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Numbers to Know: Oregon State (13-12) at UCLA (18-8)

Beavers put up a fight but come up short against Bruins.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at UCLA Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

On a night in which Oregon State shot well from deep and also had the benefit of some big-time blocks, it was poor rebounding and late-game mistakes that ultimately doomed the Beavers. Oregon State's 75-68 loss extends a road losing streak that has lasted almost two years, and the Beavers have their backs firmly against the wall heading into the home stretch of the season.

At 13-12, Oregon State has five more games to play before their conference tournament. I'm no bracketologist, but I think the Beavers need to win four of those five and get to 17 regular-season wins, then get at least two wins in the conference tournament to hit the 19-win mark to even have an outside chance to make the Big Dance.

Numbers from a valiant effort, but still another tough loss:

-18 - Rebounding +/- for Oregon State in the game. The Bruins pulled down 51 rebounds while the Beavers managed just 33, including an 18-6 advantage for UCLA on the offensive glass. UCLA big man Thomas Welsh hauled in 17 rebounds by himself.

37 - Number of free throws taken by UCLA in the game. While both teams shot poorly from the free throw line, the Bruins had an 11-point advantage on 19 more free throw attempts than the Beavers. Call it a style difference, call it home cooking, call it what you will—it's tough to win tight games if you shoot only half the freebies that the other team shoots.

20 - Consecutive road losses for Oregon State, which extends a streak that has lasted for nearly two years and is also the longest road-loss streak of all major-conference teams. A win would have given the Beavers a three-game winning streak, and maybe some momentum just in time for the Pac-12 Tournament—instead, Oregon State needs to make a lot of noise to get any consideration for March Madness eligibility.

On the positive side:

18.3 - Points per game for Alfred Hollins over the last three games—which are also his first three career starts. Hollins came off the bench for the first 22 games of the season, and the freshman scored double digits only twice during that span. In the last three games, all as a starter, he has erupted: 19 points against Washington State, 12 points against Washington, and 24 points against UCLA tonight.


Oregon State (13-12, 5-8) plays at USC (18-9, 9-5) on February 17th.