UA-OSU pregame: Robinson bracing for Wildcats

2013-01-12T09:07:00Z 2013-01-12T22:03:40Z UA-OSU pregame: Robinson bracing for WildcatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

CORVALLIS, Ore. – There are two things that can happen to a team that just had a major winning streak broken: Its players will be angry and out to win the next game more than ever, or they will be reeling from a sudden lack of confidence.

But OSU coach Craig Robinson said he doesn’t think it matters much what might be the case with Arizona today at Gill Coliseum (6 p.m., ESPNU).

“When you’re playing a team that’s this good and this well-coached, it doesn’t matter,” Robinson said. “They’re going to be prepared for every game. They’re always going to be prepared. And they have so many people they can go to. You just prepare for their best game.

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Robinson will start Devon Collier in place of the suspended Eric Moreland at power forward, but it doesn’t much matter as far as Collier is concerned: He is already the Beavers’ second-leading scorer and has been averaging 25.5 points per game.

On Thursday against ASU, in the first game of Moreland’s suspension, Collier had 18 points and eight rebounds while playing 31 minutes.

“We have him playing a few more minutes than he normally would,” Robinson said. “He cramped up for a bit there (on Thursday against ASU) but he’s been consistent. He’s going to play a lot either way. We just have to really be careful from a fouling standpoint.”

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Our full advance coverage today: A main story on UA’s new perspective and rotation, Greg Hansen’s column and a scouting report.

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Mark Lyons has been named one of 20 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award for being the nation's top point guard.

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The Corvallis Gazette-Times says the Beavers will have to deal with being short-handed tonight, while the Oregonian has a capsule look at tonight's game.

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Here's the official game notes from Arizona and from OSU.

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Larry Krystkowiak calls Cedric Martin, who drew a second-level flagrant foul from Solomon Hill last season at Utah, a "foxhole guy."

Utah will host USC today (4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

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Lorenzo Romar is wary of the matchup the Huskies will face against Stanford (9 p.m., Fox Sports Net)

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Former NAU standout Ross Land has been surprised to see his old coach, Ben Howland, have the Bruins scoring nearly as often as the Lumberjacks used to.

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Colorado's recruitment of Spencer Dinwiddie from Howland's backyard is paying off for the Buffs.

Colorado's SoCal players will get a crack at UCLA at the Coors Events Center today (noon, Pac-12 Networks)

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Mike Montgomery wants more toughness from the Bears. Washington State will play at California (2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

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Jordan Hill said he felt like he let down fans and teammates after it was announced he will miss the rest of the season with a hip injury.

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