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Hallice Cooke was in double figures the first time Oregon St. met USC, but has hit something of a "freshman" wall of late. If Cooke can get his offensive production back up, it could help the Beavers sweep the Trojans for the first time since 2010.
Hallice Cooke was in double figures the first time Oregon St. met USC, but has hit something of a "freshman" wall of late. If Cooke can get his offensive production back up, it could help the Beavers sweep the Trojans for the first time since 2010.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. (14-12, 6-8) at USC (10-17, 1-13) / Galen Center / 8 PM PST / Fox Sports 1 / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes / USC Game Notes

Oregon St. makes their last regular season road trip of the season this weekend, starting out at the Galen Center, to take on struggling USC.

The Trojans are in last place in the Pac-12, and currently have an 8 game losing streak going. Last weekend they absorbed a pair of double digit losses in the Bay Area, falling hard to Stanford by a score of 80-59 last Thursday, and then 77-64 at California Sunday evening.

The Beavers aren't doing much better of late, having lost 4 of their last 5 games, including an 86-62 home loss last Saturday to Washington. It was Oregon St.'s worst loss of the season.

If recent history is any indication, this game is likely to be one of the most competitive of the season though. The last 2 meetings have been 1 point games, with the Beavers pulling out a 76-75 win in overtime at the end of last month at Gill, when Roberto Nelson made a twisting basket for the 2 point lead that was Oregon St.'s largest of the game, and then Pe'Shon Howard made only the first of two free throws with 9/10ths of a second left.

The Trojans took the team's only meeting last year, prevailing 69-68 in the Galen Center, when Devon Collier's shot that would have won the game, after 8 lead changes in 8 possessions, was blocked.

USC will have the services of Byron Wesley back tonight. Wesley, who is USC's leading scorer and rebounder, was suspended for last weekend's games in the Bay Area, for the infamous "violation of team rules."

USC has no post-season prospects, and Oregon St.'s are suddenly much more meager, but its likely this game will resemble a playoff game, as far as uncertainty of the outcome goes.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com