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OSU welcomes AC and The Glove back to campus

Oregon State v Arizona - Semifinals

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: The Oregon State Beavers band performs before the Beavers take on the Arizona Wildcats in the semifinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament at Staples Center on March 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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The Pac 12 overall has been a bit of a disappointment in recent seasons. Even the league’s top teams have performed below expectations. Below even that level is the series of subpar seasons suffered by the Oregon State Beavers, a once-proud program that last made the NCAA tournament in 1990, and last won a game in the Big Dance in 1982.

Head coach Craig Robinson has made some strides in recent seasons in his quest to return the Beavs to glory, posting a 21-win season with the help of NBA hopeful Jared Cunningham in 2012. Last Thursday, the OSU program moved toward the future with a nod to the past, as Beaver legends AC Green and Gary Payton helped break ground on a new four-story, 34,500-square foot, $15 million practice facility.

The new facility will have two regulation courts, an OSU basketball Hall of Fame, weight rooms, locker rooms, meeting rooms, lounges and offices.

The facility won’t immediately close the gap between Oregon State and the rest of the league, but it will go a long ways toward catching them up with in-state rival Oregon, which opened fancy-schmancy Matthew Knight arena last season.