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Washington State-Oregon State: Cougars look to end streak vs. Beavers

UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019

Washington State head coach Ernie Kent, left, speaks with forward Robert Franks Jr. and other players during the first half  against Oregon on Wednesday in Pullman. (Young Kwak / AP)
Washington State head coach Ernie Kent, left, speaks with forward Robert Franks Jr. and other players during the first half against Oregon on Wednesday in Pullman. (Young Kwak / AP)
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Where/when: Beasley Coliseum, Pullman; Saturday , noon (Pac-12 Network)

Bottom line: Oregon State looks to extend Washington State’s conference losing streak to five games. Washington State’s last Pac-12 win (76-74) came against the Colorado Buffaloes on Feb. 20. Oregon State fell 81-76 in overtime at Washington in its last outing.

Team leadership: Washington State’s Robert Franks has averaged 21.5 points and 7.3 rebounds, and CJ Elleby has added 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds. For the Beavers, Tres Tinkle has averaged 20.5 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Stephen Thompson Jr. has added 15.9 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Key contributions: Ethan Thompson has either made or assisted on 47 percent of all Oregon State field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 13 field goals and 19 assists in those games.

Winless when: Washington State is 0-8 this year when it scores 67 points or fewer and 11-11 when it scores at least 68.

Assist ratios: The Beavers have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Cougars. Washington State has an assist on 37 of 66 field goals (56.1 percent) over its past three outings, while Oregon State has assists on 41 of 68 field goals (60.3 percent) during its past three games.

Did you know: Washington State has made 9.4 3-pointers per game this season, second best among Pac-12 teams.

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