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 California.
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 3-pointer irrelevant.
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 3-point range.
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