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DATE & TIME: Monday, November 12, 9:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthew Knight Arena (12,369) -- Eugene, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Portland St. 1-0, Oregon 1-0. Away Record: Portland St. 0-0, Oregon 0-0. Neutral Record: Portland St. 0-0, Oregon 0-0. Conference Record: Portland St. 0-0, Oregon 0-0. Series Record: Oregon leads, 9-2.
GAME NOTES: The Portland State Vikings look to upset their in-state rival as they invade Matthew Knight Arena for non-conference action with the Oregon Ducks.
The Vikings enter with a 1-0 record after a 77-58 triumph over Pacific-Oregon on Friday night. Portland State was 17-15 overall and 10-6 in Big Sky Conference play last season. Fourth-year head coach Tyler Geving will have trouble achieving that same success this season after losing a pair of All-Big Sky First Team selections. The Vikings did connect on 56 percent of their field goal attempts to power their season-opening win.
Oregon began its 2012-2013 campaign with a 83-73 win over Northern Arizona. The Ducks did not look too steady in their opener as they trailed the Lumberjacks with under six minutes left to play. Coach Dana Altman's team closed out the game on a 17-6 run and will look to carry that momentum into this one. The Ducks are 57-12 versus members of the Big Sky Conference.
This will be the third straight season PSU and Oregon square off. The Ducks hold a 9-2 edge in the all-time series after they picked up wins in the last two meetings. The Vikings' last win in the series came in 2009-2010 (88-81).
Washington State transfer Dre Winston Jr. made a splash in his first appearance in a PSU uniform by netting a team-high 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Juco transfer Aaron Moore was also impressive in his debut with the program and added 13 points and five rebounds. Michael Harthun's three-point shooting will keep defenses from keying on Winston and Moore too heavily. PSU will have to do a better job controlling the ball, as it turned the ball over 19 times against a weak opponent in its first outing.
The Ducks used a balanced attack in their opener to down NAU. Tony Woods dominated inside on his way to 14 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. The senior center is not very polished, but he uses his athleticism and size very well. Freshman Damyean Dotson netted 13 points in his collegiate debut while E.J. Singler went 4-of-11 from the floor for 12 points. Singler, whose older brother Kyle starred at Duke for four seasons, also grabbed a team-high eight boards. Guard Dominic Artis (10) points went 5-of-10 from the field in 21 minutes of action, but turned the ball over five times.
The Ducks will automatically become a contender for the Pac-12 crown if Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi is deemed eligible. Singler will really need to elevate his play while Kazemi's appeal makes its way through the system. Woods should be able to continue his success inside against the undersized Vikings.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon 78, Portland State 65
11/12 10:38:38 ET
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