THE GAME: College basketball’s most-contested rivalry will add another game when Oregon State (16-14, 8-10 Pac-12) and Oregon (22-8, 10-8) meet in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
This will be the 342nd 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 Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson and Don MacLean calling the action.
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action. It can also be heard on Sirius 157 and XM 190.
QUICKLY: Oregon State and Oregon meet for the 342nd time, making it the most-contested rivalry in college basketball ... Roberto Nelson led the Pac-12 in scoring in league games for the second straight year ... Nelson passed A.C. Green and moved into fourth on Oregon State’s all-time scoring list with 1,700 career points ... Angus Brandt has as many double-figure scoring games this season (20) as he had in his first three years combined ... Devon Collier passed Dave Gambee and moved into seventh on Oregon State’s all-time scoring list ... Eric Moreland has four straight games with double-figures rebounds, including a career-high 19 against Arizona State ... Moreland passed Joe Burton and moved into fifth on Oregon State’s all-time rebounding list ... Malcolm Duvivier scored a career-high 13 points against Arizona State, his first time in double figures.
vs. OREGON: Oregon State and Oregon have played an NCAA-record 341 games with the Beavers holding a 185-156 advantage in a series that began in 1903.
- Oregon vs. Washington is the second-most contested rivalry with 297 games, while Oregon State vs. Washington is third with 295.
- 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 187 wins over Kansas State).
- The teams split the season series with the Beavers winning, 80-72, on Jan. 19 in Corvallis and the Ducks taking a 93-83 victory on Feb. 16 in Eugene.
- This will mark the first time the teams meet in the Pac-12 Tournament.
- This will be the first time the teams play more than the traditional two games in a season since 1996-97 when they played at the Far West Classic in Portland in the final year of the event.
- The Beavers have a 14-6 edge in neutral site contests with all 20 of those games being played in Portland, Ore.
Pac-12 Tournament Notes: Oregon State is the No. 10 seed and opens the tournament against No. 7-seed Oregon at 6 p.m. on Wednesday:
- Oregon State 8-14 all-time in Pac-12 Tournament games; Oregon is 18-12.
- The No. 7 seed is 8-3 all-time against the No. 10 seed. The No. 10 seeds to win were: Washington 96, Arizona State 82 in 1988; USC 94, Arizona State 82 in 1989; and Utah 69, USC 66 in 2013.
- OSU’s last five wins in the Pac-12 Tournament have come as the lower seed.
- The winner of the Civil War will play No. 2-seed UCLA at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
OREGON STATE QUICK HITTERS: Here are some quick hitters about the Oregon State basketball team through 29 games:
- With an 8-10 Pac-12 record, the Beavers equaled their best Pac-12 record since 1993 (the 2004-05 and 2009-10 teams also finished 8-10).
- With a 16-14 record, the Beavers already have more wins than they finished with in 20 of the last 23 seasons (2004-05 finished 17-15; 2008-09 finished 18-18; 2011-12 finished 21-15).
- Oregon State has four top-50 and six top-100 RPI wins this season.
- One more win would guarantee the Beavers their third winning season since 1990 (2004-05 finished 17-15; 2011-12 finished 21-15).
- The Beavers are shooting 48.2 percent (766-for-1,590) 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 shot 35.0 percent (55-for-157) from the three-point line in non-conference games but leads the Pac-12 in conference games from beyond the arc at 41.5 percent (113-for-272).
- The Beavers are 15-3 when shooting a better field goal percentage than their opponent and 1-11 when the opposition shoots a better percentage. They are 7-2 in Pac-12 play when shooting a better percentage with the losses coming against UCLA and Arizona.
- Oregon State outrebounded 15 of its 18 Pac-12 opponents and are third in league play with a +2.2 rebounding margin.
- The Beavers went 6-4 in Pac-12 play when leading at halftime with the losses coming to California, Washington, Arizona State and UCLA. Oregon State was 3-7 in Pac-12 play last season when leading at halftime.
- Oregon State is 15-0 when leading with five minutes to play this season; 1-13 when trailing. In the past four seasons, Oregon State is now 70-5 when leading and 5-78 when trailing with five minutes left to play.
- Through 24 games, the Beavers led the Pac-12 and were sixth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 40.9 percent. In the last six games, Oregon State shot 32.6 percent (30-for-92) from beyond the arc and has fallen to second in the Pac-12 and 21st in the nation at 39.2 percent.
- The Beaver are 9-1 when holding the opposition to under 70 points.
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 has scored 1,700 career points and trails only three Oregon State players who have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at Gill Coliseum -- Gary Payton (2,172), Steve Johnson (2,035) and Mel Counts (1,973).
- He’s the 53rd player in Pac-12 history to score 1,700 career points.
- He scored 15 points against Arizona State and passed A.C. Green (1,694 career points) to move into fourth on Oregon State’s all-time scoring list.
- He has scored in double figures in 46 of the past 47 games (including 22 straight); 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 Pac-12 in scoring. The others are Steve Johnson (1981), A.C. Green (1985), Jose Ortiz (1987) and Gary Payton (1990).
- He’s currently the only player in the league averaging more than 20 points per game at 20.6 (Jahii Carson of Arizona State is second at 18.9).
- He led the Pac-12 in scoring in league games last season (19.1) and this season (20.1). He’s the first player to lead the conference in back-to-back years since Ike Diogu of Arizona State in 2004-2005.
- He’s on pace to become the first Oregon State player since Deaundra Tanner in 2000 to lead the team in scoring, assists, steals, three-point field goals and minutes played.
- He’s second all-time at Oregon State in free throws made (474) and fifth in three-pointers made (176).
- He leads the Pac-12 with 17 20-point games this season. He had 15 20-point games in his first three seasons combined.
- He was named Pac-12 Player of the Week two times this season (Nov. 18 and Dec. 30).
- He wore No. 20 growing up because of Gary Payton. Since GP’s number is retired, Nelson selected No. 55 because it was the highest number available.
DEVON COLLIER QUICK HITTERS: Devon Collier has quietly put together an outstanding college career. Here are some quick hitters about the senior forward:
- He has scored in double figures in 12 of the past 13 games after failing to reach double digits in the five games before that.
- He’s second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 60.1 percent (140-for-233). Collier led the Pac-12 in field goal percentage as a sophomore at 61.5 percent and has a chance to become the first player to lead the league two times since Todd MacCullouch of Washington did it in 1998 and 1999.
- He scored 12 points against Arizona State and passed Dave Gambee to move into seventh on Oregon State’s all-time scoring list with 1,478 career points.
- He is one of five players on Oregon State’s top-10 lists in both scoring and rebounding (former All-Americans Steve Johnson, Mel Counts, A.C. Green and Dave Gambee are the others).
- He is currently fourth at Oregon State in career field goal percentage at .575.
- He is currently third all-time at Oregon State in blocked shots (133) and eighth in rebounds (678).
- He found a headband in Oregon State’s video room while reading a script for Senior Day and has worn it the past four games.
ANGUS BRANDT QUICK HITTERS: Angus Brandt is 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 scored in double figures in a career-best 13 consecutive games, went two games in single digits (9 a UCLA; 6 vs. Arizona), but scored 13 in the regular-season finale.
- He is averaging 12.8 points over the last 16 games, which is second on the team to Roberto Nelson’s 20.1 scoring output.
- He has made 10 three-pointers in the last 10 games after making five from beyond the arc in the first 20 games.
- 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).
- He’s a three-time team captain and has received Pac-12 All-Academic recognition three times.
ERIC MORELAND QUICK HITTERS: Eric Moreland was suspended for the first 12 games for a violation of team rules, and is back to form after an up-and-down start. Here are some quick hitters about the junior forward:
- He had three blocked shots against USC to become the career leader at Oregon State (he now has 181). Scott Haskin held the record with 172 since 1993.
- He moved into fifth on Oregon State’s all-time rebounding list with 744. Steve Johnson is next on the list with 785 rebounds.
- He has 21 career double-doubles, which is tied for the eighth most in Oregon State history.
- He finished second in the Pac-12 in rebounding (10.4) and 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 has a chance to become just the third Oregon State player to average double-figure rebounds in multiple seasons (he averaged 10.6 boards last year).
- He’s second in the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage at 46.3 percent (38-for-82).
- He made a three-pointer in 13 consecutive games (28-for-49), went 1-for-16 over a four-game stretch, but went 3-for-4 against Arizona and Arizona State.
- Since being a starter, he is averaging 9.0 points per game, the fourth-best total on the team. He averaged 5.9 points in 14 games as a reserve.
- He is second on the team in assists (72) and steals (26).
- He scored a career-high 20 points against UCLA, the most by an Oregon State freshman since Roberto Nelson had 34 at Arizona State on March 5, 2011.
- He is averaging 34.1 minutes over the past 11 games, the second most on the team to Roberto Nelson’s 34.5.
- He has made 38 three-pointers this season. The Oregon State record is 45 by Angelo Tsagarakis in 2003-04.
- He owns 83 pairs of basketball shoes that he has or will wear in games.
LANGSTON MORRIS-WALKER QUICK HITTERS: Langston Morris-Walker started 17 games before being suspended for the regular-season finale. Here are some quick hitters about the sophomore guard/forward:
- He played a total of 20 minutes, with two DNP’s, in the first nine games; he played 20-plus minutes in 14 of the past 16 contests (not counting the game he was suspended).
- He has career highs this season in points (11), rebounds (6) and steals (2).
- He has knocked down multiple three-pointers in 10 games this season.
- He strums an air guitar after making a three-pointer, a tradition he started in grade school.
MISCELLANEOUS QUICK HITTERS: Here are some quick hitters about other players on the Oregon State basketball team:
- Daniel Gomis missed the past two seasons with a leg injury, but has been very efficient in his return. He is shooting 58.8 percent (30-for-51) from the field and has a pro-rated average of 9.7 rebounds per a 40-minute game.
- Gomis has knocked down 14 of his last 19 shots from the field.
- Olaf Schaftenaar took 17 shots in Pac-12 play and 15 were from beyond the arc.
- In the regular-season finale, Malcolm Duvivier had career highs with 13 points, four field goals, seven field goal attempts, three three-pointers and four three-point attempts. He also got his first career blocked shot.
- Duvivier shot 55.0 (11-for-20) from the three-point line in Pac-12 play.
- Challe Barton started the first 14 games this season and Victor Robbins started the first 12.
- Three walk-ons -- Daniel Jones, C.J. Mitchell and Michael Moyer -- were honored on Senior Day for their contributions to the program.
WITH TWO MINUTES TO PLAY: Oregon State has had a lot of success in the final two minutes of games this season. Here are some of the numbers:
- The Beavers are shooting 48.7 percent (58-for-119) from the field compared to 43.7 percent (52-for-119) by their opponents in the final two minutes.
- The Beavers have held their opponent to 29.6 percent (16-for-54) shooting from beyond the arc in the final two minutes.
- Roberto Nelson has taken more free throws (58) in the final two minutes of games than the rest of the team combined (56).
- Nelson is shooting 82.9 percent (58-for-70) from the free throw line in the final two minutes, while Olaf Schaftenaar is at 75.0 percent (3-for-4) and Hallice Cooke is at 72.0 percent (18-for-25). Players who have struggled are Eric Moreland (5-for-8), Devon Collier (10-for-17) and Angus Brandt (5-for-10).
WINS vs. LOSSES: Here are some of the numbers when Oregon State has won games and lost games this season:
- Oregon State is averaging 78.2 points and shooting 50.0 percent from the field in wins and 72.0 points and 46.2 percent in losses.
- The opponent is averaging 68.4 points and shooting 40.4 percent from the field when Oregon State wins and 81.5 points and 48.5 percent when it loses.
- The Beavers are outrebounding their opponent 37.1 to 33.6 in wins but getting outboarded 34.0 to 32.3 in losses.
COACH ROBINSON MOVES INTO FOURTH: After defeating Washington State, Craig Robinson became the fourth-winningest coach in Oregon State history and now has 94 victories with the Beavers. He has passed Jim Anderson (79) and Paul Valenti (91) this season, who each coached the Beavers six years. Robinson trails only Hall of Famers Slats Gill (599) and Ralph Miller (359), and Bob Hager who had 115 wins from 1923-28. Only Gill (36 years) and Miller (19 years) coached at Oregon State more than six seasons.
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.