Men's Hoops Hosts Boston University in College Basketball Invitational
March 16, 2010
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17
Boston University (19-13) at Oregon State (14-17), 7:06 p.m.
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. Boston University: OSU leads 2-0
Corvallis, Ore.: First Meeting
Boston, Mass.: Never Met
Neutral: Oregon State leads 2-0
The Oregon State men’s basketball team, the 2009 College Basketball Invitational champion, will have an opportunity to defend its title as the Beavers received an invitation to the tournament and will host Boston University on Wednesday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. The game will not be televised; however, can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters postseason play with a record of 14-17 on the year after finishing Pac-10 Conference play in a fifth-place tie with an 8-10 mark. The postseason appearance will be the 22nd in school history as the Beavers captured the 2009 CBI title with a best-of-three series win over UTEP.
Entering the tournament, defense continues to be the trademark for Oregon State as the Beavers finished among the lead leaguers in several categories. Led by Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year Seth Tarver, Oregon State led the league in steals (8.2) and three-point percentage defense (30.8) and ranked third in scoring defense (61.1) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (42.6).
On the offensive side of the ball, Calvin Haynes, who earned second-team All Pac-10 Conference honors, leads the team at 12.4 points per game while Tarver ranks second on the squad at 10.3 points per contest.
Boston University, which fell to Vermont in the American East Conference title game, enters with a 19-13 mark as the Terriers feature four players averaging in double figures, led by junior John Holland at 19.0 points per game.
Oregon State leads the all-time series, 2-0, as the Beavers and Terriers last met in 1989, with OSU capturing an 86-66 win in Portland. For tickets, contact the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or purchase online at www.osubeavers.com.
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Boston University, led by first-year head coach Patrick Chambers, is making its 12th postseason appearance all-time (6 NCAA, 5 NIT) and enters the contest with a mark of 19-13 on the season after falling to Vermont in the American East finals.
John Holland leads the Boston University attack with 19.0 points per game. Four players average in double figures for the Terriers as Corey Lowe ranks second on the squad at 15.1 points per contest.
Boston University leads the America East in points per game with 70.8. The Terriers are currently holding opponents to 66.9 points per game and 40.7 percent from the field.
Oregon State leads the all-time series, 2-0, as the Beavers and Terries have twice faced in the Far West Classic. The Beavers captured an 86-66 win the last time the teams met in 1990.
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 the regular season. Specifically, Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense has received the share of the attention as the guard at the top, Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year 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. 21 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. 37 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 42.6 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 28 NCAA) at 61.1 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State leads the league (No. 33 NCAA) at 30.8 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 10.4 points and 4.7 rebounds through the regular season. Tarver has reached double figures in 17-of-30 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 (968), fourth in rebounds (527) and first in steals (176). 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 ONE 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.
Under Robinson, Oregon State has won 32 games since his arrival. The win-total is the most during a two-year span for Oregon State since the Beavers won 36 contests during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons.
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) - 32
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) - 32
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 ENTERING POSTSEASON 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, who was named second-team All Pac-10 Conference, has reached double figures in 16-of-23 games, including 10-of-13, and now leads the team in scoring at 12.4 points per contest.
Haynes has been especially effective in Pac-10 Conference games as the junior guard led the team and ranked 12th in the league at 13.8 points per game.
The winner of the Oregon State – Boston University contest will advance to play the winner of Morehead State and Colorado State on Monday, March 22, at a time and site to be determined.