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January 8, 2011Matchup: Oregon State Beavers (7-7 overall, 2-1 Pac-10) at No. 23 Washington Huskies (11-3, 3-0) vs. Oregon St. Beavers (7-7, 2-1)
Tip: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle
TV, radio: FSN-NW will broadcast the game locally, with Kevin Calabro and Lenny Wilkens calling the action. Saturday's game can be heard on the radio on KJR 950-AM.
Coaches: Lorenzo Romar, Washington (ninth year); Craig Robinson, Oregon State (third year).
Series: Washington leads the series 151-135, and the Huskies hold a seven-game winning streak against the Beavers. Last season, the Huskies won all three matchups with Oregon State highlighted by a 59-52 win over the Beavers in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament after overcoming a 12-point second-half deficit.
About the Huskies: The Huskies, No. 23 in the Associated Press poll, are coming off an 87-69 win over Oregon. The Huskies looked a little shaky in their first game without starting point guard Abdul Gaddy, but used a strong second half surge to put the Ducks away at home. Freshman Terrence Ross had a career-high 25 points against Oregon, displaying his athleticism and deft outside shooting. The question will be whether his breakout performance will warrant his first start of the season against the Beavers.
About the Beavers: Oregon State started out conference play by sweeping the Arizona schools at home, but lost on Thursday night to Washington State, 84-70, in Pullman. The Beavers rely heavily on their backcourt as they are led in scoring by sophomore guard Jared Cunningham (14.1 ppg), and senior guard Calvin Hayes (11.2 ppg). The Beavers like to aggressively defend the passing lanes, and they lead the nation in steals averaging over 11 per contest. With Gaddy out for the Huskies with a season-ending knee injury, UW loses a point guard who does a great job of taking care of the basketball and Oregon State will look to take advantage and pressure the Huskies' ball handlers. The Beavers are not a good rebounding team , averaging only 34.3 per game, which ranks 228th in the nation, giving the Huskies (ranked 21st in rebounding) a clear advantage on the boards.
Projected starters for Washington
G Venoy Overton6-3 195 So. Tacoma, Wash. 5.5 ppg, 4.0 apg
G Isaiah Thomas 5-9 185 Jr. Tacoma, Wash. 15.8 ppg, 4.6 apg
C Aziz N'Diaye 7-0 260 So. Dakar, Senegal 5.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg
F Justin Holiday 6-6 185 Sr. Chatsworth, Calif. 11.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg
F Matthew Bryan-Amaning 6-9 240 Sr. London, England 14.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Projected starters for Oregon State:
G Jared Cunningham 6-4 182 So. Oakland, Calif. 14.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg
GCalvin Hayes 6-3 188 Sr. Reseda, Calif. 11.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
C Angus Brandt 6-10 237 So. Sydney, Australia 5.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg
F Omari Johnson 6-9 220 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif. 9.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg
F Devon Collier 6-7 206 Fr. Bronx, New York 4.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg
UDubSports.com pick: Washington 75-63
Live chat: Chat with UDubSports.com's Jake Willard during the game.