Oregon State has more to prove in the Pac-12 Tournament (3/12/19)

Despite being a No.4 seed and having a first round bye, the Beavers are embracing the underdog role.

Posted: Mar. 13, 2019 12:27 AM

Las Vegas, NV. -- Colorado, Washington and Oregon all finished conference play and the regular season on a high note and with some momentum heading into the Pac-12 Tournament.

However, Oregon State has flown under the radar, despite being the No. 4 seed and having the best conference finish in nearly three decades. But if you ask any OSU player or coach, that’s just how they like to be: the team no one thinks of first.

“Obviously we're a top four team for a reason. We let some slip but we keep that chip on our shoulder,” said Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle. I think we will be locked in and play aggressive. We are going to surprise people like we have all season."

The Beavers arrived in Las Vegas Monday night and practiced Tuesday afternoon. From the energy the team has displayed so far, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle feels good about his players’ focus.

“Those guys feel good about themselves and that's great. We know what we need to do to handle our business,” said Wayne Tinkle. “We know we compete with some of the best in our league. We feel like we got as good of a chance as anybody."

Oregon State will take on the winner of Colorado and Cal Thursday afternoon at 2:30.

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