Portland (1-0) at Oregon State (0-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 13, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (9,604) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Portland 1-0, Oregon St. 0-1. Away Record: Portland 0-0, Oregon St. 0-0. Neutral Record: Portland 0-0, Oregon St. 0-0. Conference Record: Portland 0-0, Oregon St. 0-0. Series Record: Oregon State leads, 51-16.
GAME NOTES: The Oregon State Beavers seek their first win of the 2013-14 season when they play host to the Portland Pilots on Wednesday at Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers opened the season at home on Sunday but were unable to get a win, falling to Coppin State, 78-73, despite getting nearly half of their scoring output from guard Roberto Nelson. Craig Robinson has had to scramble to put a cohesive unit on the floor to start the year, with forwards Eric Moreland and Devon Collier suspended to start things off. Robinson will get Collier back in the lineup for this game, but Moreland will sit out the first 14 games of the season.
Eric Reveno's Pilots come into this contest with plenty of momentum, after erupting offensively against UC Davis in their opener, dispatching the Aggies with ease in a 100-83 victory. It was certainly a change of pace for Portland, which averaged just 61 points per game a year ago, struggling to an 11-21 overall record and 4-12 finish in the West Coast Conference.
This marks the 68th meeting in the all-time series between these two programs. Oregon State holds a 51-16 advantage, including a dominant 29-3 edge in games played in Corvallis.
Kevin Bailey and Ryan Nicholas put on quite the offensive clinic, as both set career-highs in the win over UC Davis. Bailey was 10-of-17 from the floor and led all scorers with 29 points. Nicholas, who was 8-of-12 from the field, was a close second with 27 points. Two other Pilots managed double digits in the win, with Thomas Van der mars and Bobby Sharp putting up 11 and 10 points, respectively. Portland got off to a slow start, but made up for it and took a 52-39 lead into the break. The team shot a steady 50.8 percent from the floor overall and forced the Aggies into 15 turnovers, converting those miscues into 20 points.
The Beavers had their own offensive fireworks in their season opener, although Nelson didn't receive much scoring help in the Beavers' loss to Coppin State. The 6-foot-4 junior was 12-of-26 from the floor and 9-of-12 from the free- throw line, finishing with 36 points. Center Angus Brandt, who suffered a season-ending injury early during the 2012-13 campaign, got back on the floor and delivered 13 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Victor Robbins added 11 points, but the remainder of the roster contributed a mere 13 points. Despite Nelson's strong effort, the Beavers as a team shot just .390 from the floor, including 7-of-27 from behind the arc. Getting Collier back in the lineup for this game will give OSU another talented presence. The diverse forward is among the Pac-12 active leaders in scoring (2nd), steals (3rd), rebounds (4th) and blocks (4th).
If Collier can contribute right away and Nelson can continue to score at will, the Beavers should be able to get past the Pilots and into the win column for the first time this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 75, Portland 71
11/13 10:33:21 ET