The Sacramento State Hornets and the Portland State Vikings meet Monday in college basketball action from Stott Center. Sacramento State is fresh off a Saturday game versus Montana. In that one the Hornets fell by just two points. As for Portland State, they played Montana State in their Saturday matchup. The Vikings would go on to fall by 13 points there. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Sacramento State Hornets
Sacramento State managed an up-and-down 12-10 record over their first 22 games this year. In the next seven the Hornets went just 1-6 however, taking losses to Eastern Washington, Idaho, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Weber State and Montana State.
Matched up against Montana on Saturday, the Hornets were all tied up 40-40 by halftime. Sacramento State was outscored 34-32 in the second and lost 74-72, though. Zach Chappell led the team on 22 points with four rebounds.
Portland State Vikings
Over on the Portland State side, they went a sketchy 9-11 over their first 20 outings. The Vikings hit a 3-5 run in the next eight. The losses in that time came versus Montana State, Montana, Eastern Washington, Northern Colorado and Weber State.
Back on Saturday versus Montana State, the Vikings were down 43-42 by halftime. Portland State couldn’t get any closer on a 48-36 second half and lost 91-78. Cameron Parker put up 26 points with four assists in the defeat.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to stick with Portland State. Probably not touching this one, though. The Vikings have now lost four of their last six games, but they’re still scoring well with 78 or more points in five of those six. These teams last met back on New Year’s Eve in a 74-63 Sacramento State win at Hornet Gym. Portland State was up 33-26 at halftime in that one, but ended up losing after a 48-30 run from there. This rematch should be equally compelling and you could probably make a case either way. I’m sticking with the Vikings but not going near it.