CORVALLIS, Ore. — Wayne Tinkle and the Oregon State men’s basketball team will play a minimum of 29 regular-season games on television, the Pac-12 Conference announced Tuesday.
Tinkle, the ex-Montana coach, has former Montana high school stars Tres Tinkle and Kendal Manuel on his roster. Tres Tinkle was a two-time Gatorade player of the year while playing at Missoula Hellgate, while Manuel helped Billings Skyview win the first Class AA state championship in program history in 2015.
OSU advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2016, but struggled to a 5-27 record last year, including a 1-17 conference mark. Tres Tinkle, after garnering significant preseason hype, played in only six games before suffering a broken right wrist. He was granted a medical hardship by the Pac-12 and will be a redshirt sophomore during the 2017-18 season.
The Beavers’ 2017-18 schedule includes 16 games on the Pac-12 Network, seven on ESPN’s family of networks and six on Fox Sports 1. A non-conference road game at Kent State is the lone contest that hasn’t been selected yet by a television network.
The Beavers open Pac-12 play with three straight games at Gill Coliseum, beginning with Colorado at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 and Utah at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31. Oregon State and Oregon resume their rivalry at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5.
After a road trip to Arizona, Oregon State returns to Gill Coliseum to face UCLA at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 and USC at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. The 350th edition of the Civil War will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. in Eugene.
The Beavers have four home games and four road games in February. Pac-12 opponents coming to Gill Coliseum that month are Washington State (Thursday, Feb. 8), Washington (Saturday, Feb. 10), Arizona (Thursday, Feb. 22) and Arizona State (Saturday, Feb. 24). Oregon State will play at Stanford (Thursday, Feb. 1), California (Saturday, Feb. 3), UCLA (Thursday, Feb. 15) and USC (Saturday, Feb. 17).
The regular season ends the first week of March when Oregon State takes on Washington at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 in Seattle and Washington State at noon, 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 in Pullman.
Oregon State won’t play at Colorado or Utah this season, and the Bay Area schools won’t make the trip to Corvallis as part of the Pac-12’s unbalanced schedule.
The Pac-12 Tournament begins on Wednesday, March 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
For the Beavers’ complete 2017-18 schedule, please click here.
(Editor’s note: Portions of an Oregon State media release were used in this report.)