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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 30, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (9,604) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: USC 8-3, OSU 6-2. Away Record: USC 1-5, OSU 2-5. Neutral Record: USC 1-2, OSU 1-1. Conference Record: USC 1-6, OSU 3-2. Series Record: USC leads, 67-60.
GAME NOTES: The Oregon State Beavers will try to get back to .500 in conference play on Thursday night when they entertain the USC Trojans in a Pac-12 Conference clash at Gill Coliseum.
The first run through the Pac-12 for the Trojans under head coach Andy Enfield has not gone well. USC is just 1-6 in league play following a 79-71 setback in overtime against Stanford last Sunday. The Trojans are an even 10-10 overall, but playing on the road isn't likely to help as they have just a single win in six road trips. Up next for Enfield's bunch is a road test at Oregon this weekend.
Oregon State hasn't been much better than USC, with a 3-4 league ledger. The Beavers were topped on the road by Washington (87-81) most recently, ending a modest two-game win streak. Their next matchup will be this Sunday at home against UCLA.
The recent history between these teams has been marked by parity, with the squads trading wins and losses over the last four meetings. USC claimed a 69-68 victory in the only matchup last year, extending its lead in the all- time series to 67-60.
After clawing their way back to force overtime, the Trojans ran out of gas in the extra period against Stanford. USC allowed the Cardinal to hit 4-of-5 from the floor and 8-of-10 at the free-throw line in the added frame. Byron Wesley tallied 18 points in the loss.
USC has been one of the worst offensive teams in the Pac-12 this season, ranking next-to-last in the league in scoring (71.9 ppg) and in field goal percentage (.449). Wesley (16.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg) has done his best to keep the Trojans competitive from an offensive standpoint. The 6-foot-5 guard is more than a scorer, however, as he leads the Trojans on the glass as well. J.T. Terrell (10.2 ppg and Pe'Shon Howard (10.1 ppg, 4.3 apg) are the only other double figure scorers Enfield has to work with. Omar Oraby (8.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg) isn't much of a scorer, but he is second in the Pac-12 in blocks.
Despite 31 points from Roberto Nelson, Oregon State could not find a way to get past Washington. The Beavers allowed the Huskies to knock down 50 percent of their field goal tries, while being outscored 52-34 in the paint.
Large offensive numbers are pretty standard fare for Nelson (211. ppg, 3.7 apg), who is the leading scorer not only for the Beavers, but for the entire conference. Although shooting is clearly his best skill, Nelson is also a solid distributor. Devon Collier (14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg) and Angus Brandt (12.4 ppg) provide support as the team's other double-digit scorers. Collier tallied 23 points against Washington, while Brandt tacked on 11. As a team, the Beavers are netting 77.4 ppg and shooting at an impressive 49.5 percent clip from the floor, good enough for 10th in the nation.
When Oregon State lost to Washington, the Huskies got 32 points from Nigel Williams-Goss, effectively neutralizing Nelson. The Trojans aren't likely to have similar success on the road, even if Wesley has a big night.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 77, USC 70
01/30 10:37:03 ET
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