Portland vs. Montana State Game Preview


March 6, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Portland Pilots center Thomas van der Mars (12) during player introductions against the Loyola Marymount Lions before the game of the WCC Basketball Championships at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Pilots (7-3) vs. Montana State Bobcats (3-7)

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014

Location: Chiles Center, Portland, OR

Time: 7:00 PM PT

TV: None

Livestream: Portland Pilots live video

Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=73136

PROJECTED STARTERS (Based on previous game)


Alec Wintering, 12.6 PPG, 5.4 APG

Bryce Pressley, 5.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.0 APG

Riley Barker, 4.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG

Volodymyr Gerun, 10.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG

Thomas van der Mars, 10.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG

Montana State

Marcus Colbert, 12.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.1 APG

Michael Dison, 12.7 PPG

Terrell Brown, 5.9 PPG

Danny Robinson, 8.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG

Blake Brumwell, 2.1 PPG

Meet the Opponent

Montana State has had their fair share off struggles offensively, including a 28 point effort for the entire game against Kentucky.  The Bobcats shoot under 39 percent from the field, and average only 63 points per game as a team.  Their best player is point guard Marcus Colbert, who does most of the scoring and passing for the team and has the ball in his hands most of the time.  His matchup with Alec Wintering should be an interesting one to watch.  The Bobcats are 0-6 on the road, so the Pilots shouldn’t have too much trouble with them.

Keys to the Game for Portland

Get Bobby Sharp and Bryce Pressley going from the outside.  Both have struggled immensely this season after hot 3 point shooting last year, and if Kevin Bailey is still out with a foot injury (he’s listed as questionable for tonight’s game) those two will need to pick up the scoring slack.  Portland can expose Montana State with their talented front line of van der Mars and Gerun, so Wintering needs to look to feed the post often during the game.


After a heartbreaking overtime loss at UNLV, the Pilots will be fired up to play this game, regardless of the opponent.  Against a team of Montana State’s caliber, I expect a 71-54 victory for Portland.