The Washington St. Cougars (17-16) will come to Corvallis Wednesday night for the right to represent the Pac-12 in the CBI Championship Finals. It will be the 4th matchup between the two teams this year with the Cougs taking the regular season contests and the Beavers winning in the Pac-12 tourney. OSU (21-14) beat TCU 101-81 Monday to get to the semis and Wazzu beat Wyoming 61-41.
In the quarterfinals, Brock Motum scored 25 points and Abe Lodwick scored a career-high 16 points for the Cougars. Motum scored atleast 15 points for the 17th consecutive game, and he’s averaging 21.5 points over that span. The Beavers won their sixth game in seven with Jared Cunningham scoring 27 points, Angus Brandt 22 and Devon Collier 19. The three shot a blistering 26 for 32 from the field overall. The upcoming game is a considerable opportunity that must be seized by the OSU Program. A win over Arizona in the Pac-12 tourney was expected to get them into the NIT. Perhaps even winning the 4 OT thriller against Stanford would have just got them over the edge.
To have this season count to a level that will move the program forward, and towards a hopeful NCAA berth next year, OSU must atleast make the CBI Finals and give fans reason to be excited in the number of wins and momentum of the program. A Final versus Butler or Pitt would give the Beavs a marquee matchup and they certainly have the talent to win a 2nd CBI Championship.
Burton, Collier and Moreland must keep Brock Motum under control. Moreland is playing well and looks to be a possible Pac-12 1st team calibre player next year with continued defensive prowess and growth on the offensive end. Playing in Corvallis with a team that just played one of its best games of the year should give the Beavers the slight edge in this one. Coach Robinson needs to make sure his team is prepared and ready to seize an important moment that will improve the season and put OSU in position to take the CBI title. Tipoff at 7pm on HDNet.