The Oregon State basketball team reinstated forward Eric Moreland from his season-long suspension late Wednesday night - just in time to get him in uniform for the Pac-12 Conference opener at Colorado on Thursday night.

The junior was suspended in July for violating team rules. The suspension was supposed to be for 14 games, meaning he would have returned on Jan. 9 against Stanford. Beavers head coach Craig Robinson announced Wednesday night, however, that Moreland has fulfilled all the requirements of the suspension.

Moreland will be available to play immediately, meaning he will be ready Thursday night when the Beavers (8-4) visit No. 20 Colorado (11-2).

A 6-foot-10 forward, Moreland averaged 9.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore. He also had a school-record 73 blocks (2.5 per game). He played 30.7 minutes per game and connected on 57.4 percent of his shots.

He could provide an immediate lift to the Beavers, who rank last in the Pac-12 in rebounding (33.9 per game) and rebounding margin (minus-0.7 per game). Coming into this week, OSU ranked 230th nationally in rebounding margin.

"Defensively, Moreland brings them such a presence, in terms of a shot blocker and athleticism," CU head coach Tad Boyle said this week. "But, we won't have to deal with him. The rest of the league will, but Utah and Colorado won't."

Well, now it appears the Buffs will have to deal with Moreland.