THE GAME: Oregon State (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12) will attempt to get back in the win column when it hosts the USC Trojans (10-10, 1-6) for a conference tilt in Gill Coliseum at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
QUICKLY: Oregon State is shooting 49.5 percent from the field, which would be its highest percentage in a season since 1984-85 ... The Beavers lead the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage at 40.7 percent, which will be a school record if it holds up ... Roberto Nelson (22.2), Devon Collier (14.6) and Angus Brandt (12.4) combine to average more points than any three teammates in the Pac-12 ... Nelson became the sixth Oregon State player in history to reach the 1,500-point mark ... Nelson has scored 20-plus points in five consecutive games ... Brandt has scored in double figures in a career-best five straight games ... Collier has scored more points in his last two games (33) than he did in his previous five (32) ... Collier leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.626), something he also did two years ago (.615) ... Hallice Cooke (10-for-19) and Langston Morris-Walker (6-for-10) are shooting a combined 55.2 percent from beyond the arc as starters.
vs. USC: Oregon State and USC meet for the 128th time in history with the Trojans leading the series, 67-60. The Beavers hold a 37-29 advantage in games played in Corvallis, including a streak of four straight wins at Gill Coliseum.
The teams met only once last season with USC coming away with a 69-68 victory on Jan. 19 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. The Beavers rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to take the lead, but USC pulled out a back-and-forth game with a basket in the final seconds. Roberto Nelson scored a game-high 26 points by going 7-for-15 from the field and 10-for-10 from the line, and Devon Collier added 16 points and eight rebounds.
Oregon State had lost seven straight in the series before Craig Robinson was hired, and he has led the Beavers to a 5-3 record over USC since.
A WIN OVER THE TROJANS: If Oregon State defeats USC it will improve to 12-8 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-12. It would also:
- Be the first time Oregon State is .500 or better through eight Pac-12 games since the 1999 team also started 4-4.
- Be Oregon State’s fifth-straight home win over USC.
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