The good news is that the Vikings still hold hopes of making postseason play this year. The bad news is that Portland State’s road record this season reads 0-12. The Vikings must regroup this weekend because the two teams in front in Big Sky standings are Northern Arizona and Sacramento State, both opponents the Vikings will face this weekend.
On Thursday, Portland State goes up against the Lumberjacks, whom they have beaten in their last two meetings. The history between the two teams is tied at nine games a piece for victories. The Lumberjacks are a quality club, who began the season 9-3, and are 7-2 at home. A five-game losing streak in the midst of their season has hindered the overall record to 12-9.
In the last meeting this season, Portland State emerged victorious 73-60 back on Jan. 18. The Lumberjacks lead the Big Sky in three-point percentage, three-pointers made per game, rebounding margin and assists. The altitude of playing in Flagstaff is another advantage that the Lumberjacks hold on their home floor. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Thursday.
To finish the weekend and regular season road schedule, Portland State will visit Sacramento State on Saturday. The Vikings lead this series at 11-4 all-time. Portland State has been successful against the Hornets recently, winning the last three meetings between the two teams. The Hornets suffered a loss on January 7 at the Stott Center this season, 65-52. Sac State represents a record of 8-13 overall, 3-5 at home and a conference record of 2-6.
Following this road trip, the Vikings are back home for their last three regular season games. First against second in conference Easter Washington, then finishing up the next week against Idaho State and Weber State.