Beavers Take On California Thursday On National Television
Jan. 25, 2011
THE GAME: The Oregon State men's basketball team (8-10, 3-4 Pac-10) takes its annual trip to the Bay Area and plays California (10-8, 3-4 Pac-10) at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif., in a game televised nationally on FSN.
RADIO: The game will air live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (www.osubeavers.com) with Mike Parker calling the action.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on FSN with Barry Tompkins and Don MacLean calling the action and Rebecca Haarlow reporting from the sideline.
ONLINE: The game will be available via a live audio stream on Beaver Nation Online for a fee. Live updates are also available by visiting www.osubeavers.com and clicking on Gametracker.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Live updates will be available on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/oregonstatembb and Twitter at http://twitter.com/oregonstatembb.
THE SERIES: Oregon State and California meet for the 136th time in history with the Golden Bears holding a 75-60 advantage. The Beavers have won three of the past four games after Cal reeled off 20 of 22 from 1998 to 2008.
QUICKLY: Oregon State has equaled its best start to the Pac-10 season since the 1992-93 team began 5-2 (the 1998-99, 2004-05 and 2005-06 teams also started 3-4) ... The Beavers lead the nation in steals at 10.61 per game ... Sophomore Jared Cunningham is averaging 17.0 points and shooting 46.2 percent (12-of-26) from three-point land over the past nine games ... Cunningham is first in the Pac-10 and tied for third in the nation in steals at 3.11 per game ... Senior forward Omari Johnson has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding in 12 of the 18 games ... Senior Lathen Wallace has scored in double-figures in three of the past five games ... In all eight wins this season, four Oregon State players have scored in double-figures ... The Beavers are 4-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
vs. CALIFORNIA: Oregon State has won three of four games over California since Craig Robinson took over the Beavers program, an impressive number considering the Golden Bears went 20-2 against the Beavers from 1998-2008. The Beavers won last season, 80-64, on Feb. 18 at Gill Coliseum, the only time Oregon State scored 80 or more points in a game the entire season. Five OSU players scoring in double-figures in the game, including 12 from Joe Burton, 11 from Jared Cunningham and 10 from Calvin Haynes. Cal won last season on its home court, 65-61, on Jan. 23. Haynes and Cunningham were the lone Beavers in double-figures with 25 and 18 points, respectively. Oregon State swept the 2008-09 series, winning 68-65 at Haas Pavilion on Jan. 22 and 65-54 on Feb. 21 at Gill.
OFFENSIVELY: Oregon State is averaging 72.5 points per game this season after averaging 60.3 points per game last season. The Beavers have scored 80 or more points in six games this season after scoring 80 or more in only one of their 32 games last season. They have also scored more first-half points (44 vs. Charlotte) and second-half points (52 at Howard) than they did in any game last season.
DEFENSIVELY: Oregon State is first in the nation in steals at 10.61 per game and has more steals than their opponent in 14 of its 18 games. The Beavers have committed fewer turnovers than their opponent in 12 of their 18 games and have forced 25 turnovers in three games this season (at Seattle, at Howard, Texas-Pan American). Oregon State's single-season team record for steals is 10.7 per game, which was set in 1988-89.
NCAA Steals Per Game
SPREADING THE SCORING AROUND: Four players have scored in double-figures in 10 games this season and the Beavers are 8-2 in those contests. Oregon State had four players score in double-figures in four of its 32 games last season. The Beavers were 3-1 in those games. Five players scored in double figures in the loss to Utah Valley.
HOME vs. ROAD: The Beavers are scoring about the same no matter where they play this season, averaging 73.0 points at home and 71.5 points on the road per game. The big difference is the scoring of their opponents, which are averaging 67.2 points at Gill Coliseum and 83.0 points per game on their respective home courts.
MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS: The Beavers are outscoring their opponents in several specialty statistics, including points off turnovers (355-287), second chance points (211-201), points in the paint (594-520), fast break points (135-85) and bench scoring (479-322).
CUNNINGHAM SCORING: Despite scoring only five points against UCLA and nine against Oregon, sophomore Jared Cunningham is averaging 17.0 points over the past nine games and has led the team in scoring in five of those games. He also leads the team in three-point percentage at 43.8 percent (21-of-48), which is third best in the Pac-10. He has already made as many three-pointers as he attempted all of last season (7-of-21).
CUNNINGHAM STEALING: Sophomore Jared Cunningham leads the Pac-10 and is tied for third in the nation in steals at 3.11 per game (56 steals total). At his current pace, he would finish with 93 steals through 30 games, which would be second to Gary Payton's single-season school record of 100 steals set in 1989-90. The sophomore single-season school record is 72, which was set by Payton in 1987-88.
NCAA Steals Per Game
OSU Sophomore Steals Record
CUNNINGHAM FROM THE STRIPE: Sophomore guard Jared Cunningham made his first eight free throw attempts against Arizona before missing in the second half to tie the school record of 34 consecutive free throws made. During his streak, he also set the school record for most free throws made in a game without a miss. Through the first four games, Cunningham was shooting 42.8 percent (6-of-14) from the free throw line. He has shot 84.8 percent (78-of-92) since then to increase his season percentage to 79.2 percent (84-of-106), which is seventh best in the Pac-10.
OSU Consecutive Free Throws Made
OSU Single-Game Most Free Throws Made Without A Miss
BURTON SHOOTING WELL: Sophomore Joe Burton has made 50 percent of his shots or better in 14 of the 18 games this season and is shooting 54.1 percent (60-of-111) from the field, which is 10th best in the Pac-10. He has career-highs in points (17), assists (7), steals (3), blocked shots (2), field goals made (7), field goals attempted (13) and minutes played (33) this season.
OMARI BOARDING: Senior forward Omari Johnson has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding in 12 of the 18 games and is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game. He led the team in rebounding in just three of the 32 games last season. He also has three double-doubles this season after posting only one previously during his sophomore campaign.
Omari Career Double-Doubles
ANGUS IS BACK: After missing two games and playing 10 minutes or less in four other games with a left foot sprain, sophomore center Angus Brandt has started nine consecutive games. He set career-highs in points (13), blocked shots (2), steals (2) and tied a career-high with six rebounds against Illinois-Chicago.
STARKS FROM DOWNTOWN: Freshman Ahmad Starks made four three-pointers against Illinois-Chicago and has made at least one from behind the arc in 11 of the 18 games. He leads the team in three-pointers made (22), three-pointers attempted (71) and free throw percentage at 89.5 percent (17-of-19).
COLLIER BACK IN THE STARTING LINEUP: Freshman Devon Collier has started eight consecutive games after coming off the bench against George Washington. In those eight games, he has scored in double-figures twice, pulled down 36 rebounds (4.5 per game), shot 54.5 percent (18-of-33) from the field and committed only six turnovers.
ROBERTO RETURNING TO FORM: Freshman Roberto Nelson had to sit out last season and the first seven games this season due to being a half-credit short per NCAA rules, but is quickly returning to form. He had his first career start against USC and has scored in double-figures in six of his 11 games and led the team in scoring two times.
STARTING LINEUPS: The Beavers have used six different starting lineups this season, including the current starting lineup of Jared Cunningham and Roberto Nelson at guard, Omari Johnson and Devon Collier at forward and Angus Brandt at center.
Starting Lineup (Record)
HAYNES SCORING WATCH: Senior Calvin Haynes has moved into 23rd on Oregon State's career scoring list with 1,140 points.
OSU Career Scoring List
INJURY UPDATE: Freshman Eric Moreland is out for the season with a dislocated left shoulder that required surgery. Freshman Rhys Murphy had surgery for a broken bone in his left wrist but could play later this season.
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE PAC-12: Colorado and Utah will join the conference next season and the Beavers will face both teams at home and on the road. Here is a look at the Pac-12 schedule for Oregon State in 2011-12:
Thursday, Dec. 29 - at Washington
BEAVER SPORTS TALK: "Beaver Sports Talk", a weekly statewide call-in show, begins on Tuesday, December 7, 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 and airs on most of the Beaver Sports Radio Network stations and is streamed live on Beaver Nation Online at www.osubeavers.com.
BEAVERS ALL-ACCESS: FSN Northwest, the regional television partner for Oregon State athletics, will again air the popular magazine show on Wednesday nights during the season. The 30-minute show runs for 24 weeks during the academic year and is replayed several times a week. FSN Northwest is part of DirecTV 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 serves more than 18.4 million households.
BEAVER NATION ONLINE: The subscription-based site within www.osubeavers.com offers exclusive interviews, highlights, webcasts and special features from Oregon State coaches and players during the year. More than 500 videos are added to Beaver Nation Online during the year, including more than 40 live baseball games, game replays, weekly and postgame press conferences, special features, highlights, classic games and much more.
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