A few notes to preview Thursday's game at Oregon State:
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
UCLA (9-6, 1-2 Pac-10)
C Joshua Smith (9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds)
F Reeves Nelson (14.9 points, 8.1 rebounds)
F Tyler Honeycutt (14.3 points, 7.7 rebounds)
G Malcolm Lee (12.2 points, 1.8 assists)
G Lazeric Jones (10.1 points, 3.3 assists)
Oregon State (7-8, 2-2 Pac-10)
C Angus Brandt (5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds)
F Omari Johnson (9.0 points, 6.5 rebounds)
F Devon Collier (4.4 points, 2.8 rebounds)
G Jared Cunningham (14.6 points, 2.1 assists)
G Calvin Hayes (11.0 points, 2.7 assists)
Tyler Honeycutt vs. Creativity -- Tyler Honeycutt is the first to admit that, sometimes, he tries to do a bit too much. The stat sheet shows it. Honeycutt goes into Thursday's game with a team-worst 47 turnovers. The next closest player, point guard Lazeric Jones, is far behind with 30. Let's just say Jones has no plans of making a run at Honeycutt. And we're not sure he could catch up even if he tried to.
Not all of it is Honeycutt's fault, though. Balls slip through hands, passes are unexpected, opponents make good plays, etc. Sometimes Honeycutt's creativity gets the best of him; teammates just aren't on the same page and Honeycutt's numbers suffer because of it. The turnovers have come in bunches in large part because he is a key component of the team's transition offense. That's just how it goes.
The problem is that Honeycutt's giveaways outweigh his good decisions. He has a nauseating 0.81 assist-to-turnover ratio. Keep an eye out for the choices he makes against Oregon State, one the nation's leaders in steals.
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
Oregon State has lost 11 consecutive games to UCLA, including five straight at Gill Coliseum. ... Is Gary Payton still suiting up for the orange and black? The Beavers rank No. 2 nationally in steals per game (10.87); Payton is third on the NBA's all-time steals list, behind John Stockton and Michael Jordan. ... Malcolm Lee has his work cut out for him: Jared Cunningham has averaged 19.2 points over the past six games. ... Oregon State allowed 103 points to Washington last week.
CORVALLIS CHRONICLES: 2010
Don't be surprised if Reeves Nelson is the target of some loud boos -- or opponent animosity -- on Thursday. As you may recall, Nelson broke sportsmanship code when he dunked in the final seconds of last year's 62-52 win at Gill Coliseum. UCLA led by eight before his emphatic, buzzer-beating flush gave the Bruins a double-digit win. "I was kind of upset, I tried to take it out on the rim," Nelson said afterward.