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Oregon State University head coach Wayne Tinkle instructs his players from the sideline during the Jan. 14 game against Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. The Beavers have struggled during Tinkle's third season and are 0-14 in Pac-12 play.t

Godofredo Vasquez, Gazette-Times file

My pal @AnyGivenLundy posed an interesting question Friday.

How unusual is it for a men’s basketball team such as Oregon State University’s to participate in the NCAA tournament one season and go winless in league the next.

The Beavers were a No. 7 seed last year in Coach Wayne Tinkle’s second season when they went 19-13 overall and 9-9 in the Pac-12.

This season OSU has struggled mightily. The Beavers are 4-23 overall and 0-14 in the conference with four games left. OSU hosts Utah on Saturday, visits the Bay Area schools next week and closes the league season March 4 with a Civil War home game against Oregon. Stanford is 4-9 in league and perhaps represents the best chance the Beavers have of winning a league game (the Cardinal defeated OSU 62-46 on Jan. 19 at Gill Coliseum).

So the question is: When was the last time that a power five conference team had an 0-fer league season? And did any teams participate in the NCAA tournament the year before they went winless in league.

I tracked records back to the turn of the century. The Beavers  appear to be the outlier here. No one else in the Pac-12 or the other power five leagues — Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Big 12 or Big Ten — has gone winless in league a year after an NCAA bid.

In fact, no team in the ACC, the Big Ten or the SEC has gone winless in conference play from the 2000-1 season through last year.

Two Big 12 teams, TCU in 2012-13 and Texas A&M (2003-04) were winless in league, but neither school participated in March Madness the year before.

The Beavers were 0-18 in the 2007-08 season under Jay John and Kevin Mouton, but did not participate in the NCAA tournament in the previous year.

I don’t have any particular insights regarding what lies ahead, but this decline is pretty historic.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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