Know The Foe Q&A is crossing over for men's basketball for the first time ever as we enlist the help of Building The Dam's Connor Pelton. The Beavers are coming of a CBI appearance and return four starters from last year's team. The Beavers were picked to finish eighth in a highly competitive Pac 12. Read on to find out what you might be able to expect from the Beavers on Sunday.
Oregon State returns four of their five starters from last year's team and it seems like there's a fair amount of optimism for this season based on that. What are your expectations for the Beavers this year and how do you think they'll look early, in particular on Sunday night against New Mexico State?
If you're looking for a specific prediction, I'd say a 21-10 season, eighth place finish in the Pac-12, and a seven seed in the NIT sounds about right. Of course, how Oregon State gets there is the question. Early on, and quite possibly the entire season, rebounding will likely be a problem. Coach Craig Robinson's teams have a history of not hitting the glass, and they followed up last year's atrocious effort by getting out-rebounded by Lewis & Clark in last Sunday's exhibition game. The loss of first rounder Jared Cunningham won't be as big a loss as everyone seems to thin; his offensive game was inconsistent and Ahmad Starks has shown the ability to be the lock-down defender that Cunningham was. Continue Reading This Post >>