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February 3, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Scouting report: Oregon State

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Don Ryan
OREGON STATE
Game info:
6 p.m. Thursday at Gill Coliseum
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Record: 8-12, 3-6 Pac-10. RPI rank: 232.
Previous game: Lost 70-56 at Stanford
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish eighth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Coach: Craig Robinson is 40-48 in his third season with the Beavers. He is 70-76 overall in five years.
Series: UW leads 153-136 in a series that began in 1904. The Beavers have lost the past eight games to Washington. Robinson is 0-6 versus the Huskies and UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 14-4 against Oregon State.
Last meeting: Matthew Bryan-Amaning collected a career-high 15 rebounds and led all scorers with 24 points while leading UW to a 103-72 win on Jan. 8 at Edmundson Pavilion. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and eight assists. Reserves Terrence Ross had 14 points and seven rebounds and Darnell Gant finished with 10 points and five rebounds. The Huskies led 40-39 at halftime before breaking the game open with a 16-2 run to start the second half. Bryan-Amaning had eight points during the spurt. UW shot 64 percent after intermission and the Huskies outscored the Beavers 63-33 in the second half.


PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Sophomore guard Jared Cunningham scored a team-high 21 points against UW in the first meeting. He’s an all-conference candidate. Cunningham leads the Pac-10 and is fourth in the nation in steals at 2.9 per game (58 steals total). At his current pace, he would finish with 87 steals through 30 games, which would be the fourth highest total in Oregon State history, trailing only Gary Payton (100 in 1989-90), Lester Connor (91 in 1981-82) and Payton (91 in 1988-89).
— Freshman Devon Collier has started 16 games this season and in the past five games, he’s averaging 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and shooting 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from the field. He also has eight blocked shots in the past five games.
— Senior Calvin Haynes (above), a second-team all-conference pick last season, has moved into 21st on Oregon State’s career scoring list with 1,150 points. He’s a deadly perimeter shooter who ranks eighth on OSU’s all-time three-point list.
OVERVIEW:
— Oregon State has lost six of the past seven games.
— Junior walk-on and team captain Kevin McShane got his first start of the season and eighth of his career last week against Stanford. He’s made all five of his field goal attempts and has 14 rebounds in Pac-10 games this season.
— The Beavers have used seven different starting lineups this season.
— Robinson relies on a 10-man rotation. With the exception of Cunningham, there’s been very little consistent performers this season. Six different Beavers have led the team in scoring in nine Pac-10 games.
— Senior forward Omari Johnson has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding in 13 of the 20 games and is averaging 6.1 rebounds per game. He led the team in rebounding in just three of the 32 games last season.
— Senior Lathen Wallace is averaging 12.0 points and shooting 45.5 percent (15-of-33) from the field and 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from threepoint land over the past four games. Wallace is ninth on the school’s all-time three-point list.
— The Beavers have two new starters (McShane and Wallace) since the last time they played Washington.
— OSU is first in the nation in steals at 10.30 per game and has more steals than their opponent in 15 of its 20 games. The Beavers have committed fewer turnovers than their opponent in 13 of their 20 games and have forced 25 turnovers in three games this season (at Seattle, at Howard, Texas-Pan American).
— OSU is averaging 70.9 points per game this season after averaging
60.3 points per game last season. The Beavers have scored 80 or more points in
six games this season after scoring 80 or more in only one of their 32 games last season.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Kevin McShane, 6-9, 225, Jr., 1.0 ppg., 1.6 rpg
F – Devon Collier, 6-7, Fr., 206, 5.4, 3.2
G – Jared Cunningham, 6-4, 182, So. 13.7 3.2
G – Calvin Haynes, 6-3, 188, Sr., 10.1 3.4
G – Lathen Wallace, 6-3, 199, Sr., 8.4 2.6
KEY MATCHUP:
— Stopping Bryan-Amaning will likely be priority No. 1 for Oregon State. He torched the the Beavers in the first meeting and dominated their front line. The Beavers altered the starting lineup and they’re even smaller up front than they were last month. That could be a problem for OSU. The Beavers are searching for an identity and a leader. Their trademark 1-3-1 zone is last in the Pac-10 against conference foes allowing 75.1 points per game. OSU is scoring more points than ever before under Robinson, but the Beavers aren’t good enough to consistently outscore opponents and win with its offense. Furthermore, the offense is chaotic and lacks purpose, which is odd because two seniors (Haynes and Wallace) start in the backcourt.

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