Author Seth Hunt

44 entries

Washington State at Portland 11/20/2011

Basketball is always changing. For the Portland Pilots it change has taken multiple forms for the 2011-12 season. The first change actually came in 2010 when the West Coast Conference invited BYU. Their official entry in the summer of this year marked the first change in the WCC's membership since 1980. After...

Lewis and Clark at Portland 11/29/2011

I'll be honest here: Before Portland's game with the Lewis and Clark Pioneers, a Division III school on the other side of the city, I was hoping for a blowout win. It had been a rough stretch for the Pilots. They had lost four straight since opening the season with two wins. As it happened the Pilots won, but...

Walla Walla at Portland State 12/3/2011

Having read the Mid-Majority since Season 6, I've been envious of all the mid-major options available to residents in some parts of Hoops Nation. In cities like New York and Philadelphia, Kyle and 800 Games Project writers have too many mid-major games in town and not enough time to see them all. If you live in...

Ohio at Portland 12/10/2011

This is an unusual season at Portland. Since coach Eric Reveno arrived for the 2006-07 season, the Pilots have improved dramatically. In each of his first two seasons, they won 9 games. As his recruits matured, the win totals went to 19, 21 and 20 in the past three seasons, respectively. It's been pretty clear...

Montana at Portland 12/17/2011

At first glance it would appear Portland suffered another loss to a team that was much better than them, this time to Montana by a score of 80-65. Watching the game I certainly felt this way. A look at the statistics revealed the game was more competitive than it seemed, though. In the first half the two teams...

Portland State at Oregon State 12/18/2011

Before I discovered this site three seasons ago I didn't think much of PSU basketball and just focused on my team, Portland. Now I support both my local mid-majors, so when I discovered I might be able to catch them at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum, a place I had wanted to visit, and I could write a recap about...

North Carolina Central vs. Prairie View 12/22/2011

After reading Kenny Ocker's recaps from the first two nights of the Global Sports Hoops Showcase, I was prepared for some basketball that was somewhat lacking in entertainment value. That was not the case in the first game of the third and final night of the event, however. North Carolina Central and Prairie View...

Stephen F. Austin at Oregon 12/22/2011-A Garden, Deep In the Woods

For the sixth and final game of the Global Sports Hoops Showcase, I saw the host Oregon Ducks play for the second time this season. The first was a loss last Sunday to Virginia, a team well above the Red Line, so there would be no recap for that one. Tonight's opponent, Stephen F. Austin, was most definitely below...

Santa Clara at Portland 1/5/2012

The 2011 portion of the 2011-12 season couldn't have gone much worse for Portland. In non-conference games, they went a painful 3-10, with one of those wins against a D-III school. Last Wednesday, they closed out 2011 and began West Coast Conference play with a 90-51 loss at Gonzaga. The only home game they...

Pepperdine at Portland 1/7/2012

Pilot fans are, by and large, a pretty laid-back bunch by college basketball standards. They haven't gotten too worked up over the team's difficult start. They're also an intelligent group who realizes there will be growing pains this year. However, there has been one incident that has caused much angst and discord...

Halftime notes: Idaho State at Portland State 1/16/2012

Since the Mid-Majority has made it halfway to its goal of 800 games since my last recap, and since the Idaho State at Portland State game was to have been the halfway point of my season before I added a few games (more on that later) I thought I would take some time after my recap for some halftime observations....

San Diego at Portland 1/19/2012

It seemed as though Portland had a good chance at a win Thursday when it faced San Diego. The Pilots had won their past two WCC home games. The students would finally be back from break, giving the chance for a good atmosphere in the Chiles Center. San Diego's record was similar to the Pilots' -- 6-11 and 5-13,...

The Bright Side Of Life--San Francisco at Portland 1/21/2012

The Portland Pilots had another possible win slip away Saturday as they fell at home to San Francisco 73-72. Instead of feeling frustrated or depressed about another loss I actually came home upbeat and positive about the day as a whole. The Pilots couldn't handle USF's defensive adjustments that led to a...

It's Still a Rivalry--Gonzaga at Portland 1/26/2012

Let's get some things out in the open now: I don't like Gonzaga. I've disliked them since 1994, the last time Portland beat them at home. That is, of course, well before they made deep NCAA runs,...

Chances Lost: Montana at Portland State 1/29/2012

It's not often you see TV trucks outside Portland State's arena, the Stott Center. While the Portland Pilots appear a couple times a season on the ESPN networks thanks to the WCC's TV deal, and usually a handful of other times on regional cable (this year the local Comcast Sports affiliate is carrying nine...

The New Neighbors Come Visit

Some of you writing for and reading the 800 GP have seen teams join and leave the conferences you follow. Not me. Until this season, the West Coast Conference has had the same lineup for as long as I can remember, and only the Ivy League had been together longer. The travel partners were the same, and there was...

Why Am I Doing This?

It was another bad night at the Chiles Center for Pilot fans. This time they were beaten by Loyola Marymount 76-62 on a night when Portland allowed the Lions to shoot 51% from the field and 53% from superhoop range. At least the turnovers were down, but the Pilots haven't been able have a good enough game in enough...

Did It End In a Loss?

On the court, the Pilots' home season did end in a loss to St. Mary's. The Gaels showed why they are nationally ranked and no worse than WCC regular season co-champions, outright champions if ...

Same Arena, Different Game

In one week I saw two distinctly different Portland State men's basketball teams. On February 28 I went to their final Big Sky Conference game, against Northern Colorado. As Donovan Potts recounted so well this was a tight, back-and-forth affair that ended with PSU's Charles Odum making a pair of critical free...

A Slow Start to a Long Day

I don't usually get up at 8:30 in the morning to go to a basketball game. Most of the ones I've been to start in the afternoon or evening. Today, though, the first of the four Round of 64 games in Portland started at 10:40 am local time and I needed to allow for time to take the train to the arena rather than...

49ers and Lobos Warm Up the Garden

After the first game of the day in Portland I was looking through my notes, waiting for the Long Beach State-New Mexico game to start. And then, like a gust of wind, it hit me. This simile was appropriate since I'm talking about the trumpet section of the Long Beach State band with the opening of Earth Wind and...

Pacific Northwest Rockfight

The term "rockfight" is my favorite new word from Season 8. When I see it I think of the great East Coast mid-major leagues like the CAA or A10, where all the teams play tough and there are no easy conference games. In addition to those two, one of my other favorite leagues is the Missouri Valley Conference,...

An Ending We've All Seen

Without the 800 Games Project I would never have learned about so many teams around Hoops Nation. The final game in Portland on Thursday featured one of these teams, New Mexico State. Willi...

Just One More

As I took my seat for the round of 32 game between VCU and Indiana I knew the two games in tonight's session were the last basketball games I would see until the fall. The second game was between two above-the-Line teams so this first matchup would be the last I'd write about for the 800 Games Project. I just...

In Which a Rhino Defeats the Bengals

My first game of Season 9's Game was between the Portland Pilots and Idaho State Bengals at Portland's Chiles Center. This was a game between two teams who were somewhat unknown quantities going into this season. For Idaho State, this was because there was so much new about them. They start 2012-13 with Bill Evans,...

Not a Big Rivalry, Still a Big Win

To the casual observer it might appear Portland-Portland State could be the big rivalry for bragging rights in the Rose City. I wish it was this way. I wish there was a purple half and a green half of Portland, and a city full of loyal fans would eagerly await each matchup. I wish Portland's Chiles Center and...

Better Than It Looked

If you were to just see the score of the Pilots' game last night against Division III Lewis and Clark you might think Portland barely avoided the dreaded Black Line Upset with a 78-73 win. While it's true the score was close the Pilots have a lot of positives to look at after the game. First, a little about Lewis...

With Feeling This Time

The Chiles Center on the campus of the University of Portland is, based on what I've seen on this site, very nice as mid-major arenas go. It's got a good size capacity (about 5000), but it's not too big like the Rose Garden or even Memorial Coliseum, the current and former arenas of the NBA's Trailblazers. The...

A Rare Sight Below the Line

You can group non-conference games below the Red Line into three common groups: The game against a non-D1, a mid-major visiting a school above the Red Line, or two mid-majors playing each other. A fourth type of game is the most uncommon. This is the game in which a team from above the Red Line goes on the...

Life Below the Black Line

We see them on our favorite team's schedule, usually as exhibition games in the weeks before the games actually count, occasionally during the non-conference schedule itself. Some of us don't really like playing those games: "Another non-D1? Boring!" Sometimes we don't like these games because the Division I...

Tourney Time In Portland

Monday's game between Portland and Cal State-Bakersfield was part of the Las Vegas Classic. That's what I found out from consulting the Pilots' website. If I didn't follow Pilot basketball so closely I would have thought it was just another non-conference game. There were no special announcements, no tournament...

Ospreys' Migration Heads To Portland

It sometimes doesn't seem like it, but Portland is pretty well off as mid-majors go. Sure, they historically lose a lot more than they win, but last season notwithstanding Eric Reveno has the program headed in the right direction. They're in the WCC and will always have to deal with Gonzaga, St. Mary's, and until...

Business As Usual In the Woods

I love living in the city of Portland and the state of Oregon, but one thing I wish we had more of was Division I basketball. Like most areas in the western half of the country people and schools are more spread out here. I go to almost every Portland game and a fair number of Portland State games, but watching...

Business Not As Usual In Downtown Portland

After coming home from my first game of the day, I rested a while, then headed downtown to see Portland State and Weber State in the first weekend of Big Sky Conference action. One of the nice things about the PSU campus is that it's close to my house, the parking meters turn off at 7:00, a half hour before...

When A Plan Comes Together (Or Not)

One of the reasons to watch sports is that every so often you get a surprised by a result. Sometimes it's a pleasant surprise, sometimes it isn't. For Portland fans last night's 56-52 loss to Texas-Pan American was definitely a surprise in the latter category. UTPA was 6-8 going into the game and had only one...

End of the Year, End Of Part One

Back in the first season of this site a wise man named Kyle laid out the arc of the college basketball season. Early-season opponents give way to more important conference games, then the tournaments where it will, sooner or later, end in a loss. Today the first, non-conference portion of my Game ended at Gill...

I Saw Them (Maybe) When

Here on this side of the Red Line there's not many chances to see one of the top 10 teams in the nation, much less in your home arena. Gonzaga comes to Portland every season and it's sold out every season, but this time the Bulldogs were ranked 8th in the polls. Now I'm one of those fans who thinks the polls...

Portland's History On the Other Side

Sometimes it appears men's and women's basketball operate in completely different worlds. No doubt many readers of this site only see passing glimpses of women's basketball when coming for the second, men's game of a doubleheader, or flipping through television channels looking for a game. In my case, however,...

A One-Possession Game

Thursday's Portland Pilots game against the San Francisco Dons came down to the final shot. USF's Cole Dickerson hit a three with 0.1 second left to give the Dons a 75-72 win in a finish that would have been thrilling if you were a USF or neutral fan, and devastating for Pilot fans. From scanning the box scores...

Doing Work

Most of the writers for this season's Game go simply as fans and pay for their own tickets. They may follow one team predominantly, or take advantage of the many colleges in their area to see as many games and teams as they can. I sometimes wish I lived in an area with more mid-majors, but on the whole I have...

First Impressions

I have to admit, at this point in the season it's not as easy to get excited for a Pilot game. I'm more nervous than anything. If they're playing someone good like Gonzaga or Saint Mary's I worry about how badly they're going to get blown out. If it's a team at the bottom of the standings, like Loyola Marymount,...

Back To Normal

After their win against Loyola Marymount it seemed as if the Pilots might have turned things around. They had shot the ball well, especially from superhoop range. They also got a good game from starting center Thomas van der Mars when another inside player to complement Ryan Nicholas had been lacking most of...

Pilots Win With Offense This Time

It doesn't take very long to tell the Pilots have struggled to score the past couple of seasons. In fact, when they were mired in a six-game losing streak in the middle of the WCC season I was not alone in thinking the offense had actually gotten worse over the course of the season. Portland may have surpassed...

Always Another Season

Every season ends, but they all end differently. In 2011-12 I couldn't wait for the Portland Pilots' season to be over. After seeing too many games in which they were overmatched and inexperienced I was tired and ready to wait for next year. This season, however, after a 1-8 start in WCC play, the Pilots had...

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