Portland State Vikings vs. Eastern Washington Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/27/14
Eastern Washington Eagles (8-10) at Portland State Vikings (8-8)
College Basketball: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Peter W Stott Center)
The Line: Portland State Vikings -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Both Eastern Washington and Portland State look to climb out of the bottom half of the Big Sky when the two sides face off at the Peter W. Stott Center Monday.
The Breakdown: The Eagles are tied with Portland State for 7th place in the conference, improving to 3-4 with a 90-83 victory over Southern Utah Thursday. Eastern Washington was outshot from the field 54.2 percent to 49.0 percent and from distance 47.1 percent to 26.7 percent, but connected on 38 of 49 from the foul line and finished with a 31-33 edge on the boards. The Eagles also forced 14 turnovers. Sophomore G Tyler Harvey had a game-high 36 points to go along with 8 rebounds and hit a conference record 20 of 20 from the free throw line. Sophomore Jenky Vois scored 19 points and grabbed 9 boards, while freshman F Ognjen Miljkovic added 13 points and 7 rebounds. On the season, E. Washington is averaging 74.2 ppg on 44.0 percent shooting and Harvey leads the team with 21.2 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Portland State is also coming off a win over Southern Utah. The Vikings edged the Thunderbirds 67-64 Saturday behind a game-winning three-pointer from senior G marcus Hall with under 30 seconds remaining. Portland State hit 20 of 49 from the field and connected on 4 of 13 from outside the arc, but were outdone by S. Utah, who shot 46.8 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from downtown. The Vikings had the edge from the foul line, however, connecting on 23 of 28 to the Thunderbirds’ 13 of 20 and finished with a 35-28 advantage on the boards. Junior G DaShaun Wiggins had a game-high 15 points off the bench, including 9 of 10 from the stripe. Through 16 games, Portland State is averaging 71.6 ppg on 44.9 percent shooting and junior G Tim Douglas leads the team with 14.3 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -1.5 for Portland State. A good measuring stick here would be the last game for both sides, but it was fairly closely contested for each team. The Vikings get the lean because they’re home, though.