We have a big card on Wednesday on the college basketball schedule. The West Virginia Mountaineers and Gonzaga Bulldogs stick out as the biggest game of the evening. That game puts the No. 11 and No. 1 teams in the country on the same court tonight. I’m just looking forward to sitting back and watching that game. I’m not going to have a dollar on the game, but it should be an entertaining matchup nonetheless. I will, however, be looking out west in Washington at the Beasley Coliseum.
The Pac-12 doesn’t get the most attention from college basketball purists, but I think this is going to be a good season for the conference. The arrival of Zaire Williams at Stanford makes things a lot more interesting. There isn’t a team in the Pac-12 that is likely to compete for the National Championship, but it should be a competitive conference that should provide some entertaining games.
The most intriguing game didn’t take place in the Pac-12 last night. That was between Michigan State and Duke in the Champions Classic. Michigan State pulled off a minor upset over the Blue Devils by a score of 75-69. This was the first time ever that Tom Izzo and the Spartans defeated Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Of all the things Izzo has accomplished at Michigan State, he can check that one off his list now.
Meanwhile, in Washington, we have two undefeated schools in the Pac-12 clashing. Oregon State and Washington both enter tonight with a record of 2-0. The Beavers most recently dispatched Northwest Washington, 114-42, in an absolute clinic against an inferior foe. Six different Beavers got into double digits in that game.
Conversely, Washington State were 71-68 winners in a tight contest against Eastern Washington. Should that have been a more comfortable win? Probably, but the Cougars did what they had to do to survive. Head below for our free Oregon State vs. Washington State pick for December 2, 2020.
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Washington State had to fight hard to put away their first two opponents in the 2020-21 season. They could very easily be a 0-2 squad going into Wednesday. Texas Southern had a 31-28 advantage on Washington State at the half last week. However, Washington State was able to play a batter game in the second half to emerge with a 56-52 win. Isaac Bonton carried the load with 28 points and 7 rebounds.
The offensive support from others on the team was nowhere to be found. Noah Williams emerged as the leader in the next win for Washington State, a 71-68 win over Eastern Washington. That game was another case of Washington State starting slow and having to recover. Eastern Washington was up 39-33 at halftime and failed to keep their lead.
In any event, it’s clear that Washington State could struggle offensively again this season. They were 216th out of 353 teams with 69.8 points scored per game last season. The Cougars finished next to last in the Pac-12 a season ago, with a combined record of 16-16. They were abysmal in the conference, with just six wins for a record of 6-12. More offensive woes should prevent them from getting much further along in 2020-21.
Oregon State were a 18-13 team last season. I like what they did against a decent Cal team in the season opener. The Beavers were in control throughout, as they took a 36-31 lead into the break, and then left the building with a 71-63 win over the Golden Bears. Ethan Thompson has looked impressive thus far for Oregon State. He’s led the Beavers in scoring in both games, 15 against Cal, and then 17 against Northwest Washington.
The Beavers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings against the Cougars. Despite starting off at 2-0 in the 2020-21 campaign, Washington State has done nothing to get me excited about them. If they bring that same kind of effort against Oregon State tonight, then the Beavers should get a win out of this trip. This should be a close game, with Oregon State pulling away late for a road win on Wednesday night in Pullman.