CORVALLIS, Ore. –
It was a reign like no other in the world of men's college basketball and yet an answer to one of the greatest trivia questions in the history of the sport. What was the only team to derail the UCLA AAWU/Pac-8/Pac-10 dynasty of conference titles between 1962-79?
The 1965-66 Oregon State basketball team, led by late head coach Paul Valenti, shocked the conference and the entire nation by winning the then AAWU title with a 12-2 league mark. The team's only losses were a league-opener at UCLA and late season setback to USC. During the course of the season the Beavers had a six-game win streak and two five-game runs to end the year with a 21-7 overall mark.
The Beavers advanced to the NCAA Tournament, winning their first round game in Los Angeles over an Elvin Hayes-led Houston Cougars team before losing the next night to Utah in the Elite 8.
Oregon State University is proud to honor the 1965-66 team Saturday Feb. 4 when the Beavers host the Arizona State Sun Devils at 3 p.m. in a game being televised by the Pac-12 Network.
The coaching staff consisted of Valenti, assistant coaches Jim Anderson, Bill Harper, and Jim Jarvis. The team roster included Bob Franz, Ray Carlile, Jeff Cudworth, Charlie White, Karl Weide, Gary Wilken, Larry French, Ed Fredenburg, Dave Fox, Loy Petersen, Harry Gunner, Rick Whelan, Scott Eaton, Terry Vaughn (manager), and Bill Robertson (trainer). All 13 players are expected to return to Corvallis to take part in the reunion.
This team was inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993 and the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
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