Beavers Ready For Saturday Afternoon Tilt With UCLA
Feb. 11, 2011
THE GAME: The Oregon State men's basketball team (9-14, 4-8 Pac-10) plays its second of three consecutive road games on Saturday when it takes on UCLA (17-7, 8-3 Pac-10) at 1 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion 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 UCLA meet for the 122nd time in history with the Bruins holding an 87-34 advantage. UCLA has won 12 straight games in the series, the Beavers longest losing streak against a Pac-10 opponent. Oregon State's last win was 79-72 on March 10, 2005, at the Pac-10 Tournament.
QUICKLY: Oregon State is the only team to defeat both No. 20 Washington and No. 23 Arizona this season ... The Beavers have started three sophomores and two freshmen in three consecutive games ... Oregon State leads the nation in steals at 10.09 per game ... Sophomore Jared Cunningham leads the Pac-10 and is seventh in the nation in steals at 2.87 per game ... Cunningham is second on Oregon State's sophomore steals list with 66, trailing only Gary Payton's 72 set in 1987-88 ... Freshman Devon Collier is averaging 10.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks and shooting 62.9 percent (22-of-35) from the field over the past four games ... Senior Omari Johnson has led the team in rebounding in 15 of the 23 games this season.
vs. UCLA: Oregon State looks to break a 12-game losing streak to UCLA and win for the first time since the 2004-05 season when the Beavers defeated the Bruins twice, once at Gill Coliseum, 85-80, and at the Pac-10 Tournament, 79-72. UCLA won the first meeting this season, 62-57, on Jan. 13 at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers erased a 17-deficit to take a 57-55 lead with 2:44 to play, but the Bruins scored the game's final seven points for the win. Roberto Nelson was the lone Oregon State player in double-figures with 13 points. The Beavers last win at Pauley Pavilion came on Feb. 1, 2003, when Philip Ricci had 26 points and 14 rebounds in an 83-79 victory. Brian Jackson added 18 points, Jimmie Haywood had 14 and David Lucas added 10. Oregon State is 7-48 against the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, 2-2 at neutral sites and 7-3 in postseason games.
OFFENSIVELY: Oregon State is averaging 69.4 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 10.09 per game and has more steals than their opponent in 18 of its 23 games. The Beavers have committed fewer turnovers than their opponent in 14 of their 23 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
FAST BREAK: Head coach Craig Robinson got his first career wins against Arizona State and Washington this season and has wins over every team in the Pac-10 but UCLA ... Nine players are averaging 15 or more minutes per game ... Sophomore Joe Burton has made 50 percent of his shots or better in 15 of the 23 games this season ... Sophomore Angus Brandt missed two games earlier in the season with a left foot sprain ... Junior walk-on and team captain Kevin McShane has played in all 23 games this season ... Seniors Calvin Haynes (116), Lathen Wallace (114) and Omari Johnson (112) all hit the century mark for career games played at Oregon State this season.
SPREADING THE SCORING AROUND: Four players have scored in double-figures in 11 games this season and the Beavers are 8-3 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 71.4 points at home and 66.4 points on the road per game. The big difference is the scoring of their opponents, which are averaging 65.9 points at Gill Coliseum and 80.0 points per game on their respective home courts.
MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS: The Beavers are outscoring their opponents in several specialty statistics, including points off turnovers (432-375), second chance points (258-250), points in the paint (740-668), fast break points (173-117) and bench scoring (599-407).
CUNNINGHAM FROM BEHIND THE ARC: Sophomore Jared Cunningham leads the team in three-point percentage at 36.8 percent (21-of-57) and 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 seventh in the nation in steals at 2.87 per game (66 steals total). At his current pace, he would finish with 86 steals through 30 games, which would be the fourth highest single-season total in Oregon State history, trailing only Gary Payton (100 in 1989-90), Lester Connor (91 in 1981-82) and Payton (91 in 1988-89). The sophomore single-season school record is 72, which was set by Payton in 1987-88. Cunningham already holds the Oregon State record for most steals in a game with eight against Washington State on March 4, 2010 (tied with Brent Barry and Seth Tarver).
OSU Sophomore Steals Record
CUNNINGHAM FROM THE STRIPE: Sophomore guard Jared Cunningham has set two school records this season, including most consecutive free throws made (34 to tie Vince Fritz) and most free throws made in a game without a miss (15).
OSU Consecutive Free Throws Made
OSU Single-Game Most Free Throws Made Without A Miss
COLLIER HEATING UP: Freshman Devon Collier is averaging 10.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks and shooting 62.9 percent (22-of-35) from the floor over the past five games. He had a career-high nine rebounds against Washington, then followed it up with a career-high 16 points,10 rebounds and four blocked shots against Washington State.
OMARI BOARDING: Senior forward Omari Johnson has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding in 15 of the 23 games and is averaging 6.5 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
STARKS BACK IN THE STARTING LINEUP: Freshman Ahmad Starks started for the first time in 11 games against Washington after posting career-highs in points (17), field goals made (6) and field goals attempted (13) against Stanford. He leads the team in three-pointers made (25), three-pointers attempted (87) and free throw percentage (85.2).
ROBERTO BACK ON THE FLOOR: 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.
STARTING LINEUPS: The Beavers have used eight different starting lineups this season, including the current starting lineup of Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks at guard, Joe Burton and Devon Collier at forward and Angus Brandt at center.
Starting Lineup (Record)
WIN OVER WASHINGTON: Oregon State's win over No. 20 Washington was its first over a Top 25 team since beating No. 24 Arizona, 75-65, on Jan. 12, 2006, at Gill Coliseum. It snapped a 28-game losing streak to ranked teams. It was the Beavers first win over a Top 20 team since beating No. 11 Washington, 90-73, on Feb. 13, 2005, at Gill.
HAYNES SCORING WATCH: Senior Calvin Haynes has moved into 19th on Oregon State's career scoring list with 1,186 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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