Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/24/12
Ahh the Civil War; don’t you love the sound of that?

It’s that time of year when all of the animosity us Beaver fans have for our rival from down south, comes raging out. In the case of this weekend, we’ll see this fervent rivalry played out in the friendly confines of Gill Coliseum.

To say this rivalry has some history attached to it is a massive understatement as these two teams prepare to face each other for the 337th time, making it the most played rivalry in college basketball history.

Oregon State holds a 184-152 advantage over the visiting Ducks, which is also a record for most wins by one college basketball squad over another.

I really do enjoy listing this specific bit of information, it helps alleviate some of the stress of seeing Oregon find so much success this past football season.

We’ll be seeing this 337th meeting this coming Sunday, with tip-off scheduled for 4:30pm (PST), and there are five reasons why every Beaver fan should tune in to the game this weekend (unless of course you happen to be lucky enough to be attending).

1. This is quite possibly the biggest game of Oregon State’s season

Back in December, the Oregon State men’s basketball team was sitting at 10-2 entering PAC-12 play, and was receiving a bit of hype before heading to Seattle to open conference play against the Huskies. Since then they’ve gone 5-10 and are once again underachieving under the guidance of Craig Robinson.

Sunday’s match-up against the Ducks provides more than just a chance to sweep their rival, but gives them the opportunity to right the figurative ship that is their season. A loss would give Oregon more than just bragging rights for the next 9 months, but could effectively leave Oregon State destined for the CBI tournament once again; sure it’s post season, but fans won’t be happy, trust me.

OSU needs this game, bad.

2. U of O enters the game with a sizable chip on their shoulder

Back in January, Oregon State deflated all of Duck country with an impressive come from behind win to take game one of the Civil War. Playing just for the second time at the new Matthew Knight Arena, the Beavers put together one of the more impressive second halves of their season to top the Ducks 76-71.

Behind 27 points from Jared Cunningham, 24 of which came in the second half, and another 15 from Ahmad Starks, the Beavers were able to down the Ducks on their own floor.

Oregon certainly hasn’t forgot about the first meeting and will remember what it looked like to see OSU celebrating a victory “Deep in the Woods.”

3. Jared Cunningham is a walking highlight reel

If you follow PAC-12 basketball at all, by now you’ve had to have seen at least one video of Jared Cunningham posterizing an opponent with one of his high flying dunks. The kid could crack SportsCenter’s top-10 any night of the week and this athleticism is worth the price of admission alone.

For Beaver fans, you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to watch Cunningham humiliate a member of the Ducks basketball team with one of these wicked dunks, so you know what I mean. If you haven’t had the privilege to see him in action, click here for his reverse alley-oop jam earlier this year.

Beavers vs. Ducks - The Civil War (OSU Edition)

4. Former Beaver stars could be in attendance

During my time at Oregon State University I had the opportunity to attend games when AC Green, Lamar Hurd (who calls games for ROOT), and various other OSU former players would be in attendance.

This year, with the inherent hype surrounding the team all year, despite their poor conference record, the prospect of seeing a guy by the name of Gary Payton in attendance isn’t so far fetched.

Payton attended the USC game earlier this year, and even had a bit of a pep talk with the team beforehand.

This isn’t just great for the fans, but the impact it has on the players is incredible. In a game as competitive as the Civil War will be, OSU will need all the positive influence it can get.

5. It’s the Civil War, what better reason do you need?

Simply put, this is the Civil War we are talking about. Fans of both of these teams know what is on the line, and you shouldn’t have to convince them to either attend, or watch, this big game.

From football, to basketball, to baseball, to blood drives, Oregon State and Oregon compete on nearly every level. Each iteration of the Civil War is just that much better purely because its the freshest match-up.

Seeing your team lose this game can ruin your entire weekend, so fans spanning across the entire state of Oregon, who have any affiliation whatsoever with these teams, will be glued to their TV’s this Sunday, no doubt.

Well there it is, five reasons why Beaver fans should watch the Civil War game this weekend.

Even if you aren’t a fan of either of these teams, it will be a guaranteed battle from both sides, and the level of basketball goes up a few notches when these teams meet up.

Do yourself a favor and tune in on 4:30pm this Sunday, you won’t regret it.


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