Northwestern Christian (4-0, 0-1 in exhibitions) at Oregon St. (0-0, 1-0 in exhibitions) / Gill Coliseum, Corvallis / 4:30 PM PDT / Pac-12 / KLOO 1340 AM / KPOJ 620 AM
Oregon State opens their counting hoops campaign this afternoon, hosting Northwest Christian University, and NAIA program from Eugene (actually located next door to the University of Oregon campus).
It's the beginning of a Pac-12 channel Beaver double header, with the Oregon State men's basketball game wedged in after coverage of the Washington at Arizona State football game, which began at noon PDT, and tonight's Oregon State at California gridiron game, which takes to the air at 7:30 PM.
Due to the conflict with Oregon State football coverage, note that radio coverage will be on KLOO 1340 AM instead of KEJO 1240 in the valley, and FPOJ 620 in Portland instead of KEX 1190. Matt Richert will have the play by play, with Mike Parker on the football game in Berkeley.
The game originally had a tentative noon tip time, and some metrics still haven't been updated, but the game was slotted where it is after the overriding football schedules were set by tv.
Why on earth Oregon State scheduled a basketball game on a football game day defies any and all reason; despite the debacle at Reser last week against UCLA, there will still be more Beavers in the Bay Area than will be able to attend at Gill. Every other member of the Pac-12 is in action on Friday night, and all have cleared their basketball schedule today.
But for those in the minority that gets the Pac-12 channel, and are going to watch both, its a great opportunity to pop some corn and watch from the comfort of their living room.
It's also unclear why a game against a good Division II team in Western Oregon, which the Beavers beat 76-57 in their only outing so far this season, was a non-counting exhibition, and this game, against an NAIA team that will also played Oregon back on Nov. 3, in a game that didn't count, will be a counting contest.
That game across the street against the Ducks is the only game that Beacons have been beaten in so far, as Oregon easily prevailed 92-44.
Coached by former Oregon All-American Luke Jackson, who led Northwest Christian to the NAIA National Tournament in his first season in 2013, this year is off to a good start.
The Beacons are 4-0 against competition more on their level, and have eclipsed the century mark in scoring in 3 of them.
The Beavers got off to a fast 17-2 start in their opener, only to have the Wolves rally back within 34-30, before pulling away to win by 19.
The WOU game saw Coach Wayne Tinkle get his freshman class a lot of minutes, and there should be even more of that this time out, as Oregon State should control the game, though Northwest Christian actually matches up fairly well, size wise, for a team from a lower level, with the Beavers.