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Viking Watch

With his team deep into its preseason, Portland State basketball coach Tyler Geving still isn't sure exactly what to think of this year's squad.

"We're a work in progress," Geving says.

After dropping their season opener to UNLV, the Vikings put together a four-game win streak before falling in consecutive games to Boise State and University of Portland.

Portland State is averaging 69.4 points per game. Guard Tim Douglas leads the club with 16.6 points per game. Guard DeShaun Wiggins is averaging 12.9, and forward Aaron Moore is at 12.0.

The Vikings have been solid on defense, for the most part, giving up 68.3 points per game.

PSU often plays with three guards and lacks a strong presence on the backboards. Moore is Portland State's leading rebounder with 6.5 per game. No one else on the Vikings is averaging more than 3.7.

PSU (4-2) will open Big Sky play Jan. 2 at Idaho State. Geving plans to use the last two preseason games to work on his team's identity for the conference season.

"We're kind of trying to figure out our rotations and who to play and when and how and some of that stuff," he says."We've got to figure that out over the next month." 

Douglas says the Vikings have gotten better over the preseason but that a lot must be accomplished.

"We're improving," Douglas says. "We're a good team. But we need to keep improving our defense and rebounding. We need to work on getting back in transition and limiting our turnovers. Offensively, we need to work on moving the ball and playing together." 

If Portland State is able to do that, Douglas says that there is no ceiling as to how far the Vikings could go this season.

"We can compete with anybody in the Big Sky," Douglas says. "We could be really good. We could make it to the NCAA Tournament this year. We have all the pieces you could ask for. We have scorers, we have guys who can play inside, we're versatile. We have a lot of different options."

• The Portland State women (2-3) have two tough Division-I basketball road games this week. They'll be at run-and-gun Oregon for a 2 p.m. Saturday game, then travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. PT Tuesday.

The Ducks are 5-2 and lead the nation with 99.3 points per game (while allowing 94.0).

The Jackets are 6-2 and have outscored their opponents by 17.4 points per game.

The Vikings have been outshot from the field (.459 to .372) and from 3-point range (.386 to .319).

-- Stephen Alexander