Pregame: Back-to-back-to-back Pac-10 champions UCLA are in the house tonight, and look to win their eighth straight game over the Beavers. Check out the more elaborate game preview here. Quickly, let's go over some keys to the game:
- Control the Tempo: It's the kind of thing that UCLA won't like, but it's what Oregon State needs to do to win. Oregon State needs to be patient and pass a lot to get open shots in their Princeton offense. UCLA will likely try to speed up the game by applying full court or half court pressure, which means Oregon State needs to...
- Break the Press: I expect for Ben Howland to try do something to speed up the tempo of the game. UCLA is a statistically "slow" team, but they'll look to push the tempo against the Beavers. If the Bruins can get up and down, they'll be even more likely to win.
- Rebound: The Beavers will need to create as many opportunities to score as possible, and one way to do that is by rebounding. UCLA is a good offensive rebounding team but a bad defensive rebounding team... Oregon State needs to box out effectively on defense to prevent UCLA from getting second chance opportunities, and rebound well on offense to get second chance opportunities.