Arizona St. at Oregon St.
When: 4:30 PM ET, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where: Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon
Arizona State can clinch a first-round bye and the No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 tournament with a victory at Oregon State on Saturday and also gain some confidence on the road. The Sun Devils fell to 2-6 away from home in the Pac-12 with their fourth straight road loss 85-78 against Oregon on Tuesday, but still appear on track to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. Arizona State can also earn the third seed in the Pac-12 tourney with a Colorado loss at California on Saturday, but a Sun Devils' setback would drop them to 10-8 in the conference and potentially into a five-way tie for third or four-way tie for fourth - with only the tiebreaker winners or winner earning a first-round bye.
While the Sun Devils battle for a high seed, the Beavers appear destined for the No. 10 spot after their 74-69 loss to No. 3 Arizona on Wednesday. The setback clinched the 21st consecutive season with a sub-.500 record in the Pac-12 for Oregon State, which has lost six of its last eight games since defeating UCLA 71-67 on Feb. 2 to improve to 5-4 in the conference. Saturday marks the final home game for Roberto Nelson, who leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 20.8 points per game.TV:
4:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 NetworkABOUT ARIZONA STATE (21-9, 10-7 Pac-12):
This will be the final regular-season game for sophomore Jahii Carson, who is second in the Pac-12 with 18.7 points per game. It was confirmed last weekend that the lightning-quick 5-10, 175-pound guard will declare for the NBA draft in June. The Sun Devils also feature senior guard Jermaine Marshall (15.7 points) while 7-2 senior center Jordan Bachynski (11.3 points, 8.5 rebounds) leads the country in blocked shots with an average of 4.3.ABOUT OREGON STATE (15-14, 7-10):
Nelson is on pace to become the first Beaver in 14 seasons to lead the team in scoring, assists (3.7 per game), steals (0.9), three-point field goals (53) and minutes played (32.7). He is also destined to become the fifth Oregon State player to lead the conference in scoring and first since Gary Payton averaged 25.7 points in 1990. Forward Devon Collier (13.6 points, 5.9 rebounds) and center Angus Brandt (12.2, four) also play their final home game.TIP-INS
1. With 1,685 points, Nelson needs 10 to pass A.C. Green and move into fourth on Oregon State's all-time scoring list.
2. Carson averages 21.7 points in 10 road games and is coming off a 28-point performance against Oregon.
3. Arizona State prevailed in the season's first meeting 86-82 in overtime on Feb. 6 behind 25 points from Marshall, including seven in overtime, and has won four straight encounters -- 10 of the last 11.PREDICTION:
Oregon State 72, Arizona State 71
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