Weber State Wildcats (2-1) at Portland State Vikings (1-2)
College Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 10:05 pm (The Viking Pavilion)
The Line: Portland State Vikings -2 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Weber State Wildcats and the Portland State Vikings meet in Big Sky conference college basketball action from Viking Pavilion on Friday night.
The Weber State Wildcats will look to add to their 2-1 start to the year despite a 70-59 loss to Boise State in their last matchup. Isiah Brown led the Wildcats with 18 points along with a pair of threes while Cody Carlson added 17 points on an efficient 6 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes and a pair of steals as the only other double-digit scorer for Weber State in the losing effort. Dillon Jones added 3 points with 3 steals while Michal Kozak added 7 points with a team-high 11 rebounds and 3 blocks and Seikou Sisoho-Jawara added 5 points with a team-high 5 assists in the loss. Brown leads the Wildcats in scoring and assists with an average of 24.3 points and 3.7 assists per game while Kozak leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Weber State is averaging 77.3 points on 44.2% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 83.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.7 points on 39.9% shooting from the field and 34.3% from 3-point range this season.
The Portland State Vikings will try to get back to .500 after falling to 1-2 on the year after a 69-60 loss to Washington State last time out. Paris Dawson led the Vikings with 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes and a pair of steals while Amari McCray added 12 points with 11 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks as the only other double-digit scorer for Portland State in the losing effort. Khalid Thomas added 8 points with 4 rebounds and 3 steals as well in the losing effort for the Vikings. James Scott leads the Vikings in scoring and assists with an average of 11.3 points and 2.3 assists per game while McCray leads Portland State in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Portland State is averaging 73.7 points on 37.2% shooting from the field, 22.2% from behind the 3-point line and 76.6% from the foul line while allowing their opponents to average 67.7 points on 40.7% shooting from the field and 27.1% from 3-point range this season.
Weber State is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games as a road underdog while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Portland State is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games following a loss.
This is still a Weber State team that is undergoing a ton of turnover and while Isiah Brown is a bright spot, it still leaves a lot to be desired, especially with the rigors of conference play in an already weird season. On the other side, the Vikings’ loss to Portland is hard to stomach, but the Vikings showed some fight against Washington State and I just think that side by side, they’re the better team here. I’ll lay the bucket with the Vikings in this spot.