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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

January 8, 2011 at 5:36 AM

Scouting report: Oregon State

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OREGON STATE
Game info:
3:30 p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Record: 7-7, 2-1 Pac-10. RPI rank: 250.
Previous game: Lost 84-70 at Washington State.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish eighth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Coach: Craig Robinson is 39-43 in his third season with the Beavers. He is 69-71 overall in five years.
Series: UW leads 151-135 in a series that began in 1904. The Beavers have lost the past seven games to Washington, including three times last season. OSU last win was 73-65 victory on Feb. 22, 2007 and it’s last win at Hec Ed was Feb. 20, 2003. Robinson is 0-5 versus the Huskies adn UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 13-4 against Oregon State.
Last meeting: Washington and Oregon State played in the regular-season finale and met days later in the Pac-10 quarterfinals. The Huskies won 59-52. Oregon State led 31-22 at halftime and it was up 35-23 with 16 1/2 minutes left in the second half when Washington went on a 23-4 run over the next eight minutes. Former UW player Elston Turner and Isaiah Thomas hit back-to-back three-pointer that put the Huskies ahead 43-37 with 10:12 remaining. OSU closed to within 49-47 before Thomas hit another three-pointer. OSU made a final run and cut UW’s lead to three points with 43 seconds left, but the Beavers didn’t score again.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Sophomore guard Jared Cunningham (above) is making an early bid to garner all-Pac-10 honors. He leads the conference in steals and is fourth in the nation at 3.29 per game (46 steals total). In conference-only games, he’s fourth in scoring (17.0), ninth in assists (3.3) and 17th in rebounding (5.3). He also tied the school record of 34 consecutive free throws made last week against Arizona. Romar on Cunningham: “He is as athletic as anybody in the conference.”
— Senior guard Calvin Haynes was a second-team all-conference pick last season. He’s 25th on OSU’s career scoring list with 1,114 points. At his current pace through 30 games, he’d finish his career in the school’s top 10. Haynes is also eighth on OSU’s career three-point list.
— He doesn’t start, but keep your eye on big Joe Burton. Robinson said he lost 35 pounds in the offseason, however, 6-foot-7, 280-pound center is a difficult matchup. He averaged 16.5 points and shot 67 percent (14-of-21) from the field in a pair of wins last week over Arizona State and Arizona. He’s made 50 percent of his shots or better in 12 of the 14 games this season and is shooting 55 percent (52-of-94) from the field on the season.
OVERVIEW:
— In his third season, Robinson is improving the talent at Oregon State. OSU is averaging 74.1 points per game this season after averaging 60.3 points per game last season. The Beavers have scored 80 or more points in five of their 14 games after scoring 80 or more in only one of their 32 games last season.
— Due in large part to its trademark 1-3-1 zone defense, Oregon State leads the nation in steals at 11.21 per game and has more steals than their opponent in 12 of its 14 games. The Beavers have committed fewer turnovers than their opponent in 10 of their 14 games.
— Offensively the Beavers don’t care where they play. They’re averaging 75.6 points at home and 71.4 points on the road per game. Defensively, it’s another story. OSU’s opponents are averaging 67.2 points at Gill Coliseum and 79.0 points per game on their respective home courts.
— Senior forward Omari Johnson has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding in 10 of the 14 games and is averaging 6.7 rebounds per game.
— Touted freshman Roberto Nelson had to sit out last season and the first seven games this season due an academic issue. In seven games, he’s averaging 7.7 points and 3.1 rebounds as a reserve.
— Only two players are from Oregon, senior Lathen Wallace and junior Kevin McShane. They’re also the only Northwest players on the squad. Robinson has pulled recruits from Australia, New York, Texas and Chicago.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Omari Johnson, 6-9, 220, Sr., 9.6 ppg., 6.7 rpg.
F – Devon Collier, 6-7, 206, Fr., 4.4, 2.6
C – Angus Brandt, 6-10, 237, So., 5.2, 2.8
G – Jared Cunningham, 6-4, 182, So., 14.1, 3.1
G – Calvin Haynes, 6-3, 188, Sr., 11.2, 3.4
KEY MATCHUP:
— Everything with Oregon State begins and end with its 1-3-1 zone defense, which is better than ever this season because the Beavers have better athletes running it. They don’t have anyone like former standout Seth Tarver at the top of the zone, but after three years the Beavers understand where they need to be and they’re a long, athletic squad. The shortest starter is Haynes at 6 foot 3. If there was a team created to crack the 1-3-1 zone, it’s Washington. The Huskies have aggressive, attacking guards in Thomas and Venoy Overton. They’ve also been quite good at taking care of the ball, not committing turnovers and creating scoring opportunities for teammates. Another key to beating the 1-3-1 zone is perimeter shooting, especially on the wings. The Huskies have a bevy of three-pointer shooters in Justin Holiday, Terrence Ross, Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox. And finally, an active, sure-handed big man in the post is necessity against the zone. Fortunately for UW, reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Matthew Bryan-Amaning fits the bill. Games like these are what makes conference play so interesting. These teams know each other intimately. Today’s game is their fourth matchup in 12 months and there’s few secrets they don’t know about each other.

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