Oregon State has won only one game since December 1st. They’ve lost 21 of their last 23 and are winless in conference play. There’s absolutely no way they should win this afternoon’s game against UCLA. By all measures, the Bruins should blow out the Beavers this afternoon.
How big of a blowout today’s game is will likely be determined by how much defense UCLA plays. If UCLA plays like they did against Washington last weekend, it will be big. On the other hand, if they decide to just outrun and outscore the Beavers, it could be closer.
But, one thing seems clear. UCLA’s 15th seeding by the NCAA Selection Committee that was announced yesterday probably has a lot to do with the fact that the team doesn’t play defense well unless they are focusing on it. Now, it’s up to the team to fix the inconsistency they’ve had on defense in the final six game of the regular season.
Of course, even if UCLA wins out, they are going to need some help winning the Pac-12 regular season title.
Injuries have certainly taken a toll on the Beavers’ lineup. Sophomore forward Tres Tinkle is out indefinitely with a broken wrist and center Cheikh N’diaye is also out due to an injured left shoulder. As a result, look for the Beavs to use a three guard lineup featuring Stephen Thompson, Jr. who leads the starting lineup with 16.6 ppg and Drew Eubanks who is averaging 14.4 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 8.4 rpg.
But there’s nothing to indicate that the Bruins won’t extend their winning streak to four games.
Here’s how to watch:
#9 UCLA Bruins (22-3, 9-3)
Opponent: Oregon State Beavers (4-21, 0-12)
When: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 2:00 pm PT
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports 1 with Kevin Burkhardt and Steve Lavin
Stream: FoxSportsGo.com and the Fox Sports Go app
- 570 AM in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
- Sirius Channel 84/XM Channel 84 (UCLA feed)
- And, of course, the Bruins Nation Game Thread!
Live Stats: UCLA Bruins Stat Broadcast