Hoops Preview - Oregon State

With the regular season complete, the No. 3 seed Washington Huskies (21-9, 11-7) will travel down to Los Angeles for the Pac-10 tournament and will take on No. 6 seed Oregon State (14-16, 8-10) in the quarterfinals on Thursday night. The game will be at 8:40 p.m. PST at the Staples Center. It will be aired live on Fox Sports Northwest.

The season series between the two teams was won by UW, who got the best of OSU in both games by scores of 76-70 on Dec. 31 and 82-70 on March 6.

In the first game of the series, it was the first Pac-10 game of the season. Although the Huskies didn't play well, they still managed to pull away by six. Leading the way for the Huskies on that night was senior Quincy Pondexter, who had 20 points on 5 of 13 shooting and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Isaiah Thomas also had a strong game with 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting and five boards.

As a team, Washington shot 42 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. They also had 37 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

On the other end, Oregon State was led by senior center Roeland Schaftenaar. He had 16 points on 5 of 11 shooting and seven rebounds.

The Beavers finished the game shooting 46 percent from the floor and 31 percent from three. They also only had 24 rebounds and had 17 turnovers.

The next time the two teams met was also the most recent game for both teams and the last Pac-10 game of the season.

The Huskies dominated from the beginning and never looked back. They were led by the strong play of Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who had 20 points on 9 of 15 shooting and 11 rebounds. He also was strong on the defensive end, with two steals and two blocks.

Isaiah Thomas led the way in the backcourt with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting and five assists. Pondexter finished off his record breaking fifth Pac-10 Player of the Week award with 18 points on 5 of 11 shooting. It came on the heels of a career-high 34-point effort at Oregon just two days earlier.

As a whole, Washington shot 50 percent from the field and was 43 percent from beyond the arc. They finished with 28 rebounds and only had seven turnovers.

On the other end, Oregon State was carried again by Schaftenaar and his 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He also had four rebounds. Calvin Haynes also had a solid game with 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting from the field.

The Beavers finished shooting 48 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc. They out-rebounded the Huskies with 31 boards, but had 16 turnovers.

Haynes, who is just a junior, has led the way this season in points for the Beavers with 12.7 a game on 41 percent shooting. He also averages just over one steal per game.

His teammate, senior Seth Tarver, leads the Pac-10 in steals with 2.3 a game. Tarver is also the reigning Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He's no slouch on the offensive end, averaging 10.4 points a game on 48 percent shooting and 4.7 rebounds.

As a team, Oregon State averages 60 points a game on 43 percent shooting from the field. They shoot 67 percent from the free-throw line and 29 percent from 3-point range. On the defensive end, they allow their opponents 61.1 points a game, 8.2 steals and just two blocks.

Oregon State's projected starting lineup for this game will be Tarver, Haynes, Schaftenaar, Daniel Deane and freshman Jared Cunningham. Josh Tarver and Joe Burton will play a big role off of the bench.

Because it's one-and-done in the knockout format, the winner of this game will play the winner of Arizona State-Stanford. If the Huskies lose to Oregon State, they will have to wait to see if they make the NCAA tournament or the NIT.


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