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#25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by VandalNation on Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:15 pm

I've been looking forward to this game since our schedule was released, and I figured it would be one of Idaho's best non-con matchups of the season. I didn't figure on you guys being nationally-ranked! The Pilots will be the first nationally-ranked non-conference team to visit Moscow since the 1960s.

Congratulations on your success, and it's going to be one heck of a throwdown in Memorial Gym.

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by pilotram on Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:19 pm

I was hoping for a Kibbie Dome matchup.

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by VandalNation on Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:22 pm

Totally agree.

It's a disgrace to our program that we don't have a real hoops arena to play this game in. Nobody figured on our football team actually being good enough to go bowling this year, and they can't take up the turf in the Dome now until after that game.

We have a nationally-ranked marquee non-con matchup and it's going to be stuck in a 1,500-seat shoebox. Ridiculous.

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by pilotram on Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:26 pm

Well, at least it's moved for a good reason. As a former Pullman resident I know what UI football has been through for the last 2 decades or so. You guys have every right to be psyched for a bowl game!

Interesting that you guys are coming to Portland later in the month.

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:35 pm

So... VandalNation...

Is that your blog by the same name?

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by VandalNation on Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:36 pm

Yes, that's me.

Our defense has been very solid all year long, but our bugaboo has been turnovers. Lots of them, and I mean like one of the worst in the nation. We are very deep, rotate a lot of guys and have a lot of new guys, so it seems to be getting better as the team gels, but it's still a huge worry against a team as solid as the Pilots.

I'm not worried about scoring, we have three guys averaging double figures (G Mac Hopson, G Steffan Johnson and F Luiz Toledo) and two more just shy of it (C Marvin Jefferson and G Kashif Watson). As a team, we're shooting .489, and .446 from downtown.

But if we give you guys the ball on stupid turnovers 15 times, it won't matter how many shots we hit.

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by mattywizz on Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:59 pm

Apparently we have a bubble to be burst this game...

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by Stonehouse on Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:09 pm

Idaho will be a stiff challenge. They are considerably better than Eastern Washington and we had a tough enough time with that one. Pilots better be ready to play. I don't want to call it a "trap game" because I think that term is silly, but it is definitely a game that makes me nervous.

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:30 pm

To tell you the truth, tonight makes me nervous...

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by Stonehouse on Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:35 pm

Purplegeezer wrote:To tell you the truth, tonight makes me nervous...

Oh me too. Of course, I always get nervous.

But mainly I want to see how the guys will respond to the ranking, all the attention, etc. I really hope they will be able to relax and just play their game. We had an awesome weekend and put ourselves on the map, but we have so much work we still need to do... and it starts tonight! Gotta get the W, and it would be lovely if we just rolled them.

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:07 pm

I decided to check out the venue for sunday. some things reeked of Howard Hall or the Stott Center (1500? Really?)

but it actually looks like a pretty cool place.




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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:24 pm



Kind of reminds me of a less crumbly Howard and a movie....




I think this is my second Hoosiers reference in the last week... And it was on last night... haha I've missed basketball...

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by VandalNation on Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:39 pm

Yeah, if we have to play in a 1,500-seat venue, Mem Gym is definitely the best of those. "Memorial" refers to World War I and the building is now a National Historic Landmark. It's a beautiful old throwback.

There's actually something like 1,800 seats in the place, but the fire marshal limits capacity to 1,500.

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by onetouchfutbol on Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:50 pm

Speaking of goofy venues. Did anyone see the photos of the ballroom venue in Cancun for the Cancun challenge tourney? Hysterical.



It looks like a place to rent for a Mexican wedding. It was so funny to see highlights of dudes dunking in this place!

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by VandalNation on Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:53 pm

Haha, yeah. Apparently the floor was in absolutely horrible shape, too - players were talking about dead spots the size of small cars.

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:00 pm

Yeah, and really big cracks at the floor seams... But then again, didn't the old Boston Garden have that?

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:59 pm

A throwback game in Howard might be kind of cool if the bleachers weren't condemned...

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:22 am

Why does this have to be a Sunday game?!?! I might have to miss a game, guys...

What can we expect from Idaho (besides "a tough game")?

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by mattywizz on Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:12 am

What is this SP11? You gonna stand me up in the chatbox to pay me back for missing the PSU game?

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:27 am

You're durned right! Since it's an away game, you might find more people in the easier-to-find chatbox, though.

It'll depend on how much I can sleep before gametime and how good i feel about my finals... it's only 2 hours, right?

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by onetouchfutbol on Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:27 pm

After the last game, I'll make sure that I have a drink in my hand this time!

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by VandalNation on Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:42 am

Here's Don Verlin, Mac Hopson and Marvin Jefferson talking about tonight's game:

http://vandalnation.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/don-verlin-mac-hopson-and-marvin-jefferson-talk-portland/

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Hoops Preview: Inside Portland (Lights-shot-out edition)

Post by VandalNation on Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:11 am


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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by VandalNation on Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:21 am

I'll write some more in the morning, but what you can expect from us is a lot like what you expect from yourselves.

We shoot lights-out like you guys, slightly worse inside and slightly better outside (48.8% overall, 45.3% from downtown).

One difference: we run the floor like crazy and have a deep bench, as nobody averages more than 29 minutes and we have 10 guys who see significant playing time. We have the 76th-quickest tempo in the NCAA, averaging 74 possessions per game.

The stars are shooting guard Steffan Johnson, who shoots 48 percent from beyond the arc, and point guard Mac Hopson, who's a 49 percent shooter from the floor and grabs 4.5 rebounds per game. Inside, it'll be big man Marvin Jefferson (8.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Luiz Toledo (9.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, .613 shooting).

You don't want to foul Kashif Watson - he's made 19 straight free throws.

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Re: #25 Portland @ Idaho - Dec. 6

Post by MesaPilot1 on Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:28 am

Thanks VandalNation for the reports, good luck. May the best team win!!!!


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