CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State men's basketball team hits the road this week for the second time of the Pac-12 regular season schedule. The Beavers will be in Washington to take on the Huskies and the Cougars.
After passing a huge test last week against a ranked Arizona team, the Beavers are riding high on their new found momentum. Following the slow start on January 9th, against the Arizona State Sun Devils, OSU made the necessary changes to compete against the 24th ranked Wildcats in the first half. The Beavs then went on to score 51 points in the second half, while holding Arizona to 34, a team that took the then 9th ranked Oregon Ducks to overtime just three days prior.
This upcoming trip to Washington, will be a new challenge than it was viewed as coming into the season. Last week, the Huskies received the news that point guard Quade Green was ruled academically ineligible. The Kentucky transfer was averging 11 points and five assist per game, while shooting 45 percent from behind the three point line. So far in his absence, Washington has loss two games in a row. But with six days of preparation, OSU knows it'll still be a difficult task to knock off the Huskies on the road.
"They're playing guys that they haven't played much and it's tough to make that transition when you're early in conference play," said OSU head coach, Wayne Tinkle." "Coach Hop does a great job up there and he's got some time now after getting back to that trip to getting guys to where they're a little bit more dialed in. So I know they'll have a great plan for us on Thursday. But we'll have a lot to do with that with how we set the tone and how we come to play."
Saturday, the Beavers will then take on Washington, who is (1-3) in conference play this season. The Cougars are also on a two game losing streak, and will face the 8th ranked Oregon Ducks on Thursday.
Oregon State's game against Washington tips off at 8:00 p.m. on January 16th, in the Alaska Airlines Arena. The game is set to be aired on Fox Sports 1.