Oregon State (13-12) at Washington (13-12)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) -- Seattle, Washington.
Television: FSN, ROOT. Home Record: Oregon State 9-6, Washington 8-6. Away
Record: Oregon State 2-5, Washington 4-5. Neutral Record: Oregon State 2-1,
Washington 1-1. Conference Record: Oregon State 3-9, Washington 5-7. Series
Record: Washington leads, 154-138.
GAMES NOTES: Two teams near the bottom of the Pac-12 standings will face off
on Saturday night when the Oregon State Beavers collide with the Washington
Huskies at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Beavers are enjoying their best stretch of the conference schedule
although that is more a testament to their struggles this season. Oregon State
knocked down Washington State, 67-66, on Wednesday for its second win in the
last three outings after the Beavers had lost eight of the previous nine
tests. Oregon State is 13-12 overall but just 3-9 in conference play which has
it tied with Utah for second to last in the conference standings. Oregon State
plays its last two home games of the season next against Stanford and
Washington has really struggled after a solid start to the season. The Huskies
were dismissed, 65-52, by No. 23 Oregon on Wednesday in their third straight
loss and seventh setback in the last eight outings. The Huskies are also 13-12
overall, while managing just a 5-7 mark against the Pac-12. The Huskies don't
have much of a homecourt advantage with a record of 8-6 at Alaska Airlines
Arena. The Huskies travel to the Grand Canyon State next with duels against
No. 9 Arizona and Arizona State.
Oregon State already earned a win against Washington this season with a 74-66
victory back on Jan. 23. The win was the second straight for the Beavers
against the Huskies. Washington still leads the all-time series, 154-138.
In the win over Washington State, the Beavers nearly let a 15-point lead in
the second half slip away. A 15-4 run from the Cougars down the stretch
slashed Oregon State's lead to just a single point, 64-63, with 1:14
remaining. However, Roberto Nelson hit a layup on the next possession and
Langs Morris-Walker added a free-throw to make DaVonte LAcy's buzzer beating
Putting points on the board has not been a big issue for Oregon State most
nights. The Beavers are third in the conference in points (73.7 pg), while
ranking second in field-goal percentage (.457). The Beavers are also second in
the conference in assists (15.3 ppg) and rebounds (37.9 pg) but by allowing
teams to score nearly 70 points per game, have not been able to post more
victories. Nelson (17.1 ppg) has been a consistent scorer for the Beavers,
while Devon Collier (13.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg), 3-point specialist Ahmad Starks (11.9
ppg) and Joe Burton (11.5 ppg) provide additional scoring support. Eric
Moreland (9.4 ppg, 10.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg) can score when need be but has been more
important for his rebounding and defense.
Abdul Gaddy had 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting but the rest of the Huskies were
nowhere near as efficient as they fell to the Ducks. Washington shot just 35
percent from the field in the game and made good on just 2-of-13 attempts from
The loss wasn't the only negative that Washington can take away from its game
with Oregon. Lead scorer C.J. Wilcox (17.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg) had another weak
effort as he scored nine points on just 3-of-13 shooting. The 6-foot-5 guard
has been out of double figures in back-to-back games for the first time this
season, while hitting just six of his last 20 field goal attempts. Gaddy (11.5
ppg, 4.0 apg) has been more comfortable as a second option and distributor.
Scott Suggs (11.6 ppg) is dangerous from beyond the arc and Aziz N'Diaye (10.6
ppg, 9.8 rpg) is a constant double-double threat. Washington has had its
offensive efforts just about neutralized by its defensive showings, as it owns
a +1.2 scoring margin.
For both of these teams production from the starting five is the key with
neither relying much on their reserves. Washington is reeling right now and if
Wilcox doesn't get back on track the Huskies could be in trouble.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington 67, Oregon State 66
02/16 10:31:11 ET