Exhibition Play Begins

The men in black of the hardwood take the court for the first time this season on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. against the EA Sports Exhibition SW All-Stars.

The All-Stars are in the middle of their 13 game schedule carrying a 1-5 record with their only win coming against CS-Northridge.  Despite their record the team has been competitive in each game losing by an average of eight points.  They have played one Pac-10 team, Washington, losing to the Huskies 89-78 last week.

Gill Coliseum will be populated with cheering Beaver fans in orange and black on Tuesday.

“Our team wants to play a game. We are going to play a team that is made up of good college players, so they know how to shoot and pass," Beaver head coach Jay John said.  "This team will present challenges for us defensively. The attitude that I’m taking into this game is the more we play games the more we will improve. This is the first step toward improving.”

During the Beavers exhibition games the NCAA Rules Committee will be experimenting with an extended three-point line and the trapezoid lane.  The three-point line will be extended from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 6.25 inches.

Tickets are available on-line at osubeavers.com, by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, or in person at the Gill Coliseum ticket window.  Tickets for Tuesday's and Sunday's exhibition games are $9 or $5.


Beaver Notes:


The Games
Oregon State will play a total of 30 games this season with two of them being exhibition teams. Of the 28 regular season games 11 will be out of conference. Out of the 11 only two will be on the road as OSU travels to Boulder, CO to face the Colorado Rams and Honolulu, HW to face the Hawaii Warriors.

Thirteen games, four home games and nine road games have been slated to appear on local television. The Beavers open up Pac-10 place in Los Angeles January second against the UCLA Bruins.

"We have built a schedule that allows us to ease our younger players into Division I basketball, but at the same time we have upgraded our schedule from past years," John said. "It's important for this team to play tough opponents prior to conference action and gain confidence, but at the same time we can't be traveling all over the country like we have in the past. “

In an effort to attract more fans the OSU athletic department unveiled a new $75 dollar season ticket plan. For just seventy-five bucks you can see all 19 home games including match-ups with Arizona, Stanford, and UCLA.

"Some of the most difficult games we had when I was on the staff at Arizona were in Gill Coliseum,” John said. “We lost two games here, including once when we were third in the nation. A major factor in our struggles was the raucous atmosphere in this building -- it can be a very intimidating place."

The season ticket price is valid for all bench seats located in the upper bowl. To purchase tickets call 1-800-GO-BEAVS, log on to osubeavers.com, or stop by the ticket office in Gill Coliseum (Open Monday-Friday from 8:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Oregon State opens the season with an exhibition game Tuesday, November 11 against EA Sports in Gill. The team starts regular season play Saturday, November 22 against Prairie View.

  OSU Television Schedule (As of Oct. 10)
Dec. 20 vs. Boise State (BSN) Jan. 10 vs. Oregon (BSN) Jan. 15 vs. WSU (Fox NW) Jan. 17 vs. Washington (Fox Net) Jan. 22 at Arizona (Fox NW) Jan. 24 at Arizona State (Fox NW) Jan. 31 vs. California (BSN) Feb. 7 at Oregon (Fox Net) Feb. 12 at Washington State (Fox NW) Feb. 21 vs. Arizona (Fox NW) Feb. 28 at California (Fox Net) Mar. 4 vs. UCLA (Fox Net) Mar. 6 vs. USC (Fox Net) Mar. 11-13 at Pac-10 Tournament (Fox Net/CBS)

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