Civil War History
This year’s match-up will be the 347th all-time meeting between the two schools, in a rivalry that dates back to 1903. The game is renowned as the most contested match-up in the history of college basketball, with Oregon State leading the all-time series, 186-160. The Beavers and Ducks split last season’s meetings, with Oregon State knocking off Oregon on January 3rd in Corvallis to kick-off Pac-12 play, and then the Ducks exacting their revenge on February 20th in Eugene. Oregon State has won just three of the last thirteen duels against Oregon, dating back to 2010.
* = Teams met an additional time in Pac-12 Tournament game.
Storylines To Watch
⇛ Ducks’ Star Guard Dillon Brooks Will Play
Oregon guard and preseason All-American selection Dillon Brooks will suit up for the Ducks on Saturday night, despite being ejected from the team’s most recent game against Washington State, in which Brooks was assessed a “Flagrant II” foul for kicking the Cougars’ Josh Hawkinson in the groin. After missing the first three games of the season as he recovered from off-season foot surgery, Brooks has returned to form as the team’s unequivocal leader, while also averaging 13.8 points and 3.0 assists per contest.
⇛ Oregon’s 13-Game Winning Streak Is Longest In Last 70 Years
After a sluggish 2-2 start to the season, Oregon has pulled off 13 straight victories, to match their school’s longest win-streak in the last seventy years. In the non-conference portion of their schedule, the Ducks prevailed against the likes of Alabama, Boise State, Tennessee, UCONN and UNLV, amongst others. The Ducks are currently 4-0 in the Pac-12, with victories over UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.
⇛ Will Oregon State’s Tres Tinkle Return?
It’s expected that by Monday or Tuesday of this week, some sort of news about Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle will leak out, as to whether the standout forward for the Beavers could be returning to action sometime soon. Until then, the speculation will run rampant about the status of the aforementioned forward, who has been rumored to have returned to some on-court activities. Until that news breaks, a good fix for any “Tinkle-bangwagoners” is this piece by OregonLive’s Danny Moran, that chronicles Oregon State’s severe free-throw shooting issue this season, in which Tinkle is tied with Drew Eubanks for the most free-throw attempts on the roster, despite missing the last eleven games due to injury.