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#635 Cal State Northridge 159 vs.
#636 Portland State -7
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10:30pm EST
Written by Diamond Dave



#635 California State University, Northridge
#636 Portland State University


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The Portland State Vikings host the Cal State Northridge Matadors Friday in college basketball action. Both of these teams are struggling. The Vikings are 3-5 on the year while the Matadors are 2-7. These two programs haven't played each other since 2015 when the CSU Northridge won 77-71. Portland State is a 6 point favorite. Tipoff is Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET at Stott Center in Portland, Oregon.

Gomez leads CSU Northridge

After losing their first seven games of the season, CSU Northridge has won their last two. They defeated Fresno State on Saturday 73-72 and then followed that up with a 71-64 win over Portland on Wednesday. In the win over Fresno State, Terrell Gomez was a beast, scoring 31 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He drained 7 of 14 from three-point range. Also, Darius Brown and Lance Coleman added 14 points each. Northridge shot 42 percent from three, draining 12 of 28 from deep.

In their win over Portland, Gomez was great again, scoring 28 points with 4 three pointers. Brandon Harrick tossed in 15 points while Elijah Harkless had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Gomez is 7th in the country in 3-point field goals made and 15th in scoring with 22.1 points per game.

"The biggest thing we wanted to do was keep them off the 3-point line, I look down and see they went 5-for-25 and one of those the ball almost hit the ceiling late in the game from a deep corner three. Our guys did a good job with that and I thought we got a lot of great minutes out of a lot of different guys. Obviously, Terrell made some huge shots. Elijah gave us great minutes again. Ron rebounded really well, Jared did some nice things and Brendan Harrick made some big shots. Good win for us - we've been on the road a lot this year and it's nice to come out here with a road win," Northridge coach Mark Gottfried said, reported the Matadors web site.

Portland State drops second straight

The Portland State Vikings have dropped their last two games to fall to 3-5. On Sunday they lost at Oregon State 81-76. In the loss to OSU, Holland Woods led the Vikings with 23 points but he was outdueled by Oregon State star Tres Tinkle, who had 26 points. "I give our guys a lot of credit. They battled, they scratched, they clawed to the very end. They had some opportunities to win the game. Oregon State answered when it needed to," said Viking CoachBarret Peery, reported the Vikings web site. "We had to adjust with our lineups, with foul trouble and injuries. I think we handled a tough situation very well."

Holland Woods leads the Vikings with 19.5 points per game and 4.8 assists per game. Matt Hauser is next averaging 16.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Also, Rashaad Goolsby, averages 7.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Portland State is ranked second in the nation in offensive rebounds per game with an average of 16 per game.

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Take the Vikings giving up the points. The Vikings have lost two straight while CSU Northridge has won two straight. But Portland State is the better team and they have faced tougher competition. Case in point, one of their losses was against the Pac-12's Oregon State. Portland State lost by 5 points to Oregon State on the road while CSU Northridge got crushed at Oregon State by 20 points earlier this year. Plus, the Vikings are home after playing three of their last four on the road. Thanksgiving is over, but Portland State and their star player Terrell Gomez will definitely enjoy some home cooking. This will be a good game, but take the Vikings to cover.


Prediction: Portland State -6

Written By David Shields , "Diamond Dave"

Dave has covered every major sport with passion and expertise for national sports publications. In addition to being a sportswriter, Dave has also worked in financial industry and brings a critical eye for numbers to his analysis of games. Dave thoroughly researches the statistics to spot the trends and breakdown the matchups to successfully find the winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops, and other sports.