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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 29, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Taco Bell Arena (12,480) -- Boise Idaho. Television: None. Home Record: Portland St. 4-0, Boise St. 3-0. Away Record: Portland St. 0-1, Boise St. 1-0. Neutral Record: Portland St. 0-0, Boise St. 1-0. Conference Record: Portland St. 0-0, Boise St. 0-0. Series Record: Boise State leads, 13-10.
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams off to strong starts will meet up at Taco Bell Arena, as the Boise State Broncos play host to the Vikings of Portland State.
Portland State brings a four-game win streak into this non-conference matchup after winning all three games as the host school of a weekend tournament, culminating with Sunday's 79-63 win over UC Davis. However, things have been much different outside of Portland, as the Vikings have dropped 17 straight road games dating back more than a season.
Boise State is the only team from the 2013 NCAA Tournament to return all five starters, and that experience has been evident throughout its 5-0 start. The Broncos are coming off Wednesday's 98-89 win over Idaho at CenturyLink Arena, and they enter this contest as the nation's top scoring team (102.0 ppg).
Boise State leads the all-time series, 13-10, although this marks the first meeting between these schools since the 2009-10 season.
Portland State boasts a four-game win streak for the first time since the 2011-12 season. The Vikings turned in a solid all-around performance in the win over UC Davis as they shot 45 percent from beyond the arc (9-of-20), 75 percent from the foul line (18-of-24), and had 19 assists on 26 field goals. Defensively, they held UC Davis to 38.3-percent shooting from the floor. DaShaun Wiggins provided a spark off the bench with 21 points and seven rebounds. Aaron Moore was next in line with 16 points and eight boards, while Andre Winston and Tim Douglas scored 15 and 14 points, respectively. On the season, first-year point guard Douglas is averaging team-highs of 15.4 points, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals. Moore, the top returning scorer and rebounder from last season, averaged 16.0 points and 8.3 boards during the three-game tourney.
Opposing defenses must be on point with their rotations when facing the Broncos, who narrowly missed out on their fourth 100-point game of the season against Idaho. To put that in perspective, Boise State has posted four 100- point games only once in its history (1974-75). But in the win over Idaho, the Broncos attacked the rim en route to 54 points in the paint, their most since Nov. 11, 2011. They entered the game ranked third in the country with 11.8 3- pointers made per game but finished 2-of-7 from the perimeter. Instead, the Broncos marched to the free-throw line early and often, as they went on to sink 34-of-44 attempts. Derrick Marks shot 9-of-13 from the floor and made 21- of-23 free throws, finishing with a game-high 39 points in 25 minutes. Anthony Drmic was next in line with 21 points, while Ryan Watkins posted a double- double with 16 points and 14 boards.
The Vikings are bound to end their road drought, and quite possibly very soon, but that is not likely to happen here against the high-scoring Broncos.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boise State 96, Portland State 81
11/29 10:54:58 ET