Beavers Face Cougars With Trip To CBI Championship Series Up For Grabs
March 20, 2012
THE GAME: Oregon State (21-14) faces a familiar foe in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen when the Washington State Cougars (17-16) invade Gill Coliseum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday with a trip to the CBI Championship Series on the line.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on HDNet with Rich Cellini and Joe Cravens calling the action. HDNet is available in the Corvallis area on Comcast/Xfinity 798 and on satellite providers DirecTV 306 and Dish Network 362.
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action.
ONLINE: Live updates are available by visiting osubeavers.com and clicking on Gametracker.
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, stopping by the ticket office at Gill Coliseum or online at this link. Ticket prices are the same as regular season games at $25 for chairback seats and $15 for bench seats. The normal ticket fees will apply for CBI games and the will call fee will match the print at home fee of $2 per order. Student tickets will be free of charge and can be picked up beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday with a valid Oregon State University student ID.
vs. WASHINGTON STATE: Oregon State and Washington State meet for the 286th time in history and fourth time this season, the first time the teams will face each other four times in a season since 1962-63 when the Beavers won all four contests. The Cougars took both games this regular season, winning 81-76 on Dec. 31 in Spokane, Wash., and 83-73 on Feb. 9 at Gill Coliseum. Oregon State bounced back to win the Pac-12 Tournament opener, 69-64, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Beavers hold a 98-41 advantage in games played in Corvallis, including a 53-18 edge in Gill Coliseum. The game will also feature the Pac-12's two leading scorers in Brock Motum (18.5) of Washington State and Oregon State's Jared Cunningham (18.1).
QUICKLY: Oregon State shot 65.1 percent (69-of-106) from the field and dished out 40 assists in the first two CBI games ... The Beavers have scored 100 or more points in a school-record four games this season ... Devon Collier leads the Pac-12 and is fourth in the nation in field goal percentage (.623) ... Jared Cunningham needs 62 points to move into the top-10 on Oregon State's career scoring list ... Ahmad Starks is tied with Gary Payton for the most three-point attempts (213) in a season and needs to make four triples to pass Payton (82) for the single-season record ... Angus Brandt scored a career-high 22 points against TCU and is shooting an even 50 percent from three-point land (29-of-58) ... Eric Moreland is tied with Scott Haskin (68) for the most blocked shots in Oregon State single-season history ... Joe Burton leads the Beavers in assists (2.9) for the second consecutive season ... Kevin McShane scored the Beavers' 100th point of the night against TCU in his 100th career game.
OFFENSIVELY: Oregon State is enjoying its best offensive season in school history as it leads the Pac-12 and is ninth in the nation in scoring at 79.6 points per game. The Beavers have never led the conference in scoring (team statistics began in 1959-60) and their highest scoring average in a full season was 78.4 points per game in 1989-90.
OFFENSIVELY II: Fourth-year head coach Craig Robinson has all of his own players this season and it has made a huge difference offensively. The Beavers averaged 60.8 points in his first season, 60.3 his second year and 69.3 last season.
100+ SCORING GAMES: Oregon State set a team record with four 100-point games this season and has now hit the century mark 30 times in school history. The 1978-79, 1979-80 and 1988-89 teams all scored 100 or more points in a game three times.
90+ SCORING GAMES: Oregon State has scored 90 or more points in a school-record nine games this season (1979-80 and 1988-89 teams did it six times). The Beavers scored at least 90 points in four consecutive games for just the second time in school history to equal the 1980-81 team and scored 90 or more points in consecutive conference games (92 vs. California, 101 vs. Stanford) for the first time since 1978-79.
80+ SCORING GAMES: Oregon State has scored 80 or more points in a school-record 17 games this season (1979-80 and 1989-90 teams did it 14 times), including streaks of four consecutive games on two occasions (OSU hadn't scored 80 or more points in four consecutive games since 1989-90). The Beavers scored 80+ points 10 times in Robinson's first three years and are now 23-4 under his watch when it happens, including a 14-3 record this season.
PAC-12 OFFENSIVE RANKINGS: Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.478, 21st in the nation), assists (15.9, 13th in the nation), free throws made (615) and free throws attempted (903). The last time the Beavers led the conference in field goal percentage was 1984-85 (.525) and in assists was 1989-90 (18.6).
DEFENSIVELY: Oregon State leads the Pac-12 and is sixth in the nation in steals at 9.2 per game. The Beavers led the conference in steals last season (9.5, fifth in the nation) and in 2009-10 (8.2). Individually, an Oregon State player led the conference in steals the past two seasons with Jared Cunningham (2.8) in 2010-11 and Seth Tarver (2.2) in 2009-10.
DEFENSIVELY II: Oregon State has forced a Pac-12 best 585 turnovers (16.7 per game) this season, including 20 or more turnovers in nine games. The Beavers have fewer turnovers than their opponent in 23 of their 35 games this season and are second in the Pac-12 with a +2.7 turnover margin.
DEFENSIVELY III: Oregon State is second in the Pac-12 in blocked shots at 4.63 per game and trails UCLA by 0.01 (4.64). The last time the Beavers led the conference in blocked shots was 2005-06 when they finished with 4.7 per game.
MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS: Oregon State is outscoring its opponent in every specialty statistic, including points off turnovers (693-519), second chance points (464-433), points in the paint (1,294-1,048), fast break points (323-190) and bench scoring (701-690).
STARTING FIVE: Oregon State has used five different starting lineups this season with Jared Cunningham, Ahmad Starks, Eric Moreland, Devon Collier and Brandt in nine of the past 10 games (Kevin McShane started on Senior Day).
Starting Lineup (Record)
LOOKING TO JOIN AN ELITE LIST: Jared Cunningham is second in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.1) and first in steals (2.5) and could become just the sixth player to lead the conference in both categories since they started keeping steals statistics in 1978.
Players to Lead the Pac-12 in Scoring and Steals
CUNNINGHAM SCORING WATCH: Jared Cunningham moved into 13th on Oregon State's career scoring list with 1,258 points to pass Brian Jackson and Steve Woodside (1,236 each) and Cliff Crandall (1,248) after getting 27 against TCU in the CBI quarterfinals game. He is second on the school's junior scoring list after passing Gary Payton and trails only Mel Counts.
Oregon State Career Scoring List
Oregon State Junior Scoring List
JARED MOVING UP THE LIST: Jared Cunningham is eighth in the nation at 2.54 steals per game. He has 217 in his career and is second on Oregon State's career steals list, trailing only Gary Payton who had 321 in four years. He has 89 this season and moved into fourth on the Beavers' single-season steals list and holds down two of the five spots after coming away with 85 swipes last season.
Oregon State Career Steals List
Oregon State Single-Season Steals List
JARED FROM THE STRIPE: Jared Cunningham is fourth in the nation in free throws made (197) and first in free throws attempted (265) to lead the Pac-12 in both categories by a wide margin. The 197 free throws are second on Oregon State's single-season list, trailing only Mel Counts who made 237 in 1963-64. Cunningham has already moved into the top-five on the school's career lists in makes and attempts.
Oregon State Career Free Throws Made List
Oregon State Single-Season Free Throws Made List
COLLIER SHOOTING: Devon Collier leads the Pac-12 and is fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at 62.3 percent (175-of-281) and has made 50 percent of his shots or better in 30 of the 35 games. The last Oregon State player to lead the conference in field goal percentage was Scott Haskin in 1991-92 (.612).
COLLIER SCORING: Devon Collier is 12th in the Pac-12 in scoring at 13.4 points per game and has scored in double figures in 28 games this season, the second-most on the team, including a streak of 12 consecutive games. He led the Beavers in scoring in consecutive games twice this season and scored 20-plus points in back-to-back games against Arizona State and UCLA, accomplishing both for the first time in his career.
STARKS STEALING: Ahmad Starks has 58 steals this season, after coming away with 18 all of last season, and is seventh in the Pac-12 at 1.7 per game. The 58 steals is the fourth most by a sophomore in Oregon State history, trailing only Ray Blume (63), Gary Payton (72) and Jared Cunningham (85).
STARKS FROM DEEP: Ahmad Starks leads the team in three-pointers made (79) and attempted (213) after doing the same last season as a freshman (42-for-130). He has knocked down a triple in 31 of the 35 games, including two or more in 23 games, and is on the verge of setting the Oregon State single-season record for makes and attempts.
Oregon State Single-Season Three-Pointers Made List
Oregon State Single Season Three-Pointers Attempted List
FRESHMAN IMPACT: Eric Moreland is making an impact during his redshirt freshman campaign as he leads the team in rebounding (6.7) and blocked shots (1.9) to rank fifth and first, respectively, in the Pac-12. He is tied for first on Oregon State's single-season blocked shots list with Scott Haskin with 68 and first on the school's freshman rebounding list with 234.
Oregon State Freshman Rebounding List
Oregon State Single-Season Blocked Shots List
BLOCK PARTY: The starting forward tandem of Eric Moreland (1.9) and Devon Collier (1.3) have been a defensive force inside for the Beavers, ranking first and seventh, respectively, in the Pac-12 in blocked shots per game. Collier set the Oregon State freshman blocked shots record last year, which was shattered this season by Moreland, and is now first on the sophomore list.
Oregon State Sophomore Blocked Shots List
Oregon State Freshman Blocked Shots List
DOING EVERYTHING ON THE COURT: The versatile Joe Burton is 11th in the Pac-12 in rebounding (5.9), 15th in assists (2.9) and 11th in steals (1.3) -- and is the only player in the conference in the top-15 in all three categories. He's also fifth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 55.8 percent (121-of-217). He has led the Beavers in scoring twice, rebounding nine times, assists 12 times (with a career-high 11 dimes), steals seven times and blocked shots four times and is leading the team in assists for the second consecutive season.
EVERY SHOT IN THE BAG: Angus Brandt is ninth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 54.5 percent (121-of-222) and makes shots in a variety of ways, including right-handed and left-handed, inside and out. He has scored in double-figures in four consecutive games twice this season and is shooting a team-best 50 percent (29-of-58) from three-point land.
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Jared Cunningham (Nov. 14-20 games and Jan. 23-29 games) and Ahmad Starks (Dec. 12-18 games) have been honored as the Pac-12 Player of the Week this season. It's the first time since 1991-92 that Oregon State had two players named the conference's player of the week in the same season and Cunningham became the first Beaver since David Lucas in 2005 to win it twice in the same season.
2012-13 RECRUITING CLASS: Langston Morris-Walker, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound small forward from Berkeley, Calif., Jarmal Reid, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound small forward from Decatur, Ga., and Maika Ostling, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound center from Dayton, Ore., all signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 9 to play for the Beavers next season. Morris-Walker is ranked the 29th best small forward and 146th best player in the nation by Rivals.com. Reid is ranked 73rd on the ESPNU Classic of 2012 with an 88 rating and the 52nd best small forward in the nation by ESPN.com. Ostling is rated the 30th best center in the nation by ESPN.com.
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