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Gary Payton II and the Beavers are back home at Gill, where they are unbeaten this season, to take on UCLA.
Gary Payton II and the Beavers are back home at Gill, where they are unbeaten this season, to take on UCLA.
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UCLA (11-7, 3-2) at Oregon St. (12-5, 3-2) / Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR / 6 PM PST / Pac-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes / UCLA Game Notes / Rosters

Oregon State returns home after securing a split on their Washington road trip, to host the LA schools, with UCLA first up.

After dropping a 56-43 decision at Washington Thursday evening, the Beavers bounced back to beat Washington St. 62-47 Saturday evening in Pullman, after holding the Cougars to 16 points in the first half.

The Bruins have been off just over a week, since defeating USC 83-66 across town at the Galen Center last Wednesday. UCLA is now on a 3 game winning streak, after having suffered a 5 game losing skid.

It could be a contest of conditioning, as Oregon St. is still down to 7 players before getting into their array of walkons, with Victor Robbins only up to game 3 in his 10 game suspension for violation of team rules, and UCLA has only 2 subs that average double digit minutes.

The depth problem for the Bruins will be compounded by Tony Parker's strained back, which could keep him out of action all weekend. At a minimum, his availability and productivity will be limited.

Oregon St. is a 1 1/2 point home favorite for the contest.

UCLA leads the all-time series (as they do against almost everyone) 91-35, but has lost their last 2 trips to Corvallis, where Oregon St. is still unbeaten this season.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com