An investment to ponder.
Sacramento State played at Northern Colorado (which is in Greeley, CO and is located approx. 60 miles North of Denver Int'l Airport) on saturday, at a tip-off of 230pm local, this game finished at 430pm local and considering its promixity to Denver and the flight schedule, it is unlikely SCST left Greeley for Sacramento on Saturday, a Sunday morning flight was more likely and thus more than likely took out a practice day for this team.
Enter Portland State, their last game was also at Northern Colorado but on Thursday, they more than likely flew into Sacramento on Friday spent the weekend to prepare for their last road game in a series of 4 in a row. Portland State plays a full-court press style of basketball, kind of like a WVU of years ago.
Interesting quote from Weber State head coach re: Portland State and prep-time:
"When you play against that kind of style — they’re the only team in the league that does that, that plays that frenetic, full-court press, fast, aggressive, kind of crazy — you can’t simulate it in practice," WSU head coach Randy Rahe said. "Portland State’s the most athletic team in our league, that’s how they recruit."
In Weber State's first game vs. PSU, they fell behind 10-0, and recovered for an OT win, however, WSU has the 3rd ranked officiency efficiency, 1st ranked 2PT FG% offense, 5th in turnover % in the league so, it is capable of making comebacks, constrast that with SCST, who is ranked 10th, 9th and 8th respectively.
With the travel schedule, lack of prep time vs. an unorthodox opponent and below-average offense, it makes for a difficult spot here for Sacramento State.