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IU basketball to play Portland State November 9


Junior forward De’Ron Davis scores the ball against University of Arkansas on March 23 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU defeated Arkansas in the second round of the NIT, 63-60. Anna Tiplick Buy Photos

According to college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, IU men's basketball will play Portland State University Nov. 9 in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Portland State is now the fifth nonconference opponent announced for IU. The other four are Florida State University, University of Connecticut, University of Notre Dame and University of Arkansas.

The Hoosiers also know which Big Ten teams they will play on the road and at home, but times and dates for those games have not yet been announced.

As for the Vikings, they will come to Bloomington after a 16-16 season in 2018-19. Portland State's season ended with a loss to Weber State University in the Big Sky Conference Tournament.

The Vikings leading scorer, Holland Woods, will be returning for his senior year next season. Woods averaged 15 points per game last season.

Portland State Head Coach Barret Peery shares a similarity with IU Coach Archie Miller. Both were hired to their respective programs in 2017.

In the 2017-18 season, Peery led Portland State to a 20-14 record, which is the most wins ever for a first-year Viking coach. It was also the most wins for the program in 10 years.

Last season, Peery had to filter in eight new players to his roster, which caused a slow start to begin the year. But the Vikings picked things up in conference play, going 11-9 in the Big Sky.

Miller has had the same slow start trying to integrate his system in Bloomington, finishing 16-15 in 2017-18 and 19-16 last season.

As both coaches enter their third year as head coach, the two teams will meet as one of the first games of the season.

The Hoosiers' first game last season was Nov. 6 and second game was Nov. 9, so this Nov. 9 matchup with Portland State will likely be one of the first three games of the season for IU.

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