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Beavers NCAA Tournament appearance comes full circle for one family

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In a matter of hours, the Oregon State Beavers will head out to Oklahoma for their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 26 years.

He's the first ever two-time defending PAC-12 Player of the Year, and now Gary Payton II, is taking the Beavs back to the tourney and following in his father's footsteps.

The Beavers 26 year drought was the second longest in the nation. The last time the Beavs went to the big dance Payton’s dad, former Seattle SuperSonic Gary Payton, was on the team.

For the younger Payton, that's what makes this trip so special.

“I still don't have any words for it. I'm still a little shocked,” Payton II said. “But, you know, it's just great for the program. You know, to have people of Corvallis being excited about Beaver basketball again. It's just been amazing.”

Some bad news for the Beavs, Tres Tinkle, Coach Wayne Tinkle's freshman son and the team's second leading scorer, is out this weekend with a foot injury.

The Beavs are leaving Wednesday morning for Oklahoma. They are the only PAC-12 team that has both men and women in the NCAA Tournament this year.

You can catch the men in action against Virginia Commonwealth at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time Friday morning on TNT.

The Beaver women will play Troy in Corvallis on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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