Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:11

Bruins Head To Corvallis

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Holiday A OSUHow UCLA (13-5, 4-2) will bounce back after what was probably their worst game of the season remains to be seen. The Bruins head to Corvallis to play a tough Oregon State (10-7, 2-3) team that is coming off two tough road losses to Arizona and Arizona State.

The Pac-12 conference is a topsy-turvy league this season. Anyone can beat anybody anywhere. The Beavers beat Colorado at home and lost to Utah. That's just the way the Pac-12 is shaping up this season.

For the Bruins to get back into the winning column, they will have to do a better job on the offensive end. UCLA had a lot of trouble against Colorado that played a very aggressive zone then would switch up and play some man defense.

The Buffs held the Bruins to shoot 37.1 percent from the floor, 20 percent from beyond the arc and UCLA shot a horrific 44.4 percent from the line. UCLA was held to 59 points their lowest output of the season.

Thomas Welsh led the Bruins in scoring with 20 while Aaron Holiday and Kris Wilkes contributed 10 points each.

Before the surprising loss to CU, UCLA was playing their best basketball of the season. The Bruins will need to get back to ball movement and getting open looks on offense.

Oregon State has three players who average in double-figures. Sophomore forward, Tres Tinkle (6-8, 190) leads the Beavers in scoring averaging 18.2 points per game (ppg). He is also the son Oregon State head basketball coach, Wayne Tinkle, who is in his fourth season at the helm.

Junior guard, Stephen Thompson, Jr. (6-4, 190) averages 16.5 ppg and his dad is Oregon State assistant coach Stephen Thompson, Sr.

Junior forward, Drew Eubanks (6-10, 250) is the third OSU player to average in double figures (13.3) and he has the highest shooting percentage on the team hitting 63 percent of his shots.

Freshman guard, Ethan Thompson (6-5, 190) the son and the younger brother of the before mentioned Thompson’s, is averaging just under double-figures at 9.3 ppg.

The game will be played in Gill Coliseum, a venue that holds 9,604 fans. The tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM PST and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 with Aaron Goldsmith handling the play-by-play and Doug Gottlieb analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on AM 570 with Josh Lewin and UCLA great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

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