Oregon State, although they played much better in their regular seasons finale against Oregon, have dropped six of their final seven games heading into the Pac-12 tournament.
The conventional wisdom around cyberspace is Oregon State (17-13) will need to win at least two games in the tournament to earn an NIT bid. An NCAA tournament bid is off the table unless the Beavs win four games in a row and take the Pac-12 tourney title.
Oregon State is tissue-paper thin, diminishing the prospects of winning games on successive days. Further complicating matters, Oregon State is 2-10 on the road this season.
But first things first, with OSU needing to get by Colorado.
Guard Askia Booker averages 17.2 ppg and it should be a blast to watch Gary Payton II, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, when he's matched up on him.
The Beavers won their only meeting against Colorado, 72-58, on Feb. 21 in Corvallis.
This game, like the earlier meeting, is likely to come down to Colorado's offense vs. the Beavs' D. Colorado is likely to have a completely different game plan this time around on how to beat the Beavers' zone.
That may revolve around pace, trying to go fast when Oregon State wants to go slow.
Whoever best imposes their style of play is likely to advance to a second-round matchup against No. 2 Oregon on Thursday at 6 p.m. The first and second rounds are being televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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