Portland (5-3) at Portland State (4-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 7, 10:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Peter W. Stott Center (1,500) -- Portland, Oregon. Television: None. Home Record: Portland 5-1, PSU 4-0. Away Record: Portland 0-2, PSU 0-2. Neutral Record: Portland 0-0, PSU 0-0. Conference Record: Portland 0-0, PSU 0-0. Series Record: Portland leads, 33-17.
GAME NOTES: Crosstown rivals get together at the Stott Center tonight, as the Portland State Vikings entertain the Portland Pilots in non-conference play.
The Vikings have been out of action for more than a week now, last taking the floor on Nov. 29 versus Boise State at Taco Bell Arena. That road game, the only one for the team during a span of eight contests, ended up as a 76-60 setback. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for a team that has not won anywhere but the Stott Center in 2013-14.
As for the Pilots, they are currently enjoying their second two-game win streak of the campaign, having taken down San Jose State (86-69) and Southern Utah (86-67) in similar fashion, both at home. Portland has now won four of the last five overall, the lone defeat coming in overtime versus North Texas (77-72) back on Nov. 23.
According to Portland sources, the all-time series favors the Pilots by a 33-17 margin, with the most recent meeting a season ago falling in favor of Portland at the Chiles Center, 81-60.
Defensively, Portland limited Southern Utah to only 36.4 percent shooting from the floor and forced the visitors into 14 turnovers in order to cruise to the 29-point home win. Thomas van der Mars was the top scorer for the hosts with 17 points, followed by Kevin Bailey and Volodymyr Gerun with 16 and 12 points, respectively, while Alec Winterling accounted for 10 of his team's 23 assists in the onslaught.
Through eight games the leading scorer for Portland is Bailey with his 15.9 ppg, shooting a solid 40.9 percent beyond the arc for the group. Ryan Nicholas checks in with not only 13.5 ppg, but also 9.8 rpg to pace the group in the latter category, while van der Mars pitches in with 12.5 ppg and 5.9 rpg for a unit that is closing in on 40 rpg and is responsible for 80.1 ppg, compared to 71.6 ppg for the competition.
Portland State trailed by only four points at the break against the Broncos the last time out, but the team then went in the tank with just nine total field goals over the final 20 minutes of action and 7-of-14 shooting at the free-throw line in the frame. DaShaun Wiggins tried to give the visitors a fighting chance with 19 points off the bench in just 23 minutes of action, while Tim Douglas and Aaron Moore chimed in with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Wiggins, who has been a reserve in all but one game thus far, has been the top scorer in each of the last two games for the program and is now second overall with his 13.5 ppg, trailing only Douglas and his 14.8 ppg. Moore checks in with 12.0 ppg and is also first with 6.4 rpg, although the fact that he has been in constant foul trouble has limited his productivity for sure.
As long as Wiggins can again come up big for the Vikings off the bench, in addition to the starters carrying their weight, the hosts should have a strong shot at picking up another win at home tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Portland State 74, Portland 68
12/07 10:35:25 ET