Follow Men's Hoops at Pac-10 Conference Media Day
Oct. 28, 2009
FOLLOW OREGON STATE AT PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY
Oct. 28, 2009Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson and senior center Roeland Schaftenaar will travel down to Los Angeles, Calif., for the annual Pac-10 Conference Men's Basketball Media Day on Thursday, Oct. 29, beginning at 10:00 a.m. A live video feed from the Pac-10 Conference will be available as fans can watch the media conferences beginning at 10:00 a.m. by clicking here. For a complete rundown of the media day schedule, click here.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of media day, however, is the release of the preseason media poll. Oregon State has received its fair share of preseason praise and figures to rank higher in the preseason media poll than it has in years. Some media members have already provided a look in to how they voted, including Washington beat writer Percy Allen, who tabbed Oregon State fourth in the league.
On the national scene, the lofty preseason praise continued for Oregon State in recent days as Rivals.com named Oregon State as its "Team on the Rise" while Andy Katz of ESPN.com listed Craig Robinson and Oregon State as among the "Who's NEXT" of college basketball.
Of course, all the preseason talk leads up to the first game of the season as Oregon State hosts Southern Oregon in an exhibition game at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. Student ticket distribution is already underway and fans can purchase tickets online to the contest by clicking here.
In the meantime, osubeavers.com will be providing full coverage of Pac-10 Conference Media Day so make sure to check back here for the Pac-10 preseason poll as well as a rundown of what Robinson and Schaftenaar had to say.
As always, make sure to follow Oregon State men's basketball on twitter @oregonstatembb or on Facebook by clicking on the fan button below. Go Beavs!
MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON IS BACK! BEAVERS OPEN PRACTICE
Oct. 16, 2009
As the nets came down and the fans filed out of Gill Coliseum after Oregon State's volleyball match, the men's basketball players came down from the stands and took the floor, marking the official start of the highly anticipated 2009-10 Beavers season on Friday night.
Nearly 200 days removed from the program's first-ever postseason title, the Beavers began the season with a two-hour workout, going through passing, shooting and lay-up drills before closing out the practice with a run-through of offensive sets and half-court scrimmages.
As can be expected with the first practice of the season, it wasn't the smoothest of sessions, but that did not dampen the mood as the players finished practice and filed over to the stands to grab some post-workout pizza.
"You know, it's the first day. It's a little sluggish but it's good to get it out of the way. I think tomorrow morning will be a much more normal type practice. But, I'm very pleased with what I've seen so far and I think everyone is excited about getting into full swing," head coach Craig Robinson said after practice.
The only bad news of the night came when freshman guard Rhys Murphy had to leave practice with an injury to his foot. Murphy injured the foot early in the session and is listed as day-to-day pending further evaluation. Despite the news, with nine letter-winners returning and seven newcomers (including the two returning red-shirts) to the squad, Robinson said Oregon State can weather the wear and tear that will occur throughout a long season.
"It's the beauty of having more guys," Robinson said. "Stuff like that (Murphy's injury) is going to happen, but this year we have guys who can step in when others go out."
Oregon State will hit the practice floor again at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday before resuming the normal 5:30 a.m. workouts on Monday.
For more coverage on the "official" start of practice, check out Paul Buker's (The Oregonian) summary here.
As always, make sure to follow Oregon State men's basketball on twitter @oregonstatembb and on Facebook by clicking on the fan button at the bottom of this entry. We'll be back on Saturday with some must-have links as we move one day closer to the start of the season.
OREGON STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL MEETS THE MEDIA
Oct. 15, 2009
After a brief hiatus, The Beaver Basketblog returns to provide an update on the program as we stand two days away from the official start of practice. On Wednesday, this year's version of the Beavers "officially" met with the media for the first time (selected quotes from the media session can be found below).
Calvin Haynes, Josh Tarver and head coach Craig Robinson took about an hour to chat with the media gathering, and if there is one theme to walk away with from the session, it's that this year's team is shooting for the NCAA tournament. As Haynes said, "anything less would be a disappointment."
Needless to say, the lofty goals and expectations have created quite a buzz as a number of media outlets ran features on the program this week. Paul Buker of The Oregonian provides good recaps of preseason workouts and the media session. Curtis Anderson (Eugene Register Guard ) and Kevin Hampton (Corvallis Gazette Times) also provide good season previews and a link to Bleacher Report caps the story links with a mention that the Beavers are one of five programs on the rise.
Before we go, make sure to follow Oregon State men's basketball on twitter @oregonstatembb and on Facebook by clicking on the fan button at the bottom of this entry. Finally, the Oregon State men's basketball "I am Orange" video is out and definitely worth a look.
The blog will be back on Friday with a recap of the first "official" day of practice. Go Beavs!
OREGON STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY QUOTES
On Gary Payton's visit to Corvallis a few weeks ago...
On the difference in expectations from last year to this year...
What does last year's success did for the team...
OREGON STATE SOPHOMORE GUARD Calvin Haynes
On the goal of making the NCAA tournament...
On when things started clicking last season...
On the mindset of this year as compared to two years ago...
OREGON STATE SENIOR GUARD Josh Tarver
On not catching people off guard...
On the improvements he made in his game for this year...
On the new guys...
NEWS AND NOTES AS THE ANTICIPATION BUILDS FOR THE 2009-10 SEASON
Sept. 25, 2009
Welcome back! Let's get right to it. Some news and notes surrounding the Oregon State men's basketball team as we stand exactly 49 days from the start of a highly-anticipated campaign.
It was a hectic week for the team as the squad did much more than the usual preseason workouts. The favorite time of year for any sports team at Oregon State (insert sarcastic font here), the team went through head shots, did some posed profile shots (pic here) and then finished the week off by doing their stand-up shots for the Gill Coliseum video boards. Calvin Haynes, Roeland Schaftenaar and Seth Tarver had a little more time in front of the cameras as the trio filmed parts for the Oregon State online e-magazine, which will be available on osubeavers.com in November.
The plan was to bring readers of the blog a practice report; however, Oregonian beat writer Paul Buker stopped by Gill Coliseum this week for a Q&A session with Craig Robinson. Buker followed up by swinging through practice and provides full coverage of his talk with Robinson and what he saw at practice here.
Speaking of Robinson, the "world media tour" has kicked in as he'll be all over the airwaves in the next couple of days.
Robinson will appear on the Live Wire! radio program on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8:00 p.m. Ryan White of The Oregonian conducted the interview as the segment was taped on Sept. 12 at the historic Elsinore Theater in Salem, Ore. A listing of radio stations carrying the interview can be found here. If you are unable to catch the radio broadcast, a podcast of the program will be available on iTunes or by clicking here.
Robinson will also make an appearance during the Oregon State-Arizona football game as he will be interviewed by sideline reporter Lewis Johnston at some point during the second quarter. For those not watching the game at home, the head coach can be heard at halftime on the Beavers Sports Radio Network with sideline reporter Ron Callan.
Finally, as we wrap up this edition of the blog, here's a few more links that should get readers excited about the upcoming season. A good article by Yahoo/Rivals.com on why Jared Cunningham and Roberto Nelson chose Oregon State. Speaking of Yahoo, the Beavers come in fourth in Jason King's Pac-10 power rankings. And, to wrap up the Yahoo/Rivals.com links, Oregon State comes in at No. 47 in their national power rankings countdown.
Before we go, make sure to follow Oregon State men's basketball on twitter @oregonstatembb or on Facebook by clicking on the fan button below. Go Beavs!
Welcome to the Beaver BasketBlog: An Inside Look at Men's Hoops
Sept. 17, 2009
Welcome to the newest feature on osubeavers.com, "The Beaver BasketBlog." With basketball season right around the corner, and interest in the program growing each and every day, it's my hope this blog will be an opportunity to keep fans connected and share as much information as possible regarding the Beavers.
Using links, pictures, news and notes while incorporating some general thoughts, the goal of the blog is to let you know what's going on in the world of Oregon State men's basketball, both past and present, as well as the topics throughout college basketball.
So, without further adieu, let's get started. With all the media attention and talk Oregon State received throughout last year and into the summer, one quote from head men's basketball Craig Robinson seemed to resonate the most:
"When we pack Gill Coliseum, we win games." - Craig Robinson
Robinson uttered the quote back in August at an Albany Beaver Huddle. The quote is especially important heading into this season. According to many of the preseason prognostications, Oregon State is predicted to do some good things in 2009-10.
In case you have missed the pre-season hype surrounding the program, a quick sample: Yahoo Sports has Oregon State making the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship for the first time since 1990, an ESPN.com article predicts a third-place finish in the Pac-10 for the Beavers and Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview has Oregon State slated for a fourth-place finish and the spot in the NIT.