranks No. 12 in the Pac-10 at 13.0 points per contest. Seth Tarver ranks second on the squad and is the only other Oregon State player in double figures at 10.6 points per game.
Tarver leads the Oregon State defense as well as the senior leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 15 in the country at 2.6 steals per game. Entering the Oregon contest, Tarver ranks No. 8 on the OSU career steals list with 161 for his career.
Oregon enters the contest winners of two straight after sweeping the Los Angeles area schools as the Ducks enter with a record of 12-9 overall, 4-5 in league contests. Guard Tajuan Porter leads the Duck attack at 12.5 points per game.
Oregon State leads the all-time series, 182-150, after the Beavers defeated Oregon for the first time in Eugene in 16 tries earlier this season.
For tickets to the contest, contact the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or purchase online by visiting www.osubeavers.com.
Oregon, led by head coach Ernie Kent, enters the contest with a mark of 12-9 on the season as the Ducks hold a 4-5 mark in league play after victories over USC and UCLA last week.
Tajuan Porter leads three Oregon players in double figures at 12.5 points per game as the guard is hitting 37.1 percent of his shots from behind the three-point arc. Malcolm Armstead ranks second on the squad at 11.4 points per contest while Michael Dunigan is scoring 10.4 points per game for the Ducks.
On the offensive side of the ball, Oregon is hitting 44.3 percent of its shots and 34.8 percent from behind the three-point arc while holding opponents to just 44.4 percent from the field.
DEFENSE, AND THE 1-3-1, LEADING THE WAY FOR OREGON STATE
The Oregon State defense has been among the nation’s best as the Beavers have been forcing turnovers and keeping opponents field-goal percentage down through 21 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 No. 15 in the NCAA at 2.6 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. 54 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 43.0 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 48 NCAA) at 62.2 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State leads the league (No. 46 NCAA) at 30.5 percent.
Seth Tarver CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL
Senior forward Seth Tarver has been one of the leaders of the Oregon State attack since the start of season, averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds through 21 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 13-of-21 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 2.6 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 11th in career points (878), fourth in rebounds (481) and first in steals (161). 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 SECOND HALF OF 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. Three times this season (vs. Fresno State, Cal and USC), Haynes has tied his career-high with 25 points. The mark is the most points by an Oregon State player this season.
Haynes has reached double figures in 9-of-12 games and now leads the team in scoring at 13.0 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks sixth in the Pac-10 Conference at 42.4 percent (39-of-92) from behind the three point arc.
Oregon State returns to the road as the Beavers continue Pac-10 Conference play when they travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m.