Beavers Host Illinois-Chicago Wednesday In Final Non-Conference Game
Dec. 20, 2010
THE GAME: The Oregon State men's basketball team (4-6) concludes its non-conference schedule against Illinois-Chicago (5-7) from the Horizon League at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at legendary Gill Coliseum.
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 not be televised.
ONLINE: The game will be available via a live audio and video 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 Illinois-Chicago meet for the second time in history. The Flames defeated the Beavers, 63-61, last season on a last-second shot by Robo Kreps. Seth Tarver had 17 points and Calvin Haynes added 15 points to lead Oregon State.
QUICKLY: Oregon State is second in the nation in steals with 11.9 per game ... The Beavers shot 91.7% (33-of-36) from the free throw line against George Washington ... Sophomore Jared Cunningham made 15-of-15 free throws against the Colonials, which are the most free throws made in a game for Oregon State while shooting a perfect percentage ... Sophomore Angus Brandt got his first start of the season against George Washington and third of his career after starting the final two games last season ... Seniors Calvin Haynes and Lathen Wallace both hit the century mark for career games played at Oregon State this season and Omari Johnson will join them in his next game ... All 15 players on the roster have played this season and 14 have scored.
SCOUTING ILLINOIS-CHICAGO: Illinois-Chicago enters the game with a 5-7 record after upsetting No. 12 Illinois, 57-54, at the United Center on Dec. 18. Senior guard Robo Kreps had 15 points as the Flames built an early lead then erased a late-game deficit for the upset. Illinois-Chicago has wins over Roosevelt, Rhode Island and two against Toledo. First-year head coach Howard Moore runs a version of the Wisconsin "swing" offense and an aggressive man-to-man defense. Kreps leads the team with 15.4 points per game and has 43 assists in his first full season running the point. Senior forward Paul Carter is averaging 14.3 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game. Junior guard Zavion Neely (9.8 ppg), junior forward Paris Carter (4.6 ppg) and junior center Darrin Williams (6.3 ppg) are the other projected starters.
OFFENSIVELY: Oregon State is averaging 73.7 points per game this season after averaging 60.3 points per game last season. The Beavers have scored 80 or more points in four of their 10 games 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 second in the nation in steals with 11.9 per game and has more steals than their opponent in eight of its 10 games. The Beavers have committed fewer turnovers than their opponent in seven of their 10 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
SPREADING THE SCORING AROUND: Four players have scored in double-figures in six games this season and the Beavers are 4-2 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.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Oregon State played more non-conference road games than any team in the Pac-10 this season with four (at Seattle, at Howard, at Colorado, at Montana). Arizona State and USC play three non-conference road games, while Arizona, Stanford and Washington State play two. California, Oregon, UCLA and Washington all play one.
HOME vs. ROAD: The Beavers are scoring about the same no matter where they play this season, averaging 75.0 points at home and 71.8 points on the road per game. The big difference is the scoring of their opponents, which are averaging 69.7 points at Gill Coliseum and 77.8 points per game on their respective home courts.
HAYNES SCORING WATCH: Senior Calvin Haynes has moved into 26th on Oregon State's career scoring list with 1,077 points. At his current scoring average through 30 games this season, he would finish his career the top ten.
OSU Career Scoring List
CUNNINGHAM CONSISTENT: Sophomore guard Jared Cunningham tied a career-high with 21 points against George Washington and made all 15 of his free throw attempts, which are the most free throws made in a game for Oregon State without a miss. He is first in the Pac-10 and seventh in the nation in steals (3.1).
Most Free Throws Made Without A Miss
OMARI BOARDING: Senior forward Omari Johnson has led the Beavers in scoring in four games and rebounding in eight of the 10 games. He has two double-doubles this season after posting only one previously during his sophomore campaign. He's currently 20th in the Pac-10 in scoring (11.4), seventh in rebounding (6.9) and fourth in steals (1.9).
Omari Career Double-Doubles
BURTON SHOOTING WELL: Sophomore Joe Burton has made 50 percent of his shots or better in nine consecutive games and is shooting 55.7 percent (34-of-61) from the field. He has set career-highs in points (15), assists (7), steals (3) and minutes played (33) this season.
FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTING: There are seven freshmen on the roster, including two redshirt freshmen and one walk-on ... Roberto Nelson scored 13 points in his second career game against Montana on 3-of-7 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line ... Devon Collier started six games and had eight points off the bench against George Washington ... Ahmad Starks started three games and has scored in double-figures four times and made a three-pointer in seven games ... Chris Brown had eight rebounds in 11 minutes of play in two games ... Walk-on Daniel Jones scored his first career points on a layup against Texas-Pan American.
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
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCE: The Pac-10 media teleconference with the coaches will take place every Tuesday, beginning on Jan. 4. Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson will be available from 10:51 to 10:59 a.m. Accredited media may contact the Pac-10 office at 925-932-4411 for the call-in number.
A LOOK AHEAD: Oregon State will open Pac-10 play against Arizona State at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, at Gill Coliseum on FSN Northwest. The Sun Devils have defeated the Beavers six consecutive times with the last Oregon State win on Feb. 10, 2007, at Gill Coliseum, 59-55. The Beavers lead the all-time series, 38-37.
Oregon State will host Arizona in a game televised nationally on FSN on at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2. The Beavers snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Wildcats last season with a 67-64 win on Jan. 14 at Gill Coliseum and won for the first time since 1983 in Tucson, 63-55, on Feb. 13.
The Beavers will hit the road for Pac-10 games against Washington State on Jan. 6 and Washington on Jan. 8. Oregon State split the season series with the Cougars last season and dropped three games to the Huskies, including the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.
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