HOOPS: Beavs could do with some good news

OREGON STATE PLAYED hard in Thursday's game against No. 18 Arizona but the Beavs, who knocked off 'Zona earlier this season, were outmatched this time. That doesn't figure to be the case Saturday against ASU in Oregon State's regular season finale. But there are more than enough reasons why Oregon State should be thinking about bringing their A-game to Tempe.

Washington State and Oregon are Exhibits A and B -- both lost to ASU recently.

It's also a road game, and OSU has not won a Pac-10 road game all season and has only one win total (Howard) away from Corvallis. Plus, Oregon State's record (10-18, 5-12 Pac-10) suddenly doesn't look a whole lot different than ASU's 11-18 (3-14) after the Sun Devils' upset wins over WSU and UO.

For the Beavs, they could use some momentum heading into the Pac-10 tournament. A couple of upset wins in the tourney could help take away some of the sting from a season that began with high hopes, but has seen only five Pac-10 wins with one game to go.

One of those wins came against ASU (80-58 on Dec. 30) but the Sun Devils are playing like a different team of late. Guard Trent Lockett is averaging 13.4 ppg and pulling down 5.3 boards a game.

But OSU can't overlook a pair of seniors who were big-time in the 73-53 win over Oregon -- Rihards Kuksiks and Ty Abbott each scored 22 points and shot a combined 13-25 from 3-point land.

The game is radio only, and tips off at 1 p.m. PT. Oregon State is guaranteed to finish in the bottom four seedings for the Pac-10 tournament, meaning they begin play on Wednesday in the single elimination tourney.

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