Beavs Travel To High Altitude Of Colorado To Battle The Buffs
Jan. 31, 2012
THE GAME: Oregon State (14-7, 4-5 Pac-12) takes its three-game winning streak on its initial Pac-12 trek to Boulder to play the Colorado Buffaloes (14-7, 6-3) at 7 p.m. MT (6 p.m. PT) on Thursday at the Coors Events Center.
TELEVISION: The game will not be televised. The game will be streamed live on Buffs TV Online (paid subspan style=visibility:hiddenion required).
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action. It can also be heard on Sirius 94 and XM 192.
ONLINE: Live updates are available by visiting osubeavers.com and clicking on Gametracker.
vs. COLORADO: Oregon State and Colorado meet for the ninth time in history with the Buffs holding a 6-2 advantage, including a 5-0 mark in games played in Boulder. The Buffaloes won the first five games in the series that began in 1940 before the Beavers won home games on Dec. 4, 2004 (98-87) and Dec. 4, 2009 (74-69). In last season's meeting, Colorado jumped out to a 33-17 first-half lead and cruised to an easy 83-57 victory at the Coors Events Center.
QUICKLY: Oregon State has won three consecutive conference games for the first time in three years ... The Beavers snapped a 13-game conference road losing streak with the win over Oregon ... In national statistics, Oregon State is fourth in scoring (82.4), seventh in assists (17.4), ninth in free throws made (397), fifth in free throws attempted (573) and third in steals (10.10) ... Jared Cunningham leads the Pac-12 in scoring (18.2) and steals (2.8, third in the nation) ... Cunningham became the 36th Oregon State player to score 1,000 career points ... Cunningham was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after posting 27 points and seven boards in the win over Oregon ... Devon Collier (.634) and Angus Brandt (.562) are first and seventh, respectively, in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage ... Eric Moreland set the Oregon State freshman blocked shot record and is sixth on the school's freshman rebounding list ... Ahmad Starks has made a three-pointer in 18 consecutive games, the fourth longest streak in school history, and has made two or more in 15 games.
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR? HISTORY SAYS YES: Jared Cunningham leads the Pac-12 in scoring (18.2) and steals (2.8) and could become just the sixth player to lead the conference in both categories since they started keeping steals statistics in 1978. All five players who led the conference in scoring and steals were named Pac-10 Player of the Year that season.
Players to Lead the Pac-12 in Scoring and Steals
OFFENSIVELY: Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 and fourth in the nation in scoring at 82.4 points per game. The Beavers have NEVER led the conference in scoring (team statistics began in 1959-60). Oregon State's highest scoring average in a full season was 78.4 points per game in 1989-90.
NCAA Division I Team Points Per Game
MORE OFFENSIVE RANKINGS: In addition to leading the Pac-12 in scoring, Oregon State is first in assists (17.4) and field goal percentage (.485). The 17.4 assists per game are the seventh best average in the nation and the Beavers' best since 1991-92 (17.7). Oregon State also leads the conference in free throws made (397, ninth in the nation) and free throws attempted (573, fifth in the nation).
100+ SCORING GAMES: Oregon State has scored 100 or more points three times this season, matching a team record for 100-point games in a season that had previously been accomplished in 1978-79, 1979-80 and 1988-89.
90+ SCORING GAMES: Oregon State has scored 90 or more points in a school-record eight 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 (97 vs. Arizona State, 116 vs. Arizona).
80+ SCORING GAMES: Oregon State has scored 80 or more points in 12 games this season, 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 19-3 under his watch when it happens, including a 10-2 record this season.
LARGE MARGIN VICTORIES: Oregon State has notched eight wins by at least 20 points, the most in a season since the 1981-82 team did it 10 times en route to a 25-5 record and Pac-10 title.
DEFENSIVELY: Oregon State leads the Pac-12 and is third in the nation in steals at 10.10 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 has 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.
NCAA Division I Team Steals Per Game
DEFENSIVELY II: Oregon State is second in the Pac-12 in blocked shots at 4.5 per game (UCLA is first at 4.7). The Beavers led the conference in blocks twice since they started keeping the statistic in 1978 (3.9 in 2004-05, 4.7 in 2005-06).
DEFENSIVELY III: Oregon State has forced a Pac-12 best 385 turnovers (18.3 per game) this season, including 20 or more turnovers in eight games. The Beavers have fewer turnovers than their opponent in 17 of their 21 games this season and are second in the Pac-12 with a +3.9 turnover margin.
MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS: The Beavers are outscoring their opponent in every specialty statistic, including points off turnovers (482-293), second chance points (280-269), points in the paint (784-610), fast break points (226-101) and bench scoring (423-415).
STARTING FIVE: Oregon State has used three different starting lineups this season, including the current lineup of Ahmad Starks, Jared Cunningham, Joe Burton, Devon Collier and Angus Brandt in the last game against Oregon and the first 14 games of the season. The Beavers used 11 different starting lineups last season, including eight different groups through the first 23 games.
JARED MOVING UP THE LIST: Jared Cunningham is third in the nation at 2.81 steals per game with 59 on the season. He has 187 in his career and moved into fourth on Oregon State's career steals list. Cunningham has a steal in all 21 games this season and has a consecutive game streak of 23 games dating back to last season, the fourth longest streak in school history.
Oregon State Career Steals List
Consecutive Games With A Steal By An Oregon State Player
JARED FROM THE STRIPE: Jared Cunningham has a knack for getting to the stripe as he's tied for third in the nation in free throws made (140) and second in free throws attempted (182) to lead the Pac-12 in both categories by a wide margin. He holds six different Oregon State free throw records and is moving up the school's career lists in both makes and attempts.
Oregon State Career Free Throws Made List
Oregon State Career Free Throws Attempted List
STARKS FROM DEEP: Ahmad Starks has knocked down 37 three-pointers the past 12 games, including a career-best five three-pointers in four of those games. He leads the team in three-pointers made (52) and attempted (140) after doing the same last season as a freshman (42-for-130). He has knocked down a triple in 20 of the 21 games, including one in 18 consecutive games, and has made two or more in 15 games.
Oregon State Sophomore Three-Pointers Made List
Consecutive Games With A Three-Pointer By An Oregon State Player
STARKS FROM THE STRIPE: Ahmad Starks had a streak of 20 consecutive free throws made end against Washington State, but has made 33-of-36 (91.7 percent) this season after knocking down 24-of-28 (85.7 percent) last season.
STARKS STEALING: Ahmad Starks has 41 steals this season, after coming away with 18 all of last season, and is tied for second in the Pac-12 at 2.0 per game. The 41 steals is the 10th most by a sophomore in Oregon State history (Cunningham leads the list with 85).
BLOCK PARTY: Eric Moreland (1.7) and Devon Collier (1.3) are tied for first and sixth, respectively, in the Pac-12 in blocked shots per game. Moreland has already crushed Collier's Oregon State freshman blocked shots record with 36 thus far, including six swats against Stanford to tie a single-game school record. Collier has 27 this season, after setting the frosh record with 23 last season, and is fourth on the Oregon State sophomore list.
Oregon State Sophomore Blocked Shots List
Oregon State Freshman Blocked Shots List
COLLIER SCORING: Devon Collier has scored in double-figures in 15 games this season, including a career-high 25 points against Hofstra. He led the team in scoring against Vanderbilt and Towson and scored 20-plus points in back-to-back games against Arizona State and UCLA, accomplishing both for the first time in his career. He leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 63.4 percent (102-of-161) and has made 50 percent of his shots or better in 18 of the 21 games.
MORELAND CRASHING THE BOARDS: Eric Moreland leads the Beavers and is fifth in the Pac-12 in rebounding at 6.7 per game. He has led the Beavers in rebounding in eight games, including double-figures in six of those, and has a team-high two double-doubles this season. He is also moving up the Oregon State freshman rebounding list.
Oregon State Freshman Rebounding List
EVERY SHOT IN THE BAG: Angus Brandt is seventh in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 56.2 percent (73-of-130) and makes shots in a variety of ways, including right-handed and left-handed, inside and out. He scored in double-figures in four consecutive games, the longest streak of his career, including a career-best 21 against Howard. He is also shooting 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from three-point land, the best percentage on the team of anyone with more than two attempts.
DOING EVERYTHING ON THE COURT: The versatile Joe Burton does everything on the court to help the team. He has led the team in scoring twice, rebounding five times, assists seven times (with a career-high 11 dimes) and steals and blocked shots three times each. He is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage in conference games at 60.6 percent (43-of-71) and is tied for 11th in rebounding (6.1) and 14th in assists (3.0) in all games.
ROBERTO OFF THE BENCH: Roberto Nelson provides an offensive spark off the bench and usually does it in dramatic ways. He hit three-pointers on back-to-back-to-back possessions against Illinois-Chicago and made back-to-back three-balls against Stanford with only one shoe on. After starting the season 3-for-13 from beyond the arc, he has made 26-of-64 (40.6 percent) three-point attempts since.
BACKCOURT HELP: Challe Barton has played in 20 games this season to provide a rest for the starting backcourt of Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks. The true freshman from Sweden has also played solid defense throughout the season.
FROM WALK-ON TO THREE-TIME TEAM CAPTAIN: Craig Robinson can't remember another playing doing it in college basketball history, but senior forward Kevin McShane joined the program as a walk-on and will leave it as a three-time team captain. He does all of the little things on the court to help the Beavers that don't always show up in the box score and was provided a scholarship before the season for his senior campaign.
"FIRST TIME SINCE" AND "MOST SINCE" NOTES: Oregon State has several "first time since" and "most since" notes this season that are included in the above copy. Here are some others:
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.
RIGHT ON TRACK: If you compare Craig Robinson's first three years to Hall of Famers Slats Gill and Ralph Miller, you realize he's right on track to a very successful career with the Beavers. Gill and Miller each won 45 games in their first three seasons at Oregon State, while Robinson had 43 wins. Gill won 12 games in his fourth season and had 57 wins through four seasons before finishing with 599 in his 36-year career. Miller won 13 games in year four and had 58 in four seasons before retiring with 359 wins in 19 seasons. To do the math, if Robinson wins 16 games this year he'll have more after four seasons than the two coaching legends.
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.
PAC-12 SCHEDULE: With the start of the Pac-12, the Beavers will play Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and USC only one time each this season. Oregon State will play the Arizona schools on the road and the Los Angeles schools at home. The Beavers will play everyone else in the conference twice, including new members Colorado and Utah.
BEAVER SPORTS TALK: "Beaver Sports Talk", a weekly statewide call-in show, takes place every Tuesday during the season, 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 from 7-8 p.m. and airs on most of the Beaver Sports Radio Network stations and is streamed live on Beaver Nation Online at osubeavers.com.
BEAVERS ALL-ACCESS: ROOT SPORTS will again air the popular magazine show tentatively on Wednesday nights during the season. The show will also be replayed several times each week on FSN's ROOT SPORTS, a part of the DIRECTV Sports Networks 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, the world's most popular television service, serves more than 18.4 million households.
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