It is a staggering number, considering most of our games were played in the 50's or 60's last season. This year our offense has turned into an "up-tempo, run at every opportunity" style, which of course means more possessions for both teams and more points.
3. The Beavers are 6-3 at home, but only 1-5 away. Is this a matter of the Beavers being a good home team or really struggling on the road? Is playing at home going to be enough to get the Beavers playing at their best on Thursday?
Well for one thing, Oregon State's toughest games have been on the road. We have faced Seattle University, Colorado, Montana, Washington State, and Washington in their gyms. We are a pretty good home team, and even though our attendance numbers are low, Gill Coliseum can get pretty loud when we are playing well.
4. Joe Burton was well thought of out of high school and is shooting 55% this year, but averaging only about eight points per game. Is his limited production a matter of Burton not getting position or the other guys not getting him the ball and do you think he'll be a focal point of the OSU offense Thursday?
Burton had a VERY rough start to the season, but ever since Pac-10 play has begun he has become a force down low. He loves his new role coming off the bench, and he has definitely been the focal point of the offense when he is on the floor. Burton is averaging 11 points per game in Pac-10 play, and came up clutch time after time with 16 points in the Beavers upset against Arizona.
Calvin Haynes controls the ball for the most part in OSU's offense, with Cunningham's points either coming off steals, backdoor cuts, spot up threes, or sky-kissing tip-dunks. Haynes' job is basically to pass the ball to a big man, or stop on a dime and create his own shot.
The main key will be a big night from Joe Burton. Like I said above, he has had a great start to Pac-10 play, and when he gets going like he did against the Arizona schools, it's tough to see us not winning the game.
For UCLA, the keys will be keeping the ball out of Burton and Angus Brandt's hands. If you force the ball to the perimeter and our few three-point shooters (Cunningham, Ahmad Starks, and Haynes) can't make their shots, then the Bruins have a great chance of getting out of Corvallis with a victory.
Oregon State-77, UCLA-72 in an Overtime thriller.