Things couldn’t be more different for UCLA (23-3, 9-3 Pac 12) than the last time the Bruins met with Oregon State (4-21, 0-12 Pac 12). UCLA was coming off a heartbreak loss, their first loss of the season and just 48 hours later had to shake off the bitter loss at the hands of Oregon, on a buzzer beater, to play what turned out to be a very inspired Beaver basketball team. The Bruins ended up defeating the Beavers, 76-63. This time the Bruins are coming off a thrilling come from behind victory over the Ducks.
While the Bruins have lost two more times since then, things have really gone south for the Beavers. Hampered with injuries, most notably, sophomore forward Tres Tinkle (6-8, 220), who has played in only the first six games of the season before being injured. Tinkle was averaging 20.2 points per game (ppg) and 8.3 rebounds per game (rpg). That’s a lot of production to lose when playing in the tough Pac 12 Conference.
Oregon State is coached by Tinkle’s father, Wayne Tinkle, who was able to get the Beavers into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 26 years, a year ago, but that was then and this is now and now has been tough sledding indeed.
The Beavers are coming off 92-66 loss to USC, but for the first time this season five Oregon State players scored in double figures. Freshman guard, JaQuori McLaughlin (6-4, 185) scored a team high 12 points. Sophomore forward, Drew Eubanks (6-10, 250) scored 11, sophomore guard Stephen Thompson, Jr. (6-4, 175) scored 11, freshman guard Kendal Manuel (6-4, 185) scored 11 and freshman forward Ben Kone` (6-8, 235) scored 10.
The last time the two teams played, Oregon State played tough defense holding the Bruins to shooting 44.1 percent from the floor, 36.0 percent from behind the arc and even their free throws were off hitting only 65.2 per cent from the line.
Though the Bruins didn’t have their usual hot shooting night the first time these two teams played, four players did reach double figures.
Even though the Bruins didn’t have their best night offensively, UCLA still had four players to reach double-figures led by Lonzo Ball, who had a career high 23 points. TJ Leaf contributed a double-double scoring 21 points, Aaron Holiday came off the bench to score 14 points and Bryce Alford had 12 points.
The game will be played in Pauley Pavilion and the tipoff is scheduled for 2:01PM PST and will be televised nationally by FOX Sports 1 with Kevin Burkhardt handling the play-by-play and former UCLA coach Steve Lavin analyzing the action.
For those who will be out and about, UCLA’s flagship station AM 570 will broadcast the contest with Josh Lewin and Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channel: Ch. 84/Ch. 84 and SIRIUS App. Channel: Ch. 84 will broadcast the game on satellite radio.