Oregon State Beavers men's basketball
|Oregon State Beavers men's basketball|
|University||Oregon State University|
|Head coach||Wayne Tinkle (2nd year)|
|Student section||Beaver Dam|
|Colors||Black and Orange
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1949, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1982*|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1955, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1975, 1982*|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1947, 1949, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1975, 1980*, 1981*, 1982*|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1947, 1949, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1975, 1980*, 1981*, 1982*, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2016
*vacated by the NCAA
|Conference regular season champions|
|1916, 1933, 1947, 1949, 1955, 1958, 1966, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1990|
The Oregon State Beavers men's basketball program, established in 1901, is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the Oregon State University Beavers. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Pac-12 Conference. The team plays home games in Gill Coliseum. They are currently coached by Wayne Tinkle.
Oregon State has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 17 times, advancing to the Final Four twice (1949 and 1963). The Beavers have only appeared in the NCAA Tournament one time since 1990 following appearances in seven Tournaments in the 1980s. Their most recent appearance was in 2016 where they lost in the First Round to VCU.
Oregon State holds several NCAA basketball records:
- Field Goal Percentage (Single season)
- Field Goal Percentage (Career, min. 400 made and 4 made per game)
- 1st – 67.8% — Steve Johnson, 1976–81 (828 of 1,222)
- Field Goal Percentage (Single game, min. 12 field goals made)
- 1st (tie) – 100% Steve Johnson vs. Hawaii-Hilo (13 of 13), Dec. 5, 1979
- Total Rebounds (Single game)
- 15th (tie) – 36 – Swede Halbrook vs. Idaho, Feb. 15, 1955
- Assists (Career)
- 11th – 939 – Gary Payton, 1987–1990
- Average Assists Per Game (Career, min. 550 assists)
- 9th – 7.82 – Gary Payton, 1987–1990
- Steals (Career)
- 18th (tie) – 321 – Gary Payton, 1987–1990
Top Season Performances by Class
- Senior – Field Goal Percentage
- 1st – 74.6% — Steve Johnson, 1981 (235 of 315)
- Junior – Field Goal Percentage
- 1st – 71.0% — Steve Johnson, 1980 (211 of 297)
- Free-Throw Percentage (Single game, min. 30 free throws made)
- 12th (tie) – 30–31 vs. Memphis, Dec. 19, 1990
- Steals (Single game)
- 19th (tie) – 27 vs. Hawaii-Loa, Dec. 22, 1985
- Field Goal Percentage (Season)
- 3rd – 56.4% – 1981
- 25th (tie) – 54.4% – 1980
- All-Time Victories (Min. 25 years in Division I)
- 13th – 1,546 games
- Games played vs. Single Opponent
- 1st – 332 vs. Oregon
- 2nd – 275 vs. Washington
- 4th 270 vs. Washington State
- Victories vs. Single Opponent
- 1st – 185 vs. Oregon
- 6th 159 vs. Washington State
The Oregon State men's basketball team has had 21 head coaches and one interim head coach. Both Amory T."Slats"Gill and Ralph Miller are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Craig Robinson, the coach preceding Wayne Tinkle, was hired by OSU in 2008 out of Brown University, where Robinson had just coached the Bears to a school-record 19 wins. Robinson is the brother of United States first lady Michelle Obama, and the brother-in-law to United States President Barack Obama. The longest-tenured head coach was Slats Gill, who was the coach for 36 seasons, winning 599 games during his time at OSU. The current coach, Wayne Tinkle, was hired by OSU in 2014 from the University of Montana – Missoula, where he coached the Montana Grizzlies to two Big Sky Conference championships and a school-record 25 wins.
|E. J. Stewart||1912–1916||67–33||.670|
|H. W. Hargiss||1919–1920||10–25||.286|
|R. B. Rutherford||1921–1922||27–19||.587|
|Kevin Mouton (interim)||2008||0–13||.000|
Oregon Ducks — The Civil War is Oregon State's main rivalry.
Washington Huskies — The Dog Fight is one of Oregon State's lesser known rivalry games.
Washington State Cougars — The Cougars and Beavers are longtime Pac-12 (and regional) rivals.
Oregon State has had 75 all-conference and 32 All-America selections, five Pac-10 Players of the Year, 42 players selected in the NBA Draft, and 24 players that have gone on to play in the NBA. Additionally, OSU basketball alumni have 4 gold medals at the Olympics, including one by Lew Beck, who never played in the NBA. A total of 7 players have won 11 NBA titles, including three by A. C. Green, two by Brent Barry, two by Mel Counts, and one each by Red Rocha, Dave Gambee, Lonnie Shelton, and Gary Payton.
The players who have gone on to play in the NBA are:
- Brent Barry
- Vic Bartolome
- Corey Benjamin
- Ricky Berry
- Ray Blume
- Freddie Boyd
- Jay Carty
- Lester Conner
- Mel Counts
- Jared Cunningham
- Gary Freeman
- Dave Gambee
- A. C. Green
- Swede Halbrook
- Scott Haskin
- Jim Jarvis
- Steve Johnson
- John Mandic
- Eric Moreland
- José Ortiz
- Gary Payton
- Loy Petersen
- Mark Radford
- Red Rocha
- Lonnie Shelton
- Charlie Sitton
Oregon State has retired the jersey numbers of five players:
1980–83 – Orange Express
The 1980–81 Oregon State men's basketball season was arguably one of the best and ironically most upsetting basketball seasons in Oregon State history. The team was referred to as the Orange Express and was led by Beaver legendary coach Ralph Miller. The Orange Express season was led by Beaver great, Steve Johnson's, in his last year at OSU. This season would be the first time in OSU history that the Beavers would win at UCLA. The Orange Express spent a school record 25 weeks as #1 in the polls while finishing with a 26–2 record. At 26–1 the team would go into the NCAA tournament as a #1 seed and were upset by #8 seed Kansas State 50–48 in the First round. Miller was awarded UPI and AP Coach of the Year honors and Steve Johnson would receive All-American honors. Throughout 1980–83 OSU held a 77–11 record which at the time was only bested by DePaul's 79–6 record. This record included a 35–1 record at Gill Coliseum including a school best 24 consecutive home wins.
However, NCAA sanctions followed these standout teams. The NCAA found that many players, from 1979–1983 were involved in improper arrangements with outside representative related to the purchase of complimentary basketball tickets and the receipt of other prohibited benefits. The NCAA vacated appearances from the 1980, 1981, and 1982 tournaments.
|1908–1915||Northwest Conference (NWC)|
|1915–1959||Pacific Coast Conference (PCC)|
|1964–1968||Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU)|
NCAA tournament results
The Beavers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 17* (14) times. Their combined record is 12–20* (10-17). OSU had three NCAA Tournament appearances (1980, 1981 and 1982) vacated by the NCAA.
Regional 3rd Place Game
National 3rd Place Game
|1962||Round of 25
|W 69–65 OT
|1963||Round of 25
National 3rd Place Game
|1964||Round of 25||Seattle||L 57–61|
|1975||Round of 32
Regional 3rd Place Game
|Middle Tennessee State
|1980*||#2||Round of 32||#10 Lamar||L 77–81*|
|1981*||#1||Round of 32||#8 Kansas State||L 48–50*|
|1982*||#2||Round of 32
|1984||#6||Round of 48||#11 West Virginia||L 62–64|
|1985||#10||Round of 64||#7 Notre Dame||L 70–79|
|1988||#12||Round of 64||#5 Louisville||L 61–70|
|1989||#6||Round of 64||#11 Evansville||L 90–94 OT|
|1990||#5||Round of 64||#12 Ball State||L 53–54|
|2016||#7||Round of 64||#10 VCU||L 67–75|
- NCAA Tournament Seeding History
The Beavers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) four times. Their combined record is 3–4.
|1979||First Round||Nevada||L 61–62|
|2005||Opening Round||Cal State Fullerton||L 83–85|
The Beavers have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) four times. Their combined record is 7–4. They were CBI Champions in 2009.
W 71–70 OT
W 65–62 OT
|2010||First Round||Boston University||L 78–96|
|2014||First Round||Radford||L 92–96|
All-time record vs. Pac-12 opponents
The Oregon State Beavers have the following series records vs. Pac-12 opponents.
|Arizona St.||42||43||.494||OSU 1|
|Wash. St.||170||123||.580||OSU 6|
- Note all-time series includes non-conference matchups.
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