THE GAME: After an eight-day layoff, Oregon State (2-1) returns to action when it hosts SIUE (1-5) at Gill Coliseum in the Nike N7 Game at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Networks with JB Long and Lamar Hurd calling the action.
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action.
ABOUT NIKE N7, THE N7 COLLECTION AND THE N7 FUND: N7 is Nike’s commitment to bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada.
In 2000, Nike N7 General Manager Sam McCracken had the idea to sell Nike products directly to Native American tribes to support health promotion and disease prevention programs. Seven years after Nike’s Native American division began, the Nike design team collaborated with various community experts and tribal leaders to create footwear specifically for the Native American community, called Nike Air Native N7. All proceeds from the Air Native N7, which is sold through Native American community centers and tribes, are given back to youth sport and physical activity programs in Native communities across North America through the N7 Fund.
Beginning in 2009, Nike expanded N7 product to include a N7 collection available for purchase by anyone inspired by Native athletes and the N7 Fund, which the collection supports. The N7 Collection highlights the N7 philosophy—In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations—and also embodies Nike’s Considered Design ethos to create performance product engineered for superior athletic performance and lower environmental impact.
The mission of the N7 Fund is to inspire and enable two million Native American and Aboriginal youth in North America to participate in sport and physical activity. Since 2009, the N7 Fund has raised more than $2 million for Native American and Aboriginal youth sport programs. Nike N7 and the N7 Fund are aligned with Designed to Move, a growing community of public, private and civil sector organizations (including Nike) dedicated to ending the growing epidemic of physical inactivity.
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TURQUOISE UNIFORMS: Oregon State was the first to make the commitment to wear turquoise in 2010, when its men’s basketball team made history as the first collegiate team to recognize Native American Heritage Month and Nike N7. The Beavers are 3-2 all-time when wearing the Nike N7 turquoise uniforms:
Nov. 21, 2010 -- Texas Southern 66, Oregon State 60
Nov. 12, 2011 -- Oregon State 86, CSU Bakersfield 62
March 1, 2012 -- Oregon State 77, Utah 67
Nov. 25, 2012 -- Oregon State 78, Montana State 65
Feb. 23, 2013 -- California 60, Oregon State 59
PROMOTION: The first 1,000 Oregon State students to enter Gill Coliseum will receive a free Nike N7 t-shirt. The doors will open at 7 p.m.
QUICKLY: Oregon State is shooting a blistering 57 percent (61-for-107) from the field in its last two games ... The Beavers are now 4-0 with President Barack Obama in attendance ... Roberto Nelson was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after averaging 27.5 points and 7.0 assists in wins over Portland and Maryland ... Nelson is second in the nation in scoring through Nov. 25 at 30.3 points per game ... Devon Collier posted a double-double in back-to back games for the first time in his career ... Collier has 101 career blocked shots, the fifth-best total in school history ... Victor Robbins has scored almost as many points this season (25 in three games) as he did all of last season (26 in 21 games) ... Craig Robinson passed Jim Anderson as the fifth-winningest coach in OSU history with 80 victories ... Eric Moreland is suspended for the first 14 regular-season games for a violation of team rules.
WIN AT MARYLAND: Oregon State’s win over Maryland in College Park was big for several reasons. Not only was it the Beavers’ first-ever win over an ACC team on the road, but it snapped a 30-game non-conference home win streak by the Terps. It also improved Oregon State to 4-0 with President Barack Obama in attendance with the other wins coming at George Washington (64-57 on Nov. 28, 2009), at Howard (84-74 on Nov. 27, 2010) and at Towson (66-46 on Nov. 26, 2011).
SCHEDULE NOTES: For the second consecutive year, every regular-season game will be televised ... Oregon State will play DePaul for the second time in history and the first time since 1945 (59-40 loss in Chicago) on Sunday, Dec. 1 in Chicago, Ill. ... The Beavers will open the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic against Akron on Sunday, Dec. 22 in Honolulu; other teams in the field include Boise State, George Mason, Hawai’i, Iowa State, Saint Mary’s and South Carolina ... With the 18-game conference schedule, Oregon State will “miss” home games against Colorado and Utah and road games at California and Stanford ... The Beavers open Pac-12 play at Colorado and Utah and finish league play at home against the Arizona schools ... The Pac-12 Tournament will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the second straight year; game dates are Wednesday, March 12 to Saturday, March 15.
ROBERTO LIGHTING IT UP: When several Oregon State players were suspended for a game at Arizona State on March 5, 2011, Roberto Nelson showed his scoring potential by setting a school freshman record with 34 points. He didn’t hit the 30-point clip as a sophomore but had two 30-point games as a junior. Nelson has scored 30-plus in two of the three games this season, including a career-high 36 in the season opener, to give him five in his career. He leads the Pac-12 and is second in the nation in scoring through Nov. 25 at 30.3 points per game (Antoine Mason of Niagara is first at 31.2). It’s probably too early to look this up, but the Oregon State single-season record is 26.7 by Mel Counts in 1963-64.
POSSIBILITY TO JOIN ELITE COMPANY: Roberto Nelson is on pace to score 939 points this season in a guaranteed 31 games. That would shatter Oregon State’s single-season record of 775 that was set by Mel Counts in 1963-64. It would also move Nelson into third on Oregon State’s career scoring list with 2,021, trailing only Gary Payton (2,172) and Steve Johnson (2,035) and moving past Mel Counts (1,973) and A.C. Green (1,694). Those four players have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at Gill Coliseum.
MAKE IT 20 IN A ROW FOR ROBERTO: Roberto Nelson has scored in double figures in 20 consecutive games dating back to last season. The school record is 89 games in a row by Mel Counts from 1961 to 1964, while Gary Payton is second with 50 straight from 1988 to 1990. Nelson can move into the top 10 on the school’s list if he can hit double digits in four more games to equal Vince Fritz, who scored 10-plus points in 24 consecutive games from 1967 to 1969.
DOUBLE DOWN FOR DEVON: Devon Collier has posted a double-double in his first two games (he missed the season opener due to suspension) to give him seven in his career. It’s the first time he has registered back-to-back double-doubles in his career. The single-season school record is 29 when Mel Counts had a double-double in every game his senior season.
DEVON IS THE MAN IN THE EST: Devon Collier always plays his basketball in games on the east coast and he did it again with a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds at Maryland. Collier averaged 24.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the 2K Sports Classic in New York last season and 18.0 points and 6.0 boards in the Legends Classic in East Rutherford, N.J. two years ago.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT DEVON: Lost among the scoring of Jared Cunningham and Roberto Nelson the past two seasons has been the consistency of Devon Collier. The lefty scored 1,086 points in his first three seasons, while shooting a solid 56.7 percent (396-for-699) from the field. That total put him 28th on Oregon State’s career scoring list entering this season (one spot above Roberto Nelson), and if he’s able to equal the 404 points he scored last season, he will move into seventh all-time.
DEVON IS BACK: After serving a three-game suspension (two exhibition games and season opener), Devon Collier has posted back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career. He is averaging 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds on the season, which is nearly double than his career averages of 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds entering his senior campaign.
ANGUS RETURNING TO FORM: After suffering an isolated tear of the ACL in his right knee in the fourth game last season, Angus Brandt saw his first playing time in 359 days when he got the start against Coppin State. The Aussie was tentative in the first half with just two points and one rebound, but he looked like the old Angus in the second half with 11 points and six rebounds to finish with 13 and 7. He posted his second career double-double against Portland when he finished with 13 points and 10 boards (the first came against Alabama last season in the 2K Sports Classic). Prior to the injury, which occurred at Madison Square Garden against Purdue, Brandt was playing the best basketball of his career, averaging 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Playing in foul trouble the majority of the Maryland game, Brandt’s averages fell to 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, but he has shown he has fully recovered from the injury.
MISSING ERIC: While Devon Collier returned from his suspension, Eric Moreland has to sit out 11 more games due to a violation of team rules, leaving Oregon State without one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in school history. All he did last year was: 1) break his own Oregon State single-season blocked shots record (73); 2) set the school record with 2.52 blocks per game; 3) become just the 10th OSU player all-time, and the first since Mel Counts in 1964, to average double-figure rebounds (10.6); 4) post 12 double-doubles despite missing three games. He finished second in the Pac-12 in rebounding, blocked shots and double-doubles and third in field goal percentage (.574), and earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention.
MORELAND AND COLLIER’S OWN BLOCK PARTY: Eric Moreland (145) and Devon Collier (101) are second and fifth, respectively, on Oregon State’s career blocks list, making them the best shot blocking tandem in school history. When Moreland returns from his suspension on Jan. 9 against Stanford, he will need to average only 1.6 blocks in a guaranteed 17 games to become the school’s all-time leader. Collier had 46 blocked shots as a sophomore, which would move him into third on the career list if he can match that total.
Oregon State Career Blocked Shots List
1. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 172
2. Eric Moreland (2011-present) -- 145
3. Steve Johnson (1979-81) -- 114
4. Nick DeWitz (2005-06) -- 111
5. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 101
Oregon State Single-Season Blocked Shots List
1. Eric Moreland (2012-13) -- 73
2. Eric Moreland (2011-12) -- 69
3. Scott Haskin (1991-92) -- 68
4. Nick DeWitz (2005-06) -- 59
5. Nick DeWitz (2004-05) -- 52
VICTOR FILLING IN NICELY: Victor Robbins was put in the starting lineup to replace Eric Moreland, and he has responded nicely and shown his versatility. After scoring 26 points in 21 games as a freshman, Robbins has already scored 25 points this season and posted a career high in nearly every statistical category, including points (11), rebounds (5) and minutes (27).
IT’S CHALLE’S TIME: Challe Barton started the final 11 games last season and got the starting nod in the first three games this season. He had seven points and three assists in the season opener and knocked down 1-of-3 from beyond the arc. After a quiet game against Portland, Barton was nearly perfect in the win over Maryland, going 2-of-2 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc and 4-of-4 from the free throw line for nine points. He added four rebounds, three assists and two steals and made both of his baskets in the second half when the game was close.
PROBABLY A 3-BALL FOR THE SKINNY O: When Olaf Schaftenaar enters the game there’s a good chance his shots will come from beyond the arc. Last season 97 of his 114 shots were three-pointers, while this season all but one of his 13 attempts has been from deep. Schaftenaar is shooting just 25 percent (3-of-12) from beyond the arc this season, but he did nail a crucial triple in the second half against Maryland.
IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME FOR GOMIS: Daniel Gomis sat out his freshman season after breaking his left leg in his native Senegal. He also missed last season after getting surgery on that leg, but he finally made his college debut in the season opener against Coppin State. He was unable to get a number on the box score in the opener, but he did much better in the second game by scoring his first career points (on a putback after an offensive rebound), pulled down his first rebound (finished with three), dished out his first assist and swatted his first shot. He played even better against Maryland with four points, two rebounds, two blocks and a steal, showing that he’s getting better every day despite the long layoff.
FRESHMEN GUARDS: Oregon State’s freshmen guards -- Hallice Cooke and Malcolm Duvivier -- were the talk during the preseason practices. Cooke had his breakout game against Portland with nine points, on 4-of-5 shooting, three steals, two rebounds and an assist. He got his first career points on a fast break layup after a steal in the first half and made several big plays in the second half, including back-to-back buckets after a pair of steals that helped the Beavers pull away for the win. He also played well against Maryland with his first career three-pointer and blocked shot. Duvivier hasn’t scored yet this season, but he showed his potential when he scored 17 points, going 7-for-8 from the field, in the second exhibition game against Concordia.
OREGON STATE 7-FOOTERS: Freshman Cheikh N’diaye, who was ranked the 36th best center in the nation by ESPN.com, is just the 10th 7-footer in history to play for Oregon State. N’diaye scored his first points for the Beavers on a layup in the first half against Portland and added a steal in his first career appearance in an Oregon State uniform. Here is the full list of 7-footers that have played at Oregon State:
HEIGHT -- NAME -- YEARS -- HOMETOWN
7-3 -- Swede Halbrook -- 1954-55 -- Portland, Ore.
7-3 -- Liam Hughes -- 2005-07 -- Hullbridge, England
7-1 -- Johan Reinalda -- 1988-89 -- Akkrum, Netherlands
7-0 -- Phil Shadoin -- 1955 -- Corvallis, Ore.
7-0 -- Mel Counts -- 1962-64 -- Coos Bay, Ore.
7-0 -- Vic Bartolome -- 1968-70 -- Santa Barbara, Calif.
7-0 -- Dean Hart -- 1982 -- Susanville, Calif.
7-0 -- Greg Wiltjer -- 1982 -- Victoria, British Columbia
7-0 -- George von Backstrom -- 1999-00 -- Pretoria, South Africa
7-0 -- Cheikh N’diaye -- Present -- Dakar, Senegal
COACH ROBINSON VICTORIES WATCH: With the win over Portland, Craig Robinson moved into a tie with Jim Anderson (1990-95) as the fifth-winningest coach in Oregon State history with 79 victories. Robinson needs 14 wins this season to pass Paul Valenti, who had 91 from 1965-70. Slats Gill holds the school record with 599 wins (1929-64), while Ralph Miller is second with 359 (1971-89) and Bog Hager is third with 115 (1923-28).
WITH FIVE MINUTES TO PLAY: The last four seasons have proven having the lead with five minutes to play is critical for Oregon State. Counting this season, the Beavers are 57-5 when leading (2-0 this year) and 4-66 (0-1 this year) when trailing with five minutes left on the clock.
OREGON STATE NUMBERS TO LOOK AT FROM LAST SEASON: 14-2 when leading with five minutes to play; 0-15 when trailing ... 13-8 when leading at halftime; 1-10 when trailing ... 4-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field; 0-6 when shooting less than 40 percent ... 6-0 when scoring more than 80 points; 4-13 when scoring less than 70. Oregon State lost seven games by four points or less last season, with five of them coming in Pac-12 play. The Beavers had the halftime lead in 10 Pac-12 games last season, but was unable to hold it in losses to Oregon, Washington State, California, Colorado, Washington, Stanford and Oregon again.