PSU leaps into Big Sky basketball schedule

Vikings men and women open with Idaho State and Weber State
Dec. 20, 2012
Renado Parker, right, applies pressure during Saturday's win over George Gox.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

The Big Sky Conference basketball season begins for Portland State Thursday without a clear favorite on the  men's side, which might be the brightest news for the Vikings this season.

Portland enters its conference opener with Idaho State at the Stott Center with a 2-5 overall record, but only one team, Sacramento State, won as man as five of its opening eight games giving rise to the thought the regular season title is anyone's to win. Idaho State enters at 1-7 overall.

The PSU women open at Idaho State with the conference in a similar situation - only with a more successful season so far. Seven of the conference's 11 teams have won four games, putting them at .500 or better.

PSU is 5-3, just a game behind conference leader Montana State, 6-2, as the conference begins action.

Following the opner, the Vikings' men play host to Weber State on Saturday, then are off until Jan. 3 when they travel to Montana for games against the Grizzlies and Montana State.

PSU's women play at Weber State Saturday, then have a non-conference game at Portland, Dec. 29, during its holiday break before playing host to the Montana schools.