Saint Mary's vs. Portland: Full Game Preview

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Saint Mary's vs. Portland: Full Game Preview
Saint Mary's
(14-4, 3-3 away)
Portland
(8-11, 6-3 home)
Venue: Chiles Center
10:30PM ET / 7:30PM PT, January 19, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Saint Mary's M Dellavedova 17.3 B Waldow 5.7 M Dellavedova 6.5
Portland R Nicholas 13.1 R Nicholas 9.7 D Rodgers 2.4

Saint Mary's visits Chiles Center on Saturday to take on Portland. The game tips off at 10:30 EST and you can see it on ROOT-NW. The Gaels are 7-3 against the Pilots over the last four years. They won 70-43 on 2/23/2012 the last time they played.

Portland and Saint Mary's are packed together in the conference, holding down 6th and 4th place, respectively.

In their last game, Stephen Holt put up 22 points and 5 rebounds in the Gaels 70-69 win over Brigham Young on January 16th. He is averaging 13.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. The Pilots were defeated by Gonzaga 71-49 on January 17th despite 12 points from Oscars Reinfelds. He contributes 1.7 rebounds per game in addition to his 4.2 points per game.

Digging into season numbers, Saint Mary's has the advantage in one key category, scoring, where the Gaels have an edge over the Pilots, 78 points per game to 61 points per game.

Portland StatSmack

  • Saint Mary's has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.721 to 0.442).
  • At least you keep showing up. Saint Mary's has an average margin of victory of 13 over Portland in 44 wins since 1980.
  • Even computers respect Saint Mary's more. We have a better RPI this season than Portland (RPI: #105 vs #240).
  • Saint Mary's embarrassed Portland by 27 points the last time they played (Feb 23, 2012).
  • Brad Waldow is ranked 9th in the West Coast in rebounds and 9th in the West Coast in blocks.
  • It's only wins and losses, but Saint Mary's has a better overall record than Portland this season (11-3 vs 7-8).
  • AP voters think more highly of Saint Mary's and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Portland (40 vs 1).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Saint Mary's has come back to win after being down at half against Portland 3 times since 2008.
  • It must sting. Saint Mary's has blown out Portland by 20 points or more on 6 occasions since 2004.
  • Saint Mary's is a better three-point shooting team (40.8% vs 30.0%) than Portland this season.
SMC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ M. Dellavedova 37 17 3 7 1 0 3
B Stephen Holt 31 13 5 2 1 0 1
C+ J. Walker III 27 10 4 1 1 0 1
C+ Beau Levesque 21 10 5 2 1 0 1
C+ Brad Waldow 22 9 6 0 0 1 1
C Mitchell Young 20 8 6 1 1 0 2
C Jorden Page 20 7 1 2 1 0 1
D+ Matt Hodgson 13 4 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Jordan Giusti 11 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ E. Petrulis 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Kyle Rowley 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Zach Sanchez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
PORT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Ryan Nicholas 31 13 10 1 1 0 2
C- Kevin Bailey 24 12 2 1 1 1 3
D+ T. van der Mars 21 6 5 1 0 1 1
D+ Korey Thieleke 23 5 3 1 1 1 1
D+ Riley Barker 20 5 5 0 0 1 1
D Derrick Rodgers 21 5 2 2 1 0 2
D David Carr 22 5 2 2 0 0 1
D O. Reinfelds 14 4 2 1 0 0 1
D David Ahern 6 2 0 1 0 0 1
D Bryce Pressley 12 2 2 1 0 0 1
D Tanner Riley 14 5 1 0 0 0 1
F John Bailey 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Jake Ehlers 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
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