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Viking Watch

Tim DouglasIt only happens once a year.

Black Friday? Santa Claus coming down your chimney? Some alignment of stars and planets? No, but just as rare: Portland State and the University of Portland meeting on a basketball court.

For the men’s teams, it will happen on Saturday, when the Vikings and Pilots tip off at 7 p.m. at Stott Center.

The nonleague rivalry series stands in UP’s favor, 33-17, and the Pilots have won the last two years including 81-60 on Nov. 21, 2012.

This season, PSU is 4-2 and Portland is 5-3.

The Viks also are 4-0 at home this season and 5-3 at home against the Pilots since re-instating the hoops program on the South Park Blocks in 1996.

PSU’s starting point guard, Tim Douglas, is back on the court after redshirting per NCAA rules following his transfer from UP. Douglas has scored in double figures in all six games for PSU.

He spent two years on the bluff, averaging 7.7 points per game in 2010-11 and 8.5 points in 2011-12, with 24 total starts — and a career-high 27 points against Portland State in a 78-67 victory on Dec. 18, 2010.

n The PSU women are getting plenty of competition before their Big Sky season begins Dec. 29 at Eastern Washington. The Vikings are 2-3, with losses to NCAA Tournament hopeful Saint Mary’s, Princeton and Seattle — and PSU’s remaining nonconference games this month will take the Viks to Gonzaga on Friday, Oregon on Dec. 14, and Georgia Tech on Dec. 17, and then back home to play Portland on Dec. 21.