When and where: November 9, 2019, Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN, 2:00 PM ET
After blowing out the Puget Sound Loggers, business picks up immediately for the Portland State Vikings on Saturday when traveling to Assembly Hall for a head-to-head tilt with the Indiana Hoosiers. A full-team effort for the Vikings resulted in five players scoring over double-digits. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers leaned heavily on the standout playmaking abilities of junior forward Justin Smith in a 98-65 blowout win over Western Illinois.
Portland State won’t go away quietlyMost are expecting Portland State to get ran over in Saturday’s meeting with Indiana. Granted, they are coming into the game as heavy underdogs, but nothing is ever set in stone so early in the season. Teams are still trying to settle into a rhythm for a new basketball year, and upsets are more prone to happen.
The Vikings recently made easy work of Puget Sound by forcing them into 31 turnovers in a 94-69 victory. Coach Barret Perry is known for his aggressive press defense, and the Vikings are sure to use it against Indiana as much as they can. Being on the road, they’ll do whatever they can to force turnovers and create extra shot opportunities.
Their win over Puget Sound was impressive considering how many players were able to get involved and contribute on the offensive end of the floor. However, when it comes to attacking the Hoosiers offense, the Vikings will lean heavily on Holland “Boo Boo” Woods and center Sal Nuhu. Both are well-rounded players capable of causing two-way problems. All bets are off if Indiana’s shooting percentage drops and they fail to pull away early.
Can the Hoosiers handle the press?Don’t expect Coach Perry to suddenly change what he’s coached for years. So the Hoosiers should enter this game prepared to deal with a suffocating press defense. The goal of the Vikings is to try to pressure opponents into making mistakes since there’s usually no chance of them winning a finesse game.
Freshman guard Armaan Franklin has to do a good job of taking care of the basketball when dribbling down court and setting up plays. He was brilliant against Western Illinois, and he figures to get more opportunities on Saturday.
Smith won’t have a free lane to the rim with Nuhu patrolling the center of the paint. Whatever the 6-foot-8 senior lacks in size, he makes up for with his physicality down low.
The Hoosiers will come into this game with an enforcer of their own as well to go head-to-head with Nuhu. Trayce Jackson-Davis notched four blocks under his belt in the opener, and he’ll look to cause similar problems at the rim for Portland State.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Vikings are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games against a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Vikings are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- Vikings are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning % above .600.
- Vikings are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.
- Hoosiers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games agaist a team with a winning % above .600.
- Hoosiers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Hoosiers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Hoosiers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.