You could feel a sense of urgency at Oregon State's practice this week. Back home after a disappointing trip to Seattle and Pullman, the Beavers find themselves near the bottom of the Pac-12 conference standings at 2-4. It is not the start Wayne Tinkle wanted for his team. Consistancy and defense will be the focus in tonight's battle against UCLA.
The Bruins are 9-9 and 2-3 in conference play. New coach Mick Cronin is preaching defense and it is starting to pay off. Their 50-40 victory over Cal last Sunday featured 12 straight stops at one point.
Tres Tinkle, the Beavers leading scorer knows the challenge of playing an improving UCLA team and knows there is a ton at stake tonight at Gill Coliseum The Beavers have been comfortable at home this season sitting a 8-1 at home. Watch his comments with the local media guys in Corvallis. He believes this could the weekend to put all of the pieces of this year's Beavers together and show the conference they can contend for the title.
Mike Parker will have live coverage on 1190 KEX beginning at 7:30p.m. Tip off just after 8:p.m, USC will be at Gill Saturday