FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (9,604) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: WSU 8-3. OSU 8-4. Away Record: WSU 0-4, OSU 1-3. Neutral Record: WSU 2-2, OSU 2-1. Conference Record: WSU 1-5, OSU 1-5. Series Record: Oregon State leads, 164-122.
GAMES NOTES: Fresh off their first win in conference play the Oregon State Beavers will look to build a winning streak when they host the Washington State Cougars in a Pac-12 battle at Gill Coliseum.
The road woes for Washington State continued last time out as a 68-61 loss to No. 16 Oregon pushed the Cougars to 0-4 in away contests. The Cougars are a middling 10-9 this season, while managing just a single win in six tries against league foes. Washington State will head back to Pullman in its next two games against Arizona State and Arizona.
A 74-66 victory at home over Washington finally got Oregon State into the win column in Pac-12 play. The Beavers had lost their first five league battles before that triumph. The Beavers are just a game ahead of Washington State overall (11-8) but in a three-way tie for last place in the conference along with Utah. Oregon State is 8-4 at Gill Coliseum on the campaign but will play its next two games on the road against California and Stanford.
After Oregon State knocked Washington State out of the Pac-12 Tournament last season it was the Cougars' turn to earn a win when they met in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational. Even after that victory Oregon State still leads the all-time series by a count of 164-122.
Although Washington State led for the entire first half and into the second, Washington State couldn't hold off a late rally by the 16th-ranked Ducks. The Cougars shot at just a 27.3 percent clip, while missing on all 11 of their shots from beyond the arc in the second half after hitting seven in the opening period.
Mike Ladd (11.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Brock Motum (18.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg) continued to be the only real offensive threats for the Cougars in the contest. Ladd scored a game-high 19 points and has now been in double figures in seven straight games. Motum, who is the third-leading scorer in the Pac-12 had a slower game than usual with just 14 points, but he has managed to score in double figures in all 19 games this season. The scoring pool dries up after that as the Cougars are the lowest scoring team in the Pac-12 (63.2 ppg).
Oregon State led from wire-to-wire and had an advantage of 20 points at one point during the win over Washington. The Beavers shot at a 47.2 percent clip in the contest, including a 6-of-19 effort from beyond the arc, as five players scored in double figures. An 18-7 edge from the free-throw line was also critical.
Although five players on the roster are averaging in double figures, Wednesday night was only the second time this season that five players have actually done so in a single game for Oregon State. Roberto Nelson (16.1 ppg) is the leading scorer on the roster and has put in at least 15 points in each of the last four games. Devon Collier (14.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg) is a athletic forward that can score and rebound well, while Eric Moreland (10.4 ppg, 10.8 rpg) is a double-double waiting to happen. Ahmad Starks (11.8 ppg) and Joe Burton (11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg) are also productive scorers. In all, Oregon State has scored a healthy 74.6 points per game this season.
Its stable of scorers give Oregon State a major advantage over Washington State. Led by Nelson and company the Beavers should be able to outgun the Cougars.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 73, Washington State 64
01/26 10:31:40 ET
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