17.Nov.2015 Iona @ Oregon State

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7pm on Pac-12 network.

It’s the first ever meeting between these schools, and should be a good gauge for OSU.

Here’s the writeup from the official site.

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  • Beav88 says:
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    First!!!

    • scotty says:
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      Whenever I see that, I read “I’m a freaking moron”

      • homefry homefry says:
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        Whenever I see the second reply, I think of someone who has never been “first” before.

        • scotty says:
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          Ah my homefried friend, I have partaken in pioneering the comment trail many a time. I don’t need to gloat about it, though. I just gloat about my beautiful Riley predictions.

        • Jim says:
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          Aren’t you the second reply?

      • Beav88 says:
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        Suck it!!

  • Hi_I'm_Chuckie says:
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    To be honest the player I am most excited to see tonight is Eubanks… I think he can become a special player… I know people are saying he gets pushed around because he’s weak…. I don’t think that’s the case, I think they are able to get leverage on him… Once he figures out how to use his body he is gonna be a force!

    • angry angry says:
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      Who the hell is saying that?

      All I have seen are rave reviews. And rightfully so.

      • Hi_I'm_Chuckie says:
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        I’ve saw a few posts saying he was getting moved around in the post so he needs to strengthen up… IMO he looks plenty strong… He has been playing shorter opponents which gives them leverage… He is legit, I can see him being the anchor down there… Hopefully Tinkle will keep him in the starting lineup when the other guys get back

        • angry angry says:
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          I haven’t seen any comments like that, but if it’s just a few posts it’s not majority opinion. I think we mostly agree here that he looks awesome.

          What I see is fluidness, agility, soft hands, and a good finisher. Those are awesome traits from the C. Reminds me of guys that Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, and Butler would always get and leave me scratching my head why a guy would play in those conferences instead of the Pac-12. Nice to finally get one of those guys.

          • Hi_I'm_Chuckie says:
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            Spot on Angry! It sure is nice to have an athletic post player who is good size… The beavs have had either plodders or under-sized big men… Moreland was good but Eubanks is much more well rounded player… Gonna be a fun season to watch!

          • thatguy says:
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            And any deficiencies are things that can be easily improved or tightened up as time moves along. Positioning, boxing out cleanly, post moves (although he already has a baby hook), passing out of the post, on the ball defense, screen and roll action, controlling the aggression when going for the block (because he sometimes looks silly going up and gives up the rebound). And he’s playing for probably the best coach for those skills. Tinkle and Rupp are going to groom him into a draft pick.

            I don’t think strength/size is going to be a huge issue, or at least not as bad as people think it is. Willie Cauley Stein (a good analogy for Eubanks’ potential) and Bobby Portis weren’t huge and they were consensus All Americans. Kelly Olynyk and Mason Plumlee weren’t that strong either. Again, NBA draft picks and consensus All Americans.

          • angry angry says:
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            Eubanks looks big to me, and I haven’t seen him getting pushed around, so not sure why he’s viewed as weak. I thought he looked the best of all the freshman the first 2 games. That can change, but I’d be more concerned about Thompson shooting what seems like every time he gets the ball (if he makes them, cool, I guess?). But if he doesn’t there will be some backlash there. It would be nice to see him play more in the flow of offense and shot when he’s open off a pass instead of trying to create shots just for the sake of shooting. Tres Tinkle looked pretty refined and heady and plays in the offense better than Thompson.

            Thompson does have a sweet stroke, but he needs to be more a team player.

            I think that’s a better topic and observation than picking on Eubanks’ size or strength… at this point at least. Maybe things get exposed and that changes vs better competition.

      • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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        There were comments on here that said that….he was getting pushed around.

        • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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          There was one from the western game, and I think one person agreed.

    • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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      No one has been saying he’s being pushed around because he’s weak. He was getting pushed around down low in the last game. He needs to bulk up some to avoid that. Has nothing to do with being weak.

  • angry angry says:
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    Iona always has a solid program, so I’m pretty stoked about this game. The freshman jitters should be mostly gone (probably will arise again in the first Pac game), so let’s see if the team settles in and takes a business like approach. That’s what we want. None of this street ball stuff, but a methodical and business like approach. I’d like to see crisp play tonight…cut down on TOs, make the extra pass to get a guy open instead of streetball/me first attitude, etc. That might take a few games to iron out but hoping to see it ahead of schedule tonight.

    • cj cj says:
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      Valparaiso played them last week (and won) and we play Val in a couple weeks so should have a good feel by then

      • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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        Valpo rolled them by 25. Granted it was the first game. I am expecting to see improved play from opening tip tonight. Especially defensive rebounding. NWC had 12 offensive rebounds. Which is too many to an NAIA school. Too many guys were going for the block instead of getting their ass in front of someone and boxing out. Defense, rebounding and FT shooting. Do that and everything else will take care of itself tonight. Getting ready to head out the door for Gill. Go Beavs!

  • BlackBeav says:
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    Firstly, who said Eubanks was weak ever? 6 10 250 isn’t exactly small by any means… And he’s uber athletic. Must happens for us to get this win: out rebound them, can’t give up offensive boards. Need to play a zone too honestly, we aren’t good enough to guard man to man. Also we HAVE TO knock down 3’s and free throws. If we can shoot 35-40% from 3 as a team and make 65-70% from the stripe I think we’ll blow them out by 20. Let’s go beavs!

  • Jack Jack says:
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    testing

  • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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    What is surprising to me is our lack of outside shooting….I thought the new guys were going to add firepower….but not yet.. And freethrow shooting ??? what the hell…. kinda basic.

    GO BEAVS!!

    • AKBeaver AKBeaver says:
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      The new guys were 5-11 from 3 in the first game. You want better than that?

    • angry angry says:
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      Yeah the freethrow shooting is still awful. So frustrating. Seems mental

  • Beavblazer Beavblazer says:
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    Anybody know if Eubanks is going to play any baseball? Supposed to be a pretty talented pitcher too. Would love to see him towering on the mound

    • angry angry says:
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      They said he’s going to, but I don’t understand how he’ll do that with the seasons overlapping.

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    Speaking of football recruiting and Moustapha Toure’s hudl video……

    Does anyone know what the level of competition is that Horizon Christian High School in Tualatin plays against?

    Talk about a man amongst boys!

    On several occasions he not only knocked down the kid he was blocking, but he also knocked down one or two defenders who were beside his man.

    • Dansen Dansen says:
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      They’re a 3A school I believe.

    • Quatre Quatre says:
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      Horizon Christian is 3A, so it’s unlikely he’ll play against another D1 level player.

  • mexibeav mexibeav says:
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    Nice dunk by Payton. Duvivier seems to have the hot hand early on.

  • scotty says:
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    This offense sure looks different than last year’s! Defense possibly a bit worse

    • thembeavers thembeavers says:
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      I know it is weird to watch

    • cj cj says:
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      I think it’s because they are playing a different style game this year, plus the shot clock change from 35 to 30 seconds makes for a faster game.

  • Beavlover69 says:
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    Olaf is such a negative when he’s in. Literally doesn’t do a single thing well

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    Thanks Dansen & Quatre –

    WT is earning his pay, eh? 🙂

    Imo he’s the best hoops coach the Beavs have had in a very long time.

  • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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    this stream keeps buffering, unbelievable.

  • angry angry says:
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    MD clangs another layup and free throw. He’s good at missing layups and free throws.

    • mckalk says:
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      Maybe it’s an optical illusion, but even when he gets fouled a lot of those layups look so makeable on TV. What is it with him? He would probably average 15 points a game is he could make layups.

  • angry angry says:
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    It’s surprising to see Big G contributing so much

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    I thought N’diaye wasn’t expected back until Dec. Did I have that right or is he on schedule?

    • AKBeaver AKBeaver says:
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      No, that’s Goomis and Reid. Everything I read said N’daiye just had a sore shoulder and was day to day.

      • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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        Thanks. He didn’t seem to be a liability when he was in there so maybe he’ll be a factor later on in the season.

        • AKBeaver AKBeaver says:
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          That’s good to hear. We don’t need him to be all conf but if he can provide 5-10 min when called upon, that would be huge.

          • mckalk says:
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            They will have a lot of fouls to give at the 5 spot when Gomis gets back.

    • scotty says:
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      Maybe you’re thinking Gomis?

  • JD says:
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    Refs are making this about them.

  • Bill says:
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    Good first half. Need to keep up the defense. Iona is going to make a run. They’ll keep pushing the pace. We’ll see how the defense handles it.

  • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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    Good finish to the half. Defense and rebounding look better tonight.
    Leading scorers Malcolm and LMW

  • angry angry says:
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    Guys, I thought true freshman can’t perform well. Why are these guys all good? ; )

  • Beavblazer Beavblazer says:
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    Loving Eubanks in the little i’ve seen tonight.

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      He moves so fluidly, like he’s 6’5 or something. He also looks like he’s got about a 36″ vertical. I’m looking forward to a few years of him running the floor. Please, someone teach him the sky-hook: the most under utilized offensive weapon in basketball.

      • cj cj says:
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        At the game tonight the discussion was whether he would be here for 4 years or go pro in a year or two..

  • AKBeaver AKBeaver says:
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    Tulsa just beat #9 Wichita State 77-67 at home.

    • BlackBandits BlackBandits says:
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      Sweet we play them in the far west classic this year.

  • issaquahbeav says:
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    This is some damn good basketball!!

  • angry angry says:
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    Beavs getting lazy and look like they think the game is over. Better be careful

  • angry angry says:
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    Nice commercial there with the Real Keith Kostol.

    • Keith_Kostol says:
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      Or is that the imposter???

    • helmsley says:
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      “Nice commercial there with the Real Keith Kostol.”

      Best in-game, any sport OSU commercial I’ve ever seen.

  • Beavlover69 says:
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    Refs are atrocious as usual

  • angry angry says:
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    Tinkle is Larry Bird.

  • angry angry says:
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    Hilarious people said Eubanks is weak and small. He is dunking on everyone…and with authority.

  • issaquahbeav says:
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    Man, the ceiling on Eubanks is off the charts!!!

  • angry angry says:
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    I think this team will make the NCAA.
    We’ll see how they are in conference and on the road, but based on what I see this is a tourney team.

  • issaquahbeav says:
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    So pumped to see high IQ basketball being played in Corvallis.

  • angry angry says:
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    Hopefully after the road trip Gill starts filling up.

    This trip should be interesting test. Rice and UCSB. That’s a tough trip due to the miles and then getting SB on the end of it. Might lose that one.

    Kansas game should be interesting.

    • thembeavers thembeavers says:
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      it is going to be hard in Dec as there are not a lot of Sat games so folks that don’t live in Corvallis are going to be hard press to make it their

  • RanYakumo RanYakumo says:
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    Considering that most of my favorite players in the NBA are PFs and Centers, I absolutely love that Drew Eubanks is emerging as such a focal point of this team. His athleticism is simply insane.

    • calibeav says:
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      Eubanks is a legit NBA prospect, If he were somewhere in the ACC or at Kentucky we would be on one and done alert.

  • BlackBandits BlackBandits says:
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    Freshman acount for 49 points tonight.

  • mckalk says:
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    Eubanks is so fluid for his size, it’s kind of shocking to the senses considering what the Beavs have had in prior years and screw missing layups, he just dunks the damn thing.

  • BlackBeav says:
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    Wow. We just showed out against a good squad!! Held one of the best offensive players in college ball to 4-17! We’re show time when we get out and run.. A lot of bang outs and a lot of posters! Going to be a great year! Freshman can BALL too!!

  • Beavlover69 says:
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    This team is so well balanced in all the important areas and they’re only going to improve. Already some really great chemistry between GPII and STjr

  • AndersenEra says:
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    Definitely making plans to attend the Far West Classic. We are playing Tulsa right who beat Top 10 Wichita St? 8500 tickets already sold. Capacity something like 10,400. Don’t be surprised if OSU brings close to 10K. What a great return of the Classic. If it goes really well they want to expand to 8 teams and into a true tournament with a champion.

    • thatguy says:
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      Capacity of Gill is 9,604 now. Capacity at the Rose Garden in Portland is 19,941. I think around 13-14K should be at the games.

    • cj cj says:
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      We are making plans for the pac-12 tournament in Vegas

  • BlackBeav says:
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    Also stTjr had the quietest 16 points I’ve seen… When we get out and run were scary

  • scotty says:
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    I like this “winning” thing. Beavers should make it a habit

    • BlackBandits BlackBandits says:
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      They should have just done that for years, it’s much easier to watch.

  • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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    OT: Another Riley player facing rape allegations
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/woman-reports-rape-home-huskers-armstrong-westerkamp-190103434–ncaaf.html

    • BlackBandits BlackBandits says:
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      From the comments; I doesn’t son like either Armstrong or Westercamp had an thing to do with it, besides by looking at the picture I don’t think either of them would cheat on the other. ( picture of Armstrong and Westercamp hugging at the end of a game).

      • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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        They are living in a pretty nice house. I thought these poor players could not afford to buy pizza?

  • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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    Back from the game…………………

    Beavs seemed a little tentative at first but from the point where they trailed 23-22 in the first half until they led 71-49 it was all systems go. Some great basketball was played during that stretch and we enjoyed it. LMW came to play tonight! GP2 was his usual self and Eubanks was just a freaking stud around the hoop. 3 pt shooting was much better and FT’s as well. There were some lapses in there but overall a better effort than Saturday. I will say this much about Iona. That team is a one trick pony. Most of the players on their team looked like sticks. All they do is pass around the perimeter or drive and kick to shoot the 3. There was one play in the 2nd half where a player drove to the basket but was shut off, kicked to a shooter in the corner and they whipped it all the way back around to the other corner for a wide open 3 on about 4 passes that was nothing but net. Textbook ball rotation. I’d say the refs were atrocious but I’ll withhold judgment as I think that is due to the new rules but will have to research and verify. All in all it was great to be back at Gill and watching some good basketball again. The future is looking bright beav fans!

  • angry angry says:
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    Handsome Tanielu, 4star DT, visiting this weekend.

  • thatguy says:
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    I knew Eubanks was athletic, a quick jumper, all of those things, but I never thought he’d be getting so many dunks against legitimate D1 competition. That was 5 this game. We might need a dunk counter for that kid. He and GPII really do rock the rim. They make this team really fun to watch. I hope it translates against better competition obviously. They gotta get to Houston on Thursday night and take care of business.

  • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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    postgame presser

    • Beavlover69 says:
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      The poise displayed by Bruce is the biggest positive of the game to me. The fact that Tinkle had the balls to play the more talented freshman over the experienced guy (Duvivier) is a great coaching move that a lot of coaches wouldn’t have done. Bruce is gonna be very important later on this year in conference play. Feels weird to watch a coach and team do everything you’d expect them to and walk away from a game without any complaints really but I definitely could get used to it

  • Bill says:
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    Post-game thoughts,

    Good game by pretty much everyone. The team’s success will depend on the seniors. They’ll provide the steady hand for when the freshman get into funds.

    Eubanks looked good. Curious to see how he handles a big physical center on defense. Reminds me of Cunningham in his freshman year in that he’s physically talented but can border on recklessness. But with a much better supporting cast, Eubanks should have a better year.

    Thompson is what I thought, very smooth but can get lost on defense. Doesn’t look like he was asked to do a whole lot on defense in high school.

    Tinkle is a glue guy. Always finding the ball, making a hustle play that gets an extra possession.

    Bruce is showing he’s got a good handle but still has a ways to go on the offensive end.

    The seniors played well. When Iona made their run it was the seniors who responded.

    Now well see how the team responds to opponents runs on the road when they don’t have the crowd behind them.

    • NiceBeaver NiceBeaver says:
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      The seniors played well with the exception of Olaf. I kept watching him hoping to see something positive. He had one good backdoor pass from the high post, but other than that he looked like the player who least belonged on the court last night.

      • Bill says:
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        Olaf’s defense has been pretty disappointing. The only thing he can do ok is hedge at the top of the 3 point line. I expect his minutes to significantly decrease once Gomis and Reid are back. If Thompson and LMW can be consistent from beyond the 3 point line, it reduces Olaf’s offensive value.

        Olaf should only see about 15-20 min a game.

        • Beavlover69 says:
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          Olaf is terrible. 15-20 a game is gonna cost us if that’s truly how much he plays. He’ll really be exposed when we play teams that have a PF that can pummel him down low. They got away with him against Iona because they had no bigs to speak of but a real D1 PF is going to kill him. And I’m sick and tired of being told he can shoot. He’s been living off his brother’s reputation as a point forward that can shoot when really he’s just been a tall awkward guy with a slow release since the day he showed up and hasn’t improved at all. Its concerning that Tinkle talks him up so much but was nice to see him sit Olaf when the game got a little serious in the second half. Rakorcevic looked better in his limited minutes imo

          • Bill says:
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            First, Olaf is not a power forward. He’s being put at PF because Gomis and Reid are out. When they come back, he’ll be in the rotation with LMW and Tres for the 3rd guard or SF spot.

            He likely won’t be asked to defend the post when those guys are back.

          • Beavlover69 says:
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            So he’ll defend wings??? If you think he’s gonna be better once he starts guarding 6’4″-6’6″ players then you are certifiably insane.

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        Not that I am 100% behind Olaf. The rebound he tipped to a teammate for an offensive rebound was very smart and unselfish. For the last 75% of the game I thought his defense was good as he was smart about spacing and using his length. He is a liability when being posted up, but that obviously was not an issue this game. He shot okay this game and had 4 assists. Not too bad. My thought is if we want to complain about his playing we might want to choose a game where he obviously played poorly.

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    OT; Eggers on UW @ OSU:

    I didn’t realize UW had such defensive numbers, pretty good, especially considering the teams they’ve faced (USC, UO, ASU):

    “Though they lost three defensive starters to the NFL off of last year’s team, the Huskies lead the Pac-12 in scoring defense (19.6) and rank second in total defense (362.3). Offensively, it’s a different story. Washington ranks 11th in scoring offense (25.7), first downs (18.4), third-down conversions (35.2 percent) and total offense (373.5) — just ahead of Oregon State in all categories.

    I also didn’t realize Scott and Strong were out for the year. Williams return would be welcome and like seeing him getting more game time experience:

    “The best cornerback, senior Larry Scott (ankle), and the best safety, Justin Strong (concussion), are lost for the season. Cornerback Dwayne Williams (concussion) could return, and if he does, he’ll start alongside Treston Decoud, who returned against Cal after missing two games with a concussion. If Williams can’t go, converted receiver Kendall Hill will start at corner.”

    Looks like a poor match up if UW ‘s defense is good. UW D can focus on the run obviously, and OSU D will have to play for 4 quarters against a weak offense to make it competitive.

    A toothless Beaver and a toothless Husky gumming at each other for 3.5 hours….

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    What’s most exciting to me is that this team will be able to get into shootouts with teams this year and keep up. We don’t have to just be a slow-tempo, defense first team.

  • Beavergopher Beavergopher says:
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    A tricky part will be integrating Gomis and Reid back into the flow of the team. What are their injuries?

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      From Oregonlive (Oct 27):

      “…Returning starter Daniel Gomis broke a bone in his left hand Monday, putting him out for six to eight weeks. His injury knocked the Beavers down to 11 available players, not far from where they were one year ago.

      Senior forward Jarmal Reid is out for multiple weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot, junior center Cheikh N’diaye is working to return from a shoulder injury and freshman guard Kendal Manuel is out for multiple months with a broken leg. Tinkle also listed Daine Muller, a walk-on who joined the team in September, as day-to-day….”

      http://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/index.ssf/2015/10/array_of_injuries_disrupts_ore.html

      • Beavergopher Beavergopher says:
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        Thanks….so much for the depth.

        • Jack Jack says:
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          Having 11 experienced and/or skilled players is nothing like having 8 benchers and six walk-ons. At least you can have a practice with 11 players.

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        6 weeks puts us at Dec 7th for Gomis and multiple weeks, I’m hoping, is less than Gomis for Reid so maybe we see him next week? I would think Gomis could at least do cardio whereas that’s my main concern for Reid as he can’t do much on that foot. With that being said, maybe Reid being a bench guy good for 20-25 minutes due to his medical condition, conditioning won’t be as much of a factor.

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      I’m looking forward to Reid getting Schafty’s minutes.

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        However, Tinkle gave Olaf credit in the post-game presser – saying how he facilitates and directs on the floor – although he scored only 5 points.

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          I too was upset with Olaf’s play for the first 5-10 minutes. He was missing shots that he should make and wasn’t battling very well. Then he had a good, smart hustle play where he tipped a rebound to his teammate and started making some shots and playing tougher. I thought his game ended up relatively good. So hopefully this means he starts playing better.

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    Preach it, Coaches Hot Seat:

    “Several Coaches Hot Seat members were in the Willamette Valley on the weekend of November 1 and 2 of last year for the Stanford at Oregon game in Eugene and the California at Oregon State game in Corvallis and we talked to over a dozen people around then Mike Riley’s OSU football program and we left Corvallis with the firm conviction that…

    Oregon State football was DEAD under Mike Riley and in DEEP trouble

    ….and of course like most people after seeing the state of the Beavers program last year up-close and seeing its decline over the past few years we were STUNNED when Nebraska hired Mike Riley since it’s out opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that…

    Mike Riley QUIT working hard at Oregon State several years ago

    ….which brings us to Gary Andersen now the head coach at Oregon State who inherited in our opinion a Helluva mess that is now being played out in the 2015 season….”

    I recommend reading the whole thing: http://www.coacheshotseat.com

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      HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. GA has a tougher road to plow then Dickerson did though as Riley was building it up when he left the first time and not tearing it down like he left it the last time he left. On top of that we have 50 plus freshman and now 16 injured players. Yep, sucks to be GA right now. But he is a stubborn SOB so he’ll pull it out. I just wouldn’t compare it at all to Dickerson’s reign… totally different scenario.

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        spellcheck?

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        Sortof like presidents, (although Obama not so much except for the gray hair) Gary Andersen has aged before our eyes.

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      From your lips to Ken Goe’s ears! I am hoping his crush on MR fades over time and distance (not to mention overwhelming evidence that he is a crappy coach).

    • hellobeavers says:
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      I’ll pass. That is a very poortly worded blurb you quoted there. They don’t seem to care for punctuation.

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        It’s not about the syntax, it’s about the passion and truth! (and deserved Riley bashing)

  • beaverfan5 beaverfan5 says:
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    Anyone see that Les Miles may be coaching for his job the last 2 games. You got to be kidding me. I think there are about 50 of the power 60 teams that would straight up fire their coach if Miles would coach there.

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      Sorry, heard it on The Herd

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        Even with all the success, he has never been embraced by the powers to be at LSU.
        They would be stupid to fire him.

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      I can’t believe he is a head coach anywhere. Seems dumb as a box of rocks. And talk about throwing your players under the bus, that guy does it like no other. They had 5 losses last year. With the local talent and tradition they have, their floor should be 10 wins per season.

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        He’s not as dumb as you say but I can understand why people aren’t happy with him. The kind of talent they recruit is too good for their offense to suck every year. Even this year they’d be hopeless if not for Fournette.

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    An Oregonlive story about Jonathan Smith:

    “…”He doesn’t go back to his high school reunions, or have any desire to, but he loves to go to Corvallis,” Robin Smith said. “He’s grateful for the education he got, the players he played with from all different walks of life and all parts of the country, and the people he met.”…”

    http://www.oregonlive.com/collegefootball/index.ssf/2015/11/washington_offensive_coordinat.html#incart_river_index

    I’m still hoping that someday he turns out to be the kind of coach we’d want at OSU and he wants to coach there.

    More seasoning required before then.

  • angry angry says:
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    This trip to Rice is tough. Looks like they were at the airport at 7am today after that late game. Then they have to play tomorrow. Could be some issues their and would not be surprised if they’re sluggish.

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      Nice thing we actually have some depth this year. Rice recently lost their two best players so we may come out sluggish but we’ll round into form and take this one. I’m with you in that the UCSB game worries me. 2pm start and I didn’t see any flights out late on Thursday out of Houston so they’ll fly out Friday. Let’s hope those young legs bounce back!

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      I think the announcers said that Rice’s leading scorer is out with a meniscus injury. So there’s that, plus Rice just isn’t very good (usually). I’d be more worried about UCSB but even their best player from a year ago is gone so they’re rebuilding as well. I think it’s fair to expect 2 wins. These are games you can’t drop if you’re returning the experience we are, especially when you’re trying to make the tourney

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    OT: Saw in the ticker we picked up another RB commit, Kyle White.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2015/11/kyle_white_nations_no_4_jc_rb.html

    Also receiving a visit from Jonathan Kongbo, #1 JC prospect. He canceled his Auburn visit to come to OSU. Praying for a competitive game for all 4 quarters.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2015/11/jonathan_kongbo_nations_top_jc.html#incart_story_package

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    Some interesting JC news for the football team. I especially liked this tidbit from an Oregonlive story

    Jonathan Kongbo, nation’s top JC prospect, visiting Oregon State Beavers this weekend

    http://www.oregonlive.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2015/11/jonathan_kongbo_nations_top_jc.html#incart_story_package

    “…The 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive end, out of Arizona Western College, was scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend, but changed plans in order to get a better feel for Corvallis.

    Kongbo holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Washington and others….”

    A player putting off his visit to Auburn in order to go visit a school that doesn’t even have an airport. Am I dreaming?

    Now if they can pick up a JC DT or two………

    • Dwill03 Dwill03 says:
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      They also picked up a commitment from a 2017 JC DE:

      http://sports.yahoo.com/oregonstate/football/recruiting/player-Xavier-Davis-186534

      • Beavergopher Beavergopher says:
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        Remember, a verbal commitment is not worth the paper it’s not printed on.

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          No, but these are encouraging developments as Andersen seeks to build a “tough” team…

          “The 6-foot-1, 212-pound back, out of Orange Coast College, said his decision was fairly simple. After landing a scholarship offer from the Beavers on Tuesday, White said he was immediately aware of the difference in excitement level talking to Oregon State coach Gary Andersen compared to the other coaches that had offered.

          That gut feeling proved to be the difference.

          “Out of every school I talked to so far, when I talked to Coach Andersen I was excited, overwhelmed,” he explained. “I felt so much joy. He said he wants me to come in and be a leader. I felt like I connected with him on a different level than any other coach so far. I knew this was the place I was supposed to be.”

          http://www.oregonlive.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2015/11/kyle_white_nations_no_4_jc_rb.html#incart_river_index

          Many have speculated that this season’s results may be wearing on Andersen, but it sounds like he’s still got the energy for recruiting. I suspect he knows what kind of effort this rebuild is going to require, and suspect he enjoys it.

          Further, it allows him to really distinguish himself from his predecessor and make this team his own.

          Now about a QB….

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      http://247sports.com/Player/Jonathan-Kongbo-84585

      For whatever it’s worth, this site has Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Washington as the favorites. Maybe his Washington interest had something to do with choosing to visit this week?

  • helmsley says:
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    Same problem with empty seat TV image @ bb games. My brother watched the game last night and commented – trying to be nice – “maybe it’s just the scan.” One would think/hope that with all the new, bright young things staff in the the AD someone would take the initiative. It’s such a no-brainer to solve.

    • Beavergopher Beavergopher says:
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      It does look bad on TV. Do the students sit on the opposite side?

      • Dansen Dansen says:
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        The student section is on the same side as the camera and below it, so you can only see the very top part of the student section on screen.

        I was sitting above the student section and that whole side appeared more full from my vantage point than the side shown on TV.

        I’d say that over all it was 1/3 full, maybe 40%, but it was a weekday, so there’s that to consider as well.

    • beaverfan5 beaverfan5 says:
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      OSU needs to fave the camera towards the student section like most of the top programs. Unless its a weekend game there arent many people that can actually make the drive during the week for the tip.

      • beaverfan5 beaverfan5 says:
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        Have not fave

      • Bill says:
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        First thing they need to do is get the student section to have better cheers. They had some terrible ones last night. My advice for cheering is to be creative, original and funny but not overtly mean to the other team. Friendly trash talk.

        I think they were just chanting AJ sucks last night. That was terrible.

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          Horrible. I hate most of the traditions they have. Like how all the starting players suck for the other team? Unnecessary.

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            Besides showing “no class”..it’s really off since the opposing team usually wins, so what does that mean for the players that the Beavs are trotting out there?

            Now when I coached that really meant something. I was afraid for the very lives of some of my “starters.” JB

  • NiceBeaver NiceBeaver says:
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    Speaking of seating, i’ve seen talk of the upcoming groundbreaking of the VtV project is supposed to start immediately after the season’s final home game this weekend. Couldnt they just move the 30 or so people who would be sitting in the endzone Saturday to another section and get started early? Technically, they didn’t need those seats all year and they could have started a year early.

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    My headline: Rockets fire Gopher and replace him with BeaverGopher.

    Kevin McHale Fired by Rockets, J.B. Bickerstaff to Replace as …
    Bleacher Report › articles › 2590615-kev…
    6 hours ago – “The team was not responding to Kevin McHale,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told reporters …

  • bleedorange says:
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    Our football class is almost full if we get lucky and no one decommits. Would like to see an OL,DT,DE,QB in the last few spots.

    • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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      I don’t see a QB coming in with the 3 noobs already here, along with Moran and Garretson.

      • NiceBeaver NiceBeaver says:
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        I think as a preferred walk-on we could see one, but not another scholarship qb for the 2016 class, unless something crazy happens like Rich Rod leaving. That could make things interesting at multiple positions.

  • bleedorange says:
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    Also isn’t our commit numbers at 19? I saw on scout it was 16 and ranked us 55 then rivals had us at 20 and ranked 29th. I was just curious to know what our actual ranking is.

    • Bill says:
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      Rivals does their ranking on volume not quality. Under their methodology a class of 25 two and three stars would beat a class of 10 five stars.

      ESPN does it better since they grade on overall quality of the class regardless of numbers.

  • Beav in TX says:
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    Seems like Trent Hosick from Arizona Western would be worth a shot. JC QB ranks look thin this year.

    https://rivals.yahoo.com/oregonstate/football/recruiting/player-Trent-Hosick-169305

  • Bill says:
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    Early ESPN bracketology has three non conference opponents making the tourney

    Iona
    Valpo
    Kansas

    • AKBeaver AKBeaver says:
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      Based on some Lunardi tweets today, he has Tulsa in as well with OSU being one of the first four out.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Well, my first SMH moment here; Gina reports that Drew Clarkson is out for Saturday, with “an undisclosed injury”. Very disappointing!!

    She adds that VV has taken some practice snaps as “the emergency QB option”.

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    Does anyone know if the Rice game will be televised and or streamed online? I know the Pac 12 isn’t picking up the game.

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      I was doing a little research and on the Rice Basketball schedule it is showing “TV”. I know some of these CUSA games show up on the “American Sports Network” and sometimes streams are available.

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        Checkmate, you dick. Who the hell negs an informational comment?

        • wrigg3 says:
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          Just so we are clear, I was not the one to ball kick your comment. I did some digging to and I think there will be a stream on Rice’s website.

          • mckalk says:
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            No, I never thought it was you. Sorry for any confusion. There has been an asshole who gives any comment I make a minus for the last few weeks (not sure what psycho would take the time to find my posts and minus all of them?). I thought it was funny that he would minus a post just trying to give some info. He won’t show himself or respond to why he thinks my comments are wrong.

  • BlackBandits BlackBandits says:
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    What’s up with the Sad Amish Guy avitars?

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    In light of guard Sabrina Ionescu announcing that she won’t be signing a LOI until next spring and the announcement that guard Mikayla Pivec has signed a letter of intent to play for the Beavs…..

    Is there anyone out there who can venture a guess as to what this means w.r.t. OSU and Ms. Ionescu?

    TIA

    • BlackBandits BlackBandits says:
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      I was wondering that myself. Pivec is a 5* ranked 24th overall, Ionescu is a 5* ranked 4th overall. I don’t think we can go wrong with either, but both would be nice.

    • AKBeaver AKBeaver says:
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      I don’t have any inside knowledge whatsoever and have just formed opinions based on tweets, posts, and articles but for what that’s worth, I don’t think Pivec signing with OSU hurts our chances with Ionescu. There will always be a need for multiple ballhandlers in Rueck’s offense and from the looks of things, we’re definitely becoming more athletic with the girls we’re bringing in.

      If anything, she may want to play with the best and that’s what this last recruiting class is. With that being said, UofO is bringing in a solid, solid class as well.

      She has an AAU teammate, Mallory McGwire, going to UofO just like we have one, Tudor, coming to OSU. Hoping the staff made a solid connection on her trip up to keep her interested for the year. Overcoming her twin at UofO may be too much to ask but then again, who thought we’d be bringing in top 15 classes for women’s hoops 5 years ago?

      • mckalk says:
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        Damn, Rueck needs to write a book. It is starting to look like he has been able to take a complete cluster fuck and start a perennial powerhouse in just five years. First, I hope he stays at OSU and second I hope GA can do the same thing.

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          About the only thing that looks a little weak about the roster is, height wise, he only has 1 true center.

          Other than that wow, what a job he and his staff have done re recruiting (and coaching).

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