Oregon State vs. Colorado: Full Game Preview
|Oregon State||R Nelson 17.8||E Moreland 10.5||J Burton 3.5|
|Colorado||S Dinwiddie 15.3||A Roberson 11.5||S Dinwiddie 3.1|
Oregon State heads to Coors Events Center on Saturday to take on Colorado. Tipoff is at 4:30 p.m. EST and you can catch it on Pac-12 Network. The Beavers lost to the Buffaloes 72-68 on Feb. 10 and are 2-3 against them over the last four years.
Oregon State is in 11th place in the conference, Colorado is in fifth place. Oregon State is looking to recover from having lost five games in a row.
In their last outing, despite 18 points from Roberto Nelson, the Beavers fell to Utah 72-61 on Mar. 7. His 17.8 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Buffaloes, Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in the 76-53 blowout of Oregon on Mar. 7. He leads the team in points with 15.3 per game and assists with 3.1 per game. A key area of strength for Colorado is free throw rate at 41.3, which ranks first in their conference (and 42nd nationally).
- Oregon State players are more experienced than Colorado players (15,250 minutes played vs. 11,879 minutes played).
- The Oregon State assist leader (Joe Burton, 102 assists) has more assists than the Colorado assist leader (Spencer Dinwiddie, 83 assists).
- Roberto Nelson is ranked 4th in the Pac-12 in points and 9th in the Pac-12 in three-pointers.
- The Oregon State blocks leader (Eric Moreland, 63 blocks) has more blocks than the Colorado blocks leader (Andre Roberson, 38 blocks).
- The Oregon State scoring leader (Roberto Nelson, 516 points) has more points than the Colorado scoring leader (Spencer Dinwiddie, 426 points).
- The Oregon State three-point leader (Ahmad Starks, 62 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Colorado three-point leader (Askia Booker, 40 three-pointers).
- Ahmad Starks is ranked 3rd in the Pac-12 in three-pointers.
- Oregon State is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Oregon State is 215 lbs compared to 208 lbs for Colorado.
- Oregon State has an average margin of victory of 10 over Colorado in three wins since 2003.
- The Oregon State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Colorado (64 percent vs. 43 percent).