Beavers Set To Host California Thursday In Pac-12 Home Opener
Jan. 2, 2012
THE GAME: Oregon State (10-4, 0-2 Pac-12) returns to Gill Coliseum where it has won seven of eight games this season to host the California Golden Bears (12-3, 2-0) at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Beavers' Pac-12 Conference home opener.
TELEVISION: The game will not be televised or have live video due to Pac-12 Conference regulations. Tickets can be purchased online at osubeavers.com, by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or visiting the Gill Coliseum ticket office during business hours.
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action.
ONLINE: Live updates are available by visiting osubeavers.com and clicking on Gametracker.
vs. CALIFORNIA: Oregon State and California meet for the 138th time in history with the Golden Bears holding a 77-60 advantage. The Beavers lead the series 29-26 in games played at Gill Coliseum, while Cal leads has a 33-32 advantage in games played in Corvallis and own a current two-game winning streak after sweeping the series last season.
QUICKLY: In national statistics, Oregon State is tied for ninth in scoring (82.6), seventh in assists (17.9) and fifth in steals (10.07) ... The Beavers have fewer turnovers than their opponent in 12 games this season and lead the Pac-12 with a +4.4 turnover margin ... The starting backcourt of Ahmad Starks and Jared Cunningham have each scored in double-figures in six consecutive games ... The starting frontline of Joe Burton, Devon Collier and Angus Brandt are shooting a combined 60.1 percent (173-of-288) from the field ... Cunningham leads the Pac-12 in scoring (17.0) and steals (2.9, fourth in the nation) ... Starks is second in the Pac-12 in steals (2.2) and third in three-point field goals made (35) ... Starks has made a three-pointer in 13 of 14 games this season ... Eric Moreland (1.6) and Collier (1.4) are 2-3 in the Pac-12 in blocked shots ... Moreland has already tied Collier's OSU freshman blocked shots record with 23 in just 14 games ... Roberto Nelson has made 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) shots from beyond the arc the past six games.
OFFENSIVELY: Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 and tied for ninth in the nation in scoring at 82.6 points per game. The Beavers have NEVER led the conference in scoring (team statistics began in 1959-60). Oregon State's best scoring average in a full season was 78.4 points per game in 1989-90.
LARGE MARGIN VICTORIES: Oregon State has notched eight wins by at least 20 points, the most in a season since the 1981-82 team did it 10 times en route to a 25-5 record and Pac-10 title.
100+ SCORING GAMES: Oregon State has scored 100 or more points twice this season (100 vs. Texas, 101 vs. Portland State) for the first time since 1991-92 when the Beavers dropped triple digits on Oral Roberts (112) and Sacramento State (104). The school record for 100-point games in a season is three, which has happened three times (1978-79, 1979-80, 1988-89).
90+ SCORING GAMES: Oregon State has scored a school-record tying 90 or more points in six games this season (1979-80 team did it in 30 games; 1988-89 team in 29 games). The Beavers also scored at least 90 points in four consecutive games for just the second time in school history to equal the 1980-81 team (102 at Portland State, 92 vs. Portland, 90 vs. Northwestern, 103 vs. Rhode Island).
80+ SCORING GAMES: Oregon State has scored 80 or more points in nine games this season, including two separate streaks of four consecutive games. It's the first time the Beavers have scored 80 or more points in four consecutive games since the 1989-90 season (92 at USC, 80 at UCLA, 98 vs. California, 84 vs. Stanford). The Beavers scored 80+ points 10 times in Robinson's first three years and are now 17-2 under his watch when it happens, including an 8-1 record this season.
MORE OFFENSIVE RANKINGS: In addition to leading the Pac-12 in scoring offense, Oregon State is first in field goal percentage (.494) and assists (17.9) and second in scoring margin (+14.5). The 17.9 assists per game ranks seventh in the nation and is the Beavers' best average since they led the conference in assists in 1989-90 (18.6). Oregon State also leads the conference in free throws made (259, 10th in the nation) and free throws attempted (378, seventh in the nation).
BETTER TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE: Oregon State had 27 assists on their 40 baskets against Portland State, the highest number of assists in a game since the Beavers had 34 in a 116-78 win over UC San Diego in 1997. Joe Burton (9) and Jared Cunningham (8) combined for 17 assists in the Portland State game, marking the first time two Oregon State players had eight or more assists in a game since 1991 when Charles McKinney (10) and Will Brantley (8) combined for 18 in a win over Arizona State.
DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES: Oregon State had six players score in double-figures in the win over Portland State -- Ahmad Starks 17, Angus Brandt 16, Jared Cunningham 15, Devon Collier 14, Roberto Nelson 14, Eric Moreland 10 -- the first time the Beavers have done that since 2003. Five players scored in double-figures in two other games and the Beavers are 8-1 this season when at least four players hit double-digits.
THREE PLAYERS GO FOR 20: With Ahmad Starks (22), Angus Brandt (21) and Roberto Nelson (20) all scoring 20 points against Howard, the Beavers had three players reach that mark for the first time since a win against Colorado in 2004 when Chris Stephens (27), Sasa Cuic (22) and Jason Fontenet (20) all hit the 20-point mark.
DEFENSIVELY: The man-to-man defense hasn't missed a beat from the famous 1-3-1 as Oregon State has forced 268 turnovers (19.1 per game) this season, including 20 or more turnovers in six games. The Beavers have fewer turnovers than their opponent in 12 games this season and lead the Pac-12 with a +4.4 turnover margin.
DEFENSIVELY II: Regardless of the defense the Beavers play, they are always at the top of the conference and nation in steals. Oregon State leads the Pac-12 and is fifth in the nation in steals at 10.07 per game. The Beavers led the Pac-10 and were fifth in the nation with 9.5 steals per game last season, the second consecutive year the Beavers led the conference in steals after averaging a league-best 8.2 per game in 2009-10. Individually, an Oregon State player has led the conference in steals the past two seasons with Jared Cunningham (2.8) in 2010-11 and Seth Tarver (2.2) in 2009-10 leading the way.
NCAA Division I Team Steals Per Game
MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS: The Beavers are outscoring their opponent in all specialty statistics, including points off turnovers (331-198), second chance points (202-173), points in the paint (538-392), fast break points (162-50) and bench scoring (293-282).
STARTING FIVE: Oregon State has used the same starting lineup in all 14 games this season with guards Ahmad Starks and Jared Cunningham, forwards Devon Collier and Joe Burton and center Angus Brandt. The Beavers used 11 different starting lineups last season, including five different groups through the first 16 games.
JARED SCORING AND STEALING: Jared Cunningham leads the Pac-12 in scoring (17.0) and steals (2.9) and could become just the sixth player to lead the conference in both categories since they started keeping steals statistics in 1978. Last season, Cunningham was ninth in the conference in scoring (14.2) and first in steals (2.8).
Players to Lead the Pac-12 in Scoring and Steals
JARED STEALING II: Jared Cunningham is fourth in the nation at 2.93 steals per game with 41 on the season. He has 169 in his career and is ninth on Oregon State's top-10 career steals list.
Oregon State Career Steals List
STARKS FROM DEEP: Ahmad Starks has knocked down 20 three-pointers the past five games, including a career-best five three-pointers in three of those games. He leads the team in three-pointers made (35) and attempted (91) after doing the same last season as a freshman (42-for-130). He has knocked down a triple in 13 of the 14 games and has two or more in 10 games.
STARKS FROM THE STRIPE: Ahmad Starks had a streak of 20 consecutive free throws made end against Washington State, but has made 21-of-22 (95.5 percent) this season after knocking down 24-of-28 (85.7 percent) last season.
STARKS STEALING: Ahmad Starks is unquestionably the most improved defensive player on the Beavers roster. He already has 31 steals this season, after coming away with 18 all of last season, and is second in the Pac-12 at 2.2 steals per game.
EVERY SHOT IN THE BAG: Angus Brandt leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 63.4 percent (52-of-82) and makes shots in a variety of ways, including right-handed and left-handed, inside and out. He scored in double-figures in four consecutive games, the longest streak of his career, including a career-best 21 against Howard. He is also shooting 46 percent (10-of-22) from three-point land and 68 percent (21-of-31) from the stripe.
COLLIER SCORING: Devon Collier has scored in double-figures in nine games this season, including a career-high 25 against Hofstra, and led the team in scoring against Vanderbilt and Towson, the first time he has done that in consecutive games in his career. He is shooting 63 percent (68-of-108) from the field this season, the second best percentage in the Pac-12, and has made 50 percent of his shots or better in 11 games.
BLOCK PARTY: Eric Moreland (1.6) and Devon Collier (1.4) are second and third, respectively, in the Pac-12 in blocked shots per game. Collier set the Oregon State freshman blocked shots record last season with 23 and is just one swat away from making the Beavers' sophomore top-five list this season, while Moreland had two swats against Washington State to tie Collier's record in just 14 games.
Oregon State Sophomore Blocked Shots List
Oregon State Freshmen Blocked Shots List
ROBERTO BACK IN FORM: Roberto Nelson has regained his form after suffering an anterior/posterior talo-fibular sprain in his left ankle right before the season started. He scored in double-figures in seven consecutive games, averaging 15.7 points during that stretch, after averaging 4.8 points in the first five games. He also had back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career.
ROBERTO FROM DEEP: Roberto Nelson hit three-pointers on back-to-back-to-back possessions against Illinois-Chicago and finished with a career-high five three-pointers on seven attempts. After starting the season 3-for-13 from beyond the arc, he has made 19-of-38 three-point attempts, including 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) in the past six games.
MORELAND CRASHING THE BOARDS: After playing in just four games last season before suffering a season-ending injury, Eric Moreland has come back strong and leads the Beavers in rebounding at 6.9 per game, the sixth best average in the Pac-12. He has pulled down 96 boards in 16.4 minutes per game, a pro-rated average of 16.7 rebounds per game, and has led the Beavers in rebounding in six games with two double-doubles.
MAGIC BURTON THE ICEMAN: The versatile Joe Burton said he learned his passing skills by watching old NBA games. He used those skills to lead the team in assists in six games this season, including a career-high 11 dimes against Hofstra and nine against Portland State. He is eighth in the Pac-12 in assists at 3.7 per game and is the only non-guard among the top-15 players on the list.
BURTON FROM LONG DISTANCE: Joe Burton entered the season with one career three-pointer made on three attempts. He has already made three from long distance this season on six attempts.
BURTON FROM THE STRIPE: If there was one weakness in Joe Burton's game last season, it was his free throw shooting as he shot just 49 percent (35-of-71) from the line. But, like everything else, he worked hard on it during the summer and is shooting 66 percent (21-of-32) from the stripe this season.
RHYS GETTING BACK IN THE GROOVE: Rhys Murphy is making his return this season after missing all but four games last year and provides another deep threat for the Beavers' high potent offense. All but one of his field goals have been from long distance as he's shooting 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) from beyond the arc and 1-for-2 on two-point attempts.
BACKCOURT HELP: True freshman Challe Barton has played in 13 games this season to provide a rest for the starting backcourt of Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks. He has provided 32 points, 14 assists and five steals in 140 minutes of playing time and has played solid defense throughout the season.
FROM WALK-ON TO THREE-TIME TEAM CAPTAIN: Craig Robinson can't remember another playing doing it in college basketball history, but senior forward Kevin McShane joined the program as a walk-on and will leave it as a three-time team captain. He does all of the little things on the court to help the Beavers that don't always show up in the box score. He did it in the overtime win over Texas with career-highs with six points and two blocked shots and added two key offensive rebounds down the stretch. He also tied his career-high with six points against Howard.
IRON MEN: Several players have played career-high minutes already this season. Jared Cunningham (43), Devon Collier (42) and Ahmad Starks (39) all hit their career-bests in the overtime win over Texas. Joe Burton played all 40 minutes against Hofstra after playing a career-best 39 against Arizona State and 38 in the Pac-10 Tournament win over Stanford last season.
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Jared Cunningham (Nov. 14-20 games) and Ahmad Starks (Dec. 12-18 games) have both been honored as the Pac-12 Player of the Week this season. It's the first time since 1991-92 that Oregon State had two players named the conference's player of the week in the same season when Chad Scott won it twice and Scott Haskin once.
WALK-ONS PROVIDING HELP: C.J. Mitchell, Michael Moyer and Jullian Powers joined the team at the beginning of the season to join Daniel Jones as walk-ons for the program and provide help during practices. Moyer has to sit out the season after transferring from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., while the other players have seen playing time, including Mitchell who hit a three-pointer at the end of the Portland State game to put the Beavers over the 100-point mark.
RIGHT ON TRACK: If you compare Craig Robinson's first three years to Hall of Famers Slats Gill and Ralph Miller, you realize he's right on track to a very successful career with the Beavers. Gill and Miller each won 45 games in their first three seasons at Oregon State, while Robinson had 43 wins. Gill won 12 games in his fourth season and had 57 wins through four seasons before finishing with 599 in his 36-year career. Miller won 13 games in year four and had 58 in four seasons before retiring with 359 wins in 19 seasons. To do the math, if Robinson wins 16 games this year he'll have more after four seasons than the two coaching legends.
2012-13 RECRUITING CLASS: Langston Morris-Walker, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound small forward from Berkeley, Calif., Jarmal Reid, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound small forward from Decatur, Ga., and Maika Ostling, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound center from Dayton, Ore., all signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 9 to play for the Beavers next season. Morris-Walker is ranked the 29th best small forward and 146th best player in the nation by Rivals.com. Reid is ranked 73rd on the ESPNU Classic of 2012 with an 88 rating and the 52nd best small forward in the nation by ESPN.com. Ostling is rated the 30th best center in the nation by ESPN.com.
PAC-12 SCHEDULE: With the start of the Pac-12, the Beavers will play Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and USC only one time each this season. Oregon State will play the Arizona schools on the road and the Los Angeles schools at home. The Beavers will play everyone else in the conference twice, including new members Colorado and Utah.
BEAVER SPORTS TALK: "Beaver Sports Talk", a weekly statewide call-in show, takes place every Tuesday during the season, and will feature Oregon State men's basketball head coach Craig Robinson and Mike Parker. The show is live from McMenamins Brewpub on Monroe Street in Corvallis from 7-8 p.m. and airs on most of the Beaver Sports Radio Network stations and is streamed live on Beaver Nation Online at osubeavers.com.
BEAVERS ALL-ACCESS: ROOT SPORTS will again air the popular magazine show tentatively on Wednesday nights during the season. The show will also be replayed several times each week on FSN's ROOT SPORTS, a part of the DIRECTV Sports Networks that comprises three regional sports networks that reach more than 8.5 million viewers across 17 states. Through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and other countries in Latin America, DIRECTV, the world's most popular television service, serves more than 18.4 million households.
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