Graham's Group Gears Up for Beavers Tonight

Boise State surprised a lot of people with it's 20-win season and advancement into the Sweet 16 of the National Invitation Tournament last season. The returning players from that squad are playing well, but the newcomers are slow to join the party. What can we look for from the Beavers tonight?

     Boise State's basketball team welcomes Oregon State to town tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena in a key matchup for both squads.  The Broncos are 5-3 and loaded with talent but are looking to find themselves as a team and play with consistency.  Oregon State too is 5-3 but has played a much tougher schedule, beating Colorado, Portland and Siena among others and losing to Georgia (76-74), UNLV and East Carolina.  The Beavers are also trying to find that consistency and are prone to long droughts.  Oregon State ranks #152 in the NCAA in scoring at 70.5 points a game. The Beavers are hitting just 41.9% of their shots and are averaging 15.6 turnovers per game.

 

     Oregon State will be looking to prepare for PAC-10 showdowns with USC and UCLA later this month and will be a force to contend with tonight.  The Beaver squad is loaded with experience, with 5 seniors, forwards David Lucas (6-8, 246), Vic Remmers (6-5, 215) and Jim Hanchett (6-6, 248), guard J.S. Nash (6-1, 210) and center Derek Potter (6-11,247).  Lucas has been out with a foot injury and has not yet played.  In addition to the returning players, OSU brought in Aleksander Cuic, a 6-10, 240-pound forward that could be the PAC-10 Freshman of the Year according to Coach Greg Graham of the Broncos.  Nick Dewitz (6-8, 220), a transfer from Iowa, will also help inside until Lucas can come back.  Dewitz had 16 points and 6 rebounds in just 13 minutes against Bethune-Cookman.

 

     Oregon State is coached by Jay John, who says "I'm not real pleased with our inability to fight through what goes on on the road. It's a maturity thing that our team needs to develop."

 

      Tonight's expected starters for Oregon State are guards Lamar Hurd (6-4, 190), Chris Stevens (6-2, 194) and Nash, Cuic at forward and center Kyle Jeffers (6-10, 270).


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