HOOPS: Beavs now face win or go home

THE BEAVS HAVE to win or go home. That's the finality of the Pac-12 tournament and coming in with a 14-17 record. The Beavs will face NCAA tournament-bound Colorado (20-10), a team they upset 64-58 in the regular season finale in Boulder. But this tilt will be a little different.

That's because Colorado, the fifth seed, gets back their star forward, Andre Roberson. He's missed the last two games with mononucleosis.

All he does is lead the nation in rebounding at 11.5 per game. For good measure, he chips in 10.8 ppg, with 2.3 steals and 1.4 blocks.

The game is likely to feature a great battle between Roberson and Beaver forward Eric Moreland. Colorado has been installed a 4.5 point favorite for the opener in Las Vegas, the first time the Pac-12 tournament has been played there.

Oregon State takes its worst seeding ever into the Pac-10/12 tournament with a 12 seed. But the Beavs have picked up three tourney wins over the past two season.

They also pulled off the shocker of the tournament last year when they knocked off the No. 1 seed Washington.

Oregon State has had little trouble putting up points this year at 72.4 (third best in conference). It's on the defensive end towards the end of games that has plagued them.

Winning four games in fours days is awfully tough. That's why it's so important to a team's chances of winning the tourney be one of the top four seeds who get a bye on Day One. And until last year, most writers said winning four games in four days was a near-impossibility.

But last year a team won four games in four days to capture the Pac-12 Conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

That team was Colorado.

Tip-off is at 2:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.

BY THE NUMBERS:
  • Oregon State is outscoring teams 72-70 this season. The Beavs shoot 44.9 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from 3-point range.
  • Oregon State is shooting 66.7 percent of their free throws.
  • The Beavers average 37.7 rebounds per game, and allow 31.6 to opponents.
  • Oregon State opponents are shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from 3-point range.
  • The Beavers are averaging 14 assists, 6 steals, 5 blocks, and 14 steals per game.
  • Colorado is outscoring teams 68-63 this season. The Buffaloes are shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range.
  • The Buffs make 68.1 percent of their free throws. Colorado averages 37.1 rebounds per game and give up 30.9 to opponents.
  • Colorado opponents are shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from 3 point range.
  • Colorado is averaging 10 assists, 7 steals, 3 blocks, and 13 turnovers per game.

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