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Portland State Preview


I've always liked them
The Ohio State Buckeyes (5-2) face the Portland State Vikings (4-3) of the Big Sky Conference in the first ever meeting of the two schools Saturday at the Value City Arena. The Vikings are coached by former Wyoming assistant Heath Schroyer who played for Dematha High and their legendary coach Morgan Wooten. Schroyer is in his third year of a rebuilding program and after two straight last place finishes he may be turning the corner this season. The Vikings were picked to finish second in the conference this year behind defending Big Sky champ Eastern Washington by the coaches and the media. Coach Schroyer has turned around the Vikings by going to Juco route.

The Vikings bring in a two game road winning streak into Value City with wins over Howard and Jackson St. In the Vikings last two games, both at home, they lost to cross town rival Portland 84 to 72 and defeated NAIA Evergreen State 70 to 53. Portland managed to shoot 57% for the game against Vikings, while an overmatched Evergreen State shot 40% for the game and were down 5 at halftime. Poor defensive play has been theme in the Vikings losses with opponents shooting 58% against them while in the four victories the Vikings have held their opponents to 38% shooting. Dribble penetration is one of the weak points of the defense. The Vikings have struggled at shooting free throws with a 61% for the team.

Probable Starters

PG-Will Funn 6'2 195 Senior-7.0 PPG, 5.6 APG, 3.4 Rebs. Second in the Big Sky Conference in assists and steals. Leads the Big Sky with a 2.17 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. Not much of a threat from behind the arc with only two 3 point baskets on the season.

SG-Jake Schroeder 6'2 180 Junior-10.1 PPG, 1.5 APG, 1.4 Rebs. Juco transfer who is the Vikings top 3 point shooter. Shooting .378 from down town. Made 6 of 10 threes in a game against Boise State earlier this year. Has struggled at times playing defense.

SF-Blake Walker 6'5 210 Senior-13.9 PPG, 4.5 Rebs. Has had trouble with taking good shots. Not much of a threat on the perimeter and struggles with free throws. Good pure scorer who has the ability to score bunches of points quickly. Honorable Mention All Big Sky last season.

PF-Seamus Boxley 6'7 220 Senior-15.9 PPG, 9.4 Rebs, 2.4 APG, 11 Blocked Shots. First team All Big Sky last year and the conference defensive player of the year last season. Favorite to be Big Sky player of the year this season and one of the best mid major players in the country. Scores in transition and in the paint, but can step out and hit from 15 feet out plus occasionally[size=-1].

C-Scott Morrison 6'11 225 Freshman-3.9 PPG, 4.9 Rebs. True freshman from British Columbia who can move well for a big man. Trying to make an impact on defense while he adjusts to offense on the DI level. Played weak competition in Canada.

Bench, Top Subs

[/size]F-Antone Jarrell 6'6 220 Senior-9.3 PPG, 2.4 Rebs. Teams 6th man. A starter untill this season. Can play either forward spot and can defend four diffrent positions. Most athletic player on the team.

F-Tyler Hollist 6'7 200 Junior -4.0 PPG, 1.7 Rebs. Juco team of
Jake Schroeder at Snow JC in Utah. Has the ability to play on the perimeter or the paint.


Team Statistics

A big hat tip to 3Yards for helping with the research


Administrator Emeritus
Nice stuff Dayton! Carry me? Heck, Dayton must have driven the limo I rode in, because I did absolutely nothing except help Dayton track down some links. It was very kind of you to give me some credit Dayton, but you deserve ALL the kudos on the preview.

What's the thought? Does Thad have the boys fired up and ready to play, or does the announcement of a postseason ban lead to a lackluster performance by the Bucks?
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I've always liked them
Meanwhile, students often forget that athletes are students too, not the gods they are made to be at some schools. You won't find boosters shelling out cars, clothes and money to Seamus Boxley a la Maurice Clarett at Ohio State. You might not find too many boosters either.

From Portland State's student paper
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Kyle Young/Cade Stover man crush. Stomp!
  • I think we may be in for a letdown. If Matta is the coach I believe him to be, the Bucks will come out and blow em out. If not the rest of the season he may as well play underclassmen for playing time. I am going to hope for the best here.
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    Recovering Arcade Junkie
    The fact that they are big and outrebounding their opponents concerns me. I hope they are exaggerating their measurements. JJ or somebody needs to step up and contain Boxley on the boards and we just need to hit the boards harder in general.

    Dribble penetration is one of the weak points of the defense.
    Happens to be a weak point for our offense too.
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