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Oregon State Basketball: Portland State Vikings Preview (Game 8)

An in-state foe visits Corvallis.

NCAA Basketball: Portland State at Duke Joseph Weiser-USA TODAY Sports

Portland State Vikings (3-4)

  • Head Coach: Barret Peery (3rd Season)
  • Top Performer: Holland Woods (19.0 PPG, 5.4 APG)
  • Points For: 80.4 PPG (60th)
  • Points Against: 78.6 PPG (324th)
  • Last Game/Streak: 81-70 Loss at UC-Santa Barbara (1L)
  • Conference Affiliation: Big Sky Conference

The Skinny

Sitting at 6-1 in a much-improved Pac-12 Conference, Oregon State has a legitimate chance to enter conference play in around a month’s time with an 11-1 mark. The Beavers have just five games left on their schedule before then, against a host of opponents who combined are 10-21 on the year. Not exactly what you would call a grueling slate for a program that has shown some positive growth in 2019-2020 so far.

The first of those foes begins with in-state adversary Portland State, a 3-4 outfit that has averaged a margin of defeat of just 9.3 points in their four losses. Rarely have the Vikings looked over-matched or completely outnumbered, but they’ve been unable to regularly put together a cohesive forty minutes for a program-defining victory. It’s the life of being a mid-major some would assume, as head coach Barret Peery tries to make Portland State regular contenders in the Big Sky.

On the personnel front, there’s just two key names to know for the Vikings, as starting center Sal Nuhu (6.8 PPG) remains a question mark with an ankle sprain and fellow forward Alonzo Walker (11.3 PPG) is recovering from a heel injury. Holland Woods (19.0 PPG), the team’s undisputed most talented piece, will be at the epicenter of everything that Portland State does, along with his running mate Matt Hauser (16.6 PPG), another prolific talent.

If the Beavers come to play, execute on the offensive end and refuse to allow a banged-up Portland State group to hang around, this should be a forgettable game to look back upon for Oregon State. However, assuming anything in college basketball is a major fault of character, as we’ve learned through the first few weeks of this tumultuous season.

Eyes needs need to remain on the prize for head coach Wayne Tinkle and company as their last few games before Pac-12 play begin to move into focus.

Player To Watch

NCAA Basketball: Portland State at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Holland Woods (Guard - Junior)

A steady riser throughout his career at Portland State, Holland Woods is simply one of those players who just keeps getting better each season. After averaging 10.5 points per game as a freshman, Woods has continued to increase his scoring each season, while also fine tuning his shooting, his efficiency from the free-throw line, his rebounding and his impact on the defensive end.

Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, December 1st
  • Time: 3:00 PM PT
  • Location: Gill Coliseum (Corvallis, OR)
  • Coverage: Pac-12 Network