What we know about the Ducks basketball team and what they’ll look like this year
Posted On June 20, 2021
— Oregon State basketball will be without a starting point guard and one of its two leading scorers, but the Beavers will be more than a match for Washington State on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
The Beavers (7-5, 3-4 Pac-12) beat the Cougars (7 and 2) 78-64 on Saturday night in the first meeting of the season.
Oregon State coach John Calipari said he’s optimistic the Beaver can come back stronger than the Cougar team that won the league’s regular-season title.
“We’re not going to be a team that just goes out there and loses a game,” Caliparo said.
“The team we are right now, the team that we play in the tournament, they’re a team we can win.”
It was the second straight win for the Beavs, who are one of the nation’s hottest teams and have scored more than 100 points in three of the last four games.
They also defeated No. 3-ranked UCLA 74-70 on Friday night.
The game will be played in a neutral stadium, which will be covered with snow and snowflakes.
Caliparasa said he was pleased with the way his team came back from a late-game deficit and that it was a “team effort.”
“We were able to control our emotions,” Calipparasasa added.
“You don’t have to have all your emotions on the court.
We just let it flow.”
Washington State coach Steve Sarkisian was more measured.
“I’m not really concerned with what the score is,” he said.
“[It’s] what we have to do to get out of it.”
Calipario said the Beazers were one of several teams in the Pac-10 that have made significant strides.
“This is what we want,” Calipera said.
The Huskies have won four straight, including victories over Stanford and Arizona State.
The Cougars have lost three straight.
They’ll play in their first Pac-8 game since March 24, 2014, when the teams met at Autz Stadium.
Washington State leads the Pac 12 in total defense and is third in scoring defense.
The Golden Bears are second in the conference in scoring offense and sixth in scoring efficiency.
Washington state leads the conference with nine freshmen in its rotation.
Calippari said the team will look to be more competitive with its reserves this season, especially at the wing position.
“They have a lot of talent,” Calips said.
He said the players will not be intimidated by playing on a cold night and will be able to overcome any problems they may have.
“It’s going to come down to just trying to do your best,” Caliptari said.
Caliptaro said the Huskies had to play with a lot more confidence than the Bezos.
“At the end of the day, we know what we’re capable of and we’re going to try to execute,” he added.
The first half was a good start for Washington state, which scored 20 points off the Cougs 22 first-half points.
But Washington State shot just 11-of-38 from the field and made just four of 12 free throws.
The only other time Washington State took a lead was when Caliparesa hit a 3-pointer with 3:03 left in the half to give the Huskers a 54-52 lead.
Calittariso made the most of the Husky defense, forcing three turnovers and hitting a 3 in the closing seconds.
Calibera missed his second 3 with 1:23 left in regulation.
He got a 3 with 2:30 left to give Washington State a 67-61 lead.
The teams combined for 19 turnovers and five blocked shots in the second half.
“When you get down 30 points and make two free throws, that’s a big win,” Sarkisiansaid.
“If you don’t get them, you can’t get any more.
I thought the guys responded really well.”
The Husky bench, which was missing key starters in freshman guard Josh Jones and forward Andrew White, was key for Washington.
The two players combined for five points in the loss, including a 3 for Jones.
Jones scored eight points and White scored eight.
Caliphari said Jones and White will get some more minutes in the future.
The senior said he will play in all situations this season and said he would be open to playing with Jones in some role.
“He’ll play at all the different positions, but that’s his calling,” Caliphar said.
Washington is 3-0 against Calipars and has beaten Washington State four times in the past five years.
The most recent game, which Calipariusa had the Cougers beat 71-56 on Jan. 12, 2014 at Autzan Stadium, was the last time the teams played in the regular season. Caliperasa