Oregon State (12-12) at Washington State (11-13)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 13, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Beasley Coliseum (11,671) -- Pullman, Washington.
Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Oregon State 9-6, WSU 8-5. Away
Record: Oregon State 1-5, WSU 1-6. Neutral Record: Oregon State 2-1, WSU 2-2.
Conference Record: Oregon State 2-9, WSU 2-9. Series Record: Oregon State
GAMES NOTES: Two struggling Pac-12 squads will be matched up on Wednesday
night when the Oregon State Beavers travel to Beasley Coliseum to take on the
Washington State Cougars.
After grabbing just their second win in league play last Wednesday, Oregon
State fell short, 72-68, against Colorado on Sunday. The Beavers have now lost
four of their last five games to fall into a three-way tie with Washington
State and Utah for last place in the Pac-12 standings at 2-9. Overall Oregon
State is an even 12-12 but that was largely aided by the non-conference
schedule the Beavers played. On the road the Beavers are just 1-5.
Prospects haven't been much better for Washington State which is riding into
this game on a four-game losing streak after a 76-62 setback against UCLA on
Saturday. The Cougars are a game worse than Oregon State in terms of overall
record (11-13) but have an identical 2-9 mark against league foes. At Beasley
Coliseum the Cougars have been decent with record of 8-5 on their home floor.
These long-time rivals already met once this season when Washington State took
a 71-68 victory on the road on Jan. 26. The win was the sixth in the last
seven meetings for the Cougars, but Oregon State still leads the all-time
A trio of free throws from Roberto Nelson pulled Oregon State to within a
single point, 67-66, against Colorado on Sunday. However the Beavers missed 2-
of-3 from the floor from there as they were unable to complete the rally.
Nelson (21 points), Ahmad Starks (20 points) and Joe Burton (15 points, 12
rebounds) all had exceptional games, but the Beavers got little anywhere else.
That trio has largely been responsible for keeping Oregon State afloat
offensively. The Beavers rank third in the Pac-12 in both points (74 pg) and
field-goal percentage (.457), while sitting second in assists (15.5 pg) and
rebounds (38.1 pg). Nelson (17.1 ppg) is the most dangerous scorer, while
Starks (12.2 ppg) is a 3-point marksman. He knocked down 6-of-11 shots from
beyond the arc last time out. Burton (11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg) is solid in the
frontcourt as is Eric Moreland (9.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg), who is nearly averaging a
double-double. Devon Collier (13.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg) needs to bounce back from a
rough outing if the Beavers have any chance of salvaging the season.
Though Brock Motum kept his streak of games in double figures going with 17
points, Washington State was rather punchless on both ends against UCLA. The
Cougars shot just 40.7 percent from the field and allowed UCLA to connect on
62 percent of their field-goal attempts. The 19 turnovers the Cougars
committed didn't help either.
Motum (18.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg) is putting in an almost carbon copy of his season a
year ago as he continues to be one of the most consistent players in the
conference. The 6-foot-10 forward isn't an elite rebounder but he has scored
in double figures in every game this season. Motum is the lone bright spot on
the conference's worst offensive team. The Cougars are netting only 63.6
points per game, and rank second to last in both assists (11.8 pg) and
field-goal percentage (.421). The Cougars are also the worst rebounding team
in the conference (34.3 pg) though they have managed to put together some
solid defensive efforts, holding teams to 61.6 points per game on 41.9 percent
shooting. Other than Motum, only Mike Ladd (11.4 ppg) is averaging in double
figures though he has failed to do so in two of the last three games.
In a battle of two teams that have found wins rather difficult to come by,
Washington State's questionable homecourt advantage might be what proves to be
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington State 68, Oregon State 66
02/13 10:35:59 ET