Let’s start the day with a few links around the Pac-10:
— Here’s our preview of today’s game.
— Mike Tokito at the Oregonian previews the Pac-10.
— SeattleSportsnet.com provides a unique scouting report.
— Bobby Jones fans can keep up with him on his blog. He his latest entry three days ago.
— You meet the strangest people on Twitter. Yesterday I met the folks at Morning Wooden.
SCOUTING REPORT: Oregon State
Game info: 7 p.m. Thursday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Coach: Craig Robinson, 24-23 in his second year with the Beavers; 54-51overall (four years).
Last season: 18-18 overall, 7-11 in Pac-10 (10th)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 1990.
Record: 6-5. RPI rank: 241
Prediction: Picked to finish fifth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Series: UW leads 149-136. OSU is the Huskies’ oldest Pac-10 rival dating back to 1904. UW swept the series last season and has won the past four games.
Fun fact: Oregon State and Washington have 1,600 all-time wins.
Stats/schedule: Here’s the link.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Seth Tarver leads OSU with 13.4 points and per game and 5.2 rebounds per game. He averages 3.2 steals, which is tops in the Pac-10 and second in the NCAA. Tarver scored in double digits in both against UW last season.
— Calvin Haynes tied his career high of 25 points in Oregon State previous game, a 73-65 win over Fresno State. In the past three games, he’s averaging 18.3 ppg. and shooting 59.4 percent from the field. He missed five games this season.
— Roeland Schaftenaar runs the high-post offense. When he’s on his game, OSU is a difficult matchup. Good thing for UW he’s been unable to duplicate the performances that won him the MVP award in the College Basketball Invitational. Said Lorenzo Romar: “He’s very versatile. He can shoot the basketball. He passes the ball. He can put the ball on the floor and go to the rim. He’s tall. He’s huge. If you stand next to him, he’s really tall. And he can do so much to hurt you that we’re always going to have our hands full.”
— Oregon State hasn’t played since Dec. 23 and it could be a little rusty from the eight-day layoff.
— The Beavers are ranked last in the Pac-10 in turnovers at 16.7 per game, which doesn’t bode well against Washington. The Huskies are first in forcing turnovers at 17.7 per game.
— There’s no team in the Pac-10 like the Beavers, which makes them difficult to scout. They’re the only team in the conference that runs the Princeton offense, which is predicated on precision passing, backdoor cuts, constant motion and discipline. And no one runs the 1-3-1 zone defense like OSU.
— The Beavers lead the Pac-10 in steals (8.9 per game). They rank second in rebounding defense (29.3), second in 3-point defense (.285), third in scoring defense (58.9 points per game) and third in field goal percentage allowed (.403).
— Washington’s game against Georgetown (a 74-66 defeat) should help the Huskies prepare for Oregon State, which runs a similar high-post offense with Schaftenaar.
— Oregon State and Washington share a common opponent: Texas Tech. OSU lost 64-60 in Lubbock, TX and UW lost 99-92 in overtime.
— Haynes was a prep teammate of Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning. They were all coached by UW assistant Raphael Chillious at South Kent School in Connecticut.
F – Seth Tarver, 6-5, 210, Sr., 13.4, 5.2, 2.2
F – Daniel Deane, 6-8, 250, Jr., 3.7, 4.1, 0.2
C – Schaftenaar, 6-11, 240, Sr., 7.0, 2.9, 1.3.
G – Haynes, 6-2, 185, Jr., 11.3, 1.8, 2.0
G – Josh Tarver, 6-3, 190, Sr. 4.5 ppg., 2.2 rpg., 2.0 apg.
— Look for sophomore forward Darnell Gant to defend Schaftenaar and try to disrupt OSU’s offense. Gant has the quickness to give Schaftenaar fits. Also, it will be interesting to see who Robinson assigns to Quincy Pondexter. Seth Tarver is OSU’s defensive stopper, but he may not have the size to keep Pondexter off the boards.