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Oregon St. at DePaul Preview

Should Oregon St. use their blue uniforms, which worked well against another team from Illinois on Tuesday, again against the Blue Demons?
Should Oregon St. use their blue uniforms, which worked well against another team from Illinois on Tuesday, again against the Blue Demons?
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. (3-1) at DePaul (3-3) / Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL / 3 PM CST (1 PM PST) / Fox 1 / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes / DePaul Team Page

Oregon St. makes its second road trip of the season, visiting the DePaul Blue Demons of the Big East Conference today. It's only the second ever meeting between the teams, with the first coming clear back on Dec. 21 1945, a 59-40 DePaul win in Chicago.

Both last saw action last Tuesday.

The Beavers donned their blue (ok, turquoise) uniforms, but it was Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) that got the blues, after Oregon St. raced out to a 31-14 lead just over 9 minutes into the game, and were never threatened the rest of the night, cruising to a 101-81 win over the Cougars.

It was the highest point total yet this season for Oregon St., and it came with relatively little point production from Roberto Nelson, the Beavers' leading scorer in every previous game this season. Nelson had only 17 points, 10 below his season average, mostly because he focused early in the game in getting the ball in the hands of others, finishing with a game high 7 assists.

It proved Nelson doesn't have to score, at least a lot, for Oregon St. to win, but the Beaver offense must go through him.

It also helped that Devon Collier posted a game high 20 points, and Angus Brandt added 19. And that the Beavers hit 33 of 38 free throws.

The Blue Demons dropped a 77-59 decision to Texas, in the third place game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. DePaul also lost 90-72 Monday night to #12 Wichita St. in the first round of the tournament.

6'8" senior forward Cleveland Melvin, the Blue Demon's leading scorer, led them with 15 points, only slightly below his season average of 16.5 points, but was held away from the boards. Melvin, who also leads DePaul on the glass, averaging just under 6 per game, was only able to grab 2 against the Longhorns.

The key to the game could well be how well Oregon St. defends the 3 pointer, something that's frequently been an issue for the Beavers. DePaul shot under 30% against Texas, hitting only 5 of 17, after making just 6 of 19, less than 32%, in the loss to Wichita St.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com