Utah (10-11) at Oregon State (11-11)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 6, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (9,604) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television:
Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Utah 8-6. Oregon State 8-5. Away Record: Utah
2-5, Oregon State 1-5. Neutral Record: Utah 0-0, Oregon State 2-1. Conference
Record: Utah 2-6, Oregon State 1-8. Series Record: Utah leads, 12-9.
GAMES NOTES: Two teams at the bottom of the Pac-12 face off on Wednesday night
at Gill Coliseum when the Utah Utes collide with the Oregon State Beavers
in conference action.
By splitting its last four games in league play Utah is in the midst of its
best run since beginning its conference slate in early January. The Utes are
now 2-6 in Pac-12 play which has them tied for 10th in the league standings.
As for Oregon Sate its 81-73 setback against Stanford on Sunday was the third-
straight loss for the Beavers and the eighth in nine tries against league
foes. The Beavers are firmly seated at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings as
the second half of the league slate begins.
These teams met twice last season with Oregon State taking each contest. They
were the first two contests between these teams as conference foes. Utah leads
the all-time series overall though with a 12-9 mark against the Beavers.
In a battle of the two newest Pac-12 members Utah was able to sneak by
Colorado, 58-55, last time out. The Utes led by as many as 22 points in the
contest but had that lead slashed to just one point (54-53) with 1:45
remaining. The Utes then hit all four of their free throw attempts down the
stretch to keep the Buffaloes at arms length.
As the second lowest scoring team in the conference it was no surprise to see
Utah struggle to put a team away. The Utes are scoring just 65 points per game
this season which ranks second to last in the conference, despite shooting a
solid 45.3 percent from the field. Defensively, Utah has limited teams to 60.9
points per game and 38.1 percent shooting. Utah could be in trouble if Jordan
Loveridge (12.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg), who is listed as probable with a sore knee, is
unavailable in this contest. Without their leading scorer the Utes will need
players like Jarred DuBois (11.7 ppg) and Jason Washburn (11.0 ppg) to step
Oregon State's perimeter defense was severely lacking in its loss to Stanford.
The Beavers allowed the Cardinal to knock down 14 shots from beyond the arc
while they managed just five as a team. That 42-15 margin in points from 3-
point range was crucial as the Beavers did manage to shoot at a better
percentage from the floor in the contest than the Cardinal.
Roberto Nelson (16.5 ppg) continued his stellar season in the most recent
contest by dropping in 20 points. The Beavers' leading scorer, Nelson has now
scored in double figures in seven straight games, managing to reach at least
20 in three of the last five. Ahmad Starks (12.2 ppg) has been a nice
complement in the backcourt, while Devon Collier (14.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Joe
Burton (11.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Eric Moreland (9.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg) anchor the
frontcourt. Moreland is the second best rebounder in the Pac-12, helping the
Beavers to rank fourth in the conference as a team in that category (37.9
These two teams have very different styles of play with Utah preferring to
slowly grind out games while Oregon Sate likes to get out and run. Whichever
team can control the tempo will have an advantage. At home it's likely that
the Beavers will achieve that.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 74, Utah 67
02/06 10:36:33 ET
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