OSU/Colo Preview

What: Colorado (14-16, 7-11 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (17-13, 8-10), First round of the Pac-12 Tournament
When: 6:10 p.m., Wednesday
Where: MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas
On the air: Pac-12 Networks and Beaver Sports Radio Network
Series: Colorado leads 10-5.

Not to take away from this season, as the Beavers far exceeded expectations, but they enter the Pac-12 tourney on a bit of downward slide, having lost six of their last seven games. The good news? Their lone win during that stretch came against the Buffaloes on Feb. 12, a 72-58 rout.

Gary Payton II had one of his best games with 24 points, five rebounds, four steals, and seven blocks, while Malcolm Duvivier added 17 points and five assists and Daniel Gomis had 10 points.

And the Beavers will need that kind of balanced effort this time around as well, because it’s the postseason and anything can happen. It also will be important for the Beavers to hold Colorado to a low field goal percentage again. The Buffs shot just 34 percent in the teams’ first matchup.

Update: This report was premature. My apologies for reading into Twitter too much. Lesson learned: This just in: Coach Tinkle has announced his starting lineup for tomorrow’s game — it will be the five walk-ons from Oregon once again. Another classy gesture that rewards the hard work they’ve put into helping build this program. Let’s hope they can play a little better this time around. It would be awesome to see them be successful even if it’s for a minute or two.

Colorado appears to be a favorable first-round opponent for the Beavers. They have the confidence of knowing they’ve beat the Buffs, and at the very least, the game won’t be played at a high altitude (Hey, it does make a difference!) Even so, the Beavers would help themselves a lot if they could build a big lead and not look back, like they did last game.

There’s a lot at stake for the Beavers, still. If they win 2-3 games, that could be enough to get them an NIT bid. How amazing would that be for a team that was picked to finish last in the Pac-12? And if that’s not enough motivation, there’s also the revenge factor. If they beat Colorado, they would face Oregon, who dealt them a heartbreaking 65-62 loss last week.

And who knows, maybe third time the charm for the Beavers against the Ducks… Go Beavs! (RW)

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