We continue our preview with a look at the 2010-2011 Oregon State Basketball team. Enjoy!
After a thrilling 08-09 season in which the Beavers won the College Basketball Invitational, expectations were high going into last year. But the Beavers under-achieved, finishing the season with a sub .500 record, losses to UCI and Seattle U, and getting bounced in the 1st Round of the CBI by Boston U.
Still, the season provided more hope in
Talented recruits, led by Ahmad Starks, make their way into Craig Robinson’s system, making this team almost full of CR’s players. UTEP Transfer Eric Moreland will be eligible immediately, and Guard Roberto Nelson will finally be able to play. Most importantly, Senior Calvin Haynes will finally have the tools around him to have a great season.
Even Robinson has admitted that the Beavers need to take the step from respectability to national contention, and that the team’s goal is the NCAA Tournament. This is a roster full of good, athletic players, and the road to a better season will start in the backcourt.
With the departure of both Tarver brothers, the Beavers will rely on both Senior Calvin Haynes and Sophomore Jared Cunningham. Calvin averaged 12.5 PPG last season and is the team’s best shooter. Jared was the team’s most efficient scorer last year, but foul trouble haunted him throughout the season.
When Cunningham is out, the Beavers will turn to one of their best players in Roberto Nelson. After sitting out last season, the former Top-100 recruit is ready to make a splash in the Pac-10. Coach Robinson often described Roberto as the team’s best practice player last season, and his ability from outside the arc is something
Rounding out the backcourt is Freshmen Ahmad Starks and Senior Lathen Wallace. Ahmad has drawn comparisons to ex-Oregon Duck Tajuan Porter and may be the most pure point guard on the team. Lathen is one of only two Senior guards on the roster, but may not see much time because of all the athletes around him. Still though, if the Beavers need a three late in the game, expect Wallace to be on the floor.
Leading the big men will be Sophomore Joe Burton.
At the Forward position, the Beavers will rely on Sophomore Angus Brandt and Senior Daniel Deane. Brandt has shown some ability from three-point range, and if he can hit that shot consistently, we could be watching the next Roeland Schaftenaar. Daniel Deane brings back the more conventional Power Forward style of play, but will have to improve his shots around the basket to keep his starting role.
Another Aussie, Rhys Murphy, is back after sitting out last season with a knee injury. Murphy could replace Seth Tarver on the top of the 1-3-1 Defense. Forward Omari Johnson also returns for his senior season, bringing toughness down low but a soft touch from outside. The Beavers also have high hopes for Freshmen Devon Collier and UTEP Transfer Eric Moreland. Rounding out the roster is Junior Kevin McShane and Freshmen Chris Brown and Daniel Jones.
I am a huge fan of Coach Robinson and always will be. But if the Beavers don’t go to the NIT or better this season, there will be some rumblings around Beaver Nation.
Their Non-Conference Schedule sets up very nicely, with only three tough games: at Seattle U, at
The Beavers have lost some key players from all across the court, most importantly Point Center Roeland Schaftenaar and the Tarver Brothers. But Robinson has said that the team will be more athletic then ever, and that means more wins in a fast and physical Pac-10 Conference.
Expectations are lower than last year but I really don’t know why. The team is young, but they are full of athleticism and talent all across the floor. If freshmen like Roberto Nelson, Ahmad Starks, and Devon Collier step up, this team could easily finish in the Top Half of the Pac-10.
0 Kevin McShane F 6-9 230 Jr.
1 Jared Cunningham G 6-4 190 So.
3 Ahmad Starks G 5-8 150 Fr.
4 Chris Brown C 6-11 245 Fr.
11 Joe Burton F/C 6-7 295 So.
12 Angus Brandt F/C 6-10 237 So.
13 Rhys Murphy F 6-7 195 RS Fr.
15 Eric Morleand F 6-10 201 Fr.
22 Calvin Haynes G 6-2 182 Sr.
24 Omari Johnson F 6-9 220 Sr.
30 Daniel Deane F 6-8 246 Sr.
34 Lathen Wallace G 6-3 199 Sr.
41 Daniel Jones F/C 6-11 208 Fr.
44 Devon Collier F 6-7 206 Fr.
55 Roberto Nelson G 6-3 188 RS Fr.
Game-by-Game Predictions after the break
Date Opponent Time (Pacific) Prediction Record
Nov. 9th Western Oregon (Exhibition) 7:00 PM W, 63-40 1-0
Nov. 14th UT-Arlington 1:30 PM W, 59-50 1-0
Nov. 17th @ Seattle U 7:00 PM L, 67-66 1-1
Nov. 21st Texas Southern 4:30 PM W, 70-50 2-1
Nov. 24th UNC Charlotte 7:00 PM W, 66-48 3-1
Nov. 27th @ Howard 4:00 PM W, 59-53 4-1
Dec. 1st Utah Valley 7:00 PM W, 57-50 5-1
Dec. 4th @ Colorado 7:00 PM L, 64-60 5-2
Dec. 12th Texas-Pan American 1:30 PM W, 70-45 6-2
Dec. 15th @ Montana 6:00 PM L, 61-60 6-3
Dec. 18th George Washington 4:30 PM W, 55-50 7-3
Dec. 22nd Illinois-Chicago 7:00 PM W, 65-58 8-3
Dec. 30th Arizona State 7:30 PM W, 65-61 9-3 (1-0)
Jan. 2nd Arizona 7:00 PM W, 74-71 10-3 (2-0)
Jan. 6th @ Washington State TBA L, 85-72 10-4 (2-1)
Jan. 8th @ Washington 3:30 PM L, 80-60 10-5 (2-2)
Jan. 13th UCLA 5:30 PM L, 65-58 10-6 (2-3)
Jan. 15th USC 7:30 PM W, 57-50 11-6 (3-3)
Jan. 22nd Oregon 3:00 PM W, 70-60 12-6 (4-3)
Jan. 27th @ California 8:00 PM L, 68-65 12-7 (4-4)
Jan. 29th @ Stanford TBA W, 60-55 13-7 (5-4)
Feb. 3rd Washington 6:00 PM W, 57-55 14-7 (6-4)
Feb. 5th Washington State 5:00 PM W, 65-60 15-7 (7-4)
Feb. 10th @ USC 8:00 PM W, 70-65 16-7 (8-4)
Feb. 12th @ UCLA 1:00 PM L, 72-61 16-8 (8-5)
Feb. 19th @ Oregon 1:00 PM L, 64-61 16-9 (8-6)
Feb. 24th Stanford 6:00 PM W, 57-56 17-9 (9-6)
Feb. 26th California 3:00 PM W, 55-54 18-9 (10-6)
Mar. 3rd @ Arizona TBA L, 64-59 18-10 (10-7)
Mar. 5th @ Arizona State TBA L, 71-68 18-11 (10-8)
So there you have it. Make sure to check back tomorrow for the Pac-10 North preview.