Beavers were ready and Abel was able as OSU captures CWS title

Beavers were ready and Abel was able as OSU captures CWS title

OMAHA – A legitimate star was born Thursday night as the Oregon State Beavers captured their third College World Series championship with a 5-0 win over Arkansas.

 

Kevin Abel, a freshman who came of age during post-season play, baffled the Razorbacks with his assortment of pinpoint fastballs, curves and changeups as OSU completed its rally from a 0-1 deficit to capture the best-of-three series by winning the final two games.

 

Abel became the first pitcher ever to win four games at the CWS and held Arkansas to just two hits -- both in the third inning -- over nine shutout innings. He fanned 10 and walked two just 24 hours after throwing an inning of relief against the Hogs Wednesday night. He retired the final 20 batters he faced.

 

It was a spectacular performance by a pitcher who was not a member of the team's weekend starting rotation for most of the season.

 

The Beavers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Cadyn Grenier was hit by a pitch with one out in the first and moved to third on Trevor Larnach’s single to right field.

 

Adley Rutschman bounced a single into left to plate Grenier and Larnach scored on an infield error to give OSU a 2-0 lead after just one inning.

 

The Hogs got a leadoff double and a wak in the top o the third, followed by an infield hit to load the bases. But Abel wriggled out of trouble in the meat of the Arkansas order with a strikeout and a line out to right.

 

Rutschman singled to drive in another run in the third, his 16th hit of the CWS . a single-series record. That made the score 3-0 and left runners at first and second with nobody out.

 

But with a chance to break the game open the Beavers left two runners stranded.

 

Rutschman blooped a single into left-center field with one out in the fifth, his 17th CWS hit and Tyler Malone followed with a walk.  With Michael Gretler batting, a wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third.

 

Gretler hit a sacrifice fly to right to hike the lead to 4-0. The Beavers would tack on one more run and Abel would finish the game, handing OSU the College World Series Title. 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Civil War: Each team won a battle, each team won a war

Women’s Civil War: Each team won a battle, each team won a war

Two sellouts; two top teams; No. 1 and No. 2 in the Pac-12 conference; it was a wild weekend in women’s hoops not just in the country but in the state of Oregon. 

Both Oregon and Oregon State protected their territory with big wins at home to split the women’s Civil War series this season. 

Let's recap what went down...

Round one goes to the Ducks

Just the second sellout crowd in Matthew Knight Arena history belongs to the first chapter of the 2019 women’s Civil War last Friday night in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon’s “Big 3” of juniors Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard as well as sophomore Satou Sabally combined for 68 of the Ducks’ 77 total points. 

In the end, it was senior guard Maite Cazorla’s shutdown defense on arguably the “nation’s quickest guard” Destiny Slocum, who has been quite the pickup for Oregon State this season after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules (from Maryland). The Ducks outscored the Beavers 13-8 in the final five minutes of the game, limiting Slocum to just four made free throws. Cazorla forced Slocum out of the lane or into contested jumpers. 

“Maite’s defense in that second half basically won us the game,” says Ionescu following the game. “She took Slocum completely out of what she did and Slocum is one of the best and quickest point guards in the country.” 

The then No. 3 Ducks went on to defeat then No. 9 Oregon State, 77-68 victory at home.

Round two goes to the Beavers

A mere three days later, the two would meet again. Freshly ranked No. 2 Oregon made the 50-mile trip north to No. 12 Oregon State to a sold out Gill Coliseum. What started off as a back-and-forth game took a big turn when Oregon forward Ruthy Hebard went down with an injury in the second quarter (see next section below). 

Following the game, Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said, “The game changed of course when Ruthy went down. It changed to a chess match that neither of us had prepared for."

Despite Hebard not playing the entire second half, this game belonged to Aleah Goodman, who dropped 22 points off the bench. Goodman has been on fire this February. In her first career start against the Colorado Buffaloes back on Feb. 1, Goodman recorded a career-high 25 points. 

The game was 63-62 Oregon State lead with six seconds left on the clock. In an attempt to save time, Oregon went into fouling right away and forcing Oregon State to make their free throws. And that they did. Four free throws later and a critical turnover from Ionescu lead to a 67-62 Beaver victory. 

Ruthy Hebard injury status

The nation’s reigning forward of the year was off to yet another impressive season in her junior year. Monday night, her college career hit a bump in the road. In the second quarter, Hebard chased a rebound and landed awkwardly in what looked like her right knee locked when she came down. She left the game and would not return. The severity of her injury is unclear, but following the game, head coach Kelly Graves said “Don’t know, doesn’t look good.” 

Without Hebard in the lineup, Oregon went with senior Oti Gildon, who has proven to be a reliable backup, but just lacks that dominant firepower that Hebard brings down low. Gildon does, however, rarely turn the ball over and provides senior leadership. For the majority of the second half, the Ducks went small with four guards adding freshman Taylor Chavez into the mix, who brings tight defense but not much yet on the offensive side of the ball. 

Tie-breaker in Vegas?

Wouldn’t it be so sweet if these two met once more, but this time in Las Vegas, Nevada for the women’s Pac-12 Tournament? One can only hope…

Battle of the benches leads to an Oregon State Civil War victory

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Battle of the benches leads to an Oregon State Civil War victory

It was a stormy, cold evening in the state of Oregon when two in-state rivals separated by just 50 miles of highway and one game in the Pac-12 conference met in Corvallis, Oregon on Saturday night. 

The Civil War is the most contested rivalry in the nation and for the first time since the 2009-2010 season, the Oregon State Beavers swept the Oregon Ducks in both contests this season. On Saturday, the Beavers took care of business 72-57 on home court in front of 9,000+ black/orange screaming fans.

It comes to no surprise that Stephen Thompson Jr. put together a nice game at Gill Coliseum. The senior has been averaging 16.3 points per game. On Saturday, he recorded 22 points shooting 50% from the field and splashing in four-of-eight from three-point range.

Momentum in the game of basketball is either a make or break scenario for a team. Coming out of halftime and down 28-27, the Beavers went on a 9-0 run and gained momentum that would carry them to the end. That momentum had something to do with Thompson Jr.’s 4-point play, but sophomore Alfred Hollins contributed with a tough drive to the hoop and an and-1 opportunity.

In fact, it was the Beavers bench that stepped up big against the Ducks outscoring Oregon 21-15. Hollins finished with eight points and five rebounds and senior Gligorije Rakocevic contributed 11 points with a perfect four-of-four from the field. 

“Great team effort all around from top to bottom everybody played well, everybody contributed,” said Thompson Jr. following the game.

Oregon State’s “big 3” of Thompson Jr., his younger brother Ethan Thompson, and Tres Tinkle recorded well-rounded games, but they were supported greatly by the Beavers’ bench play. 

With this win, Oregon State (16-8, 8-4 Pac-12) moves into second place in the Pac-12 conference, three games behind the Washington Huskies and next heading on the road to Southern California this upcoming weekend. If Oregon State can put together a full game, continue their defensive intensity, as well as get good production from their bench, the Beavers just may land that first-round Pac-12 conference tournament BYE that is ever so crucial in a four-day tournament. 

Rapid Reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Oregon State’s Civil War victory over Oregon

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Rapid Reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Oregon State’s Civil War victory over Oregon

The most-contested rivalry in the nation was on full display on a stormy Saturday night in Corvallis, Oregon. It was everything a Civil War rivalry brings: loud crowds, boos, and intensity on both ends of the court.

After taking round one in Eugene on January 5th, the Oregon State Beavers looked to protect home court and claim their first Civil War series sweep since the 2009-2010 season over the Oregon Ducks. And that they did. A dominant 20-point performance from senior guard Stephen Thompson Jr., as well as the Beavers bench stepping up big (Gligorije Rakocevic with 10 points and Alfred Hollins with eight off the bench). 

Oregon State completes the Civil War sweep with a 72-57 victory over the Oregon Ducks in front of a sea of black and orange.

Here are some quick thoughts from our Ducks insider Bri Amaranthus and field producer Ashley Young at the game…

Bri Amaranthus: This Civil War game feels like a rivalry. A potentially season-defining game for both teams, who both are fighting for a top four seed in the Pac-12 Tournament to keep NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Gill Coliseum sold out for the first time since the 2015-16 season and it looked like less than 100 Ducks fans made the trip to Corvallis. Freshman Louis King had his first “welcome to Corvallis” moment. It’s safe to say the Oregon State faithful do no like King after he scored 11 points in as many minutes, a litany of boos and chants rained down on him.

Bri Amaranthus: Each team had an uncharacteristic stat that plagued its play. The Ducks turned the ball over 18 times and Oregon State scored 14 points off those turnovers. Before this game, Oregon had the 4th best turnover margin in the Pac-12 Conference. The Beavers did not shoot well at the free throw line until the end of the game, finishing 13-of-21. The Beavers entered the game shooting 74 percent from the free throw line, the best percentage in program history since 1976.

Ashley Young: Remember that Oregon full court press that was swarming in the first Civil War back in January? Yeah, it was not as effective this go around. The Ducks generated just one turnover off their press, that lead to a Victor Bailey breakaway dunk, but Oregon State prepared well for it this time.  

Check back on our site later for more on the game and locker room video.

Something's gotta give this women's Civil War showdown

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Something's gotta give this women's Civil War showdown

There are 12,364 seats in Matthew Knight Arena. On Friday, there will be two top-10 teams on display and on that tree-painted court. And if you’re a nervous eater, there is lots of popcorn to be sold. 

The first chapter of the 2019 women’s Civil War tips off at 6 PM (PT) in Eugene, Oregon, and it’s going to be a good one. 

On Monday, there were 10,000 tickets sold. On Tuesday, 2,000 more. On Wednesday, all 12,364 seats were sold out. 

Records: No. 3 Oregon (23-1, 12-0 Pac-12) vs. No. 9 Oregon State (20-4, 10-2 Pac-12).

Last meeting(s): The Civil War was split last season with the home team getting the victory. Oregon State defeated Oregon 85-79 in overtime in Corvallis, Oregon. Just two days later, the Ducks beat the Beavers 75-63 in Eugene, Oregon. 

Ducks to watch:

Literally how can you not start off this section without first bringing up Sabrina Ionescu. The junior, triple-double queen, Nancy Lieberman award top-10 finalist, potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft, we could go on… Ionescu is averaging 19.3 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game.  

Sophomore Satou Sabally, the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, is currently having the best stretch of her career starting with a career-high 33 points against Washington State on Jan. 25th. Sabally is Oregon’s leading scorer at 20.0 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds per game.

Down low is Ruthy Hebard’s paint on both sides of the court. The junior is averaging a near double-double with 16.6 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game.  

And then if you can manage to slow down those three, you still have to contain Erin Boley, who is shooting lights out from three-point range at .452% and then the quarterback of the Ducks in guard Maite Cazorla, with a calm and cool 10.3 points per game. 

Five starters, five scorers in double figures. 

But probably the most intriguing statistic is that the Ducks are also leading the nation with the least amount of turnovers per game (10.5). So not only is Oregon really good at putting the ball through the net, but also doing it in the most efficient way possible with the fewest turnovers, making the most of their offensive possessions. 

In the last three games, the Ducks have outscored their opponents 295-173. The offense is working. The defense is working. And the Ducks are rolling. 

Against the three top-25 conference opponents this season, Oregon has not faltered either: 77-71 vs. then No. 19 Arizona State; 87-65 vs. then No. 14 Utah; and dismantling then No. 11 Stanford 88-48 on the road.

Beavers to watch:

Oregon State has a destiny, and not just a path to a national championship… her name is Destiny Slocum. In her first year with the Beavers (transferred from Maryland and sat out one year), the redshirt sophomore Slocum is a freight train averaging 16.3 points per game while dishing out 5.0 assists per game. 

If Slocum doesn’t have you worried, her counterpart Mikayla Pivec will do the trick. The junior has experience on experience starting 27 games as a freshman and every game since. She is averaging 15.3 points per game in Pac-12 play but also is leading the Beavers with 8.9 rebounds per game, from the guard spot! She can rebound, score points, but also her defense is what makes her even more dangerous with 25 steals so far this season. 

Down low, you’ve got Taya Corosdale as well as 6’8” Joanna Grymek to deal with. While Grymek is only scoring 6.6 points per game, her sheer height down low causes the opponent to rethink driving the ball. She has 21 blocks on the season. Corosdale is the second leading rebounder for the Beavers (7.5). 

Shoot your shot:

Three-point percentage. Both Oregon and Oregon State are No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation for three-point field goal percentage: Oregon (42.9%) and Oregon State (42.1). The Beavers have held opponents to 26.6 percent shooting from 3-point range over their last 14 games.

How and where to watch:

Time: Friday, Feb. 15, 6 PM (PT)

Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon

TV: Pac-12 Network

 

Wins at Colorado, Utah would mean more than just two wins for Oregon State

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Wins at Colorado, Utah would mean more than just two wins for Oregon State

The Oregon State men’s basketball team has arguably their most important road trip of the season coming up this weekend: at Colorado and Utah. But the next two games could have more implications than just two wins.

Let’s look ahead at the next four games for the Beavers: at Colorado (10th in Pac-12 at 2-5), at Utah (second in conference at 5-2), and then a home-stand against Stanford (9th in Pac-12 at 3-5) and California (last in Pac-12 at 0-8). Take out the Utah Utes, and the Beavers are facing teams with losing records the next four games before finishing the season with arguably the toughest part of their schedule.  

Oregon State only plays team’s with losing records once this season (besides Washington State): Stanford, California, and Colorado. 

If the Beavers can pull out four wins, they would head into the second chapter of the Civil War in Corvallis with momentum on their side as well as an 8-3 Pac-12 record looking to crush the dreams once again of their in-state foe. 

The second half of Oregon State’s schedule goes as follows: at the Los Angeles schools, UCLA and USC (the Beavers split that series in round one in Corvallis); hosting the Arizona schools (lost to both these teams in Arizona); and wrapping up their season on the road at the Washington (lost to by 20 points at home) and Washington State (defeated the Cougars by 13 in their first meeting).

“There’s a long way to go. One thing we have to do - we have to make up for the home loss on the road this weekend. We’re in good shape. We have to go get some stuff done this weekend. Lot to be playing for - and our guys are confident,” says Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle.

Wayne Tinkle’s squad must handle their business in the next two weeks. 

 

Records: Oregon State (12-7, 4-3 Pac-12); Colorado (11-8, 2-5 Pac-12); Utah (11-8, 5-2 Pac-12)

Game times: Oregon State at Colorado, 6 PM (PT) on Thursday night; Oregon State at Utah, 2 PM (PT) on Saturday afternoon.

 

Players to watch (Colorado Buffaloes): 

The Buffaloes are young with just one senior and three juniors on their roster. 

“Colorado is playing well, particularly at home,” says coach Tinkle. (Colorado is 7-1 at home). 

This Buffaloes offense all starts with sophomore guard McKinley Wright IV. He is currently second in the Pac-12 conference in assists (5.1 per game). The other Buffaloe to watch for is sophomore guard/forward Tyler Bey, who is the conference’s third leading rebounder (9.2 per game). Not allowing Bey to give the Buffs second-chance points will be crucial in this game. 

Matchup to watch: Ethan Thompson vs. Wright IV at the guard position.  

Players to watch (Utah Utes):

Interesting enough for the third-placed Utah Utes, there are no individual’s in the top 5 in any statistical category right now. This Utah group is just a solid group who all work well together, and makes sense too with exactly half of their roster being either seniors or juniors. 

Senior guard Sedrick Barefield is currently averaging 16.2 point per game and is also .416% from three-point range. Alongside Barefield is senior Parker Van Dyke, who is also .407% from three-point range.

Matchup to watch: Last Sunday, the Utes came away with the 70-66 win at Stanford, however in that game, the Utes were blocked 10 times. This is an absolute gift for Beavers’ forward Kylor Kelley, who is leading the Pac-12 in blocks per game (3.7). 

But while the Utes struggle down low, they make up for it behind the arc as they are leading the conference in three-point field goals at .382% as a team.

Three seasons, three different teams. Brandin Cooks has found his home with the Rams

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Three seasons, three different teams. Brandin Cooks has found his home with the Rams

Three seasons, three different teams.

What connects the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and the Los Angeles Rams altogether? Brandin Cooks. 

The fifth-year player out of Oregon State has ties to each of these teams. On Sunday, Jan. 20, Cooks and the Rams took down the team that originally drafted him in 2014 (New Orleans) 26-23 in overtime to claim the NFC Championship. Next up, Cooks will get the chance to dethrone his former team, the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

The underlying message here? Cooks has balled out with each of these teams recording 1,000 yard seasons for each of them.

The former first-rounder (pick No. 20) in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Oregon State started his career in New Orleans for three seasons before being traded to New England in 2017. During his Super Bowl run with the Patriots last season, Cooks was unfortunately knocked out of the game after taking a big hit from Philadelphia Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins in the second quarter. The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl and Cooks was traded to the Los Angeles Rams.

His rookie year was the only season that Cooks did not record a 1,000+ yard season for his team. So why trade Cooks away? The numbers speak for themselves. Well, the Patriots may have been skeptical following the hit Cooks took in Super Bowl LII. Cooks joins an elite party of three along with Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Brown as the only receivers to record 1,000+ yards and five-plus receiving touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.

Super Bowl LIII isn’t just another game for Cooks. It is his chance to prove that he is one of the best and shoudn't be up for trade. 

Rams head coach Sean McVay sees a bright future with Cooks in L.A and has no intention of dealing him away.

In an interview on Tuesday, McVay says, "Everybody that's been around Brandin you can't talk enough about the production. This is a special human being. The way he goes about his business. Guys like him are why you love coaching. ... I could go on and on about what he's done for this football team. He's been instrumental in us getting here. Love that guy and you can't say enough good things about Brandin Cooks. I can promise you this: We're not trading him."

This season with the Rams, Cooks recorded 80 catches for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns. 

Super Bowl LIII will kickoff at 3:30 PM (PT) on Sunday, Feb. 3rd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brandin Cooks is taking ankles and making dreams come true

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Brandin Cooks is taking ankles and making dreams come true

The #Ramily (Rams Family) is truly that: a family and wide receiver Brandin Cooks makes that very clear in his recent act of kindness within the Rams organization. To honor all the hard work team custodian Alfonso Garcia puts in day in and day out, Cooks is sending Garcia and his son to Super Bowl LIII.

“I just felt like it would be special for him to see that he is a part of this success,” says Cooks. 

Cooks has been with the Rams for just one season and is already making an impact for the organization both on and off the field.

The 5’10” five-year player out of Oregon State has been a nightmare matchup for any opposing defensive back throughout his career. Now, he will get to display his skills live in front of Garcia, his son and 71,000 other fans at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The Rams take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII at 3:30 PM (PT) on Sunday, February 3rd. 

The reigning National Champion Oregon State Beavers start at No. 5 in the USA Today coaches poll

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The reigning National Champion Oregon State Beavers start at No. 5 in the USA Today coaches poll

Start stocking up on sun flower seeds and peanuts, renewing those season tickets, and getting your baseball gear in order. Baseball season is right upon us and that means a hunt for back-to-back National Championships is on in Corvallis, Oregon. 

The 2018 National Championship Oregon State Beavers baseball team will start this upcoming season ranked No. 5 in the USA Today coaches poll. 

I think we all remember this oh so sweet moment in game two of the College World Series vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks…

After a 55-12-1 National Championship season last year, the Beavers return with quite a different roster than this time last year: the Beavers lost starters Cadyn Grenier, Nick Madrigal, Steven Kwan, Michael Gretler, Trevor Larnach, Kyle Nobach, Jack Anderson as well as Luke Heimlich. 

Despite losing those valuable players during that National Championship run, Oregon State is still full of talent featuring pitchers Kevin Able and Bryce Fehmel, future first-round and potential No. 1 overall MLB draft pick catcher Adley Rutschman, Tyler Malone, and Zak Taylor and backed up with some young talent.

And of course, the Beavers will be without their 24-year coach Pat Casey, who after last season announced his retirement from the team. Pat Bailey, who has been an assistant and associate head coach with the Beavers for the previous 11 years, will serve as the interim head coach.

The Beavers open up play at the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Arizona the weekend of February 15-18 against the New Mexico Lobos. 

Back to basics for Oregon State with the Washington schools coming to town

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Back to basics for Oregon State with the Washington schools coming to town

The Oregon State men’s basketball team was a perfect 3-0 in Pac-12 conference play before running into a wall that was Arizona and Arizona State. After back-to-back losses in the desert, the Beavers return home to face their rivals up north in Washington State and Washington. 

On Tuesday, head coach Wayne Tinkle addressed the media regarding the struggles Oregon State encountered in Arizona: “We didn’t defend very well and didn’t rebound. That’s simple, but it’s what it came down to…”

“I don’t know if anyone has had a tougher go at the first five games,” says Tinkle of their start to conference play. “At Oregon, at Arizona’s, vs. L.A.’s at home. We weren’t happy with how we played, but knowing where we stand right now with five out of the next seven at home, we’re in a good spot. Just got to get back to doing the things we’re supposed to.” 

Let’s preview Washington State and Washington:

Records: Oregon State (11-6, 3-2 Pac-12); Washington State (8-10, 1-4 Pac-12); Washington (14-4, 5-0 Pac-12)

Game times: WSU @ OSU: 8 PM (PT) tipoff on Thursday, Jan. 24; UW @ OSU: 1 PM (PT) tipoff on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Players to watch for (Washington State Cougars):

This is Robert Franks’ team. The senior forward has stuck with head coach Ernie Kent’s program through think and thin. This season, Franks is averaging 21.5 points per game and 7.8 rebounds, but has missed several games due to injury. He returned last week vs. California and Stanford. 

His counterpart is junior Carter Skaggs, who has the 6’5” 215 lbs frame of a brick wall with a killer jump shot. Alongside Skaggs is shifty CJ Elleby, who in his freshman season is averaging 15.8 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game, which is huge from the guard position. 

Matchup to watch: Elleby/Franks vs. Thompson Jr./Tinkle. In order to slow down Elleby and Franks, the key is to make them uncomfortable by matching their physicality and pace.

Note: WSU head coach Ernie Kent is 20-12 all-time against Oregon State as a head coach, including his 13 years at Oregon. 

 

Players to watch for (Washington Huskies): 

The Huskies love to play a typical 2-3 defensive zone, and why would they do anything else when you’ve got 6’5” guard Matisse Thybulle with his 7’ wingspan. Thybulle is leading the conference in steals per game (2.7), and blocks per game (2.3). 

On the offensive side of the ball, you have to shadow sophomore guard Jaylen Nowell, who is the fifth leading scorer in the conference (16.7 ppg) and is very, very good at creating a shot for himself. Alongside Nowell is senior guard David Crisp, who has started every game since his sophomore season. HIs game experience and basketball I.Q. is a huge asset to this young Huskies team. 

Senior forward Noah Dickerson has played in 30+ games for the Huskies since his freshman season (2015-2016). Now, as a senior, he is still dominating under the basket. He may not be the leading scorer or grab as many rebounds as someone of his size should, however, he is the emotional leader of this team.

Matchup to watch: Dickerson vs. Kylor Kelley. Recently named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year midseason watchlist and with good reason: he leads the Pac-12 conference in blocks per game (3.9). One advantage Dickerson has over Kelley though is a big one, quite literally: Dickerson is 30 pounds heavier. Kelley must match Dickerson’s aggression.

The Huskies do not score a lot of points. In fact, they are currently 10th in the conference at ppg (72.6). It is their defense powered by that zone that make them difficult. If the Beavers can find their rhythm from behind the arc as well as rebound the ball and get second chance opportunities, Oregon State may run away with this one. 

Note: Early tipoff. The scheduled 1 PM (PT) tipoff is the earliest game that the Beavers have played so far during the regular season. It will be vitally important to start quickly especially against the Huskies.