Burton: Beavers already talking about next season

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Sitting at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings with a 1-8 conference record, senior Joe Burton admitted that some guys are already talking about next season.

"They talk about next year," said Burton. "They're going to be great next year, they got Angus and Daniel Gomis coming back. They're going to be real big next year.

It's sad to see that they're going to be really good next year, and I'm not going to be a part of it. I guess I was a part of it building up to it."

Burton's comments are probably not what coaches want to hear as Oregon State prepares to host Utah on Wednesday.

The Beavers leading scorer, Roberto Nelson, denied that the team was looking too far into the future and said, "don't sleep on us yet."

At the beginning of the season, the Beavers said their goal was to make the NCAA tournament. They remain adamant that getting to the big dance is still possible by winning the Pac-12 tournament.

Oregon State has been in every conference game this season and shown signs of improvement.

Three of the Beavers last four losses have come by a total of seven points. However, at the end of the USC and California games, the Beavers didn't get great looks at the hoop, and their leading scorer, Roberto Nelson, was no where near the ball.

"I'm a competitor, I want to take the last shot," said Nelson, who is averaging 16.5 points per game. "But at the same time, I'm smart, and I know that if two guys are on me, a guy wide open has a better chance to make it than me with two guys on me."

Craig Robinson said he's not sure what will push the Beavers over the hump in some of these games, but did say it might be more of a mental thing than a physical thing at this point in the season.

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