LOS ANGELES -- It may be too early to say the Beavers are desperate for a win but they sure do need one now sitting at 10-7 overall, 0-4 in the Pac-12 with Wednesday's defeat at the renovated Pauley Pavilion.
You can certainly argue that the Beavers have played possibly the top four teams in the league not named Washington, which just so happens to loom on the horizon at Gill Coliseum on Wednesday.
That makes Saturday at USC that much more important.
The good news is the Beavers will get some bodies back as Victor Robbins and Eric Moreland will return from what amounted to three-game suspensions for separate undisclosed violations of team rules.
Not only can Craig Robinson stretch his rotation back out to 7, 8 or 9 guys but Moreland is essentially a walking double-double, leading the team in boards and blocks after missing in action against Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA.
"I am very hungry and very grateful to be back on the court," said Moreland. "I thought I was going 100-percent before but I probably want to go 200-percent now."
"Everybody is going to be buoyed by the fact that he is back," said Robinson. "What we can't expect though that it is just going to change everything.
"We all have to continue to get better and play better and then be able to use what he has to sort of augment our play."