The Oregon State Preview
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2023
Time: 3:00pm CST
Location: Sanford Pentagon - Sioux Falls, SD
Record: 3-0 (0-0 PAC 12 Conference)
Head Coach: Wayne Tinkle (10th Season)
Oregon State comes to Sioux Falls with a 3-0 record after an 81-71 overtime win over Appalachian State on Tuesday evening. The Beavers have played a pair of overtime games in the first two weeks of the season, including an 82-81 double-OT win over Troy on Nov. 10.
OSU returned a trio of starters and 10 letterwinners from an extremely young team in 2022-23 that went 11-21, including 5-15 in the Pac-12. The Beavers’ top two scorers are sophomores in Jordan Pope (19.0 ppg, 42 percent from 3-point range) and Tyler Bilodeau (15.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg). In addition, K.C. Ibekwe started Oregon State’s first two games and had 10 points and eight boards in the win over Appalachian State. Another sophomore who started most of last season was Michael Rataj, as the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 6.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He has not played this season because of a shin injury.
Wayne Tinkle is in his 10th year at Oregon State and guided the Beavers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2016 and 2021), including an Elite Eight finish in 2021. He ranks third on Oregon State’s career wins list while OSU’s 2016 NCAA appearances was the school’s first since 1990. Prior to taking the Oregon State post, he was the head coach at Montana from 2006 to 2014 and guided the program to three NAA appearances in a four-year span.
Nebraska is 4-6 all-time against Oregon State but has not played the Beavers since a 50-44 win in Lincoln on Dec. 12, 2009. Seven of the 10 meetings in the series took place between 1940 and 1969. NU is 120-123 all-time against the current members of the Pac-12 Conference.
(preview via Huskers.com)