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Talkin’ Tall Firs: Civil War (Round 2)

A Historic In-State Battle Goes Down This Saturday

Only one game for the Ducks this week and it’s an important one for the state of Oregon. Oregon State won the first matchup against U of O back in early January, 77-72. Tres Tinkle was the leading scorer for the Beavers with 28 points on 4-8 3PT. He also grabbed 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Louis King had his first career double-double against OSU with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

That was the first PAC-12 conference matchup for both teams. Oregon has been 6-4 since then and sit 5th in the conference standings. Oregon State has also been 6-4 since that first game in conference play and now are in 3rd place in the PAC-12. This game is very important for seeding in the PAC-12 Tournament as U of O is only 1 game behind OSU in the standings. Remember, the first 4 teams in the PAC-12 standings get a first-round bye straight into the quarterfinals.

Oregon State Beavers

Wins - UC Riverside, Wyoming, Old Dominion, Penn, @ Long Beach State, Missouri State, Pepperdine, Central Connecticut State, @ Oregon, USC, UCLA, Washington State, @ Colorado, @ Utah, California

Losses - Missouri, @ Saint Louis, Texas A&M, Kent State, @ Arizona State, @ Arizona, Washington, Stanford

KenPom Ranking - #93

Game Time:

Oregon (15-8, 6-5) @ Oregon State (15-8, 7-4) 10:30 PM ET, PAC12 on Saturday, February 16th

Key Numbers:

  • 74.2 Points Per Game
  • 36.6 Rebounds Per Game
  • 15.2 Assists Per Game
  • 6.1 Steals Per Game
  • 5.6 Blocks Per Game (#6 in the Nation; Kylor Kelley Ranks #2 in the Nation at 3.5 BPG)
  • 69.5 Points Allowed Per Game (+4.6 Since Last Meeting)
  • 46.9 Field Goal Percentage

Player to Watch For:

Tres Tinkle, Junior - 20.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.7 SPG

Tres has led his team in PPG, RPG, and APG throughout the entire season. He now leads the Beavers in SPG too. Tinkle is a versatile scorer who has recorded double figure points for now 57 straight games.

Score Prediction: 76-72, Ducks over Beavers

Oregon has improved since that last meeting against the Beavers. The Ducks are 4-1 in their last 5 meetings but 2-2 in PAC-12 games on the road.

*Arden Cravalho is a senior at Gonzaga University... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho