ESPN.com has Portland State making the NCAA Tournament in Joe Lunardi's first Bracketology, released Tuesday. Lunardi lists the Vikings as a 15th seed playing Oklahoma State. He also has Oregon penciled in as an eighth seed.
Said PSU coach Heath Schroyer on Tuesday, as the Viks (11-4) prepared for Eastern Washington: 'I don't pay attention. It sounds clichŽ, but I just want to have good practices. Little things will add up to big things.'
nBenson High grad Kevyn Green left Nevada for PSU but won't say why. 'I ain't got an answer for that one,' he says.
Nevada and PSU officials say he got homesick and didn't feel comfortable with new coach Mark Fox. Green had been recruited by Trent Johnson, who left for Stanford.
'Gotta focus on academics,' Green says, 'and make sure I'm eligible' next season.
Schroyer, who loves reclamation projects (Antone Jarrell, Anthony Washington, Green), laughingly advises Green: 'Don't be late for weights.' Adds Schroyer: 'No, the biggest thing is to come every day and be ready to work. We're trying to establish a work ethic in this program.'
nGood news at New Mexico: Ex-OSU and ex-PSU coach Ritchie McKay's team started 14-2. Bad news: Best player Danny Granger suffered a knee injury, although McKay doesn't expect him to miss many games.
• Former Madison star Chris Botez, a 7-footer, has started all 11 games for Hawaii (9-2) and is averaging 5.8 points and 5.8 rebounds.
• Minnesota's Brittney Davis, a freshman point guard from Jefferson, has played in three games for a total of 12 minutes.
nLewis & Clark (4-5) has dropped off, but the Pioneers continue to launch 3-pointers. The Pios average 33 attempts and 11 makes per game, each stat ranking in the top 10 nationally. Travis Jones averages 19.3 points and 6.7 rebounds, Tommy Magnuson 13.0 and 7.7.