PREDICTION - OREGON STATE AT CALIFORNIALook, we'll keep this simple. When Sasa Cuic and Marcel Jones combine for forty points, the Beavers are in any ball game. That was the case against Arizona in Corvallis, when OSU gave the Wildcats a scare before losing by six.
Against Stanford on Thursday, Cuic was 0-10 from the field and wound up playing only 17 minutes in a game that was never close. That's what Cal needs today at Haas (3 PM, FSBA and other regional stations).
OSU has the size over Cal (who doesn't?) with Kyle Jeffers in the middle along with Cuic and Jones. Jeffers has quietly turned in a very nice year on the glass, and he can pop for 10-15 on second-chance points. OSU will struggle, however, on defense matching up with the much quicker Bears. If Mr. Anderson is indeed back, then Cuic and/or Jeffers will struggle to keep up with him from the perimeter. And who guards Theo?
OSU gave Cal quite a scare in Corvallis, but that was with Jones having one of the best games of his career. The Beavs can't expect a repeat performance today, and we figure that OSU will struggle for offense. They've scored fewer than 60 points in four of their last five games. Let's make it five of six this afternoon.