Men's Hoops Concludes Road Swing at USC on Saturday
Feb. 26, 2010
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Oregon State (12-15, 6-9) at USC (16-11, 8-7), 4:30 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: Fox College Sports Pacific; Comcast Ch. 415 in Oregon
Oregon State vs. USC: USC leads 65-57
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 35-29
Los Angeles, Calif.: USC leads 33-21
Neutral: USC leads 3-1
The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this weekend as the Beavers conclude the Pac-10 portion of their road schedule when they travel to Los Angeles, Calif., to face USC on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised by Fox College Sports Pacific (Channel 415 on Comcast in Oregon) and can be heard on the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters the contest with a mark of 12-15 on the season, 6-9 in Pac-10 Conference play, as the Beavers fell to UCLA, 65-56, on Thursday. Joe Burton led the way for Oregon State in the loss as the freshman picked up his first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 13.3 points per game while Seth Tarver is averaging 10.5 points per contest. Haynes has scored in double digits in each of the last nine games, averaging 16.7 points over that span. In Pac-10 play, he ranks ninth in scoring, averaging 15.0 ppg.
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 (30.0) and ranks third in scoring defense (61.2) and field goal percentage defense (42.8).
USC enters the weekend with a mark of 16-11 overall, 8-7 in Pac-10 play, after the Trojans fell to Oregon, 54-44 on Thursday. Dwight Lewis leads the Oregon State attack at 13.8 points per game.
USC leads the all-time series, 65-57; however, Oregon State captured the first meeting of the year with a 51-45 victory in Corvallis.
USC, led by first-year head coach Kevin O’Neill, enters the weekend with a mark of 16-11 overall, 8-7 in league play, after the Trojans fell to Oregon, 54-44, on Thursday.
The Trojans are led by Dwight Lewis, who is averaging 13.8 points per contest for USC. Nikola Vucevic ranks second on the squad at 11.4 points per game while Marcus Johnson is averaging 9.8 points per game for the Trojans.
USC is considered to have one of the top defenses in the country as the Trojans lead the league in scoring defense at 56.3 points per game. The Trojans are holding opponents to just 37.9 percent from the field while hitting 43.4 percent of their shots.
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 27 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. 20 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. 46 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 42.8 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 28 NCAA) at 61.2 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State leads the league (No. 25 NCAA) at 30.0 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 4.7 rebounds through 27 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 16-of-27 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 2.4 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 12th in career points (940), fourth in rebounds (513) and first in steals (171). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State and tied a school record with a Pac-10 season high of eight steals against Cal State Bakersfield.
OREGON STATE IN THE MIDST OF THE BEST TURNAROUNDS IN RECENT MEMORY
Since 2001-02, 44 teams have gone winless or won only one conference game on 51 occasions. As many know, Oregon State went 0-18 during Pac-10 Conference play during the 2007-08 season; however, since the arrival of Craig Robinson, the Beavers have started one of the most impressive turnarounds in recent memory. Of the 44 teams mentioned above, only four have won more games over the next two years than Oregon State. In addition, among BCS schools, only Texas A&M has won more games over the next two years following a dubious conference record. Below is a list of where Oregon State ranks among recent turnarounds.
WINS FOLLOWING A WINLESS OR ONE-WIN CONFERENCE SEASON (NEXT TWO SEASONS)
1. New Mexico State (1-14 in 2005) - 41
2. Texas A&M (0-16 in 2004) - 40
3. San Diego (1-13 in 2004) - 34
4. Jacksonville (1-19 in 2006) - 33
5. Oregon State (0-18 in 2008) - 30
t6. West Virginia (1-14 in 2002) – 29
t6. Army (1-13 in 2006) - 29
t8. Central Michigan (1-15 in 2006) – 27
t8. Nicholls State (1-15 in 2005) - 27
t10. Penn State (1-14 in 2005) – 26
t10. UC Riverside (1-13 in 2007) - 26
WINS FOLLOWING A WINLESS OR ONE-WIN CONFERENCE SEASON (BCS ONLY)
1. Texas A&M (0-16 in 2004) - 40
2. Oregon State (0-18 in 2008) - 30
3. West Virginia (1-14 in 2002) - 29
4. Penn State (1-14 in 2005) - 26
5. St. John’s (1-15 in 2004) – 21
5. South Florida (1-15 in 2004) - 21
7. Washington State (1-17 in 2002) - 20
Calvin Haynes BACK TO OLD FORM DURING 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 15-of-19 games, including nine straight, and now leads the team in scoring at 13.3 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks No. 11 in the league in three-point field goal percentage at 39.8 percent (47-of-122).
Haynes has been especially effective in Pac-10 Conference games as the junior guard leads the team and ranks ninth in the league at 15.0 points per game. The junior guard has averaged 16.8 points per game over the last nine contests.
Oregon State returns home to face Washington State on Thursday, March 4, to face Washington State at 7:00 p.m.