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The last time this team played, they hoisted the CBI trophy. Where will this season lead?
The last time this team played, they hoisted the CBI trophy. Where will this season lead?

OSU vs. Southern Oregon - 2 p.m. - Gill Coliseum - FREE Video on OSUBeavers.com

It's a basketball game! A real... live...  basketball game! After a turnaround season last year in which the Beavers won the College Basketball Invitational, Craig Robinson has his sights set higher as he embarks on the 2009-2010 season. 

The Beavers have been picked to finish fifth in the Pac-10 media poll, and have aspirations of qualifying for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1990. 

The Beavers return four starters and nine letter-winners from last year's team. Add in Craig Robinson's first full recruiting class, which ranks in the Top 25 nationally, and the Beavers have a fair chance to do so. 

"We're looking forward to getting started," head coach Craig Robinson said. "The exhibition games give us the chance to try out a lot of new pieces. I know the players are excited to start the season. It's going to be a great opportunity to see where we are at after the first few weeks of practice."

Southern Oregon, a NAIA member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, finished last season with a record of 9-21 as the Raiders are led by Humphrey Jackson, who averaged 8.5 points and handed out 119 assists last year.

Southern Oregon opened its season on Friday with a 90-85 victory over Indiana-East. Ryan Staker led four Raider players in double figures with 13 points as Drew Herrera and Justonn Smith each had 12 points in the win.

The game is being streamed live on OSUBeavers.com... make sure you take advantage of that if you have the time.