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Time to finish the deal and put a close on a disappointing 2012-13 basketball season.
Colorado (20-9, 10-7) vs Oregon St. (13-17, 3-14) / Boulder, Colo. / 1:30 PM PST / Pac-12 Networks / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM
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The season is about complete for the Oregon State Beavers, and some minor questions loom before the Pac-12 Tournament and before the long off-season that will have even more larger questions to answer from a disappointing season. Going into this game one has to wonder will the Beavs pull deep and finish tough or have they played out the deal like they seemed to imply in the second half against Utah Thursday evening? Will a post-season standing desperate and hot Colorado team be any type of match for a down and out OSU team? Can OSU finally join the rest of the Pac-12 this year and upend another team trying to improve their post-season standing?
In what seems like a long time ago the Beavs and Buffaloes played a hard fought game February 10th that saw Colorado come out on top 72-68 with Spencer Dinwiddie scoring 24 points, which included a back-breaking six free throws in the final two minutes in Corvallis.
The Beavs are coming off a poor showing against Utah, losing by 11 in a game that looked more like two bottom half of the conference standing teams going through the motions. The game against Colorado should have a different tone with the Buffaloes fighting hard to get themselves into the NCAAs and are coming off a stunning upending game over the Oregon Ducks. Freshman Xavier Johnson scored 22 points leading Colorado over Oregon by 23 points in a game that Buffaloes fully controlled from the start, and did so without Andre Roberson, one of the nation's leading rebounders, who will also miss today game.
In OSU's loss to Utah Roberto Nelson scored 18 points, Challe Barton scored 15, and Devon Collier scored 10; these three will be looking for more production from the other players--no other player had above six points--if the Beavs stand any chance against a tough opponent that OSU has had constant issues playing against in Boulder, including a 82-60 loss last season.
The season is not over and one hopes the team lives up to some of their early season potential and finds a way to carry out from this game some possible momentum into the Pac-12 Tournament.