UCLA (17-4) at Oregon State (12-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 2, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (9,604) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: UCLA 13-1, OSU 7-2. Away Record: UCLA 2-2, OSU 2-5. Neutral Record: UCLA 2-1, OSU 1-1. Conference Record: UCLA 6-2, OSU 4-4. Series Record: UCLA leads, 89-35.
GAME NOTES: The UCLA Bruins will be going after their fourth straight victory on Sunday afternoon, as they take on the Oregon State Beavers in a Pac-12 Conference clash at Gill Coliseum.
Travis Wear got a layup to fall with five seconds remaining to lift UCLA to a 70-68 road win over Oregon on Thursday. The win was the third straight for the Bruins, who are now 17-4 overall, including a solid 6-2 in conference. They will be on the road again next Saturday against cross-town rival USC.
Oregon State also fell in a close contest on Thursday night, defeating USC by a score of 76-75 in overtime. The Beavers have won three of their last four matchups, improving to 12-8 overall and pulling themselves even (4-4) in conference. They will hit the road to face Arizona State next.
UCLA has dominated most of its relationships with Pac-12 foes, and there is nothing different about the one with Oregon State. The Bruins have won 89 of 124 total matchups, including victories in 14 of the last 15.
Wear's layup may have been the difference, but the Bruins play on defense really propelled them past Oregon. UCLA held the Pac-12's highest scoring team to only 68 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Jordan Adams netted 19 points and collected three steals in the victory.
While Oregon might be the most prolific scoring team in the conference, UCLA is certainly the most efficient. The Bruins rank second in scoring (83.6 ppg), but they are a top-10 team nationally in assists (17.5 apg) and field goal percentage (.498). Adams (17.3 ppg, 3 apg) is the most potent scorer on the roster, while proving to be a disruptive defender as he leads the Pac-12 in steals. Kyle Anderson (15 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.8 apg) is much more than the second option, leading the conference in assists and contributing in a number of other ways. Zach LaVine (11.5 ppg) and Norman Powell (11.1 ppg) also figure in the mix, with each shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.
Oregon State was able to edge out USC by completely shutting the Trojans down in overtime. The Beavers limited their foe to just 1-of-7 shooting, while sinking 2-of-5 themselves, providing the difference in the one-point decision.
Roberto Nelson (22.2 ppg, 3.6 apg) kept up his impressive scoring pace in the win, netting a game-high 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Nelson is the leading scorer in the conference and has scored at least 20 points in six straight games. Also helping the cause are Devon Collier (14.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Angus Brandt (12.5 ppg). Collier heads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.625), and is coming off a 13-point showing against USC. Brandt had 14 points in the win, although on just 6-of-15 shooting. As a unit, Oregon State is fourth in the league in scoring (77.4 ppg), while shooting at a 49.1 percent clip from the floor.
While Nelson is likely to put up big numbers yet again, the Beavers don't have enough balance to deal with the depth of the Bruins.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UCLA 77, Oregon State 71
02/02 10:16:27 ET