OSU’s promising season heads home
At a stellar 4-2 on the season—with close losses to Alabama and Kansas—the Oregon State Beavers are off to a very good start on the season.
Good thing for the Beavs, as eight of their next 10 games come at home before hitting the road for games at both UCLA and USC.
During those eight games, there’s a long seven-game homestand. It’ll be home cooking indeed for Oregon State, and a great chance for the Beavs to prove they’re for real.
December 6th – Chicago State
The 2-8 Chicago State Cougars should be the Beavers easiest opponents during this homestand. They don’t hold up well on defense, and struggle to score points. Beavs should coast to an easy win.
December 19th – Howard
Another coaster against the Howard Bisons. Howard plays pretty good defense, but struggles on offense—averaging less than 60 points a game.
December 22 – San Diego
Will be played in Las Vegas, Nevada. Technically not an away or home game.
December 29 – Towson
The 4-4 Towson Tigers aren’t a huge threat, but it’s still not a game the Beavers should take lightly.
The Tigers play pretty solid defense, allowing opponents 63.9 points per game. Their offense isn’t exactly electric though, averaging just 66.6 points a game. Still, they could give Oregon State a challenge as the underdog.
December 31 – UT-Pan America
The Broncos shouldn’t pose much of a challenge to the Beavers. They allow more than 70 points a game, and barely average more than 60 themselves. It will be a nice buffer game before the beginning of conference play.
January 6 – Oregon
It’s only fitting that Oregon State kicks off its Pac-12 play against the in-state rival Oregon Ducks.
At 7-1 on the season, the Ducks are also off to a surprisingly hot start to the 2012-13 season. It’s not surprising that Oregon is winning with offense, averaging 78.5 points per game (second in the Pac-12).
These two teams split the series last year, and oddly enough each team won away from home. However, the Beavers were two points away from winning both games—the game in Corvallis ended 73-74.
With a close loss at home last year—and a better roster this season—it’s hard to not give the Beavs the edge.
January 10 – Arizona State
At 7-1, Arizona State sits near the top of the Pac-12 leader board. But with its only true competition coming against Creighton—a less than spectacular 73-87 loss—it’s hard to know if they are for real.
Before facing off with OSU, the Sun Devils will play host to Utah (6-2) and Colorado (7-1). Those two games will be a good indication of how good ASU truly is.
January 12 – Arizona
At 6-0 on the season, the Wildcats currently stand atop of the Pac-12. With dominating wins over UTEP and Mississippi State, they’re favored to be the best team in the conference this season.
Arizona leads the Pac-12 in points per game (81.5) and is third in points allowed (59.7).
Outside of its close loss to Kansas, this will be Oregon State’s biggest test of the season when it comes around. A big home win against Arizona would be a boon for these Beavers—who desperately seek to return to the NCAA tournament.