Oregon State is moving on without a key piece of last year’s team as Connor Letourneau of the Oregonian reported that junior Victor Robbins has been dismissed from the program.
The 6-foot-7 Robbins played in 15 games for the Beavers last season and was suspended for 10 games for a violation of athletic department policy. After the eighth game of the 10-game suspension, Robbins was cited for DUI and his suspension was increased to the rest of the season.
The sixth man for Oregon State, Robbins was third on the team in scoring last season at 10.3 points per game. Robbins shot 46 percent from the field and also collected 3.5 rebounds per contest.
While losing a contributing member of the team isn’t great news for Oregon State, given Robbins’ issues last season, this isn’t a surprising development.
Having received a ten-game suspension in mid-January for a violation of athletic department policy, Oregon State forward Victor Robbins was expected to be eligible to return to the court February 19. However Robbins once again landed in hot water, as he received a DUI citation on Sunday.
As a result of that situation, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle announced prior to the team’s game at UCLA on Wednesday that Robbins has received an “extended suspension.” While no timeframe has been given with regards to when Robbins may be allowed to return to the court, in the release Tinkle made note of the need to address some off-court issues before worrying about basketball.
“We know that he has some issues that he has to work through, and we feel that by removing basketball from the equation for the time being, it will allow him to put the focus where he needs to,” Tinkle said in the release. “We are going to continue with our academic support, financial aid and all of those things.”
For a team that doesn’t have a lot of depth, losing Robbins did hurt Oregon State in that area. However Tinkle’s players have adjusted, using a stingy defense (they lead the Pac-12 in both field goal and three-point percentage defense) to win seven of their first 11 conference games. Oregon State has won five of the eight games they’ve played without Robbins, with all three defeats coming on the road.
With three games remaining on a ten-game suspension for a violation of athletic department policy, Oregon State junior forward Victor Robbins landed in trouble Sunday. According to the Corvallis Gazette Times, Robins was cited and released from Benton County Jail for driving under the influence of intoxicants.
While no specific reason was given when the program announced Robbins’ suspension in January, getting in more trouble before being allowed to return to the floor certainly isn’t a good look for Robbins.
Prior to his suspension Robbins was averaging 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, and he was a valuable reserve for a team that doesn’t have much depth. But since then Wayne Tinkle’s Beavers have continued to play at a level few expected before the season began, and on Sunday Oregon State beat Washington 64-50 in Corvallis.
Oregon State is 5-3 in its last eight games, and after Sunday’s win they’re 16-7 overall and 7-4 in Pac-12 play.
Less than a week after picking up the program’s biggest win in more than a decade, Oregon State announced just before its game at Washington Thursday night that reserve guard Victor Robbins has been suspended ten games for a violation of athletic department policy.
Robbins hasn’t made a start in any of the 15 games he’s played in this season but he has been an important piece for the Beavers, as he’s accounting for 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Robbins is Oregon State’s third-leading scorer, and for a team that has essentially a seven-man rotation with Cheikh Ndiaye just outside of that group with an average of 7.2 minutes per game, this hurts Oregon State from a depth standpoint.
Robbins played 18 minutes in Oregon State’s 58-56 win over then-No. 7 Arizona on Sunday, accounting for eight points, three rebounds and one assist. Without Robbins, starting guards Malcolm Duvivier (33.2 mpg) and Langston Morris-Walker (30.1) stand to play even more than they have to this point in the season.
Gary Payton II, who leads the team in scoring and rebound and is second in assists, is averaging just over 35 minutes per game for the 11-4 Beavers.