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You're coming off an overtime loss on the road.

That was after a four-overtime defeat at home.

You've been in every Pacific-12 game until the final moments, yet you have a 1-4 record to show for the effort.

What to do?

"The key is to stay positive," OSU coach Craig Robinson said.

"You look at the two overtime games and we're not too far away from having a completely different record.

"We're playing well enough to be in the game at the end of games. Now we have to play well enough to win those games."

Robinson said there hasn't been any head-hanging or moping from the Beavers as they prepare for today's game against Arizona State.

As hard as it might be, they're staying positive.

"I think with everything we've been though, everyone is in good spirits."

Nevertheless, the Beavers are now faced with a must-win situation against an ASU team that could be on the cusp of a turnaround after some tough times this season.

Oregon State will have the services of Joe Burton, who left the bench during an altercation between the Wildcats and Beavers on Thursday.

Burton was ejected and could have been hit with additional punishment, but the Pac-12 decided that the in-game action by the officials was sufficient.

The Sun Devils (5-11, 1-3) have had their share of struggles this season.

Most recently it was the suspension of Keala King, Kyle Cain and Chris Colvin.

King was eventually dismissed from the team but Cain and Colvin are back.

The Sun Devils have lost six of their last seven but did defeat USC in Los Angeles and played well against Oregon in a 67-59 loss on Thursday.

"They're more of a zone team and probably not as deep as some of the teams we've played from a personnel standpoint," Robinson said. "But they're playing at home and they need a win just like we need a win."

The Sun Devils are deliberate on offense, averaging 63.2 points a game.

ASU coach Herb Sendek recently switched from a motion offense to working more set plays.

"That's to help our guys with their decision-making and to account for some of the adjustments we've had to make at point guard," Sendek said in a recent press conference. "So I would say that two years ago and this year, we've had to make almost wholesale changes in our offense, midstream."

The Sun Devils are led by 6-foot-4 guard Trent Lockett, who averages 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds a game.

"Trent Lockett is an all-league type player, so they still have quite a few weapons," Robinson said.

Carrick Felix, a 6-6 guard, averages 10.7 points and 4.5 rebounds and Cain, a 6-7 forward, scores 8.4 points and grabs 6.5 boards.

They can hit the 3, not good news for the Beavers.

Felix is 24 of 67 from the arc and Chanse Creekmur, a 6-5 guard/forward, is 20 of 55.

The 3 played a big part in OSU's loss at UA.

The Wildcats got too many wide-open looks and took advantage.

"After watching the tape, there were a couple missed assigments and a couple times where we had some guys who thought we were in a different defense," he said. "There were also some very good shots that were contested."

A major overhaul is not necessary. Robinson said it's a matter of the players knowing their assignments at all times.

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