Both UCLA and Oregon State have 1-0 records in the Pac-10 going into their conference basketball game at 3 p.m. today at Pauley Pavilion. The game will be televised, delayed until after the 1 p.m. Ram game, on Channel 2.
The Bruins have an overall record of 6-2 and are coming off a 71-65 victory over Oregon Thursday night. Oregon State has an overall record of 5-4 after finishing third in the Far West tournament.
Oregon State lost just one starter from last season's team that finished 22-9--A.C. Green, who is now with the Lakers. Steve Woodside, a 6-9 senior who played center for the Beavers last season, has been moved to forward, and Jose Ortiz, a 6-10 senior from Puerto Rico who just became eligible, is now the starter at center.
Tyrone Miller is back at forward and Darryl Flowers at guard. But Eric Knox, who was expected to be the returning point guard, had to have arthroscopic knee surgery and is out for the season. He was to have been replaced by Darrin Houston, but last week, Houston and forward Mike Kaska were declared scholastically ineligible. So tonight, freshman Van Anderson from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach will start.
Oregon State opened its conference season with a 68-64 victory over USC, the defending conference co-champion.
UCLA Coach Walt Hazzard said: "It's hard to pick a favorite in the conference this year. We're somewhere in the mix, but I think it's up for grabs."