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Tuesday News:

Chris Young takes to the hill for the first time this season as San Diego hosts the Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is at 10:00 pm ET.

Princeton recruit Mack Darrow achieved Honorable Mention status on the News-Gazette's 77th All-State Boys' Basketball Team.

Jimmy Sherburne will play for Division 2 South in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association 2009 All-Star Games.

Monday News:

The Oregonian writes about the 1965 Final Four.

Princeton recruit Gus Gabel was named Honorable Mention 2008-09 All-Tribune Boys Basketball.

Will Barrett scored four points for the Suburban All-Stars as they bested the City All-Stars by four in the Boys All-Star Labor Classic.

Two short video interviews from the end of San Diego's spring training. The first with Will Venable, the second with Chris Young.

Young made a small adjustment to his delivery on Saturday that has him feeling positive heading into his first regular season start.

John Truhan, coach at Colts Neck, was named Star-Ledger Girls Basketball Coach of the Year. Why am I linking to this story? Truhan has a close connection to Denver head coach Joe Scott and has consulted with Coach Carril about his offense.

Chaos in Indianapolis.

Another dinner at my parents' house, another picture to share...

The above scan is of a print of a photograph taken by my father, Robert Solomon, in the moments after Princeton defeated UCLA at the RCA Dome in 1996. Click to enlarge.

Look for Chris Doyal at halfcourt, Sydney Johnson with (perhaps) Coach Carril being interviewed by CBS in the bottom right and Mitch Henderson, Steve Goodrich, Sean Gregory, Jesse Rosenfeld, Jason Osier and others in front of the flag-waving Tiger cheerleaders on the left.

Saturday News:

Brian Kanof

The first time I saw Oregon State (18-18) play this season, I could not believe how bad they were.

A bizarre assemblage of misfits and spare parts, their starting lineup would have made more sense at an open casting for a "Major League" sequel on the hardwood.

The seven foot Dutchman who was under the mistaken impression he was a point guard.

The scraggly Sasquatch of a power forward with the long, stringy hair.

The mohawk-sporting guard ripped from the front of the first Fishbone record.

Yet somewhere along the preseason, after a putrid offensive debut at Howard and a one point home loss to Yale, the Beavers began to morph from a punchline that couldn't shoot straight and might not win a Pac-10 game for the second consecutive season into a basketball team.

This turnaround was completed last night, 361 days after Craig Robinson was hired, as Oregon State silenced a sellout crowd of 12,000+ in El Paso and defeated UTEP to win the second annual College Basketball Invitational's best of three finals. 81-73.

Center Roeland Schaftenaar, who was booed loudly every time he touched the ball during both games away from Corvallis, was named the MVP of the tournament, scoring 12 points, grabbing seven rebounds and handing out seven assists from the top of the key.

The same Beavers that couldn't score back in November went 12-19 from behind the arc and shot 56.5% for the game, claiming the first postseason title in school history.

In other news, Oregon State coach Craig Robinson was part of a piece on NPR's Marketplace yesterday afternoon called "Hoop Lessons For The Economy."

Portland Beavers outfielder Will Venable was profiled on the program One on One with Jane Mitchell. Looking for video on this one.

Friday News:

Oregon State vs. UTEP - 10:00 pm ET - CBI - HDNet

The College Basketball Invitational's championship series comes down to tonight's third game between Oregon State and UTEP.

Craig Robinson has a painting on display at the Children's Trust Fund of Oregon's Blue Ribbon Celebration.

Robinson used his experience with other Princeton basketball alums as inspiration to bring former Beavers back into the fold.

Chris Young allowed nine runs on nine hits as Seattle beat San Diego 18-3.

Hoop Scoop's coach rankings.

Hoop Scoop's College Coach Rankings are in the latest issue of Basketball Times.

Names of note...

Top 40 College Coaches:

25. John Thompson III - Georgetown
48. Fran Dunphy - Temple

Top Coaches in Mid-Career:

10. Bill Carmody - Northwestern
23. Steve Donahue - Cornell

Top Up-and-Coming Coaches:

11. Craig Robinson - Oregon State

Top 100 Assistants:

64. Robert Burke - Georgetown
94. Kenya Hunter - Georgetown

Top 50 Low to Mid-Major Assistants:

27. Shay Berry - Dartmouth
32. John Gallagher - Penn
35. Will Wade - Harvard

Thursday News:

Princeton recruit Jimmy Sherburne (left) was named to the was named the 2009 CNI/NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team.

The College Basketball Invitational's best of three championship will have a winner-take-all game on Friday night, as Oregon State (17-18) was overcome by UTEP in El Paso. The Beavers were within three points in the final minute but the Miners secured the victory at the free throw line.

The Vermont Frost Heaves saw their season end with a 96-90 loss to the Wilmington Sea Dawgs in the wild card round of the Premier Basketball League playoffs.

Wednesday News:

Oregon State vs. UTEP - 10:00 pm ET - CBI - HDNet

Josh Tarver and Oregon State are in El Paso tonight for game two of the College Basketball Invitational's best of three finals. The Beavers lead the series 1-0.

Former Princeton assistant and current Georgetown assistant Robert Burke has interviewed for the open head coaching position at Boston University.

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