Viking Reward for Victory in Oregon State? A matchup with number 2 Gonzaga at the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament > Oregon

2022 Phil Knight Legacy Tournament 1st Round

PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS (2-2) vs. #2 GONZAGA BULLDOGS (3-1)

Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 9:30 p.m. • Memorial Coliseum (12,240), Portland, OR
TV: ESPN • Play-by-Play: Dan Shulman • Analyst: Jay Bilas
Live Stats: www.ViksLive.com
Complete notes and statistics in PDF format


THE OPENING TIP

For the second time in five years, Portland State Basketball is taking part in one of the largest college basketball tournaments in history. The Vikings compete in the 2022 Phil Knight Legacy Tournament in the city of Portland over Thanksgiving weekend. PSU was also part of the PK80 tournament in 2017, which also featured some of the best programs in the country.

PSU (2-2) takes on second-placed Gonzaga (3-1) in the first round of the tournament on Thanksgiving Night at 9:30 p.m. The game is played at the Memorial Coliseum. The following night, the Vikings meet Purdue or West Virginia at either 7 or 9:30 p.m. depending on the result of Thursday’s game. Then, on Sunday, November 27, PSU will face one of four potential opponents: Duke, Oregon State, Florida or Xavier. The venue could be the Memorial Coliseum, the Moda Center, or the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.

PSU has never played Purdue, West Virginia or Florida, has played Duke twice (once in the PK80 tournament) and once against Xavier (in the 2009 NCAA tournament).

PSU’s appearance in the PK80 tournament, a precursor to this year’s Phil Knight Legacy tournament, ended in a record 1-2. The Vikings took on a gaming challenge before losing to #1 Duke on Thanksgiving this year. The Vikings led 49-45 at halftime and still had a lead with 14 minutes to go but eventually lost 99-81. The following day, the Vikings had a potentially game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer against Butler but missed, losing 71–69. PSU defeated Stanford 87-78 in the final of the weekend event.

With Gonzaga leading this year’s Vikings opponent, followed by the other six potential opponents, the competition will look similar to 2017.

Portland State goes into the tournament with a 2-2 record after a big 79-66 win at Oregon State on Saturday night. It was the first time PSU defeated Oregon State after a string of hard-fought losses. PSU earned a career-high 26 points from JR G Jorell Saterfield and 19 points off the bench by JR F hunters forest.

Saterfield leads the Vikings with 17.5 points per game and 6.0 rebounds. Woods is the team’s top rebounder with 7.5 per game and 12.5 points. SR G Cameron Parker averaging 14.0 points and Big Sky-leading 5.5 assists per game.

Gonzaga had a tough schedule that already included Michigan State, Texas and Kentucky. The Bulldogs have won three out of four games and are once again considered a top contender for a national championship. SR F Drew Timme is one of the best players in the nation, averaging 21.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and .625 shots from the field.

Although both schools are located in the Pacific Northwest, Portland State and Gonzaga have not met for a game since December 23, 2008. Gonzaga leads the all-time streak 19-7, but PSU pulled up an upset that night in Spokane, 77-70, over the then-seventh Bulldogs.

COMING UP

The Vikings’ next home games are November 30 against Portland Bible (7 p.m.) and December 3 against Air Force (1 p.m.).

GAME NOTES: PORTLAND STATE vs. GONZAGA
  • ALL TIME SERIES: Gonzaga leads the all-time streak with Portland State 19-7. PSU is 3-5 at home against the Bulldogs, 3-14 on the road and 1-0 in neutral site contests… they’ve been 1-5 since the Vikings reintroduced basketball in 1996-97 and joined the Big Sky Conference against the Bulldogs.
  • PSU vs. GONZAGA, LAST MEETING: December 23, 2008 in Gonzaga, PSU 77, Gonzaga 70: Portland State hadn’t beaten a top-25 team since reinstating its basketball program in 1996-97, and there wasn’t much evidence that the Vikings beat No. 7 gonzaga They barely made it to the game because of the winter weather. They had lost 10 straight to the Zags and two of their last three overall. But Jeremiah Dominguez scored 25 points and the Vikings made 12 3-pointers to beat the Zags 77-70… Dominguez was 7-of-10 with 3-pointers and the Vikings went 12-of-31 as a team . Phil Nelson and Dominic Waters added 16 points for Portland State (9-3)… The Vikings, the Big Sky Conference champions, passed the bigger Zags 39-30, keeping them at 42 percent shooting and forcing them to 11 turnovers. … Gonzaga was led by Matt Bouldin, who had 18 points, and Josh Heytvelt added 13 for the Zags … That game was nearly abandoned because an epic snowstorm derailed travel through the Northwest. With flight cancellations and freeway closures, Portland State took a detour to Spokane. They took the bus to Seattle and stayed in the suburbs. They then took a cross-state bus ride, arriving in Spokane about 3 1/2 hours before game time. They didn’t have time for practice shooting, but still ended up shooting 45.9 percent.
  • PORTLAND STATE vs THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Portland State is 41-79 all-time against the West Coast Conference. Gonzaga is one of three World Cup opponents this year (Gonzaga, Santa Clara).
  • TRAINER: Viking coach Jase Coburn (Arizona State, 2006) is in his second season as head coach and is 16-19 overall. Coburn has never faced Gonzaga. He spent eight previous seasons in the Park Blocks as an assistant and associate head coach… the Bulldogs are being coached by Mark Few (Oregon, 1987) in his 24th season. Few have an overall record of 660-130. He’s 5-1 against the Vikings.
SCOUTING GONZAGA
  • Gonzaga is a member of the West Coast Conference in Spokane, WA.
  • The Bulldogs were 28-4, 13-1 and winners of the WCC last season. They made the NCAA Sweet 16 last season before losing to Arkansas. Gonzaga brings back three starters and nine letterwinners from that team.
  • SR F Drew Timme is the Bulldogs’ leader with 21.0 point averages, 7.8 rebounds and 625 shots from the field.
  • JR G Julian Strawther averages 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
  • The Bulldogs shoot .535 as a team and have gotten opponents to shoot .419. They also outperform their opponents by 8.5 per game.

MORE POTENTIAL OPENERS FOR THE VIKINGS AT PKL
round two

Purdue – Never met
West Virginia – Never met

round three

Duke – Duke leads the series 2-0 (December 30, 1997, #2 Duke 89, PSU 39 in Durham, NC; November 23, 2017,
#1 Duke 99, PSU 81 in Portland (PK80 Tournament))
Oregon State – OSU leads the series, 16-1 (PSU 79, OSU 66, Nov. 19 at Corvallis)
Florida – Never met
Xavier – Xavier leads the series 1-0 (March 20, 2009, XU 77-59, NCAA First Round)

VIKINGS VS. NATIONAL RANKING TEAMS

As a member of the Big Sky Conference, Portland State doesn’t often face national teams. Since PSU reintroduced basketball in 1996-97 and joined Big Sky, the Vikings have played 19 nationally-ranked opponents, winning 2-17. One of those wins was a 77-70 win over #7 Gonzaga on December 23, 2008 in Spokane. The other was an 86-82 win over #25 Portland on December 2, 2009.

Portland State is 1-3 all-time against Gonzaga as a nationally-ranked opponent.

PSU has played Nationally ranked opponent (No. 2 and No. 1) Duke twice, losing both times, and once against Xavier as nationally ranked opponent (No. 20), who lost in the 2009 NCAA tournament.

ABOUT THIS WIN ABOUT OREGON STATE

Portland State celebrated one of its better wins in a while with a 79-66 win at Oregon State last Saturday. Prior to that game, Portland State had never beaten Oregon State but had come painfully close many times — especially last season when the Vikings led by double digits in the second half. In the last eight meetings since 1997, seven have been decided in single digits, with one breakaway in 2011. The other seven games, starting last season, have been decided backwards with 9, 5, 6, 5, 3, 5, and 4. Oregon State won the game in 2002 on a Brian Jackson three-pointer to the buzzer from 35 feet. The Vikings led at nine at half time.

So the win at Oregon State was PSU’s version of “dam breaking” against the Beavers. Portland State is 8-58 all-time against current members of the Pac-12 conference. PSU has historically defeated Oregon (2), Arizona State (2), USC (1), Stanford (1), Cal (1) and Oregon State (1) – all during PSU’s Big Sky Conference era ( 8-44).

WHO IS HOT
  • JR G Jorell Saterfield posted his second career high of the season with 26 points (8-17 FG, 4-9 3-pts FG, 6-6 FT) in the win at Oregon State. He previously posted a college career high with 19 points (5-16 FG, 3-7 3-pt, 6-8 FT) and five rebounds in Seattle. He set a new college high for rebounds against evergreens with 10 points. Saterfield leads the Vikings with 17.5 points per game and ranks third in the Big Sky Conference.
  • SR G Cameron Parker set his college career high with 23 points (8-13 FG, 2-5 3pt, 5-7 FT) and six assists in Portland. Parker had previously scored 23 points in a game for Sacred Heart in 2019…Parker shoots .600 from the field and averages 14.0 points and a Big Sky Conference leading 5.5 assists…he also leads in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.75).
  • JR F hunters forest had a season-high 19 points (7-12 FG, 3-7 3pts, 2-2 FT) in the win at Oregon State… He opened his PSU career with a double-double at Portland (11 pts, 14th reb, 3 ast, 3 st, 2 blk)…Woods leads the team in rebounding at 7.5 per game and steals at 2.3…he’s sixth in Big Sky in rebounding and leads in steals.
  • JR G Isiah Kirby was an Impact player in his first four games, scoring 50 points in 61 minutes. He’s the team’s third-leading scorer with 12.5 points per game while coming off the bench…Kirby shoots .512 from field that ranks third in the Big Sky Conference.
  • SO Fs Hayden Curtiss (6-8, .750) and Isaiah Johnson (9-13, .692) leads the Vikings in shooting.
IT’S NOT WHO STARTS…

Portland State played all 13 players in the first four games of the season. Starters logged 459 minutes and reserve players logged 341 minutes. Notably, the bench outplayed the starters 184-170 in those minutes.

  • It was consistent across four games: UP (Starter 49/Bank 42), SU (37/32), TESC (47/66), OSU (37/42).
  • Bankers (69-135, .511) shot the starters (55-144, .382) out of the field.

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