Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Beavers looking for second wind After a stellar start to the season the Oregon State Beavers have hit their first real rough patch. The Beavs are a disappointing 0-3 to start conference play, will all three losses coming at home. But OSU has plenty of big games down the stretch, and the team’s just beginning to hit the meat of its Pac-12 play. Here’s a rundown of four big games remaining on the Oregon State schedule. OSU at UCLA (January 17, 2013) After dropping each of their first three games in Pac-12 play, the Beavers next showdown will be a big one. Oregon State will take a trip down south to take on No. 24 UCLA, who are currently on top of the conference. If OSU is hoping to make a big statement, this could be the way to do it. Both teams feature similar schemes, focusing on up-tempo offense over shutdown defense. If Craig Robinson can get his team to outpace the Bruins it’ll be a good day. Washington vs. OSU (January 23, 2013) After losing top players to the NBA draft, the Huskies weren’t supposed to be overly competitive this season. But as it stands they’re 3-0 in the Pac-12, ranking third in the conference. Coach Robinson should be fired up about his team’s big opportunities in Pac-12 play. (Don Ryan / AP) This certainly looks like a trap game, with the inexperienced Dawgs storming their way into Gill Coliseum. The Beavs haven’t played UW very well over the last few seasons, and they could use a big win here. A home victory could certainly give OSU some confidence heading into the second half of the season. Colorado vs. OSU (February 10, 2013) Colorado has stumbled more this season than expected, but given the opportunity it can steal away the conference. Upsetting them could be a huge boon to the Beaver’s tournament bid. The Beavers stole a win from the Buffs late last season at Gill, and it would be an equally big win for them to do so again on the road. CU has had issues on defense all season, making them the perfect victim for OSU’s high scoring attack. OSU at Oregon (February 28, 2013) At 14-2—and 3-0 in conference—No. 21 Oregon has been a huge surprise this season. The Ducks have already taken one from the Beavers this season in a 79-66 loss at Gill. But it was the same story last season, with both teams losing the Civil War games on their home court. So there’s still hope for Oregon State. Scheduled as one of its last games on the season, OSU could use a huge upset against rival Oregon. If the Beavers can realign themselves to make the NCAA tournament, a win at Matthew Knight Arena could be the clincher for a spot in March. Plus it’s the Civil War game, so it’s bound to be exciting and big. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE BEAVERS CLUBHOUSE PAGE AT NWSPORTSBEAT!
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