Aggies will face Portland State on Monday at 8 p.m. (MT)
Nov. 19, 2017
Utah State will play the third of six games in a nine-day period when the Aggies travel to Portland State to face the Vikings on Monday at 8 p.m. (MT).
The game marks the second leg of a 13-day road trip for the Aggies that also included a stop at Gonzaga (11/18) and continues at Valparaiso (11/28), and neutral site games in Nashville, Tenn., against Northeastern (11/24) and New Hampshire (11/25).
Utah State leads the all-time series against Portland, 3-1, but the two teams have not faced since the 1980-81 season, a 93-85 victory for Portland State.
Utah State has yet to post a victory on the road this season, losing at Weber State, 65-59, and then again in its last game at Gonzaga, 79-66.
Scouting Portland State
Portland State has opened the season a perfect 3-0 with victories over Portland (80-75), Willamette (111-60) and UC Riverside (94-82). The Vikings were picked to finish sixth in the annual preseason Big Sky poll.
Portland State is averaging 95.0 points per game and shooting 47.6 percent (108-of-227) from the floor, 41.3 percent (33-of-80) from behind the 3-point line and 51.4 percent (36-of-70) at the free throw line. The Vikings are paced individually by Bryce Canda with 17.7 points per game, followed by four others averaging double figures in Dontae North (16.0 ppg), Ryan Edwards (12.7 ppg), Deante Strickland (10.7) and Holland Woods (10.0). Brandon Hollins leads PSU on the glass, averaging 8.7 rebound per contest, while the team is averaging 48.0 rebounds per game, including a nationally-leading 20.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Defensively, Portland State opponents have averaged 72.3 points per game and shot 40.7 percent (70-of-172) from the floor, 37.9 percent (22-of-58) from behind the 3-point line and 67.1 percent (55-of-82) at the free throw line. Canda leads the defense with 12 steals this season and PSU has averaged 13.3 steals per game with its pressure defense. Edwards leads the team with four blocks.
Head coach Barret Peery is in his first season at Portland State, joining the Vikings by way of Santa Clara where he was the associate head coach during the 2016-17 season.
Opening with the Sky
Utah State has faced teams from the Big Sky Conference in three of its first five games of the year. The Aggies opened at Weber State on Nov. 10, played Montana State on Monday, Nov. 13, and finishes the triplet with Portland State in Portland on Monday, Nov. 20.
Opening on the Road
Utah State will play six of its first eight games on the road, including a stretch of five straight from Nov. 18-28. The Aggies will be on the road for a total of 13 consecutive days during the five-game stretch with games at Gonzaga, Portland State and Valparaiso, and neutral-site games against Northeastern and New Hampshire in Nashville, Tenn.
Undersized, but Working the Paint
Utah State entered the 2017-18 season knowing it would be undersized, but has scored more points in the paint than three of its four opponents this season. The Aggies outscored Weber State 28-26, Montana State 32-26 and Mississippi Valley State 24-16.
Rebounds to go Around
Utah State has been led in rebounding by a different player in every game this season.
Points to go Around
Utah State has also been led in scoring by a different player in each of the first four games of the season.
Fighting the Glass Eaters
Utah State will have faced the top-two offensive rebounding teams in the nation in back-to-back weeks, facing No. 2 Gonzaga (16.3 orpg) and No. 1 Portland State (20.7 orpg).
Every Utah State men's basketball game can be heard live on the Aggie Radio Network. Scott Garrard serves as the play-by-play announcer, while former USU men's basketball director of operations Lance Beckert will provide color analysis. Games can also be heard on the Internet (www.UtahStateAggies.com) by clicking on the `Listen Live' link, as well as on the TuneIn App.
Salt Lake City: KZNS (1280 AM/97.5 FM)
Logan: KBLU-LP (92.3 FM)
Cache Valley: KACH (1340 AM/105.5 FM)
Price: KRPX (95.3 FM)
Green River: KRPX (102.7 FM)
Moab: KRPX (100.3 FM)
Orangeville: KRPX (95.9 FM)
Fans can watch the game at Portland State online via plutotv (pluto.tv) or via www.watchbigsky.com