Sacramento State vs Portland State 1/15/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

The Portland State Vikings and the Sacramento State Hornets meet in college basketball action from the Hornets Nest on Saturday.

The Portland State Vikings will look to bounce back from a fifth straight loss after a 63-58 loss to Eastern Washington last time out. James Jean-Marie leads the Vikings in scoring and rebounding, with 12.9 PPG and 9.8 RPG while Marlon Ruffin has 12.8 PPG with 3.7 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Portland State so far this season. Khalid Thomas has 9.2 PPG with 1.8 SPG and Ezekiel Alley has a team-high 3.3 APG this season. As a team, Portland State is averaging 68.1 PPG on 39.1% shooting from the field, 25.3% from three and 73.6% from the foul line while allowing 67.1 PPG on 40.4% shooting from the field and 33.2% from three this season.

The Sacramento State Hornets will try to build on their 85-71 win over Northern Colorado last time out. Bryce Fowler leads the Hornets in scoring and assists with 17.5 PPG and 3.5 APG to go along with 5.7 RPG. Zach Chappell has 10.3 PPG with 3.9 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Sac State so far this season. Jonathan Komagum has a team-high 6.1 RPG as well for the Hornets this season. As a team, Sacramento State is averaging 65.5 PPG on 40.9% shooting from the field, 33.2% from three and 63.4% from the foul line while allowing 69.5 PPG on 43.6% shooting from the field and 29.9% from three this season.

Portland State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 Saturday games while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 road games. Sacramento State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games.

I get the case to be made either way here, but I’m looking at the under in this one, as these aren’t two teams that I normally associate with offense and both have been involved in a lot of lower-scoring games as of late. I think this ends up being a first to 65 wins kind of game, so give me the under here.

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