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Revenge? Pilots @ Montana St. @ 1pm PST Sunday 12/19

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Post by DoubleDipper Sat Dec 18, 2021 12:13 pm

After Friday’s loss to SJSU, the Pilots’ NET has dropped 18 spots to 270, putting them last in the WCC, 3 lower than Pacific, and KenPom dropped them from 291 to 306…buried in last place.

MSU's NET is an impressive 126, fourth in the Big Sky, and they are rated 163 by KenPom.
Most pundits have the Bobcats winning this game by as many as 14 to 16 points, with KenPom predicting a 78-66 victory for MSU.

UP lost the first meeting between these two teams in San Antonio on the first day of the Incarnate Word Tournament, 69-66, when MSU’s Abdul Mohamed went off for 25 points.  Seniors Mohamed, Xavier Bishop, and Amin Adamu have collectively scored almost 50% of MSU’s points over the last five games.

IMO, defense will be the key to this game, as Portland (8-5) is 6-0 when it holds opponents to no more than 42.6% from the field, and 2-5 whenever opponents shoot better than that. Montana State (7-4) is 7-0 when it allows 43.1% or less from the field and 0-4 whenever opponents exceed that mark.

Once again UP will be facing a well-rested opponent in MSU.  The Bobcats will have had 8 days off since beating St. Thomas on the road, and UP, having lost on Friday night, will travel with a long layover for a connecting flight on Saturday, getting into Boseman too late for a shootaround before playing the 1pm (PST) game on Sunday.

BOTTOM LINE:  Tough schedule, and a tough game.
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Post by Snus Junction Sat Dec 18, 2021 7:10 pm

Pls remind me again - is there. a way to watch live stream free?
The announcers on last night’s game nailed it. Can’t cover open shooter, might as well take an early shower.

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Post by Dean Murdoch Sat Dec 18, 2021 8:32 pm

Snus Junction wrote:Pls remind me again - is there. a way to watch live stream free?

Pilots schedule is usually a good place to start!

https://portlandpilots.com/sports/mens-basketball/schedule

Looks like this one is on ESPN+.
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Post by DoubleDipper Sun Dec 19, 2021 10:38 am

Snus Junction wrote:Pls remind me again - is there. a way to watch live stream free?
This game is NOT free...ESPN+ is a subscription-based streaming app.

Las Vegas has the Bobcats as 10.5 favorites...o/u 147.5.

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Post by Dean Murdoch Sun Dec 19, 2021 3:24 pm

Well that one hurts.

Pilots led for 36:36 and trailed for 0:10. There's not much else to say, really.
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Post by DoubleDipper Sun Dec 19, 2021 4:12 pm

Dean Murdoch wrote:Well that one hurts.

Pilots led for 36:36 and trailed for 0:10. There's not much else to say, really.
Except that it was a heartbreaker.

Compared to the SJSU game, I thought the Pilots played well...but too many fouls and turnovers in the second half started the slide...
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Post by Dean Murdoch Sun Dec 19, 2021 5:15 pm

How was Sjolund’s look at the buzzer?

I thought the game ended on the Adamu bucket and I threw my phone through a window. Didn’t realize the Pilots had one last shot after that.
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Post by Sound Voltex Sun Dec 19, 2021 5:22 pm

Dean Murdoch wrote:How was Sjolund’s look at the buzzer?

I thought the game ended on the Adamu bucket and I threw my phone through a window. Didn’t realize the Pilots had one last shot after that.

Not horrible, but it airballed.

Apparently coach was screaming at the officials for contact and a foul, but didn't get it.
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Post by DoubleDipper Sun Dec 19, 2021 5:27 pm

Dean Murdoch wrote:How was Sjolund’s look at the buzzer?.
Online, but short...

I was walking in the rain and watching on my phone, so I couldn't tell who was involved, but it looked like whomever set the screen for Sjolund might have been fouled.  It was probably part of the plan coming out of the timeout, because with 0.8 seconds to go, there wasn't much chance of getting a good shot off.
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Post by Dean Murdoch Sun Dec 19, 2021 10:25 pm

No ESPN+ availability here, so tip of the hat to Swygard who called the game for 910 from his home studio. Got to be tough to call the game from a monitor but he did a fine job.

Also, just noticing now Moses Wood had a grand total of zero FGAs in 20 minutes played. Wild.
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