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The Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived

The Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived

LAS VEGAS - With the Pac-12 Tournament wide open, it appeared this season could be Oregon State’s chance to take the crown. The Beavers (18-13, 10-8 Pac-12) earned a coveted first round bye, finished with their best conference record since the 1989-90 season and had a veteran team full of playmakers. Alas, the Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived, losing to Colorado, 73-58, in the quarterfinals.

Also maybe gone? Oregon State’s chances of making the NIT tournament. The Beavers were a bubble team and a win over fifth-seeded Colorado (21-11, 10-8)  would have been a good and needed resume boost. Instead, the Beavers depart Las Vegas with Selection Sunday outcome looking gloom and out of their hands. If the CBI Tournament calls, OSU could accept an invitation to the smaller postseason tournament. 

Following the loss, OSU coach Wayne Tinkle held out hope for the NIT, “We’ll see,” Tinkle said. “My take is; if it’s the right situation, these guys have had a remarkable year and have earned an opportunity… But we’ll take that as it comes down the road.” 

Seems a shame that a season full of highs should end abruptly in Las Vegas during OSU’s first game that showcased many lows. Oregon State’s 18 first half points were the lowest of the season and its five total assists were also a low. The Beavers did not make a three pointer in the first half, despite the nine attempts from beyond the arc.

Another low; Fourth-seeded OSU was the first higher seeded team to be “upset” in the conference tournament.

OSU trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half but roared out of the locker room after halftime, coming to life for a second half comeback that would eventually fall short. The Beavers cut the deficit to six points with two 10-0 runs and exciting play from Tres Tinkle, Ethan Thompson and Stephan Thompson Jr., all which reached double-digit scoring marks.

Tinkle led the Beavers with 23 points, his fifth-consecutive game scoring 20-plus.

Colorado took back the momentum, extended its winning streak to five games, and eliminated the Beavers.

"They came out and made shots, got confident and we just didn't really do much to try to stop it," Tinkle said. 

The Cinderella story quickly turned scary; The Beavers' flat start doomed them from the start and sent them packing back to Corvallis.

Will Oregon State's record season lead to the Pac-12 Tournament crown?

Will Oregon State's record season lead to the Pac-12 Tournament crown?

Records: Oregon State (18-12, 10-6 Pac-12), Colorado (10-8, 20-11 Pac-12)

The fourth-seeded Beavers earned a coveted first-round bye in the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament. Oregon State will face No. 5 seed Colorado, who beat No. 12 seed California 56-54 in the first round on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals.

Why watch?  The winner of the Pac-12 Tournament gets the conference’s automatic bid to the to NCAA Tournament. Since any team can get hot in the tournament… Will it be OSU who takes the crown and heads to the big dance?

The Beavers are having a record season and have some of the Pac-12's veteran playmakers, including redshirt junior Tres Tinkle, who was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team earlier this week. Oregon State finished with its best conference record since the 1989-90 season, earning the highest seed in the tournament since that season.

On the line: Most projections have OSU on the outside of the NIT Tournament. A win over Colorado would boost Oregon State’s resume and likely send them back into the NIT field, so the season doesn’t end in Las Vegas.

In regular season: Oregon State played Colorado one time this season and won 76-74 on Jan. 31 on the road in Boulder, CO.

Fun Fact: Colorado coach Tad Boyle is the only Pac-12 coach to win four straight tournament games and claim a tournament title, accomplishing the feat in 2012.

Top Beavers:

Tres Tinkle is on fire, scoring 20-plus points in four consecutive games and posting four double-doubles in the last six games. He’s been particularily dangerous from beyond the arc in the last four games, shooting 50.0 percent (12-for-24) from three-point range. The redshirt junior finished second in the Pac-12 in scoring (21.4) in conference games.

Colorado will have its hands full with junior forward Kylor Kelley, who leads the Pac-12 and is second in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.4).

When senior Stephen Thompson Jr. goes, the Beavers go. OSU is 17-7 when he scores in double figures and 1-5 when he scores less than 10 points.

Buffs to keep an eye on

The win over Cal extends Colorado's winning streak to four games, which much thanks to sophomores Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright IV, both of whom earned first-team all-conference honors earlier this week.

Bey was also named the conference's Most Improved Player. He leads Colorado at 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field. He is the co-leader in the Pac-12 in double-doubles with 14.

Wright is averaging 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while leading the Buffaloes in assists (142) and steals (33). 

How and where to watch

Time: Thursday, March 14, 2:30 p.m

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

TV: Pac-12 Networks

 

Can Oregon men's basketball snap the Colorado curse?

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Can Oregon men's basketball snap the Colorado curse?

The Oregon men’s basketball team is still looking for their first win in Boulder, Colorado. Yep, you read that right. Even the 2016-17 Ducks, who went 16-2 in conference play and advanced to the final four of the NCAA Tournament, couldn’t snap Oregon's losing streak at the CU Events Center.

Colorado has struggled in the Pac-12 thus far this season, going 2-6 in conference play. But Oregon hasn't found much success either. After Thursday's 78-72 win over the Utes, however, the Ducks are in good position to climb up the conference standings, and need to be all in to complete the mountain sweep this Saturday. 

Let’s preview Oregon at Colorado.

Records: Oregon (13-8, 4-4 Pac-12), Colorado (11-9, 2-6 Pac-12)

Injury Update: Bol Bol (season-ending injury) and Abu Kigab (transfer) are out for the Ducks. Oregon's Kenny Wooten had a tough fall against the Utes, flipping over Utah's Jayce Johnson and taking a few minutes to get up. He returned to the game ahead of halftime and is expected to be good to go.

The Buffaloes are without senior guard Namon Wright and sophomore Dallas Walton, who both suffered season-ending injuries. Junior guard Deleon Brown is academically ineligible to play.

Record Watch: With Oregon’s next win, Dana Altman will enter the NCAA’s top 30 in all-time Division I coaching victories.

Fun Fact: Junior guard Payton Pritchard has 92 consecutive starts for the Ducks.

Richardson goes off: Ducks head coach Dana Altman has been pushing freshman Will Richardson to break out of his shell. After scoring a mere eight points in the last four contests, the 6-foot-5 guard exploded for a career-high 19 points on 8-12 shooting against Utah. 

Buffaloes to watch: Tyler Bey leads the Buffaloes in rebounding with 9.2 rebounds per game. The sophomore guard-forward has managed 27 blocks and 19 steals so far this season, and should definitely be on Oregon’s watchlist. Sophomore guard McKinley Wright leads Colorado in scoring with 12.7 points per game. He averages 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists.

How and where to watch

Time: Saturday, February 2, 6:36 p.m. (PT)

Where: CU Events Center Boulder, CO

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Beavers put their bad streaks to bed, upset Colorado

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Beavers put their bad streaks to bed, upset Colorado

What. A. Win.

Oregon State did the improbable on Saturday, upsetting the Colorado Buffaloes in an overtime thriller, 41-34. To say this victory was a long time coming is an understatement.

The Beavers were riding a 13-game Pac-12 losing streak heading into the game and hadn’t won on the road in 22 games. The last time the Beavers won on the road? October 4, 2014, at Colorado of all places.

But the crazy stats behind this victory don’t stop there. Colorado running back Travon McMillian scored on a 75-yard run just seconds into the third quarter to give the Buffs the 31-3 lead. As we know, Oregon State would erase that 28-point deficit, making this victory the third-largest comeback in the history of the Pac-12.

Quarterback Jake Luton was lights out, throwing for 310 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Jermar Jefferson had another solid game on the ground rushing for 135 yards.

The Beavers won this one in overtime, but they could have won it in regulation. Down by just six points with two minutes remaining, Oregon State marched down the field and scored what should have been the game-winning touchdown. However, placekicker Jordan Choukair missed the go-ahead PAT and the game remain tied at 34

The game went to overtime, and it was obvious that the Beavers still had the momentum, and they used it to break streaks and pick up the biggest victory of the Jonathan Smith era.

As was expected, Oregon State Twitter was on fire:

 

Beavers fight 'til the end, but fall short against Colorado

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Beavers fight 'til the end, but fall short against Colorado

Look at every stat expect the final score, and you will think the Beavers won this game. Oregon State dominated much of the game, but in the end they fell just short of a victory in the first game of the Cory Hall era. The Beavers had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, only to see a 52-yard field attempt by Jordan Choukair fall just short. Now the Beaver will use the upcoming bye week to prepare for Stanford. 

Final score: Oregon State 33 - Colorado 36