SENIOR NIGHT, PLAYOFFS AT STAKE IN SATURDAY MBB REGULAR SEASON FINALE
Sacramento State Game Notes (pdf)
Montana State Game Notes (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings
Entering its final game of the regular season, Sacramento State (13-15, 9-10) will host Montana State (14-16, 9-10) on Saturday night inside The Nest at 7:05 p.m…Hornet seniors Jordan Salley, Joey Quigley and Kendell Groom will be honored for their contributions to the program prior to the game…despite losing three straight games, Sacramento State still has an opportunity to clinch a Big Sky Tournament berth for the first time since 2006…the top seven teams in the 11-member conference qualify for the league's postseason tournament, and Weber State (13-6), Montana (12-7), North Dakota (12-8) and Northern Arizona (11-8) have all clinched spots…there are five teams jockeying for the final three playoff spots, and Sacramento State is in that mix…however, both the Hornets and Montana State do not control their own destiny…there are two scenarios that get the Hornets into the Big Sky Tournament: Sacramento State wins, and Eastern Washington loses at home to Weber State OR Sacramento State wins, and both Portland State and Northern Colorado lose to Idaho State and Southern Utah, respectively…Sacramento State could know if a win gets them into the tournament come game time Saturday night as Eastern Washington plays at 2 p.m., and Northern Colorado plays at 5 p.m…just three games ago, the Hornets were 9-7 in the league and looking good to make the tournament, but three straight losses have hurt that opportunity…the other three teams fighting for a tournament berth, Northern Colorado, Portland State and Eastern Washington, who are each 10-9, will advance with a win on Saturday…last year, the Hornets found themselves in a similar situation, needing at least one win in the final week of the regular season to clinch a spot in the tournament…instead, Sacramento State lost both its final two games on the road to Montana and Montana State, and finished in a three-way tie for sixth place…the Hornets lost out on the tiebreaker and did not make the Big Sky Tournament…the Hornets' loss to Montana on Thursday snapped a seven-game winning streak at home…Sacramento State is 10-3 at home, and 7-2 against league foes…the Hornets lost at Montana State earlier this year by a 70-55 score on Jan. 2…the Bobcats, who are in an identical situation as the Hornets in needing to win on Saturday and get help from other outcomes to advance to the tournament, have dropped three of their last four games…MSU is 5-9 on the road, and 3-6 against league foes…Montana State is 27-15 all-time against Sacramento State…however, the Hornets are 10-9 against the Bobcats when playing in Sacramento, including two straight wins inside the friendly confines…Saturday''s game can be seen live and free in High Definition on WatchBigSky.com…the game can be heard over the airwaves on KTKZ 1380 AM with 17th-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling the action.
SCENARIOS THAT GET THE HORNETS INTO THE BIG SKY TOURNAMENT
1. Sacramento State wins, and Eastern Washington loses at home to Weber State
2. Sacramento State wins, Portland State loses at home to Idaho State, AND Northern Colorado loses on the road to Southern Utah.
For Sacramento State's complete set of game notes, click on the link above the story.