Men's Hoops Returns Home to Face League Leader Cal on Thursday
Feb. 16, 2010
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
California (17-8, 9-4) at Oregon State (11-13, 5-7), 7:36 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; Barry Tompkins (play-by-play); Marques Johnson (color)
Oregon State vs. California: California leads 75-59
Corvallis, Ore.: California leads 32-31
Berkeley, Calif.: California leads 38-24
Neutral: California leads 5-4
The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers host Pac-10 Conference leader Cal on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7:36 p.m. The game will be nationally-televised by FSN and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters the week coming off one of the biggest wins of the season as the Beavers won for the first time at Arizona in 27 tries as the Beavers defeated the Wildcats, 63-55. Roeland Schaftenaar led three Oregon State players in double figures with 14 points as the Beavers used a stifling defense to defeat the Wildcats in Tucson for the first time since 1983. In the game, Arizona shot 39.6 percent from the floor as the Beavers held an opponent under 65 points for the seventh straight game.
Defense continues to be the trademark for Oregon State as the Beavers are near the lead league in several categories. Oregon State leads the league in steals (8.1) and three-point percentage defense (29.3) and ranks third in scoring defense (60.8) and field goal percentage defense (42.1).
Cal enters with a mark of 17-8 overall and leads the Pac-10 with a 9-4 mark. Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Jerome Randle leads the Bears attack, averaging 19.8 points per game.
For tickets to the contest, fans can contact the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or purchase online by visiting www.osubeavers.com.
California, led by second-year head coach Mike Montgomery, enters the weekend with a mark of 17-8 overall, 9-4 in league play, after the Bears swept the Washington school last week. Cal has won three straight since a 66-63 loss at USC.
The Bears are led by Jerome Randle, who leads the team at 19.8 points per game. Patrick Christopher ranks second on the squad at 16.2 points per contest while Theo Robertson is averaging 13.7 points per game.
Cal enters the contest averaging 78.7 points per game while allowing 69.0 points per contest. The Bears are currently hitting 47.5 percent of their shots from the field while opponents are hitting at a 43.0 percent clip. Cal leads the all-time series, 75-59, after the Bears picked up a 65-61 victory in Berkeley earlier this season.
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 24 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. 22 in the NCAA at 2.3 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.1 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 56 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. 28 NCAA) at 60.8 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State leads the league (No. 17 NCAA) at 29.3 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 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds through 24 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 14-of-24 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 2.3 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 12th in career points (907), fourth in rebounds (502) and first in steals (163). 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. 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 12-of-16 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 near the top 10 in three-point field goal percentage at 39.0 percent (41-of-105).
Haynes has been especially effective in Pac-10 Conference games as the junior guard leads the team and ranks 10th in the league at 15.0 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT: BEAVERS BREAKS LONG LOSING STREAK IN TUCSON WITH WIN OVER ARIZONA
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP)--Oregon State took the lead late in the first half and never trailed again on Saturday to stun Arizona 63-55, the Beavers’ first victory in Tucson in 27 years.
It was one of the biggest wins yet for second-year Oregon State coach Craig Robinson.
The loss knocked the Wildcats (13-12, 7-6 Pac-10) out of a second-place tie with Arizona State in the Pac-10.
Jamelle Horne led Arizona with 15 pounds and 14 rebounds. Derrick Williams added 13 points and Kevin Parrom 12. The Wildcats’ Nic Wise made 1 of 11 shots, 1 of 8 3-pointers, and managed five points.
The last Oregon State victory at Arizona came on Jan. 27, 1983, one season before Lute Olson became the Wildcats’ coach.
Oregon State concludes the season series with Stanford as the Beavers host the Cardinal on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 12:00 p.m. in a game nationally-televised by FSN.