Oregon (11-2) at Oregon State (10-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 6, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (9,604) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television: FSN. Home Record: Oregon 10-0, Oregon State 7-1. Away Record: Oregon 1-1, Oregon State 1-1. Neutral Record: Oregon 0-1, Oregon State 2-1. Conference Record: Oregon 0-0, Oregon State 0-0. Series Record: Oregon State leads,184-153.
GAMES NOTES: The Oregon Ducks will battle instate rival Oregon State when the two squads match up at Gill Coliseum on Sunday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Oregon is coming off an uncharacteristic offensive performance as the Ducks managed just 56 points in a win over Nevada. The victory was the second straight for the Ducks after a triple-overtime loss on the road to Texas-El Paso. Up next the Ducks return home for two games against Arizona and Arizona State.
Offense was no issue for Oregon State in its last non-conference game as the Beavers routed Texas Pan-American, 84-59. The win came on the heels of a 67-66 overtime loss to Towson in the first contest of the current five-game homestand. The Beavers are 10-3 overall and have defended their home court well with a record of 7-1 at Gill Coliseum.
These teams have met an NCAA-record 337 times previously making it the oldest rivalry in college basketball. Oregon State leads the series 184-153 but has lost three of the previous four meetings, with a series split a year ago.
The Ducks shot just 39.5 percent from the field against Nevada but managed to pull out the win by hounding the WolfPack on defense. Nevada connected on just 28.1 percent of its shot attempts. Oregon made things difficult for itself with 20 turnovers.
Another troubling thing to be taken away from the win over Nevada was an injury to Arsalan Kazemi. The 6-foot-7 forward (8.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg) missed the entire second half against Nevada after taking an elbow to the head from teammate Carlos Emory. He is listed as questionable for this game with concussion-like symptoms. If he can't go it is likely that Emory (10.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg) would take his place. Kazemi takes away a bulk of the team's rebounding but doesn't hurt the Ducks offensively as much with four players, including Emory, scoring in double figures. Damyean Dotson (11.1 ppg), Tony Woods (11.0 ppg) and Dominic Artis (10.1 ppg) are the other three, while E.J Singler (9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg) can be a capable scorer as well.
The Beavers ran out to a 42-24 lead at halftime against Texas-Pan American and never looked back. Oregon State shot better than 60 percent from the floor in both halves and pounded the ball inside to the tune of a 56-32 advantage on points in the paint.
Craig Robinson's squad really likes to get out and run and has been doing so to great effect as the Beavers are second in the Pac-12 in scoring (77.9 ppg), field goal percentage (.473) and assists (16.0 pg). On the defensive side of things the Beavers have allowed 67.7 points per game while limiting foes to just 40.7 percent shooting. Robinson leans heavily on a small rotation with five players scoring in double figures but no other player adding more than 3.4 ppg. Roberto Nelson (15.8 ppg, 3.2 apg) and Ahmad Starks (12.3 ppg) run the show out of the backfield. Each has the ability to heat up from beyond the arc, shooting better than 45 percent from distance. Devon Collier (14.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Joe Burton (11.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Eric Moreland (10.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg) anchor down on the interior.
This game should feature no shortage of offense with each team preferring an elevated pace. Oregon State has had more success with that type of tempo this season and with Starks and Nelson threatening from the outside the Beavers should be able to shoot past the Ducks.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 83, Oregon 77
01/06 10:33:03 ET