The Washington Huskies and Oregon State Beavers are scheduled to meet at Gill Coliseum on Thursday night. This isn’t the most highly anticipated matchup on Thursday, but there appears to be a profitable situation in Corvallis. Hopefully we get out of this contest with a bankroll booster. It has been a tough season for the Huskies, and they’re coming off another sloppy performance.
Washington welcomed Washington State to Seattle on Sunday, and the visitors made themselves feel like they were at home. Washington State jumped out to an early lead, and pulled away for a 77-62 win. The Huskies were down 38-29 at the half and were not able to recover in the second-half.
It was a discouraging performance by Washington. For a few games there, the Huskies looked like a respectable squad. They competed hard against UCLA in a 81-76 loss, and then beat Colorado, 84-80, and followed up with a win against Utah, 83-79. Despite Washington having the privilege of playing at home in those contests, it was still a promising sign for the Huskies.
Well, any confidence that Washington was able to develop during that stretch was sucked out of the room by Washington State. I thought we were going to see Washington put forth a better effort against their rivals at home in that one, but they didn’t offer much resistance. The Cougars were in control from the get-go and never in danger.
The Huskies had to use a lot of energy during that three-game stretch, which saw them play their best basketball this year. Despite that, Washington goes into Corvallis with a record of 3-12. They are still searching for their first win on the road. They’ve drawn blanks in four games as visitors, but can get on the board on the road with a victory against the Beavers.
Oregon State has been an average team, with the potential to be good with more consistency. They’ve been good in spots, and have taken some quality teams down to the wire. They are coming off a couple of road losses against USC, 75-62, and UCLA, 57-52. Not a terrible effort against the Bruins in that one. They did cover as 11.5-point underdogs. In the first game of that three-game road trip, Oregon State looked great in a 75-64 win over Oregon on January 23. Head below for our free Washington vs. Oregon State pick on February 4, 2021.
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Washington, at least for three games, looked like a team that belonged in the Pac-12. Because for the greater portion of this season, Washington has been a team that should probably flip spots with Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference. The Huskies were getting punched in the mouth against everyone, which includes smaller teams like UC Riverside and Montana. They lost to UC Riverside on December 1, 57-42, at home in Seattle.
A few weeks later, the Huskies were frustrated by Montana in a 66-58 loss. It had to be discouraging for the coaching staff to watch them revert back to their old ways against Washington State. The Huskies were small favorites in that one, but they didn’t play like it.
Overall this season, Washington ranks 281st in the NCAA with 67.1 points scored per game. The problem for the Huskies is twofold. Not only do they struggle to score points, but their defense has largely struggled as well. Washington has conceded an average of 77.3 points per game for 309th in the NCAA. As I noted, Washington is still searching for their first win on the road.
Their offense hasn’t been too bad on the road, with 71 points per game for a bump compared to Seattle. However, defensively they’ve been getting torched at a clip of 84 points per game. The Beavers are respectable on both sides of the floor. They don’t do anything exceptionally well, but are steady operators offensively and defensively.
Oregon State is 127th in the NCAA with 68.3 points against per game. They’ve held some good offenses in check this season, including USC in a 58-56 win on January 19 and 75-64 win over the Oregon Ducks a few days later Following those two solid outings, the Beavers ran into a wall on the road versus USC and UCLA. Back at home, expect Oregon State to come out with a better performance.
The Beavers have been reliable at home, with 75.5 points scored per game as opposed to 71.6 points overall on the year. They are coming off back-to-back wins at home over USC, 58-56, and Arizona State, 80-79. Oregon State was pounded by Arizona prior to that win, 98-64, though Washington isn’t close to their talent, nor Arizona State or USC for that matter. Expect a close game early, with Oregon State pulling away to win and cover as Washington runs out of juice.