Oregon State’s 1948-1949 men’s basketball team is considered one of head coach Slatts Gill’s finest coaching performances, taking a team with only one returning starter from the previous year, all the way to a Pacific Coast Conference Championship and Oregon State’s first NCAA Final Four appearance. After beating Arkansas to start the tournament and reach the Final Four, the Beavers lost to Oklahoma A&M and then to Illinois in the third place game to finish fourth overall. The Beavers finished with a 24-12 record and wouldn’t reach the Final Four again until 1963… and they haven’t been back since! This team picture and plaque was presented to OSC Assistant Coach, Paul Valenti, who later became the head coach of the Beavers. Notice the round patches on the jackets to commemorate their conference championship, which you can see up close in the second picture. Lastly, here is a picture of the program and ticket stub from that NCAA tournament, which was held at the University of Washington’s Edmundson Pavilion.