Portland State Vikings (3-3) vs. Weber State Wildcats (7-0)
December 4, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Weber State Wildcats -15.5 / Portland State Vikings +15.5; Over/Under: 141.5
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The Portland State Vikings will travel to the Dee Events Center to take on the Weber State Wildcats this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Portland State Vikings snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 on the season after defeating the Idaho State Bengals, 63-55, this past Thursday. Portland State led by a 32-25 margin at halftime and was able to pull away for the victory after taking a 55-47 lead with 3:11 left in regulation. Portland State shot 31.6% from the field & 27.3% from beyond the arc while allowing Idaho State to shoot 41.5% from the field & 33.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Vikings was James Jean-Marie who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 block.
On the season, Portland State is averaging 72.7 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 5.3 three-pointers per game on 23.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland State has been led by James Jean-Marie (13.8 ppg, 11.0 rpg), Marlon Ruffin (12.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 spg), Khalid Thomas (9.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.3 spg), & Michael Carter III (7.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Portland State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.0 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of 5.7 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Weber State Wildcats improved to 7-0 on the season after defeating the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 67-44, this past Thursday. Weber State was outstanding defensively against Northern Arizona and had no trouble picking up the victory after going into halftime with a 28-18 lead. Weber State shot 34.5% from the field & 15.4% from beyond the arc while allowing Northern Arizona to shoot 33.3% from the field & 26.7% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Dillon Jones who had a double-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, & 5 steals.
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On the season, Weber State is averaging 79.7 ppg on 51.0% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Weber State has been led by Koby McEwen (17.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg), Dillon Jones (13.1 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.9 spg), Seikou Sisoho Jawara (12.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.9 spg), & Jamison Overton (12.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.1 bpg).
Defensively, Weber State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.6 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of 5.9.
The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, however, are just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games.
Portland State has been decent on the defense end to start the season, ranking 92nd in scoring defense & 51st in defensive FG%, however, the offense has struggled and come into this game ranked just t-284th in FG% & 349th in 3P-FG%. Weber State has been outstanding on both ends of the ball this season and come into this game ranked 62nd in scoring offense, 9th in FG%, & 68th in scoring defense.
Portland State looks decent when you look at the stats, however, the Vikings haven’t played much in competition outside of Iowa in which the Vikings lost by 34 points. Weber State is a very dangerous offense that can put up points a ton of points and as the Wildcats have been great ATS at home, I think the play here is to take Weber State to cover this large spread. Good Luck!