Beavers Open Pac-10 Tournament Wednesday Against Stanford
March 6, 2011
THE GAME: The Oregon State men's basketball team (10-19, 5-13 Pac-10) will play the Stanford Cardinal (15-15, 7-11 Pac-10) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9 in the opening round of the Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, 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 and Michael Eaves 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.
QUICKLY: Oregon State has fallen behind by double figures in 12 Pac-10 games this season and are 1-11 with its lone win against Stanford when the Beavers erased a 13-point first half deficit to win 87-80 on 2/24 ... The Beavers got their first win of the season when trailing with five minutes to play against Stanford on 2/24 and are now 1-18 on the season when trailing in the final five minutes ... 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 ... Devon Collier needs one blocked shot to tie Payton's freshman blocked shots record of 20 set in 1986-87 ... Ahmad Starks has made 35 three-pointers this season, which is tied for the fourth most by a freshman in Oregon State history ... Freshman Roberto Nelson had a career-high 34 points against Arizona State, it's just the third since 2000 that an Oregon State player has scored 30+ points in a game ... Nelson leads the Pac-10 in free throw percentage at 84.9 percent (45-of-53) ... Senior Omari Johnson has four double-doubles and has led the team in rebounding 17 times this season.
vs. STANFORD: Oregon State and Stanford split the series this season with the Beavers winning 87-80 on Feb. 24 at Gill Coliseum and Stanford winning 70-56 on Jan. 29 at Maples Pavilion. Oregon State holds a 70-62 advantage in the series and the teams are 4-4 over the last eight games.
Oregon State and Stanford have played one time previously in the Pac-10 Tournament with the Cardinal winning 62-54 on March 11, 2009. The Beavers were the No. 8 seed and Stanford was the No. 9 seed in that game.
The winner of this year's first round game will play the No. 1 seed Arizona Wildcats on Thursday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m. on FSN.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT NOTES:
OFFENSIVELY: Oregon State is averaging 69.3 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 leads the Pac-10 and is tied for fourth in the nation in steals at 9.48 per game and has more steals than their opponent in 21 of its 29 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 SCORING: The Beavers are averaging 72.6 points at home and 65.2 on the road, while their opponents are averaging 78.5 points on their home courts and 68.1 at Gill Coliseum.
SPECIALTY STATISTICS: The Beavers are outscoring their opponents in several specialty statistics, including points off turnovers (535-492), second chance points (334-301), points in the paint (914-836), fast break points (207-172) and bench scoring (737-550).
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. Cunningham currently leads the Pac-10 and is eighth in the nation in steals at 2.75 per game. At his current pace, he would finish with 80 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 7.8 points and 5.4 rebounds and shooting 56.3 percent (49-of-87) 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 18 games this season 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 four double-doubles this season after posting only one previously during his sophomore campaign.
Omari Career Double-Doubles
STARTING LINEUPS: The Beavers have used 10 different starting lineups this season, including the current starting lineup of Roberto Nelson at guard, Omari Johnson, Kevin McShane and Joe Burton 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 (9) at Arizona State ... 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 (34) at Arizona State 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 1,226 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 sixth place with Erik Knox with 121 career games played, while Wallace moved into a tie for 10th with Chris Stephens with 119. Johnson has played in 118 games.
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.
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