DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 23, 11:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (9,604) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Washington 7-4. Oregon State 7-4. Away Record: Washington 4-1, Oregon State 1-3. Neutral Record: Washington 1-1, Oregon State 2-1. Conference Record: Washington 4-1, Oregon State 0-5. Series Record: Washington leads, 154-137.
GAMES NOTES: The Oregon State Beavers will hope a return to Corvallis will help them end a losing streak when the Washington Huskies come to Gill Coliseum for a Pac-12 battle on Wednesday night.
Washington was rolling along with four straight wins, all in conference play, before a deflating 74-65 loss to Utah on Saturday. The loss was the first in the Pac-12 for the Huskies and drops them to 12-6 overall on the campaign. On the road Washington has actually had a great deal of success with four straight victories in away contests entering this one. Washington will also be on the road against No. 16 Oregon on Saturday.
Oregon State lost in heartbreaking fashion to USC on Saturday with a 69-68 defeat. The Beavers have now lost five straight contests, all in league play and are now the only team in the league without a win against a conference foe. Overall Oregon State is 10-8 with that including a 7-4 mark at Gill Coliseum. In the second half of this two-game homestand Oregon State will battle Washington State.
This game marks the 292nd meeting between these squads. Washington will be looking for some revenge after Oregon State knocked the Huskies out of the Pac-12 Tournament last season. The Huskies had swept the season series and also lead the all-time one, 154-137.
Washington struggled on both ends of the floor against Utah. The Huskies allowed the Utes to hit 60.4 percent of their shots from the floor, while connecting on just 37.3 percent themselves. Washington didn't allow the Utes to run away with the contest thanks to a 27-9 edge in points from beyond the arc.
The normally powerhouse backcourt trio of C.J. Wilcox (19.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Abdul Gaddy (11.1 ppg, 3.6 apg) and Scott Suggs (12.1 ppg) was severely limited in the loss. The trio combined to shoot just 27.8 percent from the floor in the losing effort. That exposed the lack of depth that the Huskies have had this season as outside of those three only Aziz N'Diaye (10.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg) and Desmond Simmons (5.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg) are scoring more than four points per contest. In all the Huskies are ranked ninth in the conference in scoring (69.2 ppg), field-goal percentage (.436) and assists (11.6 pg). Washington has managed to put up a better fight on the defensive end though by holding teams to 65.4 points per game, on 42.1 percent shooting.
A layup from USC's Aaron Fuller proved to be the difference in Oregon State's loss to the Trojans last time out. The Beavers had rallied from a 14-point deficit early in the second half but ultimately fell short. The loss wasted a strong scoring effort from Roberto Nelson, who poured in 26 points.
Nelson (16.1 ppg) is the leading scorer on a roster that has all five starters scoring in double figures. However the Beavers also suffer from a lack of depth as no other active player has averaged more than 4.5 points per game, Ahmad Starks (11.9 ppg) joins Nelson in the backcourt with both being dangerous threats from beyond the arc. Devon Collier (14.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg) is a versatile forward, while Joe Burton (11.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Eric Moreland (10.3 ppg, 10.9 rpg), who ranks second in the conference in rebounding, have been more traditional contributors in the paint.
Both of these teams rely heavily on their starting five so don't expect much in terms of contributions from either bench. Oregon State has more flexibility and versatility among its starters and should be able to finally get into the win column in conference play on its home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 73, Washington 70
01/23 10:43:21 ET
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