Oregon St. will look to get off to a fast start in the Pac-12 tournament as they face Washington St. today at Noon. Wazzu has won the last 4 in the series and both previous contests this year. Perhaps Vegas sees a slight return to the mean as they have the Beavers as slight favorites by 3 1/2 points. The game is predicted to be around 73-69 in favor of the Beavs. Brock Motum has averaged 25 points against OSU so Craig Robinson plans on sticking Eric Moreland on him and letting him bother him like a Socratic long-winged gadfly.
I have a feeling we are going to see a back and forth contest in this one. I don’t feel OSU is mentally quite ready to blow out anyone short of Utah in conference competition. If we beat Wazzu I expect it to most likely be by 8 points or less. Oregon St. would have conference champion Washington up next should we get past the Cougs and I do feel OSU matches up well against them and is capable of hanging with them. The only chance I see for OSU to get an NIT bid would be to win atleast 2 games in the tourney. I don’t think just one win will turn any heads. It will be a solid start though if we can beat the Cougs and we would be without doubt invited to the CBI as long as we accepted. We are likely to get a CBI bid even if we don’t win in the tourney because of our winning season.
Let’s hope the Beavs have their team chemistry in high gear today and come ready to win. Cunningham, Collier, Brandt, Nelson and Starks should be able to give us enough offense and all these guys need to also work hard on the defensive end every possession. I expect Moreland will get a few blocks and if Burton can make some good passes and the entire team plays with intelligence and purpose we should come out the victors this afternoon. Let’s win today Beavers and keep up our NIT hopes! That would be phenomenal for this program.