Oregon State Beavers men's basketball
|Oregon State Beavers|
|University||Oregon State University|
|Head coach||Wayne Tinkle (2nd year)|
|Student section||Beaver Dam|
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|
|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 Pacific-12 Conference. OSU ranks 22nd in all-time wins and 91st in all-time win percentage among teams with at least 50 years in Division I as of the end of the 2013–14 season, with a record of 1,670 wins and 1,267 losses and a win percentage of .569. The team plays home games in Gill Coliseum. They are currently coached by Wayne Tinkle.
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 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)||2007||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:
The 1980-1981 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 Beaver great, Steve Johnson's, 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 number one seed and were upset by number eight seed Kansas State 50-48. 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 would include a 35-1 record at Gill Coliseum including a school best 24 wins in a row.
|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 16 times. Their combined record is 12–19.
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|
- 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.||41||42||.494||ASU 1|
|Wash. St.||169||123||.579||OSU 5|
- Note all-time series includes non-conference matchups.
- "2014-15 NCAA Men's Basketball Record Book" (pdf). ncaa.org. pp. 46–48. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- "Craig Robinson Era Begins at Oregon State". Retrieved 2008-12-21.
- Reynolds, Bill (2008-02-14). "He’s much more than Obama’s brother-in-law". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
- "NBA/ABA Players who attended Oregon State University". Retrieved 2017-12-12. Check date values in:
- "Barry Wins Another NBA Title". Retrieved 2008-12-21.
- "OSU Sports History Minute". Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- "1980-81 OSU Basketball Team". Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- "Orange Distress" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-12-22.