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Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:19 pm

The L&C senior-night game is the only Tuesday night game of the semester. I have a night class on Tuesdays. Hopefully I can arrange to miss one class this semester (aka I'll be there)!!

Like PN said, it won't influence our RPI and it should be a fun way to finish out the season at home with plenty of minutes for all the guys.

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:22 pm

Yahoo! Sports Preview of PSU Game.
By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN, STATS Senior Writer 9 hours, 2 minutes ago

Portland is ranked for the first time in more than 50 years. In order to maintain its place in the Top 25, it will likely have to end a losing streak against a crosstown rival that features a player who began his career with the Pilots.

The No. 25 Pilots are back home to try to end a three-game skid against Portland State on Wednesday night when Vikings forward Jamie Jones plays his first game at Chiles Center as a visitor.

Portland (5-1) was among a record-tying seven teams to move into the rankings Monday, making its first appearance in the poll since February 1959.

“Being ranked in the Top 25 at this point of the season is not necessarily a great accomplishment in and of itself,” coach Eric Reveno said. “But it is a tremendous milestone for us as we progress as a program. Our goals still are set on winning a WCC (West Coast Conference) championship and making the NCAA tournament.”

The Pilots are in the Top 25 due to a strong showing in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. They beat UCLA 74-47 and then-No. 22 Minnesota 61-56 before falling 84-66 to then-No. 8 West Virginia in Sunday’s championship.

“It is good to be on the national radar,” Reveno said. “We worked hard to get here so we should embrace the attention, but we’ll know by the end of the season if it is truly deserved.”

Portland hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since 1996, while Portland State (1-4) is seeking a third straight NCAA appearance. The Vikings, though, lost two of their top three scorers from last season’s squad that went 23-10 and promoted Tyler Geving to coach after Ken Bone left to take over at Washington State.

One of their top returnees is Jones, who began his career at Portland and started 29 games as a sophomore in Reveno’s first season in 2006-07 before transferring. Jones’ last game in the Chiles Center was an 87-47 loss to Saint Mary’s on March 3, 2007.

The 6-foot-7 Jones is shooting 71.4 percent and averaging 14.3 points over his last three games for Portland State. He made his first seven shots and scored 16 in an 83-64 loss at Stanford on Sunday.

Portland State won 81-76 over Portland last season as Jones scored 14 points and Jeremiah Dominguez had 23. Nik Raivio led the Pilots with 19.

Raivio’s backcourt partner T.J. Campbell fouled out with two points and nine assists in that contest. Campbell should be eager to make amends after being named to the all-tournament team in Anaheim for averaging 16.7 points in the three games.

The Pilots backcourt combined for 27 points on 7-of-21 shooting in Sunday’s loss to the Mountaineers. Portland was outrebounded 26-10 in the first half and 41-29 for the game.

“We got crushed on the boards and didn’t give ourselves a chance,” Reveno said. “They had a ton of offensive boards in the first half. If we could’ve kept it close and maybe tried to get aggressive in the second half, it might’ve been a different story.”
"The No. 25 Pilots" has a nice ring to it...

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by PilotNut on Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:09 pm

Oregonian Preview

No. 25 Pilots ready to take on Vikings in annual cross-town rivalry game

By Jim Beseda, The Oregonian
December 01, 2009, 7:52PM

Athletically, the University of Portland mainly has been known for two things. One, UP doesn't lose as many football games as its sister school, Notre Dame. And, two, it's a soccer school.

Eric Reveno's men's basketball team has been changing that, and the Pilots have been drawing a lot of attention nationally after their runner-up showing in last week's prestigious 76 Classic and their No. 25 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll.

At 5-1, the Pilots are off to their best start in six seasons and hoping to play up to their national ranking in tonight's 7 p.m. game against cross-town rival Portland State at the Chiles Center.

"This early in the season, I think for every team -- and we're no different -- it's about establishing consistency," Reveno said before Tuesday practice. "So if we are that good, then let's be that good consistently."

On Tuesday, the Pilots watched video of Sunday's 84-66 loss to then-No. 8 West Virginia in the championship game of the eight-team 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., before going through a 90-minute workout that focused on defense, rebounding, and taking care of the basketball.

"Defensively, there still are some stretches where teams are scoring too easily on us or teams are getting out on transition on us," Reveno said. "We're 5-1, we're a good basketball team, so the defense isn't bad, but if you're looking for an area to improve, I'd say it's our defense."

This is the first time the Pilots have been ranked in the AP poll in more than 50 years. They also fell a few votes shy of cracking the top 25 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, while they jumped six spots to No. 3 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 behind top-ranked Gonzaga and No. 2 Butler.

"Obviously, the national recognition is great, but we have bigger goals in mind," junior forward Luke Sikma said. "I think we're keeping pretty level heads. We welcome the attention and it's great for our program, but we know we still have a lot of work to do.

"To be 5-1 after the first six games and playing against the opponents we've had, I think we're pretty satisfied with that."

The Pilots also expect to have their hands full with a Portland State team that has won the last three games in the series, including last season's 81-76 victory at the Stott Center.

"You watch them on film, and you see stretches where they look pretty good," Reveno said. "My guess is they'll be fired up to play us and we better be able to match that intensity."

The Vikings, who reached the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons under Ken Bone, are 1-4 in Tyler Geving's first season as coach and coming off an 83-64 loss at Stanford Sunday.

"As I told the guys, it's not so much that we lost to Stanford, it's that I felt we didn't compete, we didn't play hard," Geving said. "I felt if we would have played a little harder on the defensive end, with the way we shot it in the first half, we could have been up 10 or 12 maybe.

"We're just so focused on the offensive end right now, and there needs to be more of an effort on the defensive end."

There's also a sense of urgency for the Vikings, who open Big Sky Conference play Saturday at home against Eastern Washington and then don't play another league game until Jan. 2 when Sacramento State visits.

"Saturday's huge," Geving said. "Out of all the games we've played ... the most important game is Saturday. We're at home and we need to come out and compete, we need to play hard, and we need to execute. That's a big game for us."

Maybe the Vikings can set the tone for Saturday with a strong showing tonight against their cross-town rivals.

"Our players know their players and they know us," Geving said. "I think it's going to be a fun, competitive game no matter what the records might indicate.

"For us, the things we've emphasized all year have been assist-to-turnover ratio, rebounding and defense, and we're trying each game to see if we can be better at those three things. If we do well in all three areas, then we're going to give ourselves a chance to win."

--Jim Beseda


Gotta love the Notre Dame football comment. lol!

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by DaTruRochin on Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:16 pm

HA! I was just reading that article... I love how the storied program has been reduced to a national punchline...

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by mattywizz on Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:05 pm

up7587 wrote:Yeah. OSU brought in Sacramento St. this year. How'd that work out for them? Twisted Evil

Not as well as bringing the POTUS to a game

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:14 pm

Matty, will I see you in the easier-to-find chatbox tonight? Anyone else?

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by PilotNut on Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:23 pm

ShipstadPilot11 wrote:the easier-to-find chatbox

I may hang a plaque next to the new link to honor Mesa. lol!

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by mattywizz on Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:56 pm

Highly doubtful that I will be there. The game doesn't start until after my bedtime.

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:00 pm

Fair enough. Work does that...

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by Stonehouse on Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:08 pm

I'll make sure we some Britney gets played in your honor, Wizzy... it is her birthday after all.

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by mattywizz on Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:11 pm

I would like to formally request "Lucky"

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:24 pm

Only if the song is sung by a Chris Kirkpatrick impersonator...

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by mattywizz on Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:45 pm

I believe that I am the only certified Chris Kirkpatrick impersonator who resides in the USA. Sadly, I will not be performing at tonight's game.

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:52 pm

I have no idea what this is all about.

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:56 pm

Consider it a decade-old inside joke...

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:58 pm

mattywizz wrote:I believe that I am the only certified Chris Kirkpatrick impersonator who resides in the USA. Sadly, I will not be performing at tonight's game.
At which game will you be performing?? I'll be sure to be front row.
DaTruRochin wrote:Consider it a decade-old inside joke...
It's been 10 years since all that... stuff. Wow time flies.

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by onetouchfutbol on Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:31 pm

I feel spoiled by all of the recent ESPNU and ESPN coverage. Now, I want to watch every game on the big screen. Oh well, seeing the game vs. UW live will hopefully make up for it.

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by pilotram on Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:45 pm

Hopefully someone will pick up the UW game, assuming both teams are still ranked.

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:50 pm

Blah, that game will be FSN, home of the standard definition camera...

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by Rob's Jacket on Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:50 pm

ShipstadPilot11 wrote:Matty, will I see you in the easier-to-find chatbox tonight? Anyone else?

Turns out I wasn't able to get out of Salem after all. Sad I'll be in the chatbox.

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:52 pm

Look at the bright side, RJ: YOU'RE IN SALEM!!! Right?

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by onetouchfutbol on Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:10 pm

After this game, I feel like I have no idea what kind of a team we have. Against W. Virginia, they shredded our zone defense for a lot of layups. Now, PSU outshoots us from the free throw line and for 3s for the game. We lost 2 games in completely different ways...

I think some people on this site may defend PSU, stating they're well-coached and yada yada yada since they're from the state of Oregon. But, the reality is that we played poorly and shot ourselves in the foot, and we did not deserve this win. If the win over Minnesota goes on the resume for quality wins, add this one to the resume for bad losses. Damn.

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by MesaPilot1 on Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:24 pm

Sad , I'll be better by the Idaho game, Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes I think.....

Congrats to the Vikings, you played out of your minds .... and won....



Vikings 3-4 against marginal competion...Pilot's 5-2 against competion---ugh how did we lose???

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:27 pm

One stat comes to mind 15-25... Ugh. I too am in a less than agreeable mood right now...

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Re: PSU @ #25 Portland, Wednesday 12/2/09, 7pm

Post by VillaGorilla on Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:43 pm

Well that was certainly a big time disappointment. Offensively I think we played like we should have, and we really weren't so bad from behind the arc. 82 points at home on not that many turnovers doesn't worry me too much. Portland State had a good game plan defensively and really tightened up over the last 10 minutes of the game. On our side, our defense wasn't terrible, but we were collapsing and allowing them a good number of uncontested three-point shots - many of which they made. All I could do was throw my hands up every time one went down. Argh, I thought I might have a season where I didn't have to witness this type of loss at home.

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