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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Pilots underdogs vs Rams at Portland

Colorado State RamsPortland Pilots
Dec 22, 10:30 PM | Orleans Arena

Colorado State Rams vs Portland Pilots Odds


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Orleans Arena Saturday as host Portland looks to handle the Colorado State Rams in NCAA hoops action.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Orleans Arena.

The Pilots sit at 6-6 (3-5 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Rams are currently 8-2 (3-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Portland is 1-2 OU, and Colorado State is 1-2 OU.

View Colorado State vs Portland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Portland Pilots as 12-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Pilots - Rams odds would favor the Rams if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Portland is rated No. 229 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Colorado State is at No. 19. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 80-65 win for the Rams.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 229 nationally ranked offense (65.3 points per game) against a Rams defense that sits as the No. 79 at 61.1 PPG. The Pilots have been averaging 42.8% from the field, less than the Rams have managed so far this season (44.9% on average).

Defensively, Colorado State features the nation's No. 36-rated defense on the road, allowing 60.5 points per game. Portland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 180 nationally in scoring at home.

Colorado State was a 78-58 winner in its last match at home against CS Bakersfield. Colorado State cruised to victory on Wednesday, running CS Bakersfield out of the gym and running up a 78-58 score at Moby Arena.

Portland was a 74-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against North Florida. The Ospreys were burned for 27 points by Kevin Bailey on Wednesday as the Pilots put another game in the win column, 74-64, at Chiles Center.

Colorado State Rams Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Portland Pilots Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Texas-Pan American are 2-0
After a win are 3-7

A few Rams at Pilots trends to consider:
Portland is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Colorado State home to Adams St, Saturday, December 29
Portland home to Texas-Pan American, Saturday, December 29