Team preview: Portland State

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:19 PM ET
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Things can only improve at Portland State, where the Vikings have finished last in the conference the last three seasons. This program has had little promise, pizzazz, or personality for years.

But that isn't third-year coach Heath Schroyer's fault. The Vikings have failed to capture fan support from a fickle Portland audience, which is obsessed with the Trail Blazers and nothing else. A large crowd for a PSU men's basketball might be 1,000, and routinely fewer than that turn up. Schroyer's not alone -- the football program also struggles at the gate, despite being in a metro area of around two million people.