No tickets to the dance will be punched tonight, but there are some intriguing angles worth exploring in the following Big Sky and MEAC conference tournament matchups:
- Portland State vs Eastern Washington -3.5 (11:05 p.m. ET on BigSkyTV)
- Weber State vs Northern Colorado -2.5 (5:30 p.m. ET on BigSkyTV)
- Savannah State vs NC Central -1 (6 p.m. ET on ESPN3)
- North Carolina A&T vs Norfolk State -2 (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3)
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Portland State vs Eastern Washington (-3.5)
11:05 p.m ET on BigSkyTV
Portland State excelled on Saturdays in the Big Sky regular season, when it could use its relentless full court press against teams with tired legs from the Thursday turnaround. However, it was mediocre at best on Thursdays (3-5) against teams that could better deal with its relentless press. While EWU didn’t know if it would play PSU or Sacramento State until last night, the logic still applies. EWU will have fresh legs to deal with the press against a Vikings team playing on back-to-back days.
PSU’s three Thursday wins came against Idaho State, Montana State, and Southern Utah (in OT). Not exactly a murderer’s row of Big Sky foes. In those eight Thursday league games, PSU allowed 1.12 points per possession (ppp). In contrast, PSU had a 6-4 record on Saturdays, while only allowing 1.06 ppp. PSU and EWU split the regular season series. EWU won on a Thursday and got ran out of the gym on a Saturday.