Beavers Face No. 18 Arizona Thursday In The Desert
Feb. 28, 2011
THE GAME: The Oregon State men's basketball team (10-17, 5-11 Pac-10) hits the road to face the No. 18 Arizona Wildcats (23-6, 12-4 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. MT on Thursday at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., 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 Marques Johnson calling the action.
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 Arizona meet for the 72nd time in history with the Wildcats holding a 51-20 advantage. The Beavers have won three consecutive games in the series, their longest streak against Arizona since winning 11 in a row from 1979 to 1983.
QUICKLY: Oregon State leads the nation in steals at 9.93 per game ... Jared Cunningham has 77 steals on the season and broke Oregon State's sophomore steals record of 72 set by Gary Payton in 1987-88 ... Cunningham now holds four school records ... Devon Collier needs one blocked shot to tie Payton's freshman blocked shots record of 20 set in 1986-87 ... Senior Lathen Wallace passed Brent Barry on Oregon State's career three-point field goals made (133) and three-point field goals attempted (386) lists ... Senior Calvin Haynes moved into 16th on Oregon State's all-time scoring list with 1,224 points ... The Beavers got their first win of the season when trailing with five minutes to play when they came back to beat Stanford on Feb. 24 (now 1-16 on the season).
vs. ARIZONA: Oregon State defeated Arizona, 76-75, in the first meeting this season on Jan. 2 at Gill Coliseum. Four Beavers scored in double figures - Calvin Haynes (18), Jared Cunningham (17), Joe Burton (16) and Devon Collier (10) - and Cunningham's "Kiss the Sky" putback dunk in the game has become a YouTube sensation. Oregon State swept the season series last year for the first time since 1982-83, winning 67-64 on Jan. 14 at Gill Coliseum and 63-55 on Feb. 13 at the McKale Center in Tucson.
TEAM FAST BREAK NOTES: Oregon State's win over then-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 ... Oregon State has fallen behind by double figures in the first half in 10 Pac-10 games this season and lost the first nine games, before erasing a 13-point first half deficit against Stanford for the win ... The Beavers shot a season-high 61.5 percent (32-of-52) from the field and a season-high 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the three-point line against Stanford ... The Beavers have made a season-high nine three-pointers in each of their last two games ... Nine players are averaging 15 or more minutes per game.
INDIVIDUAL FAST BREAK NOTES: Sophomore Jared Cunningham holds four school records, including steals in a game (8), consecutive free throws made (34), most free throws made in a game without a miss (15) and single-season sophomores steals (74) ... Freshman Ahmad Starks has made a three-pointer in 17 games this season and leads the team in three-pointers made (33) and attempted (109) ... Sophomore Joe Burton has made 50 percent of his shots or better in 17 games ... 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 27 games and has made 8-of-10 field goals in Pac-10 games ... Freshman Roberto Nelson sat out the first seven games due to being a half-credit short per NCAA rules and has scored in double-figures in eight of the 20 games he has played.
OFFENSIVELY: Oregon State is averaging 69.8 points per game this season after averaging 60.3 points per game last season. The Beavers have scored 80 or more points in seven 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 California) and second-half points (52 at Howard and vs. Stanford) than they did in any game last season.
DEFENSIVELY: Oregon State is first in the nation in steals at 9.93 per game and has more steals than their opponent in 21 of its 27 games. The Beavers forced 26 turnovers at UCLA and 25 turnovers in three other games this season (at Seattle, at Howard, Texas-Pan American).
NCAA Steals Per Game
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 win over Stanford and the loss to Utah Valley.
HOME vs. ROAD: The Beavers are scoring about the same no matter where they play this season, averaging 72.6 points at home and 65.6 points on the road per game. The big difference is the scoring of their opponents, which are averaging 68.1 points at Gill Coliseum and 79.2 points per game on their respective home courts.
SPECIALTY STATISTICS: The Beavers are outscoring their opponents in several specialty statistics, including points off turnovers (519-453), second chance points (313-289), points in the paint (862-780), fast break points (203-154) and bench scoring (723-514).
CUNNINGHAM STEALING: With three steals against Stanford, Jared Cunningham broke Oregon State's sophomore steals record of 72 that was held by Gary Payton in 1987-88 and is currently fourth on OSU's single-season steals list with 77 total. Cunningham currently leads the Pac-10 and is fourth in the nation at 2.85 per game. At his current pace, he would finish with 86 steals through 30 games. He 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 Single-Season Steals Record
OSU Sophomore Steals Record
COLLIER STEPPING UP: Freshman Devon Collier is averaging 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds and shooting 55.4 percent (46-of-83) in Pac-10 games. He also has 16 blocked shots in conference games and has 19 blocked shots on the season, which is just one shy of tying the Oregon State freshman record of 20 set by Gary Payton in 1986-87 (blocked shots were first kept as an official statistic in 1977-78).
OSU Freshman Blocked Shots Record
OMARI BOARDING: Senior forward Omari Johnson has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding in 16 games this season and is averaging 6.1 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
STARTING LINEUPS: The Beavers have used nine different starting lineups this season, including the current starting lineup of Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks at guard, Omari Johnson and Devon Collier at forward and Angus Brandt at center.
Starting Lineup (Record)
2010-11 CAREER-HIGH POINTS-REBOUNDS WATCH: Angus Brandt in points (13) at Montana and rebounds (6) against Illinois-Chicago ... Chris Brown in points (5) at Colorado and rebounds (4) in two games ... Joe Burton in points (17) against Arizona State ... Devon Collier in points (16) and rebounds (10) against Washington State ... Jared Cunningham in points (24) against USC and rebounds (8) against Washington State ... Calvin Haynes in points (27) against Charlotte and rebounds (7) against Washington ... Omari Johnson in rebounds (13) at Seattle ... Daniel Jones in points (3) against Arizona State and rebounds (1) against Texas-Pan American ... Kevin McShane in points (4) in two games and rebounds (6) at Washington ... Roberto Nelson in points (15) at Washington and rebounds (7) against Arizona State ... Ahmad Starks in points (18) against California and rebounds (3) in two games.
HAYNES SCORING WATCH: Senior Calvin Haynes has moved into 16th on Oregon State's career scoring list with 1,224 points.
OSU Career Scoring List
CAREER GAMES WATCH: Seniors Calvin Haynes, Lathen Wallace and Omari Johnson all hit the century mark for career games played at Oregon State this season. Haynes moved into a tie for seventh place with Gary Payton and Kyle Jeffers with 120 career games played. Wallace has played in 118 games and Johnson has played in 116.
INJURY UPDATE: Freshman Eric Moreland is out for the season with a dislocated left shoulder that required surgery. Freshman Rhys Murphy is out for the season with a broken bone in his left wrist that required surgery.
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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