OSU vs UW - 6:00 PM - Gill Coliseum - FSN NW
The Beavers continue Pac-10 play tonight against conference leading Washington. The Beavers are coming off a 70-56 loss against Stanford on Saturday.
The Beavers (8-12, 3-6 in the Pac-10) only trailed by one at halftime against the Cardinal, but too many blown opportunities in the second half gave Stanford the win. Ahmad Starks led the Beavers with 17 points.
As far as starters go, the Beavers went with Kevin McShane, Lathen Wallace, Devon Collier, Jared Cunningham and Calvin Haynes against Stanford. That lineup may or may not be the one when the Beavers take the court tonight, as head coach Craig Robinson has made several changes recently in an effort to find the best combination.
Robinson had this to say on the Washington game during Tuesday's press conference, "On Thursday you're playing the best team in the conference. They're supremely athletic; they shoot the ball well from the three-point line and are very physical. To top it all off, they're deep, so when one guy isn't playing well or gets tired, the person they bring in to replace him is just as good as the guy who was leaving the game, which is why they're ranked in the Top 25."
The probable starters for the Huskies are Isaiah Thomas, Aziz N'Diaye, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Scott Suggs, and Justin Holiday.
Washington is currently 15-5 (7-2 in the Pac-10) on the season, and is ranked 20th. this week in the AP poll, despite an 87-80 loss to Washington St. Sunday night in Pullman.
The Huskies notable wins have came against Arizona, UCLA, and Portland. Their losses have came against Kentucky, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Stanford, and Washington St.
Washington has taken the last 8 meetings with Oregon St., including a 103-72 win Jan. 8 in Seattle. A 30-4 Husky run before and after halftime blew the game open, and another 28-10 run in the final 6 minutes turned the game into a rout. Jared Cunningham led Oregon St. with 21 points, but only three Beavers were in double figures, while five Huskies were, led by Matthew Bryan-Amaning's 24 point, 15 rebound double double.
The Beavs will have to get a handle on MBA inside to have a chance to compete with the Huskies, currently the best program in the conference, never mind the northwest.
We'll be back after the game with complete coverage, but you can chime in here with your observations as the game
Remember, tip-off is set for 6:00 PM on FSN NW.
(AndyPanda also contributed to this story.)