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The Bad News Beavers are back

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 7:55am
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Are those the Oregon State Beavers at 8-3 as a basketball team?

Were it not for a wildly sub-par performance Sunday afternoon in Connecticut, they'd be 9-2 and possibly even getting some votes in the Top 25.

Wow, what a turnaround from the past six years when the program was competitive, but didn't stand out as being even remotely worthy of national attention beyond coach Craig Robinson's brother-in-law.

This season, coach Wayne Tinkle has the Beavers looking like - they might finish ahead of Oregon in the Pac-12 standings. At least OSU supporters can ponder if that's possible.

Heck, it's not just the record, but the victories that get some attention starting with DePaul on Thursday. It wasn't just a victory, but a shellacking - 90-59 - at Gill Coliseum. That followed a 71-43 win over Grambling State three days earlier. Maybe it was the water in Corvallis ... that didn't transfer to the East Coast where the team lost 60-52 to Quinnipiac Sunday.

Tinkle, who got a nod as "Sexiest Coach in America" by a female writer last season, has a team of "Bad News Beavers" sparking attention to team records. When was the last time the Beavers reached the NCAA Tournament? The year was 1990. A whole century ago. The team hasn't finished as high as fifth since 2010, and hasn't finished higher than that since 1990, the year after Ralph Miller retired and left successor Jimmy Anderson with a team capable of winning the conference title.

Last season, OSU finished 16-16 and 8-10 in conference games, matching it's top conference win total for the previous 21 years.

Oregon State has finished with a winning record just twice in the last 24 years.

The Beavers, who have five players with passports to play here, are off until a home game with UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 30, then travel to Eugene for a January 3rd game with the Ducks, who are also 8-3, but with a far less impressive resume so far. Oregon, though, has a program that responds to late-season pressure, so 8-3 is just fine. Oregon State is a program that simply needs to respond to every game, and it's been doing that this season in a way it hasn't for decades.

OSU gets ready to release Tinkle to public

The Beavers coach isn't just good with Xs and Os, but suits and sportcoats, too
Sept. 15, 2014 / Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Oregon State released its schedule for the 2014-15 men's basketball season on Monday, and gave its loyal fans a brief on ticket prices for the 17-game homes.

And, it promoted the Las Vegas tournament the team will play in - opening with Oklahoma State. Actually a pretty good schedule to be able to make some noise in the college hoop world with an upset or two. The Beavers didn't upset much during five years under coach Craig Robinson.

OSU promoted the schedule as the first under new head coach Wayne Tinkle, who made Montana a regular in the NCAA Tournament from the Big Sky.

Nowhere, though, did the Beavers announce their new head coach was so sexy.

Not, of course to me, but to the women - or woman - of the world, primarily Nicole Shea, who works for College Basketball Insider. During the 2013-14 season, the site, collegeinsider.com, had Shea go through coaches: both head and assistants; and pick out 100 to make a list.

She put Tinkle on top.

That was before Tinkle got the nod to replace Robinson after eight years at Montana.

Here's the list:

http://collegeinsider.com/top100/

So, the Beavers moved from having the President's brother-in-law as coach to the "Sexiest Coach in College Basketball." Tinkle, who beat out PSU coach Tyler Geving for the award, even had a short acceptance speech on the site.

If you go through the list, there's a few other coaches with Oregon connections, including a former OSU head coach.

Who's the sexy dude on the sideline?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:00pm
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Oregon State released its schedule for the 2014-15 men's basketball season on Monday, and gave its loyal fans a brief on ticket prices for the 17-game homes.

And, it promoted the Las Vegas tournament the team will play in - opening with Oklahoma State. Actually a pretty good schedule to be able to make some noise in the college hoop world with an upset or two. The Beavers didn't upset much during five years under coach Craig Robinson.

OSU promoted the schedule as the first under new head coach Wayne Tinkle, who made Montana a regular in the NCAA Tournament from the Big Sky.

Nowhere, though, did the Beavers announce their new head coach was so sexy.

Not, of course to me, but to the women - or woman - of the world, primarily Nicole Shea, who works for College Basketball Insider. During the 2013-14 season, the site, collegeinsider.com, had Shea go through coaches: both head and assistants; and pick out 100 to make a list.

She put Tinkle on top.

That was before Tinkle got the nod to replace Robinson after eight years at Montana.

Here's the list:

http://collegeinsider.com/top100/

So, the Beavers moved from having the President's brother-in-law as coach to the "Sexiest Coach in College Basketball." Tinkle, who beat out PSU coach Tyler Geving for the award, even had a short acceptance speech on the site.

If you go through the list, there's a few other coaches with Oregon connections, including a former OSU head coach.

 

Beavers announce men's hoop schedule

OSU will play 17 home games and against Oklahoma State in Vegas
Sept. 15, 2014

Oregon State will play 17 home games during the 2014-15 men's basketball season, including a pair of games in a new tournament in Las Vegas, the school announced Monday.

The Wayne Tinkle era begins officially at Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 14 when the Beavers open against the Rice Owls at Gill Coliseum. OSU will host Corban (Tuesday, Nov. 18) and Oral Roberts (Friday, Nov. 21) at Gill in preliminary games for the MGM Grand Main Event before traveling to Las Vegas for contests against Oklahoma State and Auburn or Tulsa.

Oregon State and Oklahoma State open the MGM Grand Main Event Heavyweight bracket at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, while Auburn and Tulsa will face each other later that evening. The winners of the two contests will play in the championship and the losers in the consolation two nights later on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

The December schedule includes five home games and road contests against Portland (Saturday, Dec. 6 in Portland) and Quinnipiac (Sunday, Dec. 21 in Hamden, Conn.). Mississippi State (Saturday, Dec. 13) and DePaul (Thursday, Dec. 18) will visit Gill Coliseum for the first time ever, while UCSB (Tuesday, Dec. 30) will make the trek to Gill Coliseum for the first time since 1986 in the Beavers’ final game before Pac-12 play.

Mississippi State (SEC) and DePaul (Big East) play in two of the nation’s top conferences, which sent a combined seven teams to the NCAA Tournament last season. Oral Roberts advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2006, 2007 and 2008, while UCSB earned back-to-back trips to the Big Dance in 2010 and 2011.

The Pac-12 slate begins on Saturday, Jan. 3 with a trip to Eugene to face Oregon in the 343rd Civil War presented by PacificSource Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Spirit Mountain Casino and Your Local Ford Stores. The Beavers and Ducks will meet again in the regular-season finale on Wednesday, March 4 at Gill Coliseum.

Oregon State will open home conference play against the Arizona schools with the Sun Devils making the stop in Corvallis on Thursday, Jan. 8 and the Wildcats, a preseason top-five team, visiting Gill on Sunday, Jan. 11.

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