Pac 12 Notes
Oregon State suffered through a tough 11-20 season last year and they lost 2 of their first 3 games. This season the beavers have gotten off to a great start (4-0) and one of the main reasons is the play of G Jared Cunningham.
In the first 4 games Cunningham has averaged a more than solid 26 ppg and he was recently named Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 14-20.
He stated, “It feels good to be the Pac-12 Player of the Week. I helped our team get the wins and that’s the most important thing to me.
We just need to keep working hard and get some more wins.”
While the first 3 wins of the season were not against college hoops powerhouses of Cal State Bakersfield, West Alabama, and Hofstra their 4th win was against a solid Texas team beating the Longhorns 100-95 in OT.
Not only did Cunningham average 26 ppg in the 4-game winning streak he also pulled down 5.7 rpg and shot almost 60% from the floor.
He played great in the win over Texas with a career high 37 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and made 20 of his 23 shots from the free throw line including hitting all 8 if his shots from the charity stripe in OT.
In the Hofstra and Texas games Cunningham became the first player for OSU to score back-to-back 30-point games since 1998.
As is stands now he ranks 2nd in the nation in scoring and since he has been attacking the bucket he ranks 1st in the nation in free thrown made and attempted.
Cunningham is the first Oregon State player to win the conference player of the week since 2009.
He has helped the Beavers get off to their best start since the 1997 and 2001 season when OSU won their first 4 games.
If the Beavers can beat Vanderbilt on Monday night then they will start the season 5-0 for the first time since 1986, but that will be hard to do facing a Vandy team that is ranked 22nd in the nation.
He is a 6’4″ guard that averaged 14.2 ppg last season and his scoring will be needed this season of the Beavers are going to contend in the Pac 12 and have any chance to make it to the Big Dance.
He is currently second in the nation in scoring at 26.0 points per game and first in free throws made (46) and free throws attempted (57).
Cunningham will have to keep up his stellar play if the Beavers are going to end their long drought of not playing in the NCAA Tournament.
OSU has not played in the Big Dance since way back in 1990, but they are off to a great start this season.