NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers blogger Rick Stella brings us a good piece on the Beavers today. Jared Cunningham is under the spotlight for the Beavs. Jared’s school record for steals by a sophomore saw him eclipsing, who else, Gary Payton by 13 steals. Payton, in the ’87-88 season, thieved 72 balls, whereas Cunningham swiped 85, linking him with the “next Gary Payton” moniker.
One of our College Hoops fans Jason Green reports on OSU Coach Craig Robinson’s Successes and Failures thus far. He shares his opinion on what OSU Beavers fans should expect in the years to come. With key recruitments of Jarmal Reid and Maika Ostling, will the Beavs be headed for a PAC12 Championship? A berth at March Madness?
Another North West Coach in the spotlight today. Current Oregon State University Coach Craig Robinson. Matt Martz, one of our Oregon sports area bloggers points out Coach Robinson has had much success in the past but is struggling at the helm of the OSU Basketball program. As the saying goes though, there’s always hope and Matt thinks it shouldn’t be too too long before OSU fans see a little March Madness Action.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers blogger Blair Thomas tells us the belief is cultivating at Gill Coliseum. Everyone in the gym knows that junior guard Cunningham is more than capable of turning Staples into Hinkle Fieldhouse. If UW gets eliminated early, why can’t the Oregon St. Beavers spoil the fun at the 2012 Pac 12 conference basketball tourney?
NWSB Pac 12 Insider Jason Green weighs in with a short piece detailing the Pac 12 football players from the Oregon Ducks, Washington Huskies and Oregon State Beavers that have been invited to Indianapolis Indiana for the 2012 NFL Combine. LaMichael James, Chris Polk, Darron Thomas, Cliff Harris, Senio Kelemete, James Rodgers, Jermaine Kearse are some of the names.
NWSB insider Matt Martz brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Oregon Ducks head coach Rich Brooks. With a Mark Twain type approach to life, Brooks was able to surmount the challenges before him throughout his career, and because of that retired as one of the better coaches the Northwest has ever seen.
Matt Martz our Oregon beat blogger weighs in with what lies ahead for the OSU Beavers basketball team and Jared Cunningham in the month of January. Hopefully, Oregon State will have snatched their first two games in January, before they hit the road to face in state rival Oregon who pelted the Beavers both times in 2010.
Jason Green one of our Pac 12 bloggers has the Oregon State Beavers season recap article. The Beavers had a nightmare of a season going 3-9 and failed to make it to a bowl game for the 2nd straight season. The Beavers have the tools on offense to turn things around next season. Sean Mannion and Malcolm Agnew are back in 2012.
Oregon State Beavers coach Craig Robinson has them off to a 6-1 start in the Pac 12. They are dreaming of a Big Dance in March. Sophomore guard Jared Cunningham is the team’s leading scorer, Forward Devon Collier is the 2nd leading scorer, the frontcourt tandem of Eric Moreland (6 rpg) and Joe Burton (5.4 rpg) are the leading rebounders.
The top 5 teams in the nation according to the AP poll and their futures odds to win the NCAA tourney are Kentucky), Ohio State, Duke, Syracuse, and North Carolina. In the Northwest the Gonzaga Bulldogs are playing solid on both ends of the court and 7-foot senior center Robert Sacre leads the team in scoring.