The Portland State Vikings (17-14, 11-8 BigSky) and Sacramento State Hornets (15-13, 8-11 BigSky) will face off at The Viking Pavilion to bring the regular season to a conclusion. Action starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Sacramento State Hornets vs. Portland State Vikings Odds Preview
In the Hornets’ last contest, they were beaten by the Montana Grizzlies, 79-71. Sacramento State’s Joshua Patton finished with 19 points and nine rebounds in the contest. Montana had a turnover percentage of 12.0 (better than their season average of 16.1). Sacramento State, meanwhile, held the Grizzlies to an offensive rebounding percentage of 7.7 (below their season average of 21.2).
The Vikings will look to maintain momentum after beating the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in their last game, 80-66. With 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting, Matt Hauser was Portland State’s high scorer. Portland State dominated every facet of the contest. They had a turnover percentage of 15.3 (worse than their season average of 14.8) and a free throw rate of 0.164 (below their season average of 0.218). Northern Arizona had marks of 21.0 and 0.145, respectively, for those same stats.
These two schools have already met once this season. The Hornets won 66-55. The Hornets played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 12.1 and a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 48.8. For those same stats, the Vikings had marks of 33.6 and 41.7, respectively. Sal Nuhu had a double-double in the loss, with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The game should be a matchup of strength against strength as the prolific offense of Portland State (50th in the country with an offensive efficiency of 109.1) takes on the elite defense of Sacramento State (23rd in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 92.9). Moreover, the Hornets could control the offensive glass in this meeting as they rank 47th in the country in offensive rebounding percentage at 32.6 percent. The Vikings, meanwhile, rank 341st in defensive rebounding percentage (66.7 percent).
Sacramento State vs. Portland State Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Portland State, ATS Winner – Portland State, O/U – Over
The Vikings rank 15th in steals per game (8.6) while the Hornets rank 92nd (6.9).
Sacramento State blocks 4.0 opponent shots per game, which ranks 61st in the country. Portland State ranks 130th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
Sacramento State ranks 27th in assists allowed per game (10.4) while Portland State ranks 248th (15.6).
The Hornets rank 19th in rebounds allowed per game (30.8) while the Vikings rank 175th (35.5).
Portland State ranks 222nd in three pointers attempted per game (19.5) while Sacramento State ranks 302nd (15.4).
The Vikings’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.8, up from 3.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 72.0 points per game (9.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 66.4 points per game (7.1 above their season average).