Oregon State Preview

The Arizona State Sun Devils (11-2, 1-0) host the Oregon State Beavers (6-7, 0-1) on Saturday afternoon and will attempt to earn a 2-0 start in Pac-10 play for only the third time in the last 30 years. Coming off a 62-54 over the Oregon Ducks on Thursday night, ASU won its Pac-10 opener for the first time in five years and are just one win away from equaling last year's Pac-10 win total.

The Beavers are coming off a tough 76-63 loss to the Arizona Wildcats. The Beavers led for much of the game and outplayed the Wildcats for the first 35 minutes before crumbling.

Oregon State is the only Pac-10 team with an overall sub .500 record and is in for a tough season after losing their star, Center Sasa Cuic, early to professional basketball. This season, the Beavers are led by swingman Marcel Jones, twin guards Josh and Seth Tarver, and Kansas transfer, Forward C.J. Giles.

Head Coach Jay John

Projected Starters

PG – Josh Tarver – (7.1 PPG, 3.2 APG)
SG – Seth Tarver – (14.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG)
SF – Marcel Jones – (13.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG)
PF – C.J. Giles – (7.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG)
C – Roeland Schaftenaar – (6.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG)

Impact Reserves

G – Omari Johnson
G – Ricky Claitt
F – Sean Carter

Overview

Last year, the Oregon State Beavers had just two Pac-10 wins and both were against the Sun Devils. The maroon and gold will look to avenge that sweep by coming out firing early. Oregon State was picked by most to finish last in the Pac-10 and the Sun Devils were picked just one spot ahead of them. Head Coach Herb Sendek has the Sun Devils playing better than anyone anticipated and has served notice to the rest of the conference with a phenomenal non-conference showing and a great victory over Oregon.

A win over the Beavers will give the Devils a 2-0 start heading into their rivalry game against UofA and don't think for a second that ASU is looking ahead one bit. The players still have a bitter taste of last years sweep on their minds.

Guards

The Tarver brothers are a talented duo and the high school teammates of ASU reserve, Steve Jones. Josh runs the point and is a pass-first point guard while Seth is a big guard that shoots well and plays bigger than his 6'5 frame which helps create matchup problems. Arizona State will counter with Derek Glasser and Ty Abbott. Glasser really came into his own against Oregon with a number of clutch plays in a huge second half that rallied ASU to victory.

Slight Edge – Arizona State Forwards

Marcel Jones is an extremely talented swingman that gave the Devils fits last season. He is very athletic and long and can be a difference maker on both ends of the floor. Kansas transfer, C.J. Giles did not play against Arizona because of disciplinary reasons but is expected to suit up against ASU. Giles is a very talented big man but has seen limited playing time so far this year because of nagging injuries and a glaring problem of getting into foul trouble all too often.

The Sun Devils will have James Harden and Jerren Shipp to counter the Beavers and Harden is playing a level above everyone else right now. With his effortless penetrating and soft shooting touch, the freshman swingman will be the centerpiece of the ASU offense.

Slight Edge – Arizona State

Center

Roeland Schaftenaar does the grunt work down low for OSU. He is a solid rebounder and defender but is not a scoring option that is used often. ASU's Jeff Pendergraph should be able to have his way with the slower Schaftenaar. Pendergraph's game has elevated in recent weeks and if the junior can mix up dunks and put-backs with some mid-range jumpers, he will be very tough to handle.

Solid Edge – Arizona State

Final Score – Arizona State 71 Oregon State 60

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