The Schedule in 2013
The Portland State Vikings, who play their home games at the Stott Center in Portland, Oregon,
are very excited to open the 2012-2013 basketball season. They have a unprecedented 17 home games on their schedule this year
and Vikings fans are pumped up. Looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2012-2013 season, the Portland State Vikings
hope the favorable schedule is just what they need to push themselves up in the Big Sky standings.
As their non-conference
schedule begins, Vikings fans can look forward to a fun weekend of basketball ball when the Portland Tournament tips off on
November 22 when Loyola of Illinois comes to town to take on the home team. Matchups against SIU-Edwardsville and University
of California Davis will round out the weekend tournament. Once Big Sky action begins in January, the Vikings will be tested
early when the University of Montana Grizzlies come to Portland on January 11. Montana finished first in the Big Sky Conference
in 2012-2013, finishing with a 19-1 conference record and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Another test for the Vikings comes
March 6, when the second place finisher from a season ago, Weber State, comes to the Stott Center. Weber State is the alma
mater of the Portland Trailblazers Rookie of the Year sensation Damian Lillard, which will definitely be an point of interest
with Portland basketball fans. The Weber State Wildcats finished 2nd in college basketball with a 50.5% field goal percentage,
so the Vikings defense will have a tough battle on their hands to contain the Wildcat's sharp shooters like Oakland, California
native Davion Berry, who shoots better than 41% from three point.
The Pacific Northwest
is known for having incredible sports fans. The Seattle Seahawks have made a brand out of their famed 12th Man at home games.
The MLS Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders consistently have the highest home attendance in the history of the league.
The Portland State Viking's Men's basketball team is no different. The city is incredibly proud and supportive of their team,
through thick and thin. The Peter W. Stott Center is the home of Viking's basketball and the gym like atmosphere is like a
cauldron bubbling over when the Vikings play. The on campus facility is the center of the student life on game day, with seating
that puts fans right in the middle of the action, making the visiting team a target for this spirited fanbase. The experience
is soon to change drastically when the Stott Center undergoes a $44 reinvention, becoming Viking Pavilion. Viking Pavilion
will be a state of the art facility unrivaled in the Big Sky Conference and beyond. Don't miss out on this incredible gameday
experience when the Portland State Vikings take the court.
The 2013-2014 Portland State Vikings
team may look a little different when they take the court this year, with only 2 starters returning. Hopes are high on campus
that newcomers and experienced bench players are ready to take the Vikings to the top of the Big Sky standings. Senior forward
Aaron Moore looks to be the leader of the Vikings this year after leading the team in scoring last year with 13.2 points per
game, and also in rebounding and an incredible filed goal percentage of 52% from the field. Vikings fans are thrilled that
the 6'8" forward from Southern California is back and looking to build off his breakout season. Also returning is the sharpshooting
Gary Winston, who led the Big Sky Conference in three point shooting last year, with a remarkable 47% shooting percentage
from beyond the arc. This tandem will be very exciting to watch as will key bench players like Dre Winston, Brandon Cataldo,
and center Lamond Prosser, who all expect to play bigger roles with increased minutes this year. The roster is talented and
mostly comprised of upperclassmen, making the now the time for the Vikings to make their move.
being known as the Vikings, what was the original name of the Portland State Men's Basketball team?
They were originally
known as the Park Block Bombers. The name is in reference to the city parks that they in close proximity to in the school's
Southwest Portland campus.
When you discuss Portland State Men's Basketball, there is one
name that stands above the rest. Portland State legend Freeman Williams put the men's basketball program on the map in 1978
when he scored 81 points in a game against Rocky Mountain College. Freeman went on to become the second highest scorer in
the history of NCAA Division I Basketball, second only to the great Pete Marovich, with 3,249 career points. Freeman Williams
became the 8th overall pick in that years draft, chosen by the storied Boston Celtics.
Portland State is a relatively small school, the Vikings have a strong and spirited fanbase that packs the Stott Center for
every home game. Known as The Green Man Group, the Portland State fansbase is one of the rowdiest n the conference, making
the Stott Center a formidable home court. At every Portland State home game, The Green Man Group is fired up, standing and
cheering with every play. This is an amazing college basketball atmosphere that you will want to experience for yourself.