Oregon State Preview

Arizona State Sun Devils (6-17, 0-12) will head to Corvallis to face the Oregon State Beavers. The Sun Devils are coming off another hard fought loss to the Oregon Ducks, and are still searching for their first Pac 10 victory. Oregon State's only victory in the Pac-10 came against the Devils earlier this season in Tempe.

After taking Washington State to the final seconds, Arizona State was able to do the same to the 13th ranked Oregon Ducks. The Sun Devils were able to hold the high flying Ducks to just 55 points and 39% shooting from the field. However, they were not able to stop freshman guard Tajuan Porter, who dropped 24 points, including six threes. Arizona State was also led by a freshman. Guard Derek Glasser finished with a career-high 17 points, but continued to struggle with his turnovers. Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph could not find his stroke all night and collected just 4 points. This did not slow him down though, tying a career high in rebounds with 19. This was their ASU's ninth loss on the season within 5 or less points.

Oregon State is another team desperate for some victories. After scoring just 35 points against UCLA, the Beavers rebounded nicely and nearly pulled off an upset against 24th ranked Arizona. The Beavers were lead by junior Sasa Cuic, who had a career high 25 points. Marcel Jones contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Kyle Jeffers added a season high 13 rebounds, which was his first double digit rebound game since December 17th. Arizona was able to get to the free throw line 33 times.

Head Coach Jay John
Projected Starters

G- Wesley Washington (5.4 PPG, 44% FG)
G- Josh Tarver (9.7 PPG, 3.7 APG)
F- Marcel Jones (15.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG)
F- Sasa Cuic (12.9 PPG, 39% 3PT)
C- Kyle Jeffers (6.8 PPG, 56% FG)

Impact Reserves

G- Angelo Tsagarakis
G/F- Jack McGillis


Oregon State and Arizona State will be battling to not finish last in the Pac-10. Both teams are bring up the rear of the conference and are hungry for the taste of victory. Arizona State is on a school record 13-game losing streak, while Oregon State is seven game losing streak of their own.

The Beavers' offense revolves around their talented forwards. Coming off a career-high in points, Sasa Cuic is going to be ready to go. He has scored in double-digits in all but six games on the season. Following Cuic, is another talented forward in junior Marcel Jones. Jones is the team's leader in both scoring and rebounding, as well as the team's leader both physically and emotionally. The Beavers have been looking for a third scorer all season, and freshman Josh Tarver has begun to become that man. After an up and down start to the season, Tarver is becoming more of role player on a nightly basis. Expect to see him be a bigger part of the offense then the last time we saw the Beavers this season.

Coming off the bench for Oregon State is sharp shooting guard Angelo Tsagarakis. Tsagarakis is redshirted year last season, due to injury, and has yet to solidify himself in the offense. However, he is a pure shooter that can be lethal from anywhere on the court. Next off the bench is Jack McGillis. McGillis logs around 20 minutes a game, but nonetheless when he is on the court, Coach John does not expect too much out of him. He is more of a role player that brings energy and hustle to the court when needed.


Each team looks for their point guards to be distributors and not scorers. Oregon State's junior Wesley Washington continues to be apprehensive to shoot from beyond the arc, and for good reason. Washington is shooting 7% from three-point range on the season. Freshman Josh Tarver is the team leader in assists and has become more of a scorer in recent weeks.

Slight Edge – Arizona State


Arizona State will have a tough battle at this position. Oregon State's two leading scorers play this position. Junior Sasa Cuic and junior Marcel Jones are averaging almost 30 PPG between the two of them. Cuic, 6-10, will be a tough match up for the Sun Devils. Senior Allen Morill may be playing his best basketball since he arrived in Tempe, but Cuic might be too much for him to handle in this game. Jones will be another tough match up, causing the defense to stretch to the perimeter. He not only leads the team in points, but he also takes the most three-point attempts.

Solid Edge – Oregon State


Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph has been solid and the most consistent player from Coach Sendek all season. Pendergraph will need to continue to have touch from the outside when he goes up against senior Kyle Jeffers. After Jeffers fouled out with 18 minuets left in the 2nd half in Tempe, the Devils were not able to capitalize. Pendergraph is also leading the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds, which he will need to continue in order for the Devils to pick up a road win.

Solid Edge – Arizona State

Final Score – Arizona State 55 Oregon State 51

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