Game Notes (25 pages) - pdf
Sacramento State (2-4) will play for the first time in seven days when the team hosts William Jessup (5-7) on Saturday, Dec. 14, at The Nest…tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m…the game is part of a day-night doubleheader than will see the Hornet women host UC Irvine at 2:05 p.m…Saturday is also Sports Chalet Kids Day, where free posters will be given out, and players will be available after the men's game to sign autographs…Saturday will mark the first of just three non-conference games remaining on the regular season schedule for the Hornets…others include Dec. 21 at Cal State Fullerton, and Dec. 29 at home vs. UC Riverside…the Hornets are coming off a 69-51 loss at UTEP last Saturday which wrapped up a stretch that saw Sacramento State play four of five games on the road…of the Hornets' six games thus far, all have been decided by six points or more…Sacramento State is 1-1 at home, and 1-3 on the road…the Hornets and William Jessup have played seven times previously with Sacramento State winning each of those meetings by an average of 29.7 points per game…each of those seven games were played at The Nest…in the teams' last meeting on Dec. 10, 2010, the Hornets won by 11 points (65-54) in a game that saw William Jessup trail by just seven points with a minute to play…the Warriors are an NAIA affiliate based in Rocklin, Calif., and play in the California Pacific Conference…Saturday will conclude a five-game road trip for William Jessup that has seen the team go 1-3 thus far on the trip…William Jessup is the defending California Pacific regular season champions…Saturday's game can be heard over the airwaves on KTKZ 1380 AM The Answer and on the internet at www.hornetsports.com with 17th year play-by-play announcer Steve McElroy calling all the action…like every home game, and every contest played at a Big Sky venue, a free live video stream of the game can be found at www.WatchBigSky.com…live stats can be found via www.hornetsports.com.
THIS SEASON'S MULTIMEDIA COVERAGE
For the sixth straight year, all of Sacramento State's home games and any game played in a Big Sky Conference venue will be aired live and free via video stream at www.WatchBigSky.com. Fans only have to register for an account, and the games are free to watch. In addition, all games will be broadcast live over the airwaves on KTKZ 1380 AM The Answer and online at www.hornetsports.com with 17th-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling all the action. Live stats will be offered for every home game via www.hornetsports.com as well.
554 AND COUNTING
Sacramento State has converted at least one three-pointer in 554 straight games. It has been over 20 years since the Hornets failed to convert a three ball. The last time the program was blanked from beyond the arc came on Nov. 28, 1993, when the Hornets went 0-for-6 in a loss on the road at Montana State.
FOULS ON THE RISE
Last May, the NCAA men's basketball rules committee voted on changes intended to cut down the amount of physical play and encourage a more open style of play. The NCAA warned that more fouls would likely be called. In Sacramento State's case, that has certainly rang true. Through six games, the Hornets have been whistled for 131 fouls, or 21.8 per contest. In comparison, last year's team was whistled for just 95 fouls through the first six games, and finished the season with 16.0 fouls per game. A Hornet has fouled out of a game six times this season after finishing with that same amount through 29 games last year.
FREE THROW ATTEMPT DISPARITY
With the Hornets averaging more than 20 fouls per game, the opponents have taken advantage, going to the free throw line a ridiculous 161 times already. That breaks down to a robust 26.8 free throw attempts per game, which is partially to blame for the team's 2-4 record. Opponents have shot at least 20 free throws in all but one game, including 45 by UTEP on Saturday. The opposition has attempted 56 more free throws (161-105) and converted 33 more of those freebies (105-72) than Sacramento State.
Though its very early in the season, here are a few trends worth monitoring...Sacramento State is 2-0 when outrebounding the opposition, and 0-4 when getting outrebounded…2-0 when the Hornets attempt more free throws, 0-4 when shooting less free throws…2-0 when scoring at least 70 points, 0-4 when failing to score 70.
WHERE DID THE DEFENSE GO?
Sacramento State limited UTEP to a .439 field goal percentage which snapped a string of three straight games in which the opposition shot at least .538 from the floor. Opponents have shot .478 overall this season, including .398 from the 3-point line, and both marks rank in the bottom third of the Big Sky. All of this comes one year after the Hornets allowed just 65.7 points per game, the best mark in over 40 years. Opponents are currently averaging 69.7 points per contest.
45 PERCENT OF POINTS COMING FROM GARRITY/McKINNEY
A good chunk of the team's scoring this season has come from the back court of junior point guard Dylan Garrity and junior shooting guard Mikh McKinney. The duo combines to form one of the best back courts in the Big Sky Conference, and, together, have scored nearly 50 percent (.451) of the team's points this season. McKinney (14.8 ppg) and Garrity (12.7 ppg) are the only Hornets averaging better than 7.0 points per contest and one of the two has led the team in scoring in all but one game thus far.
Academically, of the 18 Hornets that have expired their eligibility under head coach Brian Katz, 14 have graduated, and three more are on pace to graduate during the 2013-14 academic year.
Unlike the last few years, head coach Brian Katz has stuck with the same starting five, for the most part, in each of the first five games. The combination of guards Dylan Garrity and Mikh McKinney, swingman Cody Demps and forward Alex Tiffin has started every game this season. At center, Joey Quigley has started three games, true freshman Eric Stuteville has started two, and senior Jordan Salley got the nod against UTEP. The team is 2-1 when Quigley gets the start at center, 0-2 when Stuteville starts, and 0-1 when Salley starts.
GARRITY CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Junior point guard Dylan Garrity, who has been the Hornets' starting point guard the moment he stepped foot on campus two years ago, continues to impress. Already fourth in school history in career assists (353), Garrity has increased his scoring average from 8.1 ppg as a freshman, to 11.6 ppg as a sophomore, and currently 12.7 ppg this season. He is shooting .471 (16-34) from beyond the 3-point line, and his average of 2.7 makes per game is the second best mark in the Big Sky. Perhaps most impressive, he has turned the ball over just six times in 190 minutes this year (one every 31.7 minutes) despite averaging nearly 32 minutes a game and playing a highly demanding position. His 2.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is the best mark in the Big Sky.
INJURY STATUS ON GARRITY
In Saturday's game at UTEP, Dylan Garrity injured his left ankle with 8:21 remaining in the first half. He returned for the final two and a half minutes, but did not play at all in the second half because of the injury. X-rays performed on the ankle were negative, and he is questionable to play on Saturday against William Jessup.
STAT SHEET STUFFING McKINNEY
Junior shooting guard Mikh McKinney, who shares the team captain duties with Dylan Garrity, is currently averaging 14.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting .446 (29-65) from the field and .917 (22-24) from the free throw line. He has scored in double figures in all but one game, including a season-best 25 points at UC Davis, and 22 more at UTEP. The Union City, Calif., native has started all 35 games during his Sacramento State career after transferring from Ohlone College. He has scored in double figures in 24 of those games. McKinney is averaging 19 points over his last three games, and his .917 free throw percentage is the 20th best mark in the nation.
BIG STRIDES FOR DEMPS
Last season as a true freshman, swingman Cody Demps averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.8 minutes of playing time. What a difference a year makes. This season, Demps is not only getting huge minutes (29.2 per game), he is making the most of the added playing time, averaging 7.0 points and a team-high 5.2 rebounds per game. Including his career-high 16 points against UC Irvine, he has scored in double figures three times in the last five games after doing so twice all of last season. He also had his first career double-double (10 pts, 12 reb) at CSU Bakersfield. He's been somewhat feast or famine, having scored in double figures three times, and scoring two points or less in the other three games.
THE PROFICIENT SALLEY
Over his last 22 games dating back to last season, senior forward Jordan Salley is shooting a ridiculous .704 (38-of-54) from the field. He finished last season by going 22-of-29 over his final 16 games, and is now 16-for-25 this year. The athletic Salley will often jump higher than his defender to set up a clean midair look at the basket. After averaging just 8.0 minutes the first three games this season, he has combined for 63 minutes over the last three games. Overall, despite averaging 14.5 minutes per game, he is fourth on the team with 6.2 points, and is averaging one point every 2.4 minutes on the floor.
Sacramento State, which is shooting .686 from the free throw line, has shot better than 76 percent from the stripe in three games, and under 59 percent in the other three…the Hornets will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak since the 2011-12 season.
May 23, 2014 HORNET HOOPS GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR MONDAY, JUNE 9
April 28, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS TO HOST SEASON WRAPUP/SIGNING PARTY ON MAY 8
March 10, 2014 TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR BIG SKY MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
February 28, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD GAME SATURDAY AT IDAHO ST.
February 27, 2014 WINNING STREAK SNAPPED, MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT WEBER STATE, 79-67
February 26, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO WEBER STATE ON THURSDAY, SEEKS 4TH STRAIGHT WIN
February 24, 2014 VOTE GARRITY’S 75-FOOT SHOT FOR GEICO PLAY OF THE YEAR
February 24, 2014 McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR A SECOND TIME
February 22, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL CONTINUES TO ROLL AFTER CRUSHING NORTHERN COLORADO
February 21, 2014 FREE WHITEOUT SHIRTS TO THE FIRST 500 FANS AT SATURDAY’S HOOPS GAME
February 21, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT HOME WIN SATURDAY VS. NORTHERN COLO.
February 19, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 6TH STRAIGHT HOME WIN THURSDAY VS. NORTH DAKOTA
February 14, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO PORTLAND STATE ON SATURDAY
February 13, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL HAS WINNING STREAK SNAPPED AT EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 12, 2014 WINNERS OF FOUR STRAIGHT, MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 10, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS BEATS SOUTHERN UTAH, COMPLETES HOMESTAND WITH 4-0 RECORD
February 9, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 4TH STRAIGHT WIN, HOSTS SOUTHERN UTAH ON MONDAY
February 6, 2014 WINNING STREAK AT THREE AFTER MEN’S HOOPS DISMANTLES NAU, 87-70
February 5, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME THURSDAY NIGHT VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA
February 3, 2014 McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
January 31, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL’S SIXTH-ANNUAL ALUMNI GAMES TAKE PLACE SATURDAY
January 31, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS HOST BIG SKY-LEADING WEBER STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT
January 29, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS LONG HOMESTAND THURSDAY VS. IDAHO STATE
January 25, 2014 BIG DISPARITIES HURT IN MEN’S HOOPS LOSS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
January 24, 2014 ROAD WEARY MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS AT NORTHERN COLORADO ON SATURDAY
January 23, 2014 NORTH DAKOTA USES LATE RUN TO BEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
January 21, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK ON THE ROAD THURSDAY AT NORTH DAKOTA
January 18, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL KNOCKS OFF EASTERN WASHINGTON AT HOME, 75-64
January 17, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS EASTERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY NIGHT
January 15, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS FINALLY RETURNS HOME, HOSTS PORTLAND STATE ON THURSDAY
January 11, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS CRUSHES SOUTHERN UTAH, ENDS ROAD TRIP IN A BIG WAY
January 10, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS ROAD TRIP COMES TO AN END SATURDAY AT SOUTHERN UTAH
January 8, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS CONTINUES ROAD TRIP THURSDAY AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
January 2, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS BIG SKY OPENER AT MONTANA STATE
December 31, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS BIG SKY PLAY THURSDAY AT MONTANA STATE
December 29, 2013 LATE FREE THROWS HELP DELIVER 69-67 MEN’S HOOPS WIN OVER UC RIVERSIDE
December 27, 2013 AFTER LONG LAYOFF, MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS UC RIVERSIDE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
December 21, 2013 BIG SECOND HALF FUELS CAL STATE FULLERTON TO VICTORY OVER MEN’S HOOPS
December 19, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYS AT CAL STATE FULLERTON ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
December 14, 2013 MEN’S HOOPS CRUISES TO 85-54 WIN OVER WILLIAM JESSUP
December 12, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS WILLIAM JESSUP ON SATURDAY AT 7 P.M.
December 7, 2013 UTEP USES HEALTHY FREE THROW ADVANTAGE TO BEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
December 4, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EL PASO FOR FIRST EVER MEETING WITH UTEP
November 30, 2013 UC IRVINE USES BIG SECOND HALF TO DEFEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 29, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS UC IRVINE SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 P.M.
November 26, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL COMES THROUGH WITH CLUTCH WIN AT UC DAVIS, 73-67
November 25, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS AND UC DAVIS TO PLAY FOR THE 112TH TIME ON TUESDAY
November 18, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO #22 UCLA
November 15, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO #24 UCLA ON MONDAY
November 13, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL FORWARD JUSTIN STRINGS
November 13, 2013 BAKERSFIELD HOT FROM DISTANCE IN 74-66 WIN OVER MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 12, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS ROAD TRIP WEDNESDAY AT CSU BAKERSFIELD
November 8, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL BEATS UC SANTA CRUZ, 73-43, IN SEASON OPENER
November 6, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL GETS UNDERWAY FRIDAY NIGHT VS. UC SANTA CRUZ
November 5, 2013 2013-14 MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
October 28, 2013 2013-14 MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON OUTLOOK
October 17, 2013 BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES AND MEDIA PRESEASON POLLS RELEASED
September 24, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON COMING FAST, FIRST OFFICIAL PRACTICE ON FRIDAY
July 23, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2013-14 SCHEDULE