Men's Hoops Concludes Road Trip at Cal on Saturday
Jan. 22, 2010
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21
Oregon State (8-10, 2-4) at California (12-6, 4-2),
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: None
Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com
Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com
Television: CBS (Regional); Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (color)
Oregon State vs. California: California leads 74-59
Corvallis, Ore.: California leads 32-31
Berkeley, Calif.: California leads 37-24
Neutral: California leads 5-4
The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers travel to Berkeley, Calif., to face California on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11:00 a.m. The contest will be regionally televised by CBS and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters the contest with a mark of 8-10 on the season, 2-4 in Pac-10 play after the Beavers dropped a hard-59-35 at the hands of Stanford on Thursday. Seth Tarver led the way with 10 points for Oregon State as the Beavers were held to a season-low in points.
Entering the game against the Bears, Haynes leads the Oregon State attack at 11.6 points per game with Tarver pouring in 11.5 points per contest. Haynes ranks among the league leaders in three-point field goal percentage at 43.2 percent while Tarver leads the league and ranks No. 7 in the NCAA at 2.7 steals per game.
California enters the weekend with a mark of 12-6 on the season and tied for first-place in the league with a 4-2 mark after the Bears cruised by Oregon on Thursday. Jerome Randle leads Cal at 19.0 points per game while Patrick Christopher ranks second on the squad with 16.7 points per contest.
California leads the all-time series, 74-59; however, the Beavers swept the season series from the Bears last year. In the season sweep, Oregon State captured a 69-65 win in Berkeley before a 65-54 victory in Corvallis.
California, led by second-year head coach Mike Montgomery, enters the weekend with a mark of 12-6 overall, 4-2 in league play, after the Bears defeated Oregon on Thursday. Patrick Christopher led five California players in double figures with 21 points as Cal cruised to an 89-57 win over the Ducks
The Bears are led by Jerome Randle, who leads the team at 19.0 points per game. Patrick Christopher ranks second on the squad at 16.7 points per contest while Theo Robertson is averaging 14.3 points per game.
Cal enters the contest averaging 79.9 points per game while allowing 69.1 points per contest. The Bears are currently hitting 47.6 percent of their shots from the field while opponents are hitting at a 42.5 percent clip. Cal leads the all-time series, 74-59, however, Oregon State swept the season series from the Bears a year ago.
DEFENSE, AND THE 1-3-1, LEADING THE WAY FOR OREGON STATE
The Oregon State defense has been among the nation’s best as the Beavers have been forcing turnovers and keeping opponents field-goal percentage down through 18 games. Specifically, Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense has received the share of the attention as the guard at the top of the zone, Seth Tarver, is a big reason why.
Tarver leads the way for the Oregon State defense as the senior leads the Pac-10 Conference and ranks seventh in the NCAA at 2.7 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.1 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 63 in the nation. Last season, Tarver became the first Oregon State player since Gary Payton in 1989-1990 to lead the league in steals during conference play as the forward averaged 2.0 per game.
When opponents do get shots off against Tarver and the 1-3-1, they have not been able to hit them with consistency. Oregon State ranks third in the league in field goal percentage defense at 42.1 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 65 NCAA) at 63.0 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State ranks third in the league (No. 56 NCAA) at 30.8 percent.
Seth Tarver CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL
Senior forward Seth Tarver has led the Oregon State attack since the start of season, averaging 11.6 points and 4.4 rebounds through 18 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 13-of-18 games this season with a season-high of 18 points while recording three assists and three steals in a win over George Washington.
The senior led the Oregon State attack at the “Duel in the Desert” tournament and was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds through the three games.
Tarver currently leads the Pac-10 with 2.9 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 10th in career points (863), fourth in rebounds (468) and first in steals (158). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State.
Calvin Haynes BACK TO OLD FORM HEADING INTO PAC-10 PLAY
The leading scorer for Oregon State last season, junior guard Calvin Haynes has shown in recent games why he was a key member of last year’s College Basketball Invitational championship squad. In the victory over Fresno State, Haynes tied his career-high with 25 points and scored the most points by an Oregon State player this season.
Haynes has reached double figures in six-of-10 games and now leads the team in scoring at 11.6 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks fifth in the Pac-10 Conference at 42.1 percent (32-of-74) from behind the three point arc.
OREGON STATE CONTINUES EFFICIENCY FROM THE FIELD
After struggling from the field two years ago, indicators show the new offensive system in place allowed Oregon State to dramatically improve its shooting numbers as the Beavers finished last season ranked among the nation’s best. For the year, Oregon State shot 46.7 percent and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 and 46th in the NCAA. In fact, the 46.7 percent is the highest field goal percentage for Oregon State since the 1992 season.
This trend has continued this season Oregon State is currently hitting 44.6 percent of its shots and has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field on six occasions.
Oregon State has been especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers hit 50.7 percent of their two-point shots to rank 77th in the country according to kenpom.com. Last season, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better from the field 14 times; and, in fact, the Beavers shot 58 percent or better from the floor on five occasions last year.
Roeland Schaftenaar LOOKS TO RETURN TO HIS ROLE AS THE “POINT-CENTER”
The term “point-center” entered the Pac-10 Conference lexicon with the arrival of Craig Robinson at Oregon State as Roeland Schaftenaar played the position last year and was pivotal in leading the Beavers to 18 victories.
Six games into the Pac-10 Conference season, Schaftenaar is playing well again as the senior center ranks second on the team in league games with 10.7 points per game while leading the squad at 6.3 rebounds per game. In the victory over Arizona, Schaftenaar tallied a season-high 22 points as the Beavers rallied from 11 down to claim a 67-64 victory over the Wildcats.
In Pac-10 Conference games last year, Schaftenaar finished No. 7 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 63 assists and 39 turnovers gave him a 1.6 ratio.
Oregon State returns home to host USC in a Pac-10 Conference contest televised by FSN NW on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5:32 p.m.