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?
BoiseState's basketball team welcomes OregonState to town tonight at 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.OregonState 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.
OregonState 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.
OregonState 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."
expected starters for OregonState
are guards Lamar Hurd (6-4, 190), Chris Stevens (6-2, 194) and Nash, Cuic at
forward and center Kyle Jeffers (6-10, 270).