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February 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Scouting report: Oregon State

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Scouting report: Oregon State
Game info: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Gill Coliseum (10,400 capacity)
TV: FSN (Joel Meyer and Don MacLean)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Record: 15-9, 5-7 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Craig Robinson is 58-65 in four seasons with the Beavers. He’s 88-93 overall in six years. His previous stint was at Brown were he had a 17-11 record.
Prediction: Picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 by media.
Series: Washington leads 153-136 in a series that began in 1904. Lorenzo Romar is 15-5 against OSU and Robinson is 1-7 versus UW.
Last meeting: Tony Wroten Jr. had one of his best games of the season when he led Washington to a 95-80 win in the Pac-12 opener on Dec. 29. He scored 26 points – one shy of his career best – on 10-for-16 shooting and 5-for-7 shooting at the line. He also has had nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and just two turnovers in 32 minutes. Six UW players scored in double figures. Washington led 50-39 at halftime, but OSU cut the lead to 83-80 with 2:55 left. The Beavers didn’t score again while missing their final five shots and the Huskies closed the game with a 12-0 run.
Previous game: Lost 83-73 to Washington State on Thursday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Junior guard Jared Cunningham (above) managed just 15 points in the first meeting with Washington. He had 13 in the first half and two in the second on 1-for-3 shooting. It was the third fewest points he’s scored in 12 conference games. Cunningham leads the Pac-12 in scoring (18.6) and steals (2.8) and could become just the sixth player to lead the conference in both categories since they started keeping steals statistics in 1978. All five players who led the conference in scoring and steals were named Pac-10 Player of the Year that season.) He’s a slasher, extremely athletic and one of the best dunkers in the league. Cunningham likes to attack the basket and draw fouls. He leads the league with 154 free throws and 202 attempts. He’s scored at least 30 points three times, including 37 against Texas, 35 against Hofstra and 33 on Thursday against Washington State. Cunninham is improving as a three-point shooter. He’s shooting 33.7 percent behind the arc. Still his specialty is driving to the basket. He very fast and has a quick first step.
Devon Collier tends to disappear when he faces Washington, which is difficult for someone who is 6-10 and 215 pounds. In the first game, the sophomore forward had just eight points and three rebounds. Last season he averaged 6.2 points and 7.5 rebounds last season. Collier can be an explosive player. He runs the floor well for a big man and likes to finish in transition with dunks. If he’s shooting, it’s likely going in. Collier is first in the Pac-12 with a 61.8 field goal percentage. He hasn’t taken a three-pointer in his career. He’s also fifth in the Pac-12 averaging 1.3 blocks.
— At 5-9, Ahmad Starks is one of the best little guards in the Pac-12. Romar likened him to Tajuan Porter, but said he runs the team better than the former Oregon point guard. Starks leads the team in three-pointers made (55) and attempted (158) after doing the same last season as a freshman (42-for-130). He has knocked down a triple in 22 of the 24 games, including two or more in 16 games, and had a consecutive game streak with a three-pointer made of 19 games this season, the fourth longest in school history. He’s third among OSU in scoring at 12.6 ppg. But Starks is more than a gunner. He’s fourth in the Pac-12 in steals (1.8).


OVERVIEW:
Joe Burton is arguably the most versatile player in the Pac-12. Against Washington he had 18 points on 9-for-12 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists. The Huskies forced him into four turnovers. He’s a big man, who passes like a guard and leads OSU with 3.1 assists per game.
Angus Brandt also hammered the Huskies inside last time. He ahs 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting. He’s 10th in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 54.5 percent (79-of-145). Brandt is a versatile shot maker who has 17 three-pointers this season.
Roberto Nelson would start for most Pac-12 teams. The sophomore guard averages 9.8 points and 20.8 minutes as a reserve. He’s streaky shooter. His 36.3 three-point percentage dipped since the last time OSU played Washington when it was at 43.5.
— Freshman Eric Moreland, a 6-10 backup forward, is third in the conferecne with 1.5 blocks per game. He averages just 18.4 minutes, but leads OSU with a 6.4 rebounding average.
— Backup forward Kevin McShane is the only senior on the team. He’s 10th on the team in minutes (9.4). The former walk-on is a three-time captain.
— OSU is first in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation in scoring at 83.4 points per game. The Beavers have scored 100 or more twice and they’ve reached 90 points in six games.
— The Beavers have used three starting lineups this season. The group (below) has started 18 games.
STARTING LINEUP:
C – Angus Brandt, 6-10, 242, Jr., 8.8 ppg., 3.5 rpg., 1.3 apg.
F – Devon Collier . 6-8, 215, So., 13.0, 4.6, 1.8
F – Joe Burton , 6-7, 280, Jr, 8.7, 6.1, 3.1
G – Jared Cunningham , 6-4, 194, Jr., 18.6, 3.8, 2.8
G – Ahmad Starks , 5-9, 165, So., 12.6, 2.1, 2.7
KEY MATCHUP:
— Several intriguing matchups on Sunday. It will be interesting to see how Washington plans to slow down Burton, who bulldozed them last time. Darnell Gant and Desmond Simmons were unable to contain the big man. Maybe freshman Austin Seferian-Jenkins will have better luck. Oregon State had no defense for Wroten who ran over Starks every time he saw him. When the little guard switched to Abdul Gaddy, he still struggled defensively. Gaddy had 13 points, his highest against a Pac-12 team. Gaddy also did an amazing job of shutting down Cunningham in the second half.

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