Thursday, March 26, 2009

Robinson Wants To Stay

Not only did the Beavs beat Stanford last night to move on to the CBI finals against UTEP (first game at Gill on Monday), but according to Cliff Kirkpatrick's postgame blog post we got another win:

Robinson’s thanks fans again
Robinson thanked the fans again after the game. He was surprised that the crowd could be that loud. He said: “the fans are bringing basketball to Oregon State.”

For those worried about him leaving after one season, don’t. He not only said he doesn’t want to and his family doesn’t like moving around a lot, but he’s really enjoying this season.

I really hope Craig stays for a few years and builds a foundation that can carry us into a new era of OSU basketball!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

For some schools the CBI is "Meh"...For Oregon State its just what they need

I can imagine for Stanford, Houston, or other schools who have been in the NCAA tournament recently that the CBI would be a downer. Its a 3rd or 4th rate tournament on the edges of the nations conscience. Does anyone get HDNet? Its the equivalent of the Seattle Bowl a few years ago.

However, for some teams its a taste of postseason play that they would never have even sniffed before. I truly think that the CBI experience will do nothing but good for the Oregon States of the world. The Beavs just need more practice, more experience, and more time to get ready for next season. That's what going to a lower bowl gives you in football. And the basketball team is getting the same thing now.

Can the Beavers beat Stanford at home again and avenge their Pac-10 Tournament loss a couple of weeks ago? What a great matchup for the Beavs in the Semis! And its Wednesday night, so great ready for another game quick!

CBI Schedule

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Coach Robinson Isn't Afraid To Try Anything

After last night's win over Houston I noticed something that I've noticed before and has become something I really like about Coach Robinson. He isn't afraid to change things in game to shake things up and maybe strike lightning and get a win.

His strategy at the start of the game was clearly to go small. Three guards started with Ruland and Seth Tarver. Thats a small lineup. It worked defending the fastbreak, but we couldn't score. So we went bigger in the second half. For much of the second Omari, Ruland, Deane, and sometimes Hampton we in together. And that really worked. Sure, he couldn't predict Omari would hit 2 big threes, but all those big men caused problems for the smaller Houston players trying to score.

He went through multiple defenses, lineup combos, and offensive sets until something clicked, we went on a run, and won the game. Great job to Omari and Daniel to pull us to a victory!

Vermont on Monday! Let's get a bigger crowd this time people!

Go Beavs!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I Have My Tickets To The Game, Do You?

I picked up some tickets for the game Wed. night vs. the Houston Cougars. Unfortunately, I maybe one of the few. Based on the huge selection of great seats available in nearly every section, tickets aren't exactly flying off of the shelves.

Do you have a free Wednesday night? Come down to the game and make sure the players and Coach Robinson know that you support them! Consider it a sending off for a pretty good year.

>> Vote on when you think Coach Robinson will have the Beavers in the NCAA Tournament

In case you need a reason to root against Houston, here's the famous "face smash" of Chase Budinger.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Beavers Make the College Basketball Invitational (CBI)...First Game This Wednesday Night!

Oregon State will be playing Houston at Gill at 7pm Wednesday night! Can we fill Gill?!

Could this be the Hawaii Bowl for the hoops team? Will it give us a taste and propel the Beavers to greater things next year? Only time will tell, but for now you can get down to Corvallis and watch some postseason basketball!

Looking at the CBI bracket it appears the game will be televised on HDNet. Which I'm pretty sure I don't get...

Here are the teams:

East Regional
March 18th- 7:00 PM ET
St. John's (16-17) vs. Richmond (18-15)

March 18th- 8:00 PM ET
College of Charleston (26-8) vs. Troy (19-12)

West Regional
March 18th- 8:00 PM ET
Vermont (23-8) vs. Green Bay (22-10)

March 18th- 10:00 PM ET
Houston (21-11) vs. Oregon St. (13-17)

Midwest Regional
March 18th- 8:00 PM ET
Buffalo (21-11) vs. Wichita St. (16-16)

March 18th- 10:00 PM ET
Boise St. (19-12) vs. Stanford (18-13)

South Regional
March 17th- 9:00 PM ET
Northeastern (18-12) vs. Wyoming (19-13)

March 17th- 11:00 PM ET
UTEP (19-12) vs. Nevada (21-12)

If the Beavs can get past 21-11 Houston, then they play the winner of Green Bay vs. Vermont.

More information on purchasing tickets can be found in this official release: Men's Hoops to Host Houston in First Round of CBI -

The postseason appearance will be the 21st in school history as the Beavers last earned a postseason bid with a berth in the National Invitation Tournament following the 2004-05 campaign.

Houston enters the contest with a record of 21-11 on the season as the Cougars fell to Memphis in the semi-finals of the Conference USA tournament this past week. The Cougars have four players in double figures, led by Aubrey Coleman at 19.7 points per game. Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the squad, averaging 18.0 points per contest.

The meeting with the Cougars will mark only the second in series history as Oregon State captured the first and only meeting with a 63-60 win during the 1965-66 season.

Tickets for the game against the Cougars will go on sale Monday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. The price will be $25 for a chairback and $15 for a bench seat. Students will be admitted to the contest for free and can begin picking up tickets on Monday at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

When Will Coach Robinson Have The Beavs In The NCAA Tournament

The season is probably over (maybe a CBI bid), but the real question is when will we finally make it back to the tournament? What do you think?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Coach Robinson has me Beaver Believing

The Beavers first game of the Pac-10 tournament is tonight at 6pm on FSN. They have a chance to beat Stanford for the 3rd time this season. Wow. Think about that. Actually, just think about the crazy last few months since the season started.

I'll take you through my personal journey:

Season starts: Curious about the team, but since no major roster changes were made not very optimistic about their prospects. Would they win a Pac-10 game?

Mid-November: Beavers lose to Howard in D.C. 47-45. I caught the last 5 minutes or so on the radio and the Beavs sounded like they couldn't have gotten to "O" in a game of HORSE if they were playing some Junior High kids. At this point I almost wrote the team off.

End of November:
Vaguely remember them losing to bad teams (Yale and Montana St.), not feeling good about the team.

End-December: OK, so maybe all they needed was Calvin Haynes. They are much better in December, but of course who did they play?

Jan. 2nd: Ouch. Killed by UCLA. This is going to be a looooong season.

Jan. 4th: WooHoo! We won a Pac-10 game!

Mid-Jan: Hmm, playing better but still no wins really to show for it. But the team is clearly improving. Cautiously optimistic. Trying to figure out what is going on.

End-Jan: What just happened? A four game win streak including a win over the Ducks! Awesome! Go Beavs! I was at the Civil War and I'm getting excited about Beaver Hoops now.

End-Feb: Three more wins! Top 25 Recruiting class! Robinson should be Coach of the Year! Maybe we can make the NIT!

Today: Three more losses and my enthusiasm for this season has tempered a bit. But now I'm looking forward to next year. I'm very excited. I haven't cared about Beaver hoops this much in 2 or 3 years!

I have an a card carrying Beaver Hoops supporter now. Have you drunk the kool-aid?

Go Beavs! Beat Stanford!

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