Portland State Vikings (5-3) vs Oregon Ducks (5-2)
Oregon are 4-0 at home after defeating Fresno St. on Saturday and don’t play on the road again until opening Pac-12 play at WSU Dec. 29.
The Portland State Vikings have lost all of their road games thus far this season so a trip to visit the state’s best team is hardly something they are looking forward to, even if the facilities are top notch.
PSU has played a pretty nondescript schedule in the early going, a point emphasized by the fact that only half of their games have been lined.
The Big Sky is hardly a power conference and these guys are likely to be in about the middle when the season is done.
Against Oregon, it might not be close but it could still be entertaining because the Vikings do prefer a quick tempo. They have three players averaging more than 13 points per game led by Charles Odum, a sophomore guard who has improved his game and is scoring 18ppg. If they are to win they have to get a good game out of Chehales Tapscot.
He is only 6’5” but he averages nearly a double-double. PSU does have some size and has been a good rebounding team so far.
They will need to keep that up to have a chance.
Some thought Oregon might be a sleeper in the new PAC 12 this year.
It might be too early to make a true evaluation of that statement but based on what we have seen so far that doesn’t seem very likely.
The two best teams on their early schedule, BYU and Vanderbilt, have beaten them easily and there is not much to be impressed about close wins over Fresno State and UTEP. The PAC 12 is not super deep this year but I still think this team is going struggle in the league.
However, they should have plenty to handle the Vikings of Portland State. Forward E.J. Singler will probably never be as good as his brother but he is a nice player. The problem is, if he is your best player your team is just not that good. He and guard Garrett Sim form a nice perimeter duo with both averaging more than 12ppg.
So far transfer forward Olu Ashaolu has been a bust. We are just not seeing much of the player who averaged almost a double-double at Louisiana Tech.
PORST are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
ORE are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
ORE are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Sky.
Spread Pick: Portland State +14.5
O/U Pick: Over
Score Prediction: Oregon 82 – Portland State 70