Scouting report: Oregon State.
Game info: 6 p.m. Thursday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000).
TV: Pac-12 Networks (J.B. Long and Mike Montgomery).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Wayne Tinkle is 11-4 in his first year with the Beavers. Prior to joining Oregon State on May 19, 2014, he had a 158-91 record during an eight-year span at Montana that included three NCAA tournament appearances.
Prediction: The Beavers were picked 12th in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.
Series: Washington leads 157-138 in a series that began February 1904. The 295 meetings between the two schools are the third-most in NCAA history, trailing only Oregon State-Oregon (343) and Oregon-Washington (297). The Huskies swept the two-game series last season and has a three-game winning streak against the Beavers. Oregon State has lost 11 straight games at Alaska Airlines Arena. Lorenzo Romar is 19-7 all-time record against OSU. Tinkle is 0-3 against UW.
Last meeting: C.J. Wilcox scored 23 points to lead Washington to an 86-62 victory on Feb. 22, 2014 at Gill Coliseum.
Previous game: Oregon State upset then-No. 7 Arizona 58-56 at Gill Coliseum last Sunday.
Odds: Washington is a 7-point favorite.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Junior guard Gary Payton II leads the Pac-12 and is third in the nation in steals (2.9). His father, Gary Payton, who played at Oregon State from 1987-90, led the conference in steals in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and is the Pac-12’s career leader. Payton II has a steal in all 15 games and multiple steals in eight straight. He leads the team in scoring (12.3), rebounding (8.2) and steals (43), and is second with 14 blocked shots. Payton II recorded a triple double (10 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) against Grambling State, which was the second time it was done at OSU matching his father.
— Junior center Olaf Schaftenaar has played more games (74) for the Beavers than anyone on the roster. He’s one of four returners who played meaningful minutes last season. The 6-10 big man from Utrecht, Netherlands is a three-point threat who has knocked down 15 of his last 30 shots from beyond the arc and has moved into fifth in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (.431).
— Junior guard Langston Morris-Walker is second on the team in scoring (10.6) and rebounding (4.7).He has scored in double figures in 10 of the 15 games. He’s 8-for-17 from the 3-point line in the last five games after going 3-for-21 from beyond the arc in the six games prior to that. Morris Walker has set career highs in points (16), rebounds (10), assists (8), steals (2) and minutes played (37).
— Tinkle inherited a team that lost its top six of its top eight scorers from last season – three to graduation, two to early exits for the pros and one to a transfer.
— Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 in steals (8.0) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.284), second in scoring defense (56.8) and third in scoring margin (+9.1), field goal percentage defense (.368), rebounding defense (30.7) and turnover margin (+2.5).
—OSU is 15th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.368), 17th in scoring defense (56.8) and 25th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.284).
— The Beavers are averaging 12.2 turnovers per game, their fewest since the 1989-90 team finished the season with an average of 11.1 per game.
— Oregon State is 10-1 when holding its opponent below 40 percent shooting from the field; 1-3 when the opponent shoots better than 40 percent.
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