Oregon State Preview

After taking 15th ranked University of Oregon to the wire, Arizona State (6-10, 0-5) will host the Oregon State Beavers (8-9, 0-4) on Saturday. Both teams will be looking for their first Pac-10 victory on the season. The Beavers are coming a loss in Tucson, falling 83-72 to Arizona.

The Oregon State Beavers should be happy leaving Corvallis after starting 0-3 in their first Pac-10 games there this season. This will be only their second Pac-10 road game and fifth on the season. The Beavers play a very similar style of play to the Sun Devils, by slowing down the game and trying to keep the score in the 60's. They are coming off a close loss to Arizona, where they were led by junior F Marcel Jones who had 26 points and eight rebounds. Junior F Sasa Cuic also had a significant contribution with 16 points and six rebounds. Jones and Cuic combined for 57% of the team's shots during that contest.

Arizona State is coming off another tough fought conference game. The Sun Devils were able to slow down the high octane offense of the Ducks and keep the game within reach up to the final seconds. The Devils were led by sophomore C Jeff Pendergraph, who despite early foul trouble finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. Emerging freshman G Derek Glasser chipped in with 12 points and five assists, while committing no turnovers.

Head Coach

Jay John (63-73 both overall and Pac-10)

Projected Starters

G- Wesley Washington (6.1 PPG, 43% FG)
G- Josh Tarver (10.1 PPG, 3.5 APG)
F- Marcel Jones (15.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG)
F- Sasa Cuic (12.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG)
C- Kyle Jeffers (6.4 PPG, 52% FG)

Impact Reserves

G- Angelo Tsagarakis
G/F- Seth Tarver
G/F- Jack McGillis

Overview


Similar to the Sun Devils, Oregon State is struggling in Pac-10 play. Furthermore, the Beavers and Devils have a similar style of play, both slowing down the game and running an offensive set. Oregon State has averaged just 66 PPG, compared to 70 PPG for Arizona State. The Beavers have three players averaging double digits in scoring, but have not had very much help from the rest of the squad. They are paced by Cuic and Jones. They have been plagued by turnovers, committing 14.4 a game. However, they have been able to force 17.1 per contest. They were guilty of 20 turnovers against Arizona on Thursday.

Coming off of the bench are two sharp shooters. Junior guard Tsagarakis is usually the first to see action and isn't shy heaving the round ball from anywhere and everywhere on the court. Tsagarakis redshirted last season with a shoulder injury and has had a slow start to the year. When he finds his stroke again, he can be lethal against any opponent. Sophomore McGillis is the team's leading shooter from behind the arc, converting 42.1% on his three-point attempt.

Guards

Oregon State relies on the guards in the same way the Sun Devils do. Each team looks for the point guards to be distributors and not scorers. Arizona State will not have to worry about Oregon States junior G Wesley Washington shooting the ball from beyond the arc, as he has had a lowly a rate of success of 8%. Freshman G Josh Tarver is the Beavers' leader in assists. However, he is also gets first billing in turnovers, averaging nearly one turnover per assist. If the Devils can pressure the ball and make them shoot from the outside, they should be in good shape.

Slight Edge – Arizona State

Forwards

Arizona State will have a tough battle at this position. Oregon State's two leading scorers are their two starting forwards, junior Sasa Cuic and junior Marcel Jones. Cuic, 6-10, will be a tough match up for the Sun Devils. Senior Serge Angounou will have to step up his defense in order to slow him down. Jones will be another tough match up, causing the defense to stretch to the perimeter. Coming off the bench for Coach John is one of the most heralded recruits he has brought to Corvallis - true freshman Seth Tarver, brother of Josh Tarver. He is a similar player to ASU's Sylvester Seay and is seeing his minutes go up each game.

Edge – Oregon State

Centers

Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph has been playing the best he has in is one and a half years in Tempe. He has averaged a double-double in Pac-10 play, and seems to be thriving under Coach Sendek's offense. Pendergraph will need to continue to have his touch from the outside when he goes up against senior Kyle Jeffers. Jeffers is not known for his offense, but he is a beast on defense. He is listed at 258 pounds, which is 48 more pounds heavier than Pendergraph.

Solid Edge – Arizona State

Final Score – Arizona State 67 Oregon State 63

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