CORVALLIS, Ore. — Pac-12 hoops resume tonight, with the Los Angeles schools visiting Oregon.
The Beavers are struggling after a hot non-conference start, losing five of its first six conference games. Following overtime losses to Stanford and Arizona, Oregon State was flat Saturday at Arizona State losing 76-66.
Still, Coach Craig Robinson suggests the strong preseason was atypical of his team and will help as the Beavers turn the corner in the Pac-12, saying the Beavers are historically a strong conference finisher.
Tonight, OSU hosts the UCLA Bruins at 7:00 PM on 960 the Sports Legend. UCLA has beaten the Beavers 13 straight games, the biggest strangle hold another conference team has on the Beavers, dating back to March 2005.
OSU’s Jared Cunningham leads the conference in scoring with over 17 points per game. UCLA is paced by Lazeric Jones’ 13.3 per game.
USC at Oregon – 5:30 PM
The Oregon Ducks have a chance to close the gap in the Pac-12 men’s basketball race, hosting Southern California this evening at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon (13-5; 4-2 Pac-12) is one game back in the conference standings, trailing leaders Stanford and California; Washington is 4-1, a half game back.
Using a sweep of the Arizona schools – the first time Oregon has defeated both teams in the same trip since 2006-2007 – the Ducks propelled itself to No. 51 in the NCAA Men’s Basketball RPI rankings; second best in the Pac-12 conference.
USC has lost five in a row, punctuated with its loss to rival UCLA 66-47 last week. Oregon has been victorious in the last four meetings with the Trojans.
Other Pac-12 Men’s Games
Arizona State at Colorado – 5:30 PM
Arizona at Utah – 5:30 PM
California at Washington – 5:30 PM
Stanford at Washington State – 7:05 PM
Saturday Pac-12 Men’s Games
UCLA at Oregon – 1:00 PM
Arizona State at Utah – 2:00 PM
Arizona at Colorado – 3:00 PM
Stanford at Washington – 3:00 PM
California at Washington State – 3:05 PM
USC at Oregon State – 7:00 PM (960 the Sports Legend)