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Pac-10 Basketball Preview – Oregon State Beavers

By Sam Saig, November 7, 2009 8:41 pm

State of the Program

Only one team in the history of Pac-10 Men’s Basketball has gone winless in conference play: the 2007-08 Oregon State Beavers (6-25, 0-18 in Pac-10). That’s right, just two years ago the folks in Corvallis watched in horror as their team wound up in the wrong section of the record book.

The season was so dreadful, that former head coach Jay John became the first coach in the history of OSU athletics to be fired mid-season (John was let go after 6-12, 0-6 record). Interim head coach Kevin Mouton could fare no better, and athletic director Bob De Carolis knew he needed to hit a home run with his next hire or the program might not recover. A handful of big name coaches immediately tuned the job down, likely due to the enormous rebuilding project that was necessary.

While Oregon State may have missed out on the “name” coaches, De Carolis hit a monstrous home run nonetheless. Forget that Craig Robinson is Barack Obama’s brother-in-law (though recruiting has certainly been affected in a positive way), as more importantly, he is one heck of a basketball coach. Needless to say, what Robinson did last season with OSU was nothing short of remarkable. The Beavers finished the season 18-18 (7-11 in Pac-10) and won the CBI championship.

So the question is, can Robinson’s Beavers take the next step this season? Many prognosticators believe a top-3 conference finish is a realistic possibility, as virtually every major contributor from last season returns (G Ricky Claitt being the exception). If the gifted freshman class is as good as advertised, this OSU team will have a real chance to meet those high expectations.

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Pac-10 Basketball Early Previews – Oregon State Beavers

By Marcelo Figueroa and Dave Consolazio, June 24, 2009 10:18 am

Last year, the Oregon State Beavers had a season that everyone around the conference (and beyond) had to take notice of. Coming off of an awful season in which the Beavers went 0-18 in conference play, the team from Corvallis went 7-11 in Pac-10 play in the 2008-2009 season and finished 18-18 overall. What a turnaround. This was their best finish since Gary Payton’s senior season of 1989-90.

Coach Craig Robinson brought something the team desperately needed after two decades of bottom dwelling; a sense of pride and a sense of responsibility.

This all started at Pac-10 media day before the start of last season, when he told the media that his team would have morning workouts that began at 5:30am. When asked what would happen to players who didn’t show up, Robinson simply replied, “No one is making them come here. If they don’t want to be here, they don’t have to be.” This mentality and work ethic was engrained in his players since his arrival, and it has shown in their performance on the court.

Coach Craig Robinson addresses the media

Coach Craig Robinson addresses the media

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