The Oregon State basketball team has been enjoying a week long hiatus (eight LONG days to be exact) since their last competitive basketball game, a tough 69-66 loss to Charlotte. It’s been a nice week for the players to finish their finals, refocus and most importantly get healthy. Highly touted freshman, Ben Kone, is expected to make his collegiate debut in today’s game. Meaning, with the exception of Tres Tinkle, the team is fully healthy. But, even Tres is taking steps to getting back on the court.
A sign of progress: Oregon State leading scorer Tres Tinkle moved from an elbow cast to a smaller cast for his broken right wrist today.— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) December 9, 2016
The Beavers are facing off against Savannah State (2-8). Read more about the Tigers here. This game should be an interesting clash of styles. Savannah State is currently the worst-rated defense team in college basketball. Allowing an absurd 105.1 points per game (351st in the nation), with their latest effort being a 128-59 loss to Oregon.
Oregon State on the other hand has struggled to score the basketball, especially without leading scorer Tres Tinkle. The Beavers are averaging just 66.3 point per game (310th in the nation). Will the Beavers be able to take advantage of the Tigers poorly rated defense?
On the other end of the court, Savannah State is a team featuring a talented backcourt. They like to get up-and-down the court in a hurry. Oregon State should follow the same game plan they employed against Southern Oregon, feed the post (especially Drew Eubanks) and take advantage of their size advantage. If the Beavers can slow the tempo down and avoid sloppy turnovers, they should walk away with a comfortable win.
Date: Sunday, December 11th
Time: 3:00 PM PT
Location: Gill Coliseum (Corvallis, OR)
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks