Here’s a quick look at Colorado heading into Saturday’s game against Oregon State at Gill Coliseum.
The Buffaloes (17-6, 6-4 Pac-12) had won three in a row and five of six before Thursday’s 76-56 loss at Oregon. They have won two conference road games, at Stanford and at Washington State.
Senior forward Josh Scott remains Colorado’s go-to and most consistent player. Scott, averaging 17.3 points and 9.4 rebounds for the season, has scored in double figures in each game.
He has eight 20-point games this season but just one (versus Oregon State on Jan. 13) in Pac-12 play. Five of his 11 double-digit rebounding games have come in conference play.
Scott is third in blocks (1.9) and fourth in rebounds (9.4) in Pac-12 games.
Here’s a look at Arizona as the Wildcats host Oregon State in a Pac-12 game Saturday night.
Arizona (16-5, 4-4) has lost two straight games for the second time this season. The 18th-ranked Wildcats are coming off an 83-75 home loss to Oregon on Thursday, ending a 49-game winning streak at McKale Center dating to February 2013. UA has lost only 103 games there in 44 seasons.
The Wildcats are led by senior forward Ryan Anderson (15.3 points, 10 rebounds per game). Anderson, a transfer from Boston College who sat out last season, is second in the Pac-12 in rebounds and his 58.2 field goal percentage is fourth.
Arizona’s other scoring leaders are freshman guard Allonzo Trier (14.9 points), senior guard Gabe York (14.1) and senior center Kaleb Tarczewski (10.7 points, 8.1 rebounds).
Trier is expected to miss his sixth straight game with a hand injury. Tarczewski missed eight games with a foot injury earlier in the season.
Here’s a look at Arizona State, which hosts Oregon State in a Thursday night Pac-12 game.
The Sun Devils had a successful nonconference schedule, going 10-3 with wins against current No. 5 Texas A&M and UNLV and competitive losses to Kentucky and Marquette.
But the Pac-12 slate hasn’t been so kind, as ASU has gone 1-6 since then with the only win coming at home against Washington State (9-10, 1-6).
The Sun Devils (11-9) are led by sophomore guard Tra Holder, averaging 15.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists. His 18.4 points average in conference games is third best. He had five straight 20-point games, including the first four Pac-12 games.
ASU is also getting contributions from junior forward Savon Goodman (10.5 points, 6.9 rebounds), senior guard Gerry Blakes (10.4 points, 5.5 rebounds) and senior forward Willie Atwood (10.4 points, 5.1 rebounds).
Here’s a look at USC, which comes to Gill Coliseum as one of the most improved teams in the Pac-12 and the country this season.
The 21st-ranked Trojans (15-4, 4-2) are coming off an 89-81 loss at Oregon on Thursday. Their only other conference loss came Jan. 3 in an 87-85 defeat at Washington in which the Huskies rallied from a 22-point deficit.
USC returned its top nine scorers from a team that went 12-20 last season and added freshmen Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu, both California high school divisional players of the year.
The Trojans have a balanced offensive attack, with six players averaging in double figures, led by sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin (12.9 points. 5.1 assists), junior guard Julian Jacobs (12.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists) and Boatwright (12.4 points, 5.5 rebounds).
Jacobs is first and McLaughlin fourth in the conference in assists. McLaughlin is also third in the conference in 3-point percentage at 45.5.
Here’s a quick look at UCLA, which comes to Gill Coliseum for a Pac-12 game Wednesday night.
The Bruins are 11-7 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-12 after last week’s 89-75 home loss to USC.
UCLA has three signature wins. The Bruins defeated Kentucky (87-77) at home on Dec. 3, won at Gonzaga (71-66) on Dec. 12 and beat Arizona (87-84) at home on Jan. 7.
UCLA has played just three true road games, tied with Stanford and Washington for the fewest in the conference. The Bruins are 0-2 in Pac-12 road games, with losses at the Washington schools to open conference play.
The Bruins are led by junior guard Bryce Alford, who has shown some clutch 3-point shooting in several conference games this season.
Welcome to the Pac-12 Jumble.
The conference standings after three weeks show just how competitive it all is. Eight teams sit at either 3-2 or 2-3, with two others at 4-1 and two at 1-4.
"I said before we even started the preseason that I thought this year it was going to be that way," OSU coach Wayne Tinkle said. "Maybe there would be a couple teams that separated but, the eight to 10 teams could be within a couple of games. I think you can lose a lot of ground in a weekend, but then I think you can bounce right back and gain a lot of ground. It’s just the way the conference is this year, for sure."
Oregon State (11-5, 2-3) needs to gain some ground with two home games this week in order to keep pace in chasing a top-half finish in the conference.
Road teams have claimed wins in eight of the 30 games, 26.7 percent. The conference's co-leaders — USC and Washington — each have two of those victories.
Here’s a look at Utah, which hosts Oregon State in a Pac-12 game Sunday in Salt Lake City.
The Utes (12-5, 1-3 Pac-12) are coming off a 77-59 home loss to Oregon on Thursday in Utah’s first conference home game of the season.
The Utes’ signature win is a 77-75 overtime victory against current No. 9 Duke in New York City on Dec. 19. They also beat rival BYU at home on Dec. 2.
Utah is led by sophomore forward Jakob Poeltl, averaging 16.4 points, 9.2 rebound and shooting 65.4 percent from the floor. Though the 7-footer’s numbers are down in conference games, at 12 points, 7.8 rebounds and 44.1 percent shooting.
The Utes are also getting solid contributions from senior forward Jordan Loveridge (11.5 points), sophomore forward Kyle Kuzma (11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds) and junior guard Lorenzo Bonam (10.2 points), a junior college transfer.
After an incredibly balanced scoring effort against California four days earlier, Oregon State went to the other end of the spectrum against Colorado on Wednesday night.
Gary Payton II got little scoring help in the second half of the Beavers' 71-54 road loss.
Payton had a career-high 26 points and a season-high 15 rebounds to go with three assists and two steals, but it wasn't enough. The Beavers had just three assists, a season low and only the second time this season they've had less than 12 (the other vs. Valpo, with seven).
Oregon State had no field goals and just two total points from anyone besides Payton in the second half until Stevie Thompson’s 3-pointer with 5:15 left closed the gap to 56-48.
OSU got no closer and Colorado led by as many as 18 in the closing minutes.
Here’s a quick look at Colorado, which hosts Oregon State in a Pac-12 Conference game Wednesday night.
The Buffaloes are 12-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play after a 56-54 home loss to Utah last Friday.
Colorado is led by senior forward Josh Scott (17.4 points, 9.6 rebounds), sophomore guard George King (14.3 points) and junior guard Josh Fortune (10.7 points).
Scott is second in the conference in scoring and fourth in rebounds and offensive rebounds (3.1). Sophomore guard Dominique Collier and King are third and fourth in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage at 46.7 and 44.7, respectively.
The Buffaloes are first in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (72.9) and second in 3-point percentage (39.3), rebounds (43.2) and rebounding margin (plus-10.5).
Here are some quotes and notes following Oregon State’s 77-71 home win against California on Saturday at Gill Coliseum.
OSU coach Wayne Tinkle
“Our leaders led. It started with film on Thursday, quite a long session, about two hours and 15 minutes. And then in practice yesterday and carried it over.”
Tinkle added that the game was “not a thing of beauty” but “we found a way.”
Here’s a quick look at California, Oregon State’s opponent for a Pac-12 Conference game Saturday night at Gill Coliseum.
The Golden Bears (12-4, 2-1) took their first conference loss on Wednesday, 68-65 at Oregon to end a three-game winning streak. Cal also has losses to San Diego State and Richmond in the Las Vegas Invitational and at Virginia.
Cal has four players averaging in double figures in scoring, led by senior guard Tyrone Wallace at 15.3 points, to go along with 5.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
Jaylen Brown (14.6 points, 6.2 assists) and Ivan Rabb (12.7 points, 8.6 rebounds) are part of a highly touted freshman class. Junior guard Jordan Mathews is averaging 12.9 points.
The Bears lead the conference in points allowed (64.6) and field goal percentage defense (37.2). Though Cal is last in steals (3.8), 10th in assists (13.1) and 11th in turnover margin (-2.8).
Here are some postgame quotes and notes following Stanford’s 78-72 win against Oregon State at Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle
Tinkle said Stanford “took the fight to us and took the fight out of us there for a while.”
What did Tinkle attribute the 46-29 Stanford edge in rebounds?
“Toughness. They just out-toughed us. That’s what I mean, they took the fight to us. They were the tougher team tonight by a long, long ways.”
Here is a quick look at Stanford, which takes on Oregon State at Gill Coliseum on Wednesday night to start the second week of Pac-12 play.
Last week, the Cardinal (8-5, 1-1) split a pair of home games, beating then-No. 21 Utah 70-68 in overtime before falling 56-55 to Colorado, ending a three-game winning streak. Colorado lost most of its 16-point halftime lead but held on.
Stanford is 12th in the Pac-12 in scoring offense (71.2 ppg), third in scoring defense (64.8), 11th in rebounds (37.2) and 12th in assists (12.1).
The Cardinal is led by senior forward Rosco Allen (13.6 points, 5.7 rebounds) and junior guard Marcus Allen (12.5 points, 3.6 rebounds).
Injuries have been a recurring them for Stanford recently.