Portland State (1-1) at Portland (1-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 21, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Chiles Center (4,852) -- Portland, Oregon. Television: None. Home Record: PSU 1-0, Portland 1-0. Away Record: PSU 0-1, Portland 0-2. Neutral Record: PSU 0-0, Portland 0-0. Conference Record: PSU 0-0, Portland 0-0. Series Record: Portland leads, 32-17.
GAME NOTES: In-state rivals get together on the hardwood Wednesday, as the Portland Pilots entertain the Vikings of Portland State in non-conference action at the Chiles Center.
The Vikings have been out of action now since Nov. 12 when they were defeated by Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena in an 80-69 final. Three days prior, the program opened 2012-13 on a positive note with a 77-58 triumph over Pacific (Oregon).
As for the Pilots, they've won only one of their first three outings of the season and it was a narrow one at that, just a 51-48 decision versus visiting Idaho State last week. More recently, the team paid a visit to Montana State in Bozeman on Sunday and fell in an 83-64 final.
Despite having a lengthy history against each other, the teams didn't meet last season which means Portland won the most recent matchup in 2010-11 by a score of 78-67 on the road. The victory not only snapped a four-game slide in the series for the Pilots, it also moved them to 32-17 all-time versus Portland State.
Against the Ducks on the road in Eugene now more than a week ago, the Vikings fell behind immediately and were never able to recover as they dropped the double-digit decision at Matthew Knight Arena. Trying to keep the visitors close were Dre Winston and Renado Parker with 15 points apiece, while fellow starters Aaron Moore and LaTeff McMullan checked in with nine points apiece. The team shot a decent 45.3 percent from the field and was 17-of-19 at the free-throw line, but 15 turnovers and just four three-pointers while Oregon knocked down 9-of-19 on the perimeter. Winston, who has at least held a share of the scoring lead in both games thus far, paces the team overall with 15.5 ppg as he shoots a staggering 78.6 percent from the floor. Parker and Moore add another 11.5 and 11.0 ppg, respectively, for a unit that has made good on 50.5 percent from the field.
Against Montana State, the Pilots hit on an impressive 57.1 percent from the field in the first half, but still the team trailed by double figures at the break. Unfortunately, Portland had far too much trouble keeping control of the ball, turning it over 19 times, and just could not get comfortable on the perimeter where they hit just 3-of-14 shot attempts. Kevin Bailey and Thomas van der Mars both tallied 13 points for the visitors, the former shooting 5- of-8 from the floor before picking up his fifth personal foul. For a team that is putting up a mere 55.7 ppg in the early going, Bailey is second on the unit with his 11.3 ppg, trailing only Ryan Nicholas who is putting up 15.7 ppg despite shooting only 1-of-7 behind the three-point line. As a group, Portland's perimeter presence has been awful at both ends of the floor as the team itself shoots just 24.4 percent but at the defensive end has permitted the opposition to knock down 43.6 percent of their chances.
More often than not, rivalry games such as this take on a personality all their own, regardless of how the teams are playing heading into the meeting. However, with as poorly as Portland has performed out on the perimeter thus far, that might be enough of a difference to get the Vikings the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Portland State 68, Portland 60
11/21 10:32:45 ET