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Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by PilotNut on Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:17 pm

Portland Opens WCC Tournament vs. LMU

Game Information
The University of Portland Pilots (20-10, 7-7 WCC) are the No. 5 seed at the 2011 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships, scheduled for March 4-7 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pilots will open the tournament with a first round match-up against No. 8 Loyola Marymount (10-20, 2-12) on Friday at 6 p.m. and the winner will move on to Saturday’s second round against No. 4 Santa Clara at 6 p.m. Semifinal action is scheduled for Sunday with the winner facing No. 1 Saint Mary’s, while the championship game is set for Monday at 6 p.m.

Tournament Coverage
BYUtv (Channel 234 on Comcast, 374 on DirecTV, 9397 on the Dish Network) will provide a live televised broadcast for the first two rounds of the 2011 WCC Championships, which includes Portland’s game on Friday. The games can also be found on ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.com. All Portland games will be aired live on 800 AM (KPDQ) with a 30-minute pregame show.


Portland Briefly...
• The Pilots split a weekend road trip to conclude the regular season by defeating San Diego (65-61) on Thursday before falling to Saint Mary’s (83-69) on Saturday.
• Senior G Jared Stohl scored a game-high 18 points against USD and finished with 16 points against the Gaels.
• Freshman PG Tim Douglas missed Saturday’s game with a left foot injury and is listed as questionable for Friday.
• Senior C Kramer Knutson is Portland’s all-time leader in games started (116), but missed the Feb. 19 game against Santa Clara and came off the bench in both games last weekend with a sore back. He is expected to return to the starting lineup on Friday.
• Senior F Luke Sikma and junior G Nemanja Mitrovic were named to the All-WCC First Team, while senior G Jared Stohl was an honorable mention pick for the third straight season.
• Sikma is the school’s top all-time rebounder (969) and recorded his 1,000th career point on Feb. 17 against San Francisco.
• Sikma also leads the WCC in both double-doubles (14) and rebounds (10.6) and ranks 13th nationally in rebounds per game.
• The Pilots are No. 3 nationally in team 3-point percentage (.420).
• Mitrovic is No. 5 in the nation in three-point percentage (.471) and Stohl is No. 17 (.435).
• Mitrovic (90) and Stohl (83) have combined to make 173 three-pointers which is the most of any teammate duo in the nation. BYU’s Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery are second with 168.
• The Pilots have secured their second consecutive 20-win season for the first time in program history since joining Division I (1958-59).
• The 41 wins over the last two seasons are the most in back-to-back seasons in Portland history.
• Portland’s 60 wins over the last three years are the most of any three-year stretch since the Pilots joined Division I for the 1958-59 season.
• Head coach Eric Reveno has led the Pilots to back-to-back postseason appearances (CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament) for the first time in program history.


About LMU
• The Lions (10-20, 2-12 WCC) closed the regular season with a pair of close road losses to Santa Clara (94-88, 2ot) and San Francisco (77-75) last week.
• LMU is led by All-WCC honorable mention junior G Drew Viney who is averaging 16.8 points per game.
• Senior G Vernon Teel adds 12.8 points and All-WCC freshman team PG Anthony Ireland adds 10.1 points.
• LMU was picked second in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll.
• Head coach Max Good is in his third year at LMU and returns four starters and 10 lettermen from a squad that finished 18-16 and was invited to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.



Three Pilots Earn All-WCC Honors
Senior F Luke Sikma and junior G Nemanja Mitrovic were named to the All-West Coast Conference first team, while senior G Jared Stohl earned honorable mention honors. Sikma was an honorable mention selection as a junior, while Stohl picks up his third straight honorable mention award. Mitrovic was recognized for the first time as he moved into the starting rotation this season.

Pilots Secure Second Straight 20-Win Season
Thursday’s win over San Diego gave Portland its second consecutive 20-win season for the first time in program history at the Division I level (1958-59). The Pilots won 21 games last year to tie the school Division I single-season record (1994-95).

Pilots No. 3 Nationally in Three-Point Percentage
Portland is third nationally in team three-point percentage (.420) and trails only Northern Arizona (.431) and Weber State (.423). Last year Portland finished fifth nationally as a team in three-point percentage (.407), while the Pilots finished second nationally in 2008-09 (.418).

Two-Year Run Best in UP History
The Pilots have had the most successful back-to-back seasons since joining Division I after the victory over San Diego on Thursday. The 41 wins eclipse the previous mark of 40, initially set from 1994-96 and then matched from 2008-10.

Best Two-Year Records in UP History Since 1958-59
Overall W-L (Years) WCC W-L (Years)
41-21 (2009-11) 19-9 (2009-10))
40-19 (1994-96) 17-11 (1995-96)
40-23 (2008-10) 16-12 (1994-95)
37-18 (1977-79) 16-12 (1981-82)



Sikma Joins 1,000-Point Club
Senior F Luke Sikma became the 34th player in school history to join the 1,000-point club after scoring six points last Thursday against San Francisco. He entered the game with 997 points and now joins fellow senior Jared Stohl in the exclusive club. The Bellevue, Wash. native enters Friday’s game tied for 21st in UP history with 1,036 points, seven shy of cracking the Top 20.

Sikma Breaks UP Career Rebounding Record
Luke Sikma corralled seven second half rebounds against Pepperdine on Feb. 10 to pass Rick Raivio (910, 1976-80) as the Portland all-time leader in career rebounds. Sikma now has 969 for his career. He also ranks in the school’s top 10 in blocked shots (2nd, 88) and field goal percentage (6th, .538). The Bellevue, Wash. native is also in the Top 20 in career assists (t-16th, 246) and steals (t-10th, 119).

Mitrovic No. 5 Nationally in 3-Point Percentage
Junior G Nemanja Mitrovic is currently No. 5 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage according to NCAA statistics (minimum of 2.5 made per game). Mitrovic is shooting .471 from beyond the arc and is looking to follow teammate Jared Stohl as the national leader as Stohl led the country last year by finishing at .478. Stohl is currently 17th this season at .435.

Knutson Sets Career Starts Record
Senior C Kramer Knutson has started a school record 116 career games for the Pilots. He broke the previous record of 112 (Dionn Holton, 1995-98) on Feb. 5 at Seattle. A four-year starter for Portland, the Mesa, Ariz. native also ranks fourth in Pilot history in career field goal percentage (.549) and fifth in blocked shots (76).

Stohl/Mitrovic Top Three-Point Combo in the Nation
Jared Stohl and Nemanja Mitrovic have combined to make the most three-pointers (173) of any duo in the nation, slightly ahead of BYU’s Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery (168). Mitrovic is sixth individually in three-pointers made (90), while Stohl (83) is tied for 23rd. Already the Portland leader in career three-pointers made (328), Stohl moved into second place in the WCC record books after drilling five treys against Utah on Dec. 31. The WCC record of 363 is held by Jeff Fryer of LMU (1987-90). Stohl is also the only player in league history to rank in the top 10 in three-pointers made and career three-point percentage (.448, 10th).


Stohl Makes 20 Consecutive Free Throws... Twice
Jared Stohl had a string of 24 consecutive free throws broken on Feb. 12 at LMU. It was the second streak this season of 20 or more free throws made as he opened the season by making 22 straight. He is currently working on 16 consecutive makes entering Friday’s game. Stohl is No. 1 in UP history in career free throw percentage (.879).

Sikma 13th Nationally in Rebounds
Senior F Luke Sikma is leading the WCC and ranks No. 13 nationally in rebounding average (10.6). Sikma has corralled double-digit rebounds in 18 games and has 14 double-doubles this season to lead the WCC. He matched his career-high with 19 rebounds versus Florida Atlantic on Nov. 14 and grabbed 18 at Idaho on Nov. 20.

Freshmen Coming On
Freshman PG Tim Douglas moved into the starting lineup early in the league season and averaged 9.6 points and 3.9 assists in WCC games. Other Pilot freshmen are also making impacts of late. Ryan Nicholas scored a season-high eight points on Thursday against San Diego. Guard Tanner Riley added 11 points in only seven minutes of playing time against Pepperdine on Feb. 10, including three three-pointers. Center Riley Barker had eight points against USF on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Chiles Center Dominance
The Chiles Center has become quite comfortable for the Pilots over the last three seasons as Portland has rattled off a 38-6 home record and 19 consecutive wins prior to the loss to Gonzaga on Feb. 3. Signature home wins have come against Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Saint Mary’s three times. Portland finished the 2010-11 regular season with a 13-2 record at the Chiles Center for the second straight season.

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by up7587 on Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:22 am

• Freshman PG Tim Douglas missed Saturday’s game with a left foot injury and is listed as questionable for Friday.
This worries me. Tim D. has been the best all-around PG by far, and Eric W. seems to play much better as a sub.

• LMU was picked second in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll.
Picked second, finished eighth. Wow.

GU picked 1st - tied for 1st, 2nd seed.
LMU picked 2nd - tied for 7th, 8th seed.
SMC picked 3rd - tied for 1st, 1st seed.
SCU picked 4th - 4th place and seed.
UP picked 5th - 5th place and seed,
USF picked 6th - 3rd place and seed.
PU picked 7th - 6th place and seed.
SDU picked 8th - tied for 7th, 7th seed.



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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by blacksheep on Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:56 am

We definitely need Tim to be able to at least give us some minutes. Our depth at point guard is not good, and it will be critical in the back to backs.

Anyone here any more details on Tim's foot?

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by up7587 on Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:23 pm

Jim Beseda's O-Live pre-tourney article:
The University of Portland men's basketball team is heading to Las Vegas to try and beat the odds.

The Pilots hope to win the 2011 West Coast Conference Tournament at the Orleans Arena as the No. 5 seed and clinch the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament's 68-team field.

All they have to do is win four games in four nights.

The Pilots (20-10) open the tournament Friday at 6 p.m. against Loyola Marymount. The winner advances to Saturday's quarterfinals against No. 4 Santa Clara, and the winner of that game moves on to Sunday's semifinals against top-seeded Saint Mary's on ESPN2.

The championship game is Monday at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

"All it takes is for us to get on one of our hot streaks and we could make a run at this thing," senior guard Jared Stohl said. "Right now, we've got LMU. That's our first focus. As far as the big picture goes, we're packing our bags for four days."

What's the trick to winning four games in four nights?

"Winning the first one," said senior Luke Sikma, the Pilots' first team all-WCC forward. "We have a lot of confidence in our team and our abilities. If that means we run the table and win four games and go to the NCAA Tournament, then that's great.

"And if we get beat by a better team and we know that we played our best ... well, there's not much you can do about that."

Since the WCC adopted its current tournament format in 2003, no team has ever won four games to win the tournament championship, and no fifth seed has ever advanced beyond the semifinals.

There also has never been a No. 5 seed that entered the tournament with 20 wins, either.

"I still love our tournament format," Pilots coach Eric Reveno said. "Now the challenge is for us to just relax and play well."

Portland has beaten everybody in the field this season except for Gonzaga and San Francisco, and both those teams are on the opposite side of the bracket, so the Pilots wouldn't see either of those teams until Monday's championship game if they get that far.

"This team, more than any team we've had, I feel could go to Las Vegas and win four games, because of its versatility and depth," Reveno said. “You could see a game where Jared doesn't score and we still win. Or you could see a game where Tim Douglas doesn't play and we win."

Douglas, the Pilots’ freshman point guard, is questionable for Friday’s opener after sitting out Saturday’s 83-69 loss at Saint Mary’s with an injured left foot. He underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday and was held out of practice this week in hopes that some extra rest might expedite the healing process.

“Tim’s body will send him clear signals when it’s not going well,” said Reveno, who will likely start Eric Waterford at point guard and use Derrick Rodgers and Stohl as backups if Douglas is unable to play.

If the Pilots fall short in Las Vegas, there is still a chance that they could land a bid into the NIT, the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, or the College Basketball Invitational.

“I like how we’re playing right now,” said Reveno, whose teams have lost in the semifinals each of the past two seasons. “Last weekend at Saint Mary’s, it was a tough environment and we could have done some things better, but I think we played well.

“The biggest thing I'm trying to impress upon the guys is to have an all-in, team approach. It's not as if we're trying to run marathons on four consecutive days. We're playing basketball, and if we take care of ourselves and we get some lucky breaks along the way, we should be okay. Not that we won't be tired, but it's a doable task.”

-- Jim Beseda
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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by MesaPilot1 on Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:43 pm

I like that REV quote... "ALL IN, TEAM APPROACH" sunny

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by onetouchfutbol on Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:12 pm

I didn't know that Stohl was #1 in UP hx in career free throw % at 87.9%. I guess we know who we need going to the line if any of these tourney games go down to the wire...

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by Rob's Jacket on Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:25 am

This anniversary is noteworthy as well.

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:06 pm

Ugh... Just painful. Our bigs were high and dry without Tim distributing. That was a game we should have DOMINATED, I'm not sure if I have seen us play this poorly in a very long while.

Maybe 20 wins will nab us a CBI or Collegeinsider bid, but just a frustrating way for our seniors to go out. Sigh...

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Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:08 pm

Yeah, pretty disappointing last couple of games to the season.
We needed Timmy

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by up7587 on Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:32 pm

No defensive stops, several back court turnovers, key missed free throws, giving up offensive rebounds, almost every charging situation went in LMU's favor. What did I miss on the list of ways to lose a game? Embarassed

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:38 pm

DaTruRochin wrote:

Maybe 20 wins will nab us a CBI or Collegeinsider bid, but just a frustrating way for our seniors to go out. Sigh...
Meh.

As for me, it's football season now!

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Post by Rob's Jacket on Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:32 pm

Yikes. Glad I went to the Winterhawks game tonight ...

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by onetouchfutbol on Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:34 pm

DaTruRochin wrote:Ugh... Just painful. Our bigs were high and dry without Tim distributing. That was a game we should have DOMINATED, I'm not sure if I have seen us play this poorly in a very long while.

Maybe 20 wins will nab us a CBI or Collegeinsider bid, but just a frustrating way for our seniors to go out. Sigh...

Yeah, I have zero enthusiasm for CBI or Collegeinsider. Even though we aren't the biggest name out there, I think it's a little too soon to give up on the idea of going to the NIT. We have 3 years of consistency under our belts now...

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:41 pm

No, it really isn't... Losing to the 8th place team in your tournament after finishing 5th over all in a mid major conference? NIT is for top mids and mediocre bigs, we don't qualify under either criteria...

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Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:59 pm

Well ****...

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by onetouchfutbol on Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:12 pm

DaTruRochin wrote:No, it really isn't... Losing to the 8th place team in your tournament after finishing 5th over all in a mid major conference? NIT is for top mids and mediocre bigs, we don't qualify under either criteria...

Does the NIT really have a criteria though? I thought that they just flipped quarters and called heads or tails to decide who got in...

Up until this game, we were still in the top 100 in RPI (at 94). For comparison sake, Hofstra, is also 20-10 and has an RPI of 79, and I think they are a mid-major team with a chance at the NIT if the cards are played fairly. We finished with wins over two top 100 teams (UW-Milwaulkie and St. Mary's). A lot of teams that get in are going to have about 6 wins over top 100 teams and just miss making the NCAA...like possibly WSU. All the same, I think that any top 100 RPI team should be somewhat hopeful of an invite until they are declined.

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:37 pm

No its the National Invitational Tournament... They take whomever will make them the most money, the quality of the teams is secondary (In other words, RPI really doesn't matter unless you were one of the "first 4 out" type teams from the tournament).

A mediocre Michigan or Maryland is gonna bring in way more $$$ and sell a lot more tickets than a school like Portland. We haven't had an "impressive" national wins or a particularly large fan following, no way the NIT calls our name. Maybe if we had managed to knock of UW or Kentucky eariler, but neither was the case. We don't have the national recognition necessary to overcome the lack of marquee wins.

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by onetouchfutbol on Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:24 am

Here's one blogger's projected NIT field:

http://bracketproject.50webs.com/nit.html

I agree that the majority are always big $, big draw schools. But, there are always a few schools like Iona and Hofstra as well. Iona's quality wins are: Richmond, Long Island, Hofstra, and Fairfield. Their resume doesn't exactly blow me away...and like Hofstra their season-ending RPI wasn't much higher than ours was. We definitely would be a surprise pick, but, so would almost any mid-major...

But, I guess making the tourney in recent years would put both of those teams above us... RPI can't be completely irrelevant or Harvard would have no chance in being in the conversation for an NIT bid.

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by Rob's Jacket on Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:06 pm

File this under "You gotta be kidding me":

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/news/story?id=6184552

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by DaTruRochin on Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:14 pm

Wow... No Teel would have more than made up for our lack of Timmy... $@&%@#

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:20 pm

Why now? It doesn't make any sense to drop him in the middle of the WCC Tourney.

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by DaTruRochin on Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:38 pm

I'm sure we will find out in the coming weeks, but judging from Vernon's body language whenever I've seen the Lions play this year, he and Max Goode haven't been seeing eye to eye. It seems like a thing that has been a long time coming, he must have defied his coach one too many times in the last game... But yeah kind of odd that they brought him all the way to Vegas just to send him back across the desert after one game (especially a senior)...

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Re: Portland vs. LMU, Part III

Post by dholcombe on Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:54 pm

Not seeing how it's best for the program to dismiss him during the final weekend of his career??? Seems like it just causes more internal strife and possible bad will among teammates who may like him than anything else.

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