Beavers to Open Pac-12 Play Thursday vs Washington
THE GAME: Oregon State will open Pac-12 play on Thursday when Washington visits Gill Coliseum. The game is slated to tip at 7 p.m.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on ESPNU
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action.
LIVE STATS: Live stats will be available at this link.
QUICKLY: Oregon State will face Washington for the 309th time on Thursday, in a series that dates back to 1904 ... The Dec. 1 meeting will be the earliest the Beavers and Huskies have every played in a season. The earliest previous meeting came on Dec. 3, 1965 ... Three Beaver freshmen scored in double-figures Friday vs. Florida, as Jordan Pope, Tyler Bilodeau and Michael Rataj all went over 10 points. It marked the first time the Beavers have had three freshmen in double-figures since JaQuori McLaughlin, Ben Kone and Kendal Manuel did so vs. USC on Feb. 9, 2017 ... Pope, Bilodeau and Rataj are all amongst the top-12 freshmen in the Pac-12 in points per game ... The Beavers battled Duke to the wire in its first game of the PKL event, holding the Blue Devils to 26.7 percent shooting in the contest ... Jordan Pope has scored in double-figures in seven-straight games to start his college career ... The Beavers will continue Pac-12 play on Sunday when they head to USC ... Glenn Taylor Jr. was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team last season ... Opponents are shooting 36.8 percent from the floor this season at Gill Coliseum ... Oregon State is shooting 49.7 percent in the second half of games this year, compared to 41.5 percent in the first half ... Oregon State returns four players from last year's squad - Taylor, Dexter Akanno, Rodrigue Andela and Chol Marial. Of that group, Marial did not see action last season due to NCAA eligibility rules and Andela missed the bulk of the season due to injury ... Oregon State's squad features a total of 11 newcomers, eight of which are true freshmen ... The Beavers have announced the additions of signees Gavin Marrs and Thomas Ndong. Both will join Oregon State beginning in the 2023-24 season.
THE ROSTER: Oregon State brings in a new-look roster into the 2022-23 season.
Oregon State returns four players from last season's squad: Rodrigue Andela, Dexter Akanno, Chol Marial and Glenn Taylor Jr. Of those only Taylor Jr. and Akanno played significant minutes in 2021-22, as Marial missed the entire season due to NCAA eligibility rules stemming from his transfer from Maryland and Andela played in just seven games due to injury
The Beavers welcome 11 newcomers to this year's team, eight of which are true freshmen.
Three OSU players join the squad as transfers - Dzmitry Ryuny (San Francisco), Christian Wright (Georgia) and Justin Rochelin (Arizona State)
The Oregon State squad features players from seven different countries. In addition to the team's nine Americans, the group also includes athletes from Cameroon (Rodrigue Andela), Canada (KC Ibekwe), South Sudan (Chol Marial), Germany (Michael Rataj), Belarus (Dzmitry Ryuny) and Argentina (Felipe Palzzo).
THE SCHEDULE: A look at Oregon State's 2022-23 schedule:
Oregon State will play 11 nonconference games, seven of which will take place at Gill Coliseum and 10 of which will be played in the state of Oregon.
The Beavers took part in the PK Legacy Tournament in Portland over Thanksgiving weekend.
Oregon State is scheduled to play conference games against Washington and USC during December. The Beavers will not play at UCLA or at home vs. Washington State this season.
THE TEAM: Here are some quick-hitters about the 2022-23 Oregon State men's basketball team:
Oregon State has five players among the top-26 Pac-12 freshmen in minutes per game (Jordan Pope - 1st, Tyler Bilodeau - 9th, Michael Rataj - 10th, Jayden Stevens - 18th, Nick Krass - 26th)
The Beavers have held their opponents to 33.7 percent shooting from the floor in their three wins, compared to 43.7 percent in their four losses.
Oregon State has allowed an average of less than 60 points per game in its three victories.
Oregon State is shooting 49.7 percent in the second half of games this year, compared to 41.5 percent in the first half
The Beavers opened the season with a 73-70 win over Tulsa, overcoming a 19-point deficit to take the win. OSU came back from 16 down at the break, the largest such comeback since Oregon State erased a 19-point lead against UNLV in 2005.
Oregon State has held opponents to 69.4 points per game during the Wayne Tinkle era, and 67.5 points per contest at Gill Coliseum over that span.