Oregon State was picked to finish last in the Pac-12 preseason media poll. The Beavers are breaking in a first-year coach in Wayne Tinkle. They lost their top five scorers from last season. A few key players transferred during the offseason and their top recruits went elsewhere. Then OSU lost its exhibition opener to Division II Western Oregon.
Suffice to say, not much was expected from Oregon State this season.
Certainly, very few predicted the Beavers had what it would take to upset No. 7 Arizona on Sunday and capture a 58-56 win at Gill Coliseum for the program’s first victory over a top-10 team in 15 years.
The Beavers (11-4, 2-1 Pac-12) are riding a big wave of momentum and confidence – there’s that word again – into Thursday’s game against Washington (11-4, 0-3) at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Meanwhile, the Huskies are riding a four-game losing streak, including an 80-77 loss to Washington State last Saturday. The Cougars were picked 11th in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, but they’re also playing much better than anyone expected.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Tough loss for No. 7 Arizona, which fell to 14-2, 2-1.
— Stanford led from start to finish, but the Cardinal went cold in the final 5 minutes, missing on eight straight possessions while getting outscored 10-1 before escaping with a 78-76 victory over USC at the Galen Center. Anthony Brown had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Rosco Allen added career highs of 18 points and four 3-pointers for Stanford (11-4, 3-1 Pac-12). Stefan Nastic had 15 points and Chasson Randle 12 points for the Cardinal, which was coming off an 86-81 double-overtime loss at UCLA two nights earlier.
— Julian Jacobs scored 16 points to lead USC (9-7, 1-3). Jordan McLaughlin added 14 points and Nikola Jovanovic 13 points as the Trojans lost for the fourth time in seven games.
— With freshman forward Kevon Looney (15 points) and junior center Tony Parker (13 points) leading the way, UCLA cruised to a 73-54 victory over California at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins (10-7, 2-2) have won consecutive conference games to snap a five-game losing streak.
— Jabari Bird returned after missing 10 games with a foot injury, but he wasn’t much help. The sophomore guard missed all three of his shots in just eight minutes. He didn’t play in the second half because of cramps. And Tyrone Wallace, the Golden Bears’ leading scorer, was held to four points – 15 fewer than his 19.1 scoring average. Cal has lost five of its past six games, falling to 11-6, 1-3.
— And here’s a look at the Pac-12 standings.
Pac-12 Conference Standings
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|No. 11 Utah||3-0||13-2|
|No. 7 Arizona||2-1||14-2|