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GAME THREAD: Oregon State (6-10) at No. 8 WSU (14-1)

Posted by Jeff Nusser on January 17, 2008

Beasley Coliseum (Pullman), 7 p.m. PT
TV: None

The Cougs have spent a considerable amount of energy over the past couple of days telling anyone who will listen that they are not looking past Oregon State to the matchup with the suddenly-resurgent Ducks on Saturday. Consider:

“Oregon State — certainly they’ve struggled to get victories, but they’re very talented,” WSU coach Tony Bennett said.

So talented, the Beavers lost to a Division II team this year.

The reality is that this is a terrible, terrible basketball team that has absolutely no shot of winning tonight. Ken Pomeroy puts the Beavers’ chances at just 2 percent, and while that’s a very statistically small number, I’m not sure that anything above zero is warranted here.

Their defense is bad — allowing conference opponents an efficiency rating (what’s that?) of 112.7 — but their offense is even worse. Their overall effective field goal percentage (what’s that?) of 42.6 is 331st in the country. In case you didn’t know, there are only 341 Division I basketball teams. It’s gotten even worse in conference: 37.7 eFG%. That’s beyond atrocious. The scariest part if you’re an OSU fan? They haven’t even played the two elite defensive clubs in the league yet.

And people think this team can figure out a way to jump up and catch the Cougs? If the Cougs were overlooking a potent offensive team such as Cal, I might buy it. But not Oregon State. The only way this game is competitive is if the entire starting five plus Daven Harmeling decide to hit The Coug for a few hours before tip off. And even then, I’m not so sure. We might be talking about historical lows tonight.

I’ll listen to this game on the radio because I’m a hardcore fan, but this game will be a blowout. I’ll be looking for signs that this team is recovered from UCLA and ready to exorcise the Duck demons, not strategies to neutralize a team that more often than not neutralizes itself.

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5 Responses to “GAME THREAD: Oregon State (6-10) at No. 8 WSU (14-1)”

  1. Nuss said

    Pretty tight game so far — Weaver’s got three TOs already in the first 5 minutes. Guess he’s been battling the flu.

  2. Nuss said

    After a hot start, the Beavs are back to their old tricks. They can’t throw the ball in the ocean, and if Weaver didn’t have four TOs, this thing would be a runaway already. They’re 1 of their last 10 with the Cougs up 22-12 after this most recent run.

  3. Nuss said

    Cougs firmly in control here at half. I would like to see a little more than a 10-point lead at this point, but the reality is that the Beavs are just shooting pretty well. Sounds like the shots they are making are with hands in their faces — including a bank 3-pointer by Tarver with the shot clock at zero. OSU is 4-of-6 from 3-point range after coming into the game shooting 22 percent from beyond the arc. That won’t continue. According to CBS Sportsline’s shot chart, OSU didn’t have any layups either, a good sign after getting carved up by UCLA. Look for the Cougs to win this one going away.

  4. Nuss said

    Um, yeah, Oregon State didn’t score it’s first points until there was nearly six minutes gone in the half. This one is O-V-E-R. Cougs up by 20.

  5. Nuss said

    That was a second-half whipping. I’ll have some thoughts tomorrow.

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