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Published on March 04, 2024
Sacramento State Prepares for Big Sky Clash with Portland State VikingsSource: Self, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Sacramento State is gearing up to host the Portland State Vikings following an athletic performance by Austin Patterson, who put up 20 points in their 66-63 nail-biter against the Montana State Bobcats. Despite a less-than-stellar home record this season of 5-7, Sacramento State is ranked second in the Big Sky for rebounding, hauling down 36.2 rebounds per game. Notably, Duncan Powell has been a force for the Hornets, pulling down 7.0 boards per game, according to the Associated Press.

The Vikings, not to be outdone, have posted a 7-9 record against Big Sky opponents, and they've shot a solid 33.0% from downtown this season, ranking seventh in the league in three-point shooting. Sacramento State, on the flip side, has been shooting 42.6% from the field, which is 1.4 percentage points shy of the 44.0% that Portland State has allowed to their opponents, as per AP News.

Focusing on the individual performances, Duncan Powell is said to be averaging 12.1 points and seven rebounds for the Hornets. In addition, the Hornets' Patterson has been on a roll, with an average of 10.9 points over the last 10 games for Sacramento State, as reported by Washington Post.

On the other side, Kaelen Allen has been leading the charge for Portland State with an average of 12.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while Bobby Harvey has put up 11.4 points over the previous 10 games, in accordance with Leader-Telegram. In their past 10 matchups, the Vikings have managed an average of 74.3 points, 35.4 rebounds, 12.2 assists, 7.8 steals, and 2.7 blocks per game, all while managing a 42.7% shooting from the field. Are Sacramento State's defense ready to handle this kind of offensive onslaught? It's a wait-and-see scenario as the two teams square off in the next Big Sky clash.