THE GAME: Oregon State (13-8, 5-4 Pac-12) begins the second half of Pac-12 play against the Arizona State Sun Devils (16-6, 5-4) at 8 p.m. PT (9 p.m. MT) on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.
QUICKLY: Oregon State makes the turn of Pac-12 play with its best conference record since 1999 ... The Beavers have the Pac-12 leader in scoring (Roberto Nelson), field goal percentage (Devon Collier) and three-point percentage (Hallice Cooke) ... Nelson needs 22 points to move into fifth on Oregon State’s all-time scoring list ... Nelson averages more points on the road (24.3) than he does at home (20.9) and neutral site games (18.5) ... Hallice Cooke is sixth in the nation in three-point percentage (.538) ... Angus Brandt has scored in double figures in a career-best seven consecutive games ... Devon Collier is averaging 14.0 points over the past four games after averaging just 6.4 points in the previous five ... Eric Moreland needs 10 blocked shots to become Oregon State’s career leader ... Langston Morris-Walker has a career-high six rebounds in each of the past two games ... The Beavers have outrebounded eight of their nine Pac-12 opponents.
vs. ARIZONA STATE: Oregon State and Arizona State meet for the 80th time with the Sun Devils holding a slim 40-39 advantage by winning nine of the last 10 games. ASU has a 25-12 edge in games played in Tempe, including five straight victories, with the last Beaver win there coming in 2007.
The teams met only once each of the past two years because of the new Pac-12 scheduling, and the Sun Devils won both times, 76-66 on Jan. 14, 2012 in Tempe and 72-62 on Jan. 10, 2013 in Corvallis. Devon Collier averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the last two meetings, while Roberto Nelson scored an Oregon State freshman record 34 points on March 5, 2011 in Tempe.
A WIN OVER THE SUN DEVILS: If Oregon State defeats Arizona State it will improve to 14-8 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-12. It would also:
- Be the second time in three years the Beavers started 14-8. The last time Oregon State had at least 14 wins through 22 games before 2011-12 was Gary Payton’s senior season in 1989-90.
- Be Oregon State’s best start through 10 Pac-12 games since the 1992-93 team also started 6-4.
- Be Oregon State’s first win over Arizona State in Tempe since 2007 and snap a three-losing streak in the series.
AT THE HALFWAY POINT: Oregon State is making the Pac-12 turn at 5-4, which is just the second time since 1993 the Beavers are above .500 through nine conference games (1999 was the other).
FROM THE FIELD: Oregon State is shooting 49.0 percent (542-for-1,105) from the field, which is third in the Pac-12 and 14th in the nation. If the season ended today, it would be the Beavers’ best percentage since 1987-88 when they finished at 49.2 percent (825-for-1,676).
FROM BEYOND THE ARC: Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 40.6 percent (119-for-293). The Beavers have never led the conference in three-point percentage and the school record is 40.6 percent (97-for-239) in 1987-88, which is the only time they have been better than 40 percent.
FROM BEYOND THE ARC IN LEAGUE PLAY: Oregon State shot 35.0 percent (55-of-157) from the three-point line in non-conference games but has been red hot since Pac-12 play started. The Beavers lead the Pac-12 in three-point percentage in conference games at 47.1 percent (64-for-136) with Arizona State sitting a distant second at 40.9 percent (70-for-171).