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# WSU VS. OSU: A First Look At The Beavers (Studying For The GRE Edition)

My writing has been less than frequent as of late and that is thanks to a series of events that have conspired against me.  One of those being that I am taking the GRE on Saturday.  This week has been full of analogies, antonyms, reading comprehension, and comparison questions.  They are pretty much all I have on the brain right now, so here we go!

This calls for a quantitive comparison. Choose the option that best answers the question

Column A                                                                                    Column B

- The quantity in Column A is greater
- The quantity in Column B is greater
- The two quantities are equal
- The relationship cannot be determined from the information given

The answer of course is the second option.  President Obama may have waved at you from his limousine during his trip to Seattle, but that doesn't compare with Craig Robinson's freedom to give Barack the stankeye if his hand gets a little too low on Michelle's back AND not be tackled by twenty secret service men at the same time.

Record: 7-6 (2-0), No. 127 KenPom ranking.

Best Win: 76-75 over No. 16 Arizona at home.

Worst Loss: 70-68 to No. 274! Utah Valley AT HOME.  The Beavs also lost to No. 269 Texas Southern at home and No. 273 Seattle on the road.

OSU : WTF? ::

- Kellen Moore : FINGAGUNZ
- Benny Hill : WSU football defense
- Butch : GO! or COUGS!
- Beer : Dinner

You got the first question right, so this one was a little harder.  The key is to make the right connection between the two words.  Oregon State's schizophrenic performance on their schedule makes you say WTF? Kellen Moore doesn't make you say FINGAGUNZ, Kellen Moore is FINGAGUNZ, so that can be eliminated.  Benny Hill provides a perfect soundtrack for the WSU football defense.  Eliminate that.  Beer makes a perfectly acceptable dinner, and sometimes it causes you to lose your dinner, but it never makes you say dinner.  The correct option is C, because no one can resist when Butch points to their side for their half of WSU's favorite cheer.

Offense: 104.3 adjusted efficiency (105th), 50.7 eFG% (103rd), 20.9 TO% (174th), 32.9 OR% (175th), 44.3 FTR (156th)

We'll use an antonym for the offense.  Choose the word closest to the opposite meaning.

Oregon State Beavers:

- Slow Tempo
- I WANNA GO FAST
- Christmas
- Dirge

This one is tricky.  Some of you may have wanted to choose I WANNA GO FAST as the opposite, but in fact slow tempo is much closer to the real answer.  The Beavers are playing at a rate of 70.1 possessions a game, 70th fastest in the land.  A stark contrast to being the 324th fastest last season.  This change seems to have had a positive effect on the offense so far, as Oregon State's efficiency is markedly improved from last season.

Oregon State spreads those extra possessions around to a lot of different guys.  Not one person on the team who plays significant minutes uses over 25% of the possessions.  Nine different players are above 17% usage.  One might think this would be a product of OSU "spreading the ball around," but they are 258th in the country in assists per field goal made.

The scariest scorer on the floor is probably Jared Cunningham.  He leads the team in ORtg and gets to the foul line often.  His individual free throw rate is 128th best in the nation.

Defense: 100.5 adjusted efficiency (158th), 52.8 eFG% (292nd), 26.5 TO% (9th), 32.8 OR% (175th), 35.4 FTR (130th)

One last analogy.

STEALS : OSU ::

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