The No. 7 Oregon State Beavers have lost three of their last four and are looking to avoid a third straight defeat in their return to Gill Coliseum against the No. 4 Oregon Ducks. If Oregon does win today, it would be its first win at Oregon State and first Civil War sweep since 2010. The Beavers have completed the feat six times in that time.
Their last meeting
In their first meeting, Oregon built a 16-point halftime lead by shooting 54.8 percent from the floor, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers. The Ducks managed to play nearly even in the second half, despite shooting 34.3 percent, and won 76-64. Sabrina Ionescu led all scorers with 23 points. Satou Sabally was just 3-of-12 from the floor but was 10-of-11 from the charity stripe, finishing with 17 points. Ruthy Hebard also added 17 points.
The Beavers’ Taylor Jones was extremely efficient, shooting 10-of-12 from the floor and finishing with 21 points. Destiny Slocum added 18 points and shot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. The bulk of the Beavers’ points (40 of 64 points) came from the painted area.
How each team can win
In today’s matchup, a few areas should be points of emphasis for Oregon State. While they narrowly lost the offensive rebounding battle (11-9) last time, the Beavers surrendered 18 second-chance points to the Ducks while scoring just eight second-chance points themselves. Secondly, the Beavers allowed the Ducks to force 13 turnovers that led to 22 points. Oregon State created just seven turnovers and turned those possessions into only nine points. They will need to clean these things up if they want to continue their home winning streak against the Ducks.
For Oregon, turnovers are always a part of the conversation. After 34 turnovers combined against Arizona and Arizona State, the Ducks have committed just 22 turnovers in their last three games, which is their lowest three-game total of the year. Finally, the weight of not having won on Oregon State’s home court is likely be on their minds. Staying focused on defense and limiting errors on offense could help the Ducks find victory.
No. 7 Oregon State Beavers (16-3, 4-3) vs. No. 4 Oregon Ducks (16-2, 6-1)
When: Sunday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m. ET
Where: Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR