Taller Beavs meet speedier Radford in CBI

THERE'S A NUMBER to look for in Oregon State's game against Radford in the first round of the CBI -- 2,333. That's how many fans OSU needs to come through the gates just for the Beavs to break even after paying the required $35,000 to host an opening-round game in the CBI.

Oregon State (16-15, 8-10 Pac-12) takes on Radford (21-12, 10-6 Big South) at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

There is no TV but the game can be streamed live for free at Oregon State's Pac-12 site.

Apart from counting the numbers in the seats, one thing to look for on the court: turnovers.

OSU has turned the ball over at least 15 times in each of its past five contests. Ouch. Not coincidentally, the Beavers have lost seven of their past 10 games.

The Beavers last played a week ago, a 14-point loss to Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament's opening round.

Oregon State will have a distinct size advantage, so look for a big night down on the blocks from Angus Brandt, Devon Collier or Eric Moreland -- or all three.

Meanwhile, Radford will undoubtedly try to tire out the bigger Beavs.

They have to change the nets at halftime. Neither team is known for their defense and both score lots of points. Radford averages 78 points per game, the Beavs are third in the conference in scoring at 75.3 ppg.

Will the winning team have to crack 90?


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