Oregon State at No. 13 Oregon
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Matthew Knight Arena
On air: TV on Pac-12 Network (stream here); Radio on Beaver Sports Radio Network (stream here) or Oregon IMG Sports Network (stream here)
TV coverage: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Oregon State (4-13, 0-4 Pac-12)
0 - JaQuori McLaughlin, 6-4, 185, Fr. | 12.1 ppg, 2.6 apg, 42.2 3P%
1 - Stephen Thompson Jr., 6-4, 175, So. | 15.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.5 apg
24 - Kendal Manuel, 6-4, 180, R-Fr. | 8.2 ppg, 1.8 apg, 40.3 3P%
14 - Matt Dahlen, 6-6, 200, Jr. | 1.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 13.1 mpg
12 - Drew Eubanks, 6-10, 240, So. | 14.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.5 bpg
Oregon (15-2, 4-0)
31 - Dylan Ennis, 6-2, 195, Sr. | 11.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.5 apg
3 - Payton Pritchard, 6-2, 200, Fr. | 7.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.8 apg
5 - Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, 195, So. | 13.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 40.9 3P%
24 - Dillon Brooks, 6-7, 225, Jr. | 13.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.0 apg
1 - Jordan Bell, 6-9, 225, Jr. | 10.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg
Coaches: Oregon State: Wayne Tinkle, 40-40 at Oregon State (3rd season), 198-131 overall. Oregon: Dana Altman, 169-66 at Oregon (7th season), 579-309 overall.
RPI: Oregon State: 317. Oregon: 11.
KenPom rating: Oregon State: 256. Oregon: 21.
Last 10: Oregon State: 1-9 Oregon: 10-0
Line: Oregon by 25 1/2
Previous meetings: This will be the 347th meeting between Oregon and Oregon State, the most played rivalry in college basketball. OSU leads the all-time series 186-160. The teams spilt their two games last season. The Beavers won the Pac-12 opener 70-57 in Gill Coliseum on Jan. 3, while UO answered with a 91-81 win on Feb. 20 at Matthew Knight Arena.
Injury report: Oregon State sophomore forward Tres Tinkle (20.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg) has missed the Beavers' last 11 games with a broken wrist. Senior center Cheikh N'diaye (3.6 ppg) has been out for eight games with a shoulder injury. Both players are out indefinitely.
Absence report: Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks was ejected from the Ducks' last game Saturday at Washington State after his foot made contact with the groin of Cougars forward Josh Hawkinson. However, the Pac-12 did not suspend Brooks for any additional games.
Oregon State junior forward Keondre Dew remains suspended for team disciplinary reasons.
Preview: When the Ducks and Beavers last met in Eugene, they were in the midst of their best respective seasons in recent program history and destined to both reach the NCAA Tournament in the same season for the first time ever. Now, Oregon is still rolling with its sights set on a deep postseason run, while Oregon State is struggling beyond what was expected before the season.
The Beavers learned this week they would not get Tres Tinkle back from a broken right wrist. Tinkle, OSU's leader in scoring and rebounds before suffering his injury six games into the season, averaged a team-high 21.0 points and 6.0 rebounds against the Ducks last season.
The 6-foot-8 sophomore's injury has thinned a roster already short on depth. The Beavers' bench has been outscored in 14 of their 17 games and is averaging 6.0 points per game in Pac-12 play. Conversely, the Ducks have been bringing first team all-Pac-12 defender Chris Boucher and last season's starting point guard Casey Benson off the bench.
Starting forwards Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell, along with Boucher, make up arguably the strongest frontcourt in the conference. Brooks, who missed the first three games of the year with a broken foot and returned to the starting lineup six games ago, won Pac-12 player of the week two weeks ago, while Bell and Boucher lead the nation's top shot blocking team.
OSU sophomore guard Stephen Thompson Jr. has taken on much of the scoring load in Tinkle's absence, scoring in double figures in all 10 games since returning from a foot injury. His scoring has primarily come on drives to the basket, although his three-point shooting (46.7 percent in Pac-12 play) has improved after a slow start. Inside, sophomore forward Drew Eubanks is averaging 17.0 points and 9.8 rebounds in Pac-12 play, shooting 56 percent.
While Oregon State's most consistent scoring has been split between Thompson, Eubanks and freshman guard JaQuori McLaughlin, the Ducks have five players averaging double figures, including backcourt mates Tyler Dorsey and Dylan Ennis. Freshman guard Payton Pritchard has a team-high 3.8 assists per game.
After holding UCLA to a then-season-low 44.1 percent from the field, OSU allowed Washington State and Washington to shoot a combined 54.4 percent last week.
Oregon will likely have another advantage with its pressing defense that is among the nation's best. The Beavers struggled Saturday at Washington when the Huskies turned up their pressure and average 15.8 turnovers per game.
A victory for Oregon would be the Ducks' 14th in a row and would push their home win streak to 36 games. An Oregon State upset would be the team's first road win over a Top 25 team since 1985.
They said it:
"If this game doesn't excite us and get us to play with passion, I don't what will." - Oregon State sophomore guard Stephen Thompson Jr.
"I don't think they'll overlook anybody. It's an opportunity to play. I'd be very disappointed if our guys didn't come prepared." - Oregon coach Dana Altman
-- Danny Moran
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