15.Jan.2011 Basketball: USC @ Oregon State

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The loss at UCLA was on Craig Robinson and his stubbornness in playing untalented seniors over his more talented youth. A big problem surrounding OSU athletics is the notion that experience equates to leadership. This problem infests both major men's sports, and could be a sign of the university's collective conservative mentality. OSU seems a step behind the times at all times. Fans blame finances, but I don't think money had anything to do with Craig Robinson playing Wallace and Haynes down the stretch. 

The Robinson honeymoon ended on Thursday. The media needs to start asking him the logic behind his coaching and lineup decisions. Why hasn't a single pundit had the guts to ask why Wallace and Haynes are in at the end of games? What is with the Oregon media? Can someone explain?

Moving on…

If the goal is to make the NIT, the Beavers must now win games they're expected to lose. They did this earlier by sweeping the Arizona schools. Over the next two weeks, they play three winnable games in USC, Oregon, and Cal. I'd say all three are must wins if they want a shot at an NIT bid. That being said, the reality is that winning the Pac-10 Tournament is their best chance for post season play, and if that's the case, Robinson better start figuring out his lineups starting tonight. More simply put, Wallace and Haynes (and possibly Burton) cannot so much sniff the floor if the game is close in the 2nd half.

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  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Completely agree. Robinson needs to start playing the guys who can win games, Haynes and Wallace won’t do that. If Burton is going to make terrible decisions like he did vs UCLA, he needs his time drastically reduced.

    Tonight I think they should win but they will most likely lose.

    Starks better play a hell lot more than 3 minutes.

  • mw2 says:
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    angry,

    May I suggest you implement a real-time chat room to this site, especially for OSU gamedays. Might be better than refreshing comment sections.

    • JackBeav says:
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      Good idea. I think Java has a free add on.

      I like how the internet has come full circle. I remember spending nights chatting with Aussies on Netscape… back when Netscape was a browser and Mosaic was the developer.

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    Real time chat during games would be awesome.

    Make it so, Angry. 🙂

  • cloudy says:
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    can we PLEASE see roberto/jared/devon all play 30 minutes+ tonight?

  • angry says:
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    I’ll see about the real time chat. I have visual studio and might be able to develop something in there. I don’t think there’s any wordpress plugin for that.

    Beavs better put on a good show for the recruits tonight. Byron Moore’s tweet showed him falling asleep around 2pm. Not good!

    • Warrren says:
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      Maybe he was tired from partying last night.

    • mw2 says:
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      I don’t think Moore chooses OSU… I think he took a visit just for the sake of taking a visit and will end up at Miami.

      • mw2 says:
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        The fact that the sky is pissing hard and when he heads to Miami, it will be 70 degrees with co-ed’s still in tank tops tells the story.

        • angry says:
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          Didn’t he cancel his trip to Miami?

          • mw2 says:
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            I didn’t hear or know that he did… Did he?

            If that’s the case, then insert Tennessee in place of Miami.

          • mw2 says:
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            I just don’t have any faith in Riley closing the deal on anyone.

          • Warrren says:
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            I really hope he comes here. Imagine him playing next to Mitchell? What would happened if, and I mean a big if, we landed Moore and McGill?

          • angry says:
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            Warren, have you read or heard that he canceled his visit to Miami?

            Can’t remember where I saw that.

          • Warrren says:
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            I don’t remember seeing it, but he definitely could have. This line right here sounds good for us and Tennessee:

            Because he’s never stepped foot on UM’s campus, is that a bad sign for the Canes?

            “All three are still in it, I just pretty much know where I’m going,” Moore said.

          • mw2 says:
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            Or he chose not to visit Miami because he already knows he’s going there and just tripped to Tenn. and OSU to see if anything changes his mind……

          • Warrren says:
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            I think Miami jumped in too late. Either he really likes Tenn, or Heyward has done a great job on home and has him convinced. I know Riley had an in-home with him the other week.

          • Warrren says:
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            on him*

          • angry says:
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            I agree.

            I think he’ll be a Beaver. I just don’t like reading tweets that he’s falling asleep. Like you said, maybe he had a good time.

          • mw2 says:
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            Damn you, Warren!

            You’re getting my hopes up… I’m a Beaver fan, I’m suppose to expect the worst.

            If Moore doesn’t commit to OSU, I’m going to blame you….. bastard!

          • angry says:
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            It seems like suicide to choose to go somewhere you never visited…can’t imagine him doing that. I also read somewhere he was going to announce his decision before his scheduled trip to Miami.

            I’d say OSU has a good shot. What west coast kid wants to live in Tennessee?

          • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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            Unfortunately Erik Ainge

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    Roberto is starting in backcourt with Jared tonight. Has CR seen the light?

  • angry says:
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    Amazing play by Nelson and Cunningham…wow.

  • mw2 says:
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    What’s the atmosphere like at Gill?

    Assuming the recruits are watching, is it enough to ‘impress’ them?

  • Warrren says:
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    I hope CR doesn’t compensate Lathen for this with more PT.

  • angry angry says:
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    The effort tonight is impressive.
    As fans, I think we’d be happy if they played like this every night, even if they lost.

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    Where’s Mully and Sculder? our team has obviously been abducted and aliens are playing for us.

  • angry angry says:
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    What do you think: best first half this season?

    That was pretty awesome to watch. USC’s nightmares in the state of Oregon continue into the basketball season.

  • cloudy says:
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    this is a funny tweet:

    “People walkin around outside like they dnt kno its raining
    about 1 hour ago via Echofon

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Knock on wood 52% shooting and they are not even getting SC to turnover the basketball.

  • mw2 says:
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    Byron Moore tweets: “Wow these clowns”

    ….

    Is he refering to USC since he went to school there?

    • beavers4life beavers4life says:
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      I’d say that by the post “cloudy” posted about Byron Moore’s tweet about “people walking around like they dnt knw it’s raining out” would be my guess on his reference….also, that could mean that Byron is not watching the basketball game, or since it’s halftime he decided to step outside for a bit. not sure, but I wouldn’t read too much into the tweets of future/present athletes on the fence about staying or going.

  • angry angry says:
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    Usually they trail at the half on come on strong in the second. It will be interesting to see how they protect a big first half lead…if they can do it. It would be nice to see them play a full 40 minutes.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    Is Coach R trying get the score closer in order to make it exciting?

  • angry angry says:
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    Please get Joe Burton out of there…less than a minute left and he cannot make free throws.

    • angry angry says:
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      …and on cue.

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        Burton can’t make free throws and that inbounds pass? wow that was awful. Glad Beavers won but the free throw shooting in the 2nd half was bad.

        • angry says:
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          He did have that big block, but how do you keep him in with 1:20 left?

          He turned the ball over and hit 1 of 2 free throws at a critical time in the game. People will overlook it since they won, but Burton should not have been in their. Collier was the play. Same size and better shooter/ball handler.

  • angry says:
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    That was a great game.
    Lamar is a pretty great telecaster…had a good point that this team is learning how to be “good” before they can be great. I see the same thing…they have potential to be playing their best ball late in the season. Gotta beat Oregon now and keep building confidence, otherwise it’s one step forward, two back.

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    Is there a statistic telling how often teams score against OSU off the 1-3-1 defense?

  • OSU4Life says:
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    Great win for the Beavers tonight! I was nervous when they lost their big lead, but what is most important is they got the win!

  • angry angry says:
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    Anyone watch Daniel Gomis today? The game was on ESPNU, a channel I don’t get.

    This team would benefit greatly from a big, inside presence, even if he’s not a scorer, just somebody to rebound consistently, box out, and block shots. I’ve heard all along he’s got little offensive game, so I’m wondering if anyone catch his game today and can verify.

    He has no other offers besides OSU…you’d think playing in Virginia (via Idaho) he’d pick up some more offers…

    • JackBeav says:
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      He signed before he took the floor in VA. Coach Rob took advantage of the remote Sun Valley location to get him.

      It will turn out to be one of the better relationships in college hoops.

      • angry angry says:
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        Does he have any offensive game? I hear people comparing what they saw on TV to Mutumbo…

        Not that that is bad, so long as there are 4 other scores on the floor and he just rebounds and blocks shots.

        It would be nice to get a big who can score 15 or so, though, and rebound.

  • angry angry says:
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    Good crowd of 7,257 for the game + the win; hopefully it helped the recruits think highly of the place.

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