Oregon St. (13-12, 3-9) at Washington (13-12, 5-7) / Hec Edmunson Pavillion at Alaska Airlines Arena / 8 PM PST / Fox Sports Net/ ROOT Sports / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM
Oregon St. concludes their Washington road trip with a stop off in Seattle, where they haven't won in 10 years, to take on Washington. It's a late night game, and its on ROOT Sports & Fox Sports Net.
The Huskies will be looking to snap out of their recent slump, during which they have lost 3 in a row, and 7 of their last 8, and avenge their earlier 74-66 loss to the Beavers at Gill Coliseum back on Jan. 23 that was a part of that slump.
They will probably need a better shooting performance than they had Wednesday night, when Washington shot only 35%, making just 21 of 60 shots, and were an even worse 2 of 13 (15%) from 3 point range. That led to the Huskies losing 65-52 to conference leading #23 Oregon.
Abdul Gaddy was the only Husky in double digits, with 17 points, a result of his shooting above 50% (barely), making 8 of 15 shots. A reoccurring problem for Washington has been C.J. Wilcox's struggles. Wilcox, who leads the Huskies in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game, has now been below that the last 6 games, and has only been in single digits the last 2 games, as a stress fracture in his foot seems to be worsening the more Wilcox plays on it. The Ducks held Wilcox, who made only 3 of 13 shots, and just 1 of 6 3 pointers, to just 9 points.
The Beavers have won 2 of their last 3 games, their best stretch since the end of December, after holding off a furious Cougar rally Wednesday night in Pullman to defeat Washington St. 67-66. Oregon St. opened a couple of 15 point second half leads, but had to withstand a 15-2 run, part of a run of a half dozen consecutive 3 pointers the Cougars canned, to pull out the 1 point win.
Roberto Nelson continued to be Oregon St.'s best offensive weapon of late against the Cougs, with 17 points to lead the Beavers, and Eric Moreland, re-inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since the conference schedule opener against Oregon, had a 14 rebound, 11 point double double. Challe Barton also had a career high 11 points.
In the team's first meeting, Wilcox was still putting up numbers, scoring a game high 23, though his shooting inaccuracy problems were already showing themselves (Wilcox was only 9 of 21, and 4 of 11 from 3 point range) in the late night contest. (This has to be the first time the Beavers and Huskies have ever played both of their season games with the tip off coming after 8 PM in both contests.)
The game was not unlike Wednesday's win over Washington St. for the Beavers, who opened a 20 point lead over Washington, and then had to hold off the Huskies, who rallied within 1 point, but couldn't ever take the lead, as Oregon St. made 10 of 12 free throws for all of their points in the final 6 minutes.
Devon Collier led the Beavers that night, with 16 points, including 8 of 11 from the free throw line, and Nelson was right behind, with 15 points, fueled by 7 of 8 shooting from the line.
The Beavers have now won 3 of the last 5 games against the Huskies, after losing 14 of 16 before that, dating to 2004.
Ahmad Starks will be looking for at least a pair of 3s against the Huskies. If he gets them, he will become Oregon St.'s career leader in 3 point baskets, surpassing Chris Stephens' record of 180, and also tie Gary Payton for the single season record of 82. Perhaps a 3rd one to seal both records, and a season sweep of Washington?