Ten reasons to watch Oregon State men's basketball

With the recent success of the Oregon State football team it is often easy to forget about the Oregon State men's basketball team. Although the young Beavers will probably not make the tournament or post a winning record there are plenty of reasons to watch the men in black on the hardwood. Here are ten reasons why you should venture to the home of the 12th winningest basketball program in the country.

  1. Youth. For the first time since the1978-79 season the Beavers are playing without a senior on the roster. Despite their lack of experience, their young legs allow them to run up and down the floor creating a fast paced, exciting game.

  2. Witness a rebirth. The OSU basketball program is in a transition stage. With a new attitude, head coach Jay John has the program headed in the right direction. Just a few years down the road the Beavers could be making a run at the tournament.

  3. Get out of the rain. With the weather turning gray and stormy, the glossy black and orange confines of Gill Coliseum provide a perfect opportunity to escape the cold and bond with your fellow Beaver fans.

  4. Cheap tickets. For just $75 bucks you can see 14 home games. Beaver basketball is the cheapest, most affordable ticket in town.  Plus, you can't beat the atmosphere of a college basketball game.

  5. A chance to support OSU. With a young team it is important to fill the stands and give the home team confidence. After the Beavers win over Kansas State in triple overtime last Saturday head coach Jay John commented, “The fans got into it and helped us out. [They] gave us some extra energy.”

  6. Better than watching the Blazers. No need to explain this one.

  7. Shooters. Only three players (forward Kyle Jeffers, forward Michael Johnson, and center Derek Potter) on the Beaver roster have yet to attempt a three-point field goal. Oregon State is not afraid to launch the ball from downtown as they have attempted ninety-two three-pointers in five games. That is almost 20 attempts per game.

    "Chubs" tries as hard as he can to distract the opposing team's players at the free throw line.
  8. 8.  Overtime. In five games the Beavers have played five overtime periods. Currently, Oregon State and Kansas State are the only programs in Division I to have participated in a triple-overtime contest.

  9. 9.  Good defense. The men in black have forced an average of 22.6 turnovers per game, while averaging 14.6. That’s a plus eight advantage. OSU has forced all of their opponents to turnover the ball at least 21 times.

  10. Chubs.  Chants of "Chubs" rise the rafters when an opposing team's player lines up to shoot free throws.  This fan favorite and band member puts his whole body into distracting the shooter as he lifts his shirt and shakes his belly to the amusement of the crowd on hand.

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