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College Basketball Preview: Northwest Matchups Take Center Stage

The conference schedule is in full swing and Washington basketball teams have shown a mixed bag of success. Washington had tremendous success in LA and will look to continue their roll against Oregon, while Washington State will look to reverse it’s fortunes tonight against The Beavers of Oregon State. Meanwhile Seattle looks to avenge an early season loss to Eastern Washington.

 

Thursday – January 6th

5:30 PM

Oregon Ducks @ Washington Huskies FSN NWWashington ISP Sports Radio Network

The rivalry is renewed on the hardwood. Oregon (7-7 overall, 0-2 in the Pac-10), coming off of being swept at home against the Arizona schools, will travel up I-5 and head into Hec-Ed Pavilion to face a Washington team (10-3 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-10) that swept both UCLA and USC in LA last weekend. Oregon would love to get a couple wins on the Washington road trip and head home to open up their new basketball palace, Matthew Knight Arena, next weekend against USC, and the Huskies want to remain undefeated at home.

 

 

7:00 PM

Oregon State Beavers @ Washington State Cougars – No TV – Washington State ISP Sports Radio Network

Oregon State (7-6 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-10) and Washington State (10-4 overall, 0-2 in the Pac-10) are seemingly headed in opposite directions. The beavers started very slowly, with losses to lower level teams like Texas Southern and Utah Valley have picked up the pace. They not only beat, but routed Arizona State 80-58 at home before sending Arizona home with a one point loss. Meanwhile, Washington State started fast and slowed down. A recent 14-day, 6 game road trip was the culprit. That road trip lead to an overtime victory in Santa Clara and three straight second half melt-downs against Baylor, Butler, and UCLA. The Cougars are looking to stop The Beavers momentum and start a roll of their own.

 

 

7:10 PM

Eastern Washington Eagles @ Seattle University Red Hawks – No TV – 710 ESPN Seattle Radio

Seattle (5-11 overall) is one of the most confusing teams out there. They have the ability, as shown in wins against Oregon State at home and Virginia in Charlottesville, but they have trouble being consistent, as shown in a double digit loss at home to a sub-.500 Cal Poly and a 20 point loss at 6-11 Pepperdine. Meanwhile Eastern (4-9 overall, 1-1 in the Big Sky) has struggled across the board. They only have two wins against division one teams, one of which was a home game against this very same Red hawk team. Seattle looks to avenge that loss in the return game of the season series.