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Stanford vs. Portland State - 11/26/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland State Vikings (4-2) at Stanford Cardinal (3-4)

College Basketball: Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm (Memorial Coliseum-OR)

The Line: Stanford Cardinal -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Portland State Vikings and Stanford Cardinal will face off in the PK80 – Motion Tournament at Veterans Memorial Coliseum this Sunday night in College Basketball action.

The Portland State Vikings lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-2 on the season after being defeated by the Butler Bulldogs, 71-69, this past Friday. Portland State fought back to trail by just a 63-62 margin with 4:25 left to play, however, couldn’t secure the victory after Butler used a late 8-2 run to take control of the game with just over a minute left to play in regulation. Portland State shot 43.6% from the field and 46.2% (12-26) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Vikings was Deontae North who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists in 29 minutes from off the bench. On the season, Portland State is averaging 86.3 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 11.0 three-pointers per game on 41.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland State has been led by Deontae North (18.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Bryce Canda (16.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.5 spg), Michael Mayhew (10.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg), and Holland Woods (8.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Portland State is allowing their opponents to average 77.7 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 5.0.

Stanford vs. Portland State - 11/26/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Stanford Cardinal lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-4 on the season after being defeated by the Ohio State Buckeyes, 79-71, this past Friday. Stanford allowed Ohio State to fight back from a late double-digit deficit to tie it at halftime at 32-all and the Cardinal couldn’t fight back after Ohio State took a 58-48 lead with just 6:27 left in regulation. Stanford struggled offensively in the loss as the Cardinal shot just 36.1% from the field and 28.6% (6-21) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cardinal was Daejon Davis who had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. On the season, Stanford is averaging 75.9 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Cardinal are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Stanford has been led by Reid Travis (20.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg), Michael Humphrey (11.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg), Isaac White (11.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Dorian Pickens (10.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg). Defensively, Stanford is allowing their opponents to average 78.7 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Cardinal have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of -1.7.

The Vikings are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. The Cardinal are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Big Sky opponents and just 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Portland State has lost both matchups in the PK80 – Motion Tournament, however, I feel that the Vikings have been one of the more impressive teams in the Tournament as they’ve given both Duke and Butler all they can handle. Stanford has some notable talent and experience on their roster, however, haven’t been able to put it together so far this season as the Cardinal rank just 277th in scoring defense, 212th in FG%, and 232nd in defensive FG%. Portland State’s offense has shown they can put up points and as I like that their defense is creating turnovers, I think the Vikings once again play a competitive game and that Portland State covers with the points. 

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