UCLA vs Oregon State: Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel, Prediction, Picks, Basketball Match Odds, Spread
Two of Cinderella’s two Pac-12 teams from the 2021 NCAA Tournament will meet for the second time this season on Saturday, when Oregon State hosts No. 12 UCLA at 4 p.m. ET on CBS. It was around this time last season that the struggling Beavers found a niche on their way to a Pac-12 Tournament title and a surprise Elite Eight run. Such a run this season seems highly unlikely considering OSU is just 3-23 (1-15 Pac-12). But a home game against the Bruins presents a great opportunity for the Beavers to salvage a signature win from an otherwise dismal season.
The Bruins (20-6, 12-5) are just 4-4 this month in a streak that has left them trailing Arizona in the Pac-12 standings. February was, however, an injury month for the program. Tyger Campbell, Johnny Juzang, Peyton Watson, Cody Riley and Jaime Jaquez Jr. Only two Bruins — Jules Bernard and Myles Johnson — have appeared in every game this season. But third-year coach Mick Cronin has built a deep roster, which has helped UCLA weather the onslaught of injuries reasonably well.
Oregon State lost star guard Ethan Thompson 20-13 from last season’s team that reached the Elite Eight and was unable to recapture the magic of that run. The Beavers started 1-10 with losses to Tulsa, Samford, Princeton and UC Davis before the start of the championship game. The Pac-12 slate provided little reprieve. Oregon State has been close at times, like in a double-overtime loss to USC on Thursday. But more often than not, the Beavers have been blown as they were in the first meeting between these teams, which UCLA won 81-65 on Jan. 15.
How to watch UCLA vs. Oregon State live
Dated: Saturday February 26 | Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Gill Coliseum — Corvallis, Oregon
TV: SCS | Direct: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app
Prediction UCLA vs. Oregon State, picks
If you’re waiting for Oregon State to turn things around and get back the mojo they had during last season’s magic NCAA Tournament run, you might be waiting a while. The Beavers are way behind in the talent department and have shown little to suggest they have an upset of this caliber in the tank. UCLA’s fight with injuries this month makes it a bit of a wild card. But the Bruins are deep enough to handle business here no matter who isn’t available. Prediction: UCLA 80, Oregon State 62.
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