Beavers Look For Season Sweep Over Ducks
THE GAME: Oregon State (13-10, 5-6 Pac-12) goes for the season sweep over Oregon (15-8, 3-8) when the teams meet at noon on Sunday in Eugene in the Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Wells Fargo Bank and Your Local Ford Stores.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 with Aaron Goldsmith and Luke Walton calling the action.
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action. Oregon’s broadcast can be heard on SiriusXM 85.
QUICKLY: Oregon State and Oregon meet for the 341st time, making it the most-contested rivalry in college basketball ... The Beavers will go for their second season sweep over the Ducks since 1993 (2010 was the other) ... Roberto Nelson needs 24 points to reach the 1,600-point mark ... Devon Collier became the fifth player in history to be on both of Oregon State’s career top-10 lists in scoring and rebounding ... Hallice Cooke leads the Pac-12 and is second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.552) ... Eric Moreland needs six blocked shots to become Oregon State’s career leader ... Angus Brandt has scored in double figures in nine straight games while averaging 14.1 points during that stretch ... The Beavers lead the Pac-12 and are fifth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.414).
vs. OREGON: Oregon State and Oregon have played an NCAA-record 340 games with the Beavers holding a 185-154 advantage. Here’s a look at the most contested rivalries in college basketball history:
Games -- Opponents -- First Year
340 -- Oregon State vs. Oregon -- 1903
296 -- Oregon vs. Washington -- 1904
294 -- Oregon State vs. Washington -- 1904
289 -- Oregon State vs. Washington State -- 1907
286 -- Oregon vs. Washington State -- 1908
The Beavers have defeated the Ducks 185 times, the third-most wins against a single team in NCAA history (Washington has defeated Oregon 188 times; Kansas has 186 wins over Kansas State).
Oregon State won the first meeting this season, 80-72, on Jan. 19 at Gill Coliseum. Roberto Nelson scored a game-high 22 points and Eric Moreland added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, as the Beavers limited the Ducks to 37.9 percent shooting from the field (25-for-66) and 21.1 percent from beyond the arc (4-for-19). Angus Brandt added 14 points and Hallice Cooke had 10 in his third career start. The win snapped a three-game losing streak in the series.
The Beavers have won two of the last four meetings in Eugene after dropping 16 straight road games to the Ducks from 1993 to 2009.
A WIN OVER THE DUCKS: If Oregon State defeats Oregon it will improve to 14-10 overall and 6-6 in the Pac-12. It would also be:
- The third time since 1990 (Gary Payton’s senior season) the Beavers swept the Ducks (1993 and 2010, Coach Robinson’s second season, were the others). Oregon State went 24-2 against Oregon from 1980 to 1990.
- Just the second time since 1993 the Beavers are .500 or better through 12 Pac-12 games. The 2004-05 NIT team was 6-6 through 12 league games.
- Just the third time since 1990 that Oregon State has at least 14 wins through 24 games. The 2004-05 NIT team started 14-10 and the 2011-12 team (Jared Cunningham’s final season) started 15-9.
FROM THE FIELD: Oregon State is shooting 48.3 percent (590-for-1,221) from the field, which is third in the Pac-12 and 20th in the nation. If the season ended today it would be the Beavers’ best percentage since 1991-92 when that team finished at 48.6 percent (860-for-1,771). Oregon State is 13-1 this season, and 5-0 in Pac-12 play, when shooting a better percentage than its opponent.
FROM BEYOND THE ARC: Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 and fifth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 41.4 percent (133-for-321), which would be a school record if the season ended today. The only time the Beavers shot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc was 1987-88 when they finished the season at 40.6 percent (97-for-239).
FROM BEYOND THE ARC IN LEAGUE PLAY: Oregon State shot 35.0 percent (55-of-157) from the three-point line in non-conference games but has been red hot since Pac-12 play started. The Beavers lead the Pac-12 in three-point percentage in conference games at 47.6 percent (78-for-164) with UCLA sitting a distant second at 39.1 percent (66-for-169).
CLOSING IN THE SECOND HALF: Oregon State was 6-0 in non-conference play when leading at the half, but are 3-3 in Pac-12 play when leading at the break after falling to California, Washington and Arizona State. The Beavers had the halftime lead in 10 of their 18 Pac-12 games last season but went 3-7 in those contests, so it’s just a matter of closing out the games with the halftime lead. The Beavers are 2-3 in Pac-12 games when trailing at halftime after going 1-10 in all games last season when trailing at the break.
ROBERTO NELSON QUICK HITTERS: Roberto Nelson has led the Pac-12 in scoring every week this season and continues to move up Oregon State’s career scoring list. Here are some quick hitters about the senior guard:
- He became the sixth Oregon State player in history to reach the 1,500-point mark (he now has 1,576 career points).
- He scored 26 points at Arizona State and passed Charlie Sitton (1,561) to move into fifth on Oregon State’s career scoring list. He trails only four players who have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at Gill Coliseum -- Gary Payton (2,172), Steve Johnson (2,035), Mel Counts (1,973) and A.C. Green (1,694).
- He scored 20-plus points in six consecutive games, the eighth-longest streak in school history (the school record is nine straight).
- He has scored in double figures in 39 of the past 40 games; the only game he didn’t hit double digits came against Towson on Dec. 18 when he was ejected in the first half for a flagrant 2 foul.
- He’s on pace to become the fifth Oregon State player since 1958 to lead the league in scoring. The others are Steve Johnson (1981), A.C. Green (1985), Jose Ortiz (1987) and Gary Payton (1990).
- He’s on pace to become the first Oregon State player since Deaundra Tanner in 2000 to lead the team in scoring and assists.
- He is currently fifth all-time at Oregon State in three-pointers (166) and third in free throws (440).
ROBERTO EYEING ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM: Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 and is 11th in the nation in scoring at 21.5 points per game. Since 1955, there have only been two players who led the Pac-12 in scoring that didn’t receive First Team honors (Steve Puidokas of Washington State in 1975; Brock Motum of Washington State in 2013). Nelson led the Pac-12 in scoring in league games last season but only received Honorable Mention recognition. He’s currently the only player in the league averaging more than 20 points per game.
DEVON COLLIER QUICK HITTERS: Devon Collier has quietly put together an outstanding college career. Here are some quick hitters about the senior forward:
- He scored 10 points at Arizona and passed Mark Radford (1,390) to move into 10th on Oregon State’s all-time scoring list with 1,395 points.
- He needs five points to become the ninth Oregon State player in history to join the 1,400-point club.
- He is currently fifth at Oregon State in career field goal percentage at .574.
- He is currently third all-time at Oregon State in blocked shots (125) and ninth in rebounds (647).
DEVON OUT OF HIS SLUMP: Devon Collier opened the season with 11 consecutive games in double figures, including five straight with 20-plus points. He went in a slump, or malaise as Coach Robinson called it, with five games without hitting double digits. He looks to be back with six straight double-figure games and has been very effective in the second half (and overtime) with 58 of his 79 points coming after the break during that stretch.
DEVON NEAR THE TOP OF THE LEAGUE AGAIN: Devon Collier is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 60.4 percent (110-for-182) and has a chance to become the first player to lead the league in that category two times since Todd MacCullouch of Washington did it in 1998 and 1999. Collier led the Pac-12 in field goal percentage as a sophomore at 61.5 percent (176-for-286), becoming the first Oregon State player to lead the league since Scott Haskin in 1992.
ANGUS BRANDT QUICK HITTERS: Angus Brandt looks to be fully recovered from last season’s ACL tear and the scare he had in Hawai’i when he suffered a hyper-extended knee injury. Here are some quick hitters about the senior center:
- He has scored in double figures in a career-best nine consecutive games; his previous best was four games two times in 2011-12. Coincidentally, Hallice Cooke became a starter when Brandt began his current streak.
- He is averaging 14.1 points over the last nine games, which is second on the team to Roberto Nelson’s 22.0 scoring output.
- He got his 50th career blocked shot in the Arizona State game and needs just three steals to hit the 50 mark in that category.
- He has scored 20-plus points in three games this season after hitting that total just two times in his first four years (counting last season’s four games).
ANGUS BACK TO FORM: Angus Brandt was averaging 3.8 points in games away from Corvallis before the trip to Washington, but he played with confidence the last four road games, averaging 13.0 points while shooting 55.0 percent (22-for-40) from the field in those games. Here are Angus’ numbers at home and on the road:
Home: 16.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 56.6 FG% (69-for-122), 76.5% FT% (52-for-68)
Road/Neutral Site: 7.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 47.6 FG% (30-63), 66.7 FT% (6-9)
THREE-HEADED MONSTER: Roberto Nelson (21.5), Devon Collier (14.0) and Angus Brandt (12.6) are averaging a combined 48.1 points per game, which is the highest total by three teammates in the Pac-12. The second-highest total is Arizona State at 46.8 by Jahii Carson (19.0), Jermaine Marshall (15.6) and Jordan Bachynski (12.2), while Stanford is third at 46.6 points per game by Chasson Randle (18.8), Dwight Powell (15.2) and Anthony Brown (12.6). (courtesy of #StatMatt)
ERIC MORELAND QUICK HITTERS: Eric Moreland was suspended for the first 12 games for a violation of team rules, and he looks to be back to form after an up-and-down start. Here are some quick hitters about the junior forward:
- He needs six blocked shots to break the Oregon State career record that is held by Scott Haskin (172).
- He is currently second all-time at Oregon State in blocked shots (167) and eighth in rebounds (664).
- He has 19 career double-doubles and needs two more to move into Oregon State’s career top-10 list.
- He is second in the Pac-12 in rebounding (9.7) and tied for third in blocked shots (2.0) in league games; he won’t qualify for all games because he can’t play in 75 percent of the team’s games.
- He is tied for third in the Pac-12 with four double-doubles in league games.
- He could average double-figure rebounds for a second straight season.
ERIC MORELAND AT HOME vs. ON THE ROAD: Eric Moreland has struggled with the same issue Angus Brandt did earlier this season, as he’s playing much better at home than on the road. In five home games, Moreland is averaging 12.4 points and 12.6 rebounds with four double-doubles. In six road games, he is averaging 4.2 points and 7.3 boards with no double-doubles, although he did grab 17 rebounds against the Sun Devils. Here are Eric’s numbers at home and on the road:
Home: 12.4 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 41.7 FG% (20-for-48), 58.3% FT% (21-for-36)
Road: 4.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 36.7 FG% (11-30), 60.0 FT% (3-5)
- He leads the Pac-12 and is second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 55.2 percent (32-for-58). The last freshman to lead the nation in three-point percentage was Brendan Winters of Davidson in 2003 (.513) and the last frosh to lead the Pac-12 was Jason Kapono of UCLA in 2000 (.474).
- He scored a career-high 20 points against UCLA, the most by an Oregon State freshman since Roberto Nelson dropped 34 on Arizona State on March 5, 2011.
- Since being a starter, he is averaging 10.0 points per game, the fourth-best total on the team, trailing only seniors Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier and Angus Brandt.
AMONG ELITE COMPANY: Hallice Cooke has knocked down 32 three-pointers this season, which puts him ahead of Oregon State’s top four career three-point field goal leaders through 23 games. The Oregon State freshman record for threes is 45 by Angelo Tsagarakis in 2003-04, and Cooke is currently on pace to hit 42 triples in a guaranteed 31 games.
INDIVIDUALLY SHOOTING IT WELL: Oregon State is shooting a league-best 47.6 percent (78-for-164) from beyond the arc in conference play, and has three players among the top six -- Hallice Cooke is first (.558, 24-for-43), Roberto Nelson is fifth (.491, 26-for-53) and Langston Morris-Walker is sixth (.480, 12-for-25). Malcolm Duvivier is shooting a team-best 60.0 percent (6-for-10) from beyond the arc in conference games but doesn’t have enough makes to qualify.
WITH TWO MINUTES TO PLAY: Oregon State is shooting a solid 50.6 percent (44-for-87) from the field and 78.3 percent (90-for-115) from the free throw line in the final two minutes of games but struggling from deep at 34.5 percent (10-for-29). There’s no doubt who Coach Robinson wants at the line in the final two minutes as Roberto Nelson has more makes (49) and one less attempt (57) than the rest of the team combined (41-for-58). Nelson is shooting 86.0 percent in the final two minutes, while Hallice Cooke is at 77.8 percent (14-for-18).
WITH FIVE MINUTES TO PLAY: Oregon State got its first win in two seasons when trailing with five minutes to play, when it came back against George Mason for the 58-54 victory in Hawai’i (the Beavers were 0-15 last season when trailing). In the past four seasons, Oregon State is now 67-5 when leading (12-0 this year) and 5-75 (1-10 this year) when trailing with five minutes left to play.
BEAVERS SIGN THREE STUDENT-ATHLETES FOR 2014-15 SEASON: Chai Baker, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Malone, Fla., Isaiah Manderson, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center from Oldsmare, Fla., and Gary Payton II, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Las Vegas, Nev., all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Oregon State men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season. Baker attends Malone High School and is a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com and Rivals.com. Manderson attends Oldsmare Christian High School and is a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com. Payton II, the son of Oregon State legend Gary Payton, attends Salt Lake Community College.