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December 6, 2010 at 7:51 AM

Scouting report: Portland

Had a chance to talk with Portland coach Eric Reveno after their practice last night. Here’s the interview followed by the Pilots scouting report.
(What do you see on video as you prepare for Washington?) “Having seen a bunch of good Washington teams over the years, I kind of had to ask myself is this the best that I’ve seen. They’re playing really well. There’s really no glaring weakness.)

(How are they different from past teams?)
“Their ability to shoot the ball from different positions and truly being so balanced across the board offensively is what jumps out at you. Having so many guys that can contribute offensively makes them a little different from past teams. I love the way they play defense too. They use their athleticism, but they’re so fundamentally sound. They get great help. Tremendous ball pressure. If you get a backdoor play, you got three guys protecting the rim. They’re a pretty good basketball team.”

(Have things turned around for you guys after losing to Washington State?)
“I like our team. I love our schedule. We played some good teams and won and gotten seven wins. And we’ve played some really good teams and came up on the short end of the stick. We got down 20 something to Washington State early and then came back and had it within one. We played really well in road wins at Idaho and Montana. After losing two all-conference players last year, I think we’re doing well. We’re not as consistent as I’d like on a lot of things, but we’re doing okay for this part of the season. After losing to Kentucky and Washington State, we knew they were good basketball teams and we didn’t panic.”
(After Jared Stohl and Luke Sikma, who are the other key players?) “We’re an interesting team in that we got seven freshman and eight new guys if you count a junior (transfer) college sophomore. So we got a lot of young guys, but it’s our veterans that are leading the way. We put a lot of pressure on our veterans starting with Stohl. The third starter is senior Kramer Knutson who is one of those guys that’s been around forever. He’s probably going to end up starting more games than any guy in school history. He’s just a veteran post player. I always tease him he used to enjoy trying to matchup with Jon Brockman. That was a good battle for him. But he’s still around. He’s a senior. Eric Waterford is our point guard. He’s a junior. He’s our point guard. After losing T.J. Campbell, Eric Waterford is playing very well for us. And then Nemanja Mitrovic, the 3 man, is a good scoring threat alongside Stohl. He can shoot it a little bit. I don’t think Washington will change how they defend for us, but some teams try and change how they defend for Jared Stohl and we were able the last couple of games to get some points inside. Our challenge (tonight) is just to try and be strong with the ball and try to be able to run offense to get shots because we have some guys that can shoot with with a good percentage.”
(What are the three keys for Portland?) “We need to take care of the basketball. And we need to concentrate on transition defense even after made baskets. Washington historically – and this team may be a little better – is really good in transition. And they’re making open threes. If they miss open threes, they got guys flying at the rim and they do a great job at gang rebounding so that would be the third thing. Take care of the basketball, transition D and rebounding. Easy for me to say.”
(Last thing, have you ever seen a shooter like Stohl?) “No he’s really good. He’s got a chance and is on pace to be the first player in college basketball history to lead the country in three-point percentage field goals two years in a row. Teams are really trying to take it away. He’s a really outstanding shooter. We got to work to get him more shots and we got to work for him to take some more contested shots because he’s shooting (52) percent and it would be okay if he shot a few more times and have that drop to 45 or 43. He’s can shoot it.”


PORTLAND
Game info:
7 p.m. Monday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN/KJR-950 AM
Record: 7-2. RPI rank: 57.
Previous game: Beat Montana 58-54.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish fifth the eight-team WCC by league coaches.
Coach: Eric Reveno is 66-67 in his fourth full season with the Pilots.
Series: Washington leads 12-2.
Last meeting: The Huskies won 89-54 at Hec Ed on Dec. 19, 2009.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Stohl is third in the nation with 31 three-pointers. He’s one of the country’s best shooters from long range, averaging 52.5 percent behind the arc. He’s also shooting 96.3 percent on free throws. Stohl leads Portland with a 15.0 points per game average, however, in the past two games he’s tallied just 6 and 7 points against Saint Louis and Montana respectively.
— Sikma is the son of legendary Sonics center Jack and in his fourth season, he’s starting to play like his father. Sikma has had a supporting role during most of his college career, but this season he’s one of the Pilots go-to players, especially in the post. He’s tallied three double doubles so far, including a 15-point, 19-rebound performance against Florida Atlantic.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Luke Sikma, 6-8, 235, Sr., 12.1 ppg., 11.7 rpg.
F – Nemanja Mitrovic, 6-5, 200, Jr., 11.1, 3.0
C – Kramer Knutson, 6-9, 220, Sr., 7.4, 4.3
G – Jared Stohl, 6-2, 165, Sr., 15.0, 1.4
G – Eric Waterford, 6-1, 180, Jr., 7.9, 3.2 apg.
KEY MATCHUP:
— Containing Stohl is priority No. 1 for the Huskies. He’s going to take at least five three-pointers and it’s UW’s job to make sure they’re contested shots. Against Kentucky, Stohl attempted seven treys and versus Washington State he took 12 and made five for 21 points. Ideally, coach Lorenzo Romar could assign Justin Holiday to Stohl because he has long arms and he’s a tenacious defender. Doing so would like force Abdul Gaddy on Mitrovic. Also keep your eye on the Sikma-Darnell Gant battle in the paint, which should be entertaining.

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