Beavs Gunning For Season Sweep Of Golden Bears Saturday In Berkeley
Feb. 17, 2012
THE GAME: Oregon State (15-11, 5-9 Pac-12) goes for the season sweep of the California Golden Bears (20-6, 10-3) when it travels to Berkeley on Saturday for a 7 p.m. tip at Haas Pavilion.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet California with Jim Kozimor and Stan Morrison calling the action.
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. CALIFORNIA: Oregon State and California meet for the 139th time in history with the Golden Bears holding a 77-61 advantage. The Beavers have a one-game win streak in the series after building a 16-point second half lead and holding on for a 92-85 victory on Jan. 5 in Corvallis. Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks each scored 24 points to lead the Beavers, while Angus Brandt and Joe Burton chipped in 14 and 13, respectively. Cal has a 39-24 record in games played in Berkeley with the Beavers' last win there coming in Coach Robinson's first season, 69-65, on Jan. 22, 2009.
QUICKLY: Jared Cunningham leads the Pac-12 in scoring (18.9) and steals (2.8, fifth in the nation); all five players who led the conference in both categories were named Pac-10/12 Player of the Year that season ... Cunningham has a steal in 28 consecutive games dating back to last season, the third longest streak in school history ... Cunningham has scored 20+ points in four consecutive games ... Ahmad Starks has made the fifth-most three-pointers (57) and attempted the third-most triples (166) in Oregon State single-season history ... Devon Collier has scored in double-figures in 11 consecutive games and leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.621) ... Eric Moreland (170) passed Beaver legends Steve Johnson (156) and A.C. Green (158) to move into second on Oregon State's freshman rebounding list ... Moreland (42) has already shattered the school's freshman blocked shots record ... Angus Brandt is sixth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.556) ... Joe Burton leads the conference in field goal percentage (.600) in conference games.
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR? HISTORY SAYS YES: Jared Cunningham leads the Pac-12 in scoring (18.9) 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
JARED MOVING UP THE LIST: Jared Cunningham is fifth in the nation at 2.77 steals per game. He has 200 in his career and moved into third on Oregon State's career steals list after getting three against Stanford to pass Brent Barry who had 199 in four seasons. Earlier this season, he passed Ray Blume to move into second on the school's junior steals list with 72 and trails only Gary Payton who had 91 in 1988-89. Cunningham has a steal in all 26 games this season and has a consecutive game streak of 28 games dating back to last season, the third longest in school history, trailing only streaks of 34 and 29 by Gary Payton.
Oregon State Career Steals List
Oregon State Junior Steals List
Consecutive Games With A Steal By An Oregon State Player
CUNNINGHAM SCORING WATCH: Jared Cunningham moved into 26th on Oregon State's career scoring list with 1,118 points after passing Teo Alibegovic and Paul Miller with his 23 points against Washington and is one of 36 players on the school's 1,000-point club.
Oregon State Career Scoring List
JARED FROM THE STRIPE: Jared Cunningham is fourth in the nation in free throws made (167) and second in free throws attempted (219) 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 makes and attempts.
Oregon State Career Free Throws Made List
Oregon State Career Free Throws Attempted List
OFFENSIVELY: Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 and sixth in the nation in scoring at 80.5 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.
MORE OFFENSIVE RANKINGS: In addition to leading the Pac-12 in scoring, Oregon State is first in assists (16.4), third in field goal percentage (.472) and fourth in scoring margin (+7.5). The 16.4 assists per game ranks 12th in the nation and the Beavers' best since 1991-92 (17.7). Oregon State also leads the conference in free throws made (483, tied for seventh in the nation) and free throws attempted (702, third in the nation).
MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS: Oregon State is outscoring their opponents in several specialty statistics, including points off turnovers (552-371), second chance points (336-330), points in the paint (934-768) and fast break points (268-141).
DEFENSIVELY: Oregon State leads the Pac-12 and is fourth in the nation in steals at 9.85 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.
NCAA Division I Team Steals Per Game
DEFENSIVELY II: Oregon State has forced a Pac-12 best 465 turnovers (17.9 per game) this season, including 20 or more turnovers in nine games. The Beavers have fewer turnovers than their opponent in 20 of their 26 games this season and are second in the Pac-12 with a +3.7 turnover margin.
STARTING FIVE: Oregon State has used four different starting lineups this season, including the current lineup of Ahmad Starks, Jared Cunningham, Eric Moreland, Devon Collier and Angus Brandt in the last game against Stanford. The Beavers used 11 different starting lineups last season, including nine different groups through the first 28 games.
STARKS FROM DEEP: Ahmad Starks leads the team in three-pointers made (57) and attempted (166) after doing the same last season as a freshman (42-for-130). He has knocked down a triple in 23 of the 26 games, including two or more in 17 games, and is moving up Oregon State's single-season three-pointers made and attempted lists.
Oregon State Single-Season Three-Pointers Made List
Oregon State Single Season Three-Pointers Attempted List
STARKS STEALING: Ahmad Starks has 47 steals this season, after coming away with 18 all of last season, and is fifth in the Pac-12 at 1.8 per game. The 47 steals is the seventh most by a sophomore in Oregon State history (Cunningham leads the list with 85).
COLLIER SHOOTING: Devon Collier leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 62.1 percent (126-of-203) and has made 50 percent of his shots or better in 22 of the 26 games. The last Oregon State player to lead the conference in field goal percentage was Scott Haskin in 1991-92 (.612), while Steve Johnson still holds the NCAA record at .746 that he set in 1980-81.
COLLIER SCORING: Devon Collier has scored in double-figures in 11 consecutive games, the longest streak of his career, and 20 overall games this season. He led the team in scoring in consecutive games 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.
FRESHMAN IMPACT: Eric Moreland is making an impact during his redshirt freshman campaign as he leads the team in rebounding (6.5) and blocked shots (1.8) to rank seventh and second, respectively, in the Pac-12. He already shattered the Oregon State freshman blocked shots record and has moved into second on the freshman rebounding list after passing Beaver legends Steve Johnson and A.C. Green.
Oregon State Freshman Rebounding List
Oregon State Freshman Blocked Shots List
BARTON GETS THE STARTING NOD: True freshman Challe Barton got his first career start against Washington, and despite not scoring in the game, he continues to play great defense and has played in all but one game this season.
DOING EVERYTHING ON THE COURT: The versatile Joe Burton does everything on the court to help the team and it showed against Utah when he filled up the box score with eight points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a career-high six steals. He has led the team in scoring twice, rebounding seven times, assists eight times (with a career-high 11 dimes), steals five times and blocked shots four times. He's ninth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 55 percent (88-of-160), including first in conference games at 60 percent (51-of-85), and is 11th in rebounding (6.0) and 15th in assists (2.9).
EVERY SHOT IN THE BAG: Angus Brandt is sixth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 55.6 percent (89-of-160) 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 a team-best 47.6 percent (20-of-42) from three-point land.
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.
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.
80+ SCORING GAMES: Oregon State has scored 80 or more points in 13 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 19-4 under his watch when it happens, including a 10-3 record this season.
"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, Robinson needs just one more win to have more in his first 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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