With four regular-season games left, the Beavers (15-10, 6-8 Pac-12) need wins to bolster their NCAA tournament at-large chances. OSU hasn't participated in the Big Dance since 1990.
Scouting report: Oregon State.
Game info: 8 p.m. (PT) Wednesday at Gill Coliseum Arena (9,604)..
TV: ESPNU (Roy Philpott and Adrian Branch).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Wayne Tinkle is 32-24 (.571) n his first second season with the Beavers. He has a 190-115 (.623) record in 10 years as a coach. Prior to joining Oregon State on May 19, 2014, he had a 158-91 record during an eight-year stint at Montana that included three NCAA tournament appearances.
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Prediction: Picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.
Series: Washington leads 158-139 in a series that began February 1904. The 297 meetings between the two schools are the third-most in NCAA history, trailing only Oregon State-Oregon (345) and Oregon-Washington (299). The Beavers hold a 96-49 advantage in games played in Corvallis. The Huskies split the two-game series with the Beavers last season. UW has won four of the past five meetings. Oregon State is 4-14 against the Huskies since 2007. Lorenzo Romar is 20-8 all-time record against OSU. Tinkle is 1-4 against UW.
Last meeting: Oregon State forced Washington to commit a season-high 22 turnovers and was held the Huskies to their second fewest points during a 64-50 victory on Feb. 8, 2015 at Gill Coliseum. It was the fifth straight loss for UW. The Beavers never trailed and led 21-18 at halftime before outscoring the Huskies 43-32 in the second half. Washington was down 25-22 when Oregon State used a 14-3 run to take control of the game and go ahead 39-25 with 11:41 left. The Huskies never got closer than nine points the rest of the way and trailed by as many as 18. They shot 35.7 percent from the field, including 3 of 15 (20 percent) on three-pointers. Andrew Andrews led UW with 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals while committing five turnovers. Nigel Williams-Goss had 13 points, four assists and six turnovers and Shawn Kemp Jr. finished with 13 points. Four Beavers scored in double figures.
Previous game: Oregon State lost 91-81 to in-state rival Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena last Saturday. The Ducks went up 24-12 early and was ahead 51-28 at halftime. The Beavers trailed by as many as 25 in the second half. Oregon avenged a 13-point loss at Oregon State to open the conference schedule.
Point spread: OSU is a 4.5-point favorite.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Gary Payton II, a 6-3 senior guard, won the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award last season. He was a preseason conference MVP candidate, but his chances of winning the award has dipped due to Oregon State’s marginal success. Still, Payton has put up some impressive numbers this season. He’s the only player in the country averaging at least 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He leads the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. Lester Conner (1981-82) is the only Beaver to lead the team in all four categories. Since transferring from Salt Lake Community College in 2014, Payton had a big impact on the Beavers in two seasons. His 2.8 steals per game is the best in school history and he moved into 10th place on the program’s all-time list with 157. His Hall of Fame father Gary Payton, who played at Oregon State from 1987-90 and starred for the Sonics, led the conference in steals in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and is the Pac-12’s career leader.
— Tres Tinkle, a 6-8 freshman forward, is one of the Pac-12 brightest newcomers. He’s led the Beavers in scoring each of the past three games, while averaging 21.3 points. In nine games as a starter, he’s averaging a team-best 15.2 points, while shooting 48.9 percent (46-for-94) from the field and 35.0 percent (14-for-40) from beyond the arc. Among Pac-12 freshmen, Tinkle is sixth in scoring (13.0), fifth in rebounding (5.3), fourth in steals (1.1) and 10th in assists (1.1). His 324 points are the fifth most by a freshman in Oregon State history. Tinkle is the son of coach Wayne Tinkle.
— This is the only meeting between the teams this season. Due to the unbalanced schedule in the Pac-12, Oregon State won’t play a game in the state of Washington for the first time since 1911.
— The Beavers are 12-3 at Gill Coliseum and 5-2 at home in Pac-12, including losses to Stanford (78-72) and UCLA (82-73).
— OSU needs one more win to clinch a winning record for the second straight season. The last time the Beavers had a winning mark in back-to-back years was 1989-1990.
— Oregon State, which has lost two straight games, is looking to win the next four to preserve its chances of capturing a NCAA tournament at-large berth and snapping a longest Big Dance drought in the Pac-12. OSU’s last trip to tourney was 1990.
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