Hoops Preview - Oregon State

In the last game of the regular season, the Washington Huskies (20-9, 10-7) will take on the Oregon State Beavers (14-15, 8-9) in Corvallis Saturday night. The game is set for a 5 p.m. PST tipoff, and will be aired live on FSN from Gill Coliseum.

The last time the two teams met was on Dec. 31 in the first Pac-10 game of the season. Although the Huskies didn't play well, they still managed to pull away a 76-70 victory. Leading the way for the Huskies on that night was senior Quincy Pondexter, who had 20 points on 5 of 13 shooting and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Isaiah Thomas also had a strong game with 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting and five boards.

As a team, Washington shot 42 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. They also had 37 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

On the other end, Oregon State was led by senior center Roeland Schaftenaar. He had 16 points on 5 of 11 shooting and seven rebounds.

They finished the game shooting 46 percent from the floor and 31 percent from three. They only had 24 rebounds and had 17 turnovers.

One interesting note on the Beavers is that they will feature a Princeton-style offense that uses Schaftenaar as a 'point center' in the same way Georgetown's Greg Monroe does for the Hoyas. It was brought over to the team when Oregon State Head Coach Craig Robinson took over last year.

The Beavers got off to a slow start this season losing to Texas A&M-CC, Texas Tech, Sacramento State, Nebraska, Illinois-Chicago and Seattle in the preseason. They have also lost to Stanford, Arizona State and UCLA twice in league play, and once each to Washington, Washington State and California.

Their out-of-conference wins this season have come against South Dakota, George Washington, Colorado, Cal State Bakersfield, Mississippi Valley State and Fresno State. They have beaten Oregon, Arizona and USC twice. They split their season series with California and Washington State.

Junior Calvin Haynes is leading the Beavers in scoring this season with 12.7 points a game on 41 percent shooting from the floor. He is also shooting 37 percent from the beyond the arc.

Beyond Haynes, senior Seth Tarver has been very efficient, shooting 49 percent from the field this season and averaging 10.5 points. He also averages an impressive 2.3 steals.

Although Oregon State has picked up in league play, they are still giving up more points than they score. They are averaging just 59.6 points a game as a team and allowing 60.4. They also average 31.8 rebounds and 14.9 turnovers a game.

Following this game, the Huskies' next task is to win the Pac-10 Tournament, held next week at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It's the only way they can assure themselves of a berth in the NCAA Tournament.


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