MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK ON THE ROAD THURSDAY AT NORTH DAKOTA
Sacramento State Game Notes (27 pages) - pdf
North Dakota Game Notes - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings
Fresh off a 75-64 home win over Eastern Washington, Sacramento State (6-9, 2-4) returns to the road for a game at North Dakota (6-10, 3-3) on Thursday…tip-off at the Sioux Center is set for 5:05 p.m. PST…the Hornets split their first two Big Sky home games last week against Portland State (68-64 overtime loss) and Eastern Washington…Sacramento State was the only team in the Big Sky to play its first four league games on the road, and returns for two more this week…by the time this week ends, only Sacramento State and Southern Utah will have played six of their first eight league games on the road…interestingly enough, the bottom four teams in the Big Sky (Portland State, Eastern Washington, Southern Utah and the Hornets) have each played a league-high four road games…the Hornets were able to snap a 10-game road losing streak against Big Sky teams in its last game away from home which resulted in a 77-49 win at Southern Utah on Jan. 11…that 28-point margin of victory was the Hornets' largest on the road since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991-92…overall, Sacramento State has won two of its last three games, and the team is outscoring its opposition, 72.0-60.3, over that span…the Hornets have scored at least 70 points three times in the last five games after doing so just three times in the first 10 games of the season…North Dakota is coming off perhaps its most impressive victory of the season, 72-69, on Saturday on the road at Montana State…UND easily has the best turnover margin in the league (+4.3 per game) and forces opponents into a league-best 15.8 turnovers per game…North Dakota also features the conference's leading scorer in senior swingman Troy Huff who averages 20.7 points per game overall…against conference opposition, he is fourth in the league at 18.2 ppg…Sacramento State and North Dakota have played four times over the years with each team winning twice on its home floor…both Hornet losses in Grand Forks have been by four points or less, including last year's 49-48 defeat when John Dickson missed a wide open 25-footer at the buzzer…like every game the rest of the season, Thursday's contest can be seen live and free on WatchBigSky.com…the game can also be heard over the airwaves on KTKZ 1380 AM The Answer and on the internet at hornetsports.com with 17th year play-by-play announcer Steve McElroy calling the game…live stats are at undsports.com.
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