Portland looking to get hot

SAN FRANCISCO -- Back in November, Portland reached the final of the 76 Classic, where the Pilots under Coach Eric Reveno beat UCLA by 27 and a ranked Minnesota team to earn a top 25 ranking of their own.

Since then, Portland is 7-7 and even though the Pilots gave West Coast Conference stalwarts Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s tough games, it won’t be easy for them to get to the Big Dance.

Nik Raivio, the team’s leading scorer, has missed two games with an Achilles strain and didn’t make the trip for games against San Francisco tonight and Santa Clara on Saturday. The Pilots will rely on sharpshooter Jared Stohl to step into the lineup, and he’s only nine 3-pointers in his career from tying a school record.