MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2014-15 SCHEDULE
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State seventh-year men's basketball head coach Brian Katz announced the program's 2014-15 schedule today.
The schedule includes 29 regular season games, comprised of 14 at home and 15 on the road. The Hornets will play 18 Big Sky Conference games, which will feature the normal Thursday-Saturday matchups. The University of Idaho is joining the conference this year, creating a 12-member league in which each school will play seven teams twice, and the other four on one occasion. Previously, there was an odd amount of teams in the conference which resulted in more difficult travel schedules and several Monday games.
This year, in league play, the Hornets will play once against Montana (home), Montana State (home), Idaho State (away) and Weber State (away), and the normal home-and-home format against the other seven Big Sky programs.
In addition, the Big Sky Tournament will now expand to an eight-team field (up from seven teams a year ago) featuring no byes and four quarterfinal games, two semifinal games and the championship. The winner of the regular season title will host the Big Sky Tournament on March 12-14.
The Hornets open the year with a pair of home exhibition games against Holy Names (Nov. 4) and Menlo (Nov. 7) before beginning the regular season with road games at Gonzaga (Nov. 14) and UC Riverside (Nov. 17). The trip to Gonzaga, a perennial basketball power, will be the Hornets' third in school history, and first since Jan. 7, 1996. Overall, the Hornets and Bulldogs have played each other four times with each team winning twice.
Sacramento State will then host three straight games over a 13-day span, including contests against Simpson (Nov. 19), Bristol University (Nov. 25) and Utah Valley (Dec. 1). The Hornets will play Utah Valley twice this season, including a road contest on Dec. 27, which will also mark Sacramento State's final non-conference tilt.
Following the home game against Utah Valley, the Hornets head to Abilene Christian (Dec. 4) and UC Irvine (Dec. 6) before a set of home games against Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 11) and Portland (Dec. 14). The team is back on the road for games at Seattle (Dec. 21) and Utah Valley before the conference schedule begins on New Year's Day at home against Northern Arizona at 7:05 p.m.
Four brief homestands make up the Hornets' Big Sky home portion of the schedule, including Jan. 1-3 (Northern Arizona, Southern Utah), Jan. 15-17 (Idaho, Eastern Washington), Jan. 29-Feb. 7 (Montana State, Montana, Portland State) and Feb. 19-21 (Northern Colorado, North Dakota).
The Hornets do not have any road trips or homestands lasting longer than three games on the entire schedule.
Sacramento State returns all five starters from a team that went 14-16 overall, 10-10 in the Big Sky and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in eight years. The list of starters include senior guards Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity. McKinney was a unanimous first team all-Big Sky selection last year while Garrity received honorable mention accolades. Other returning starters include junior swingman Cody Demps, senior forward Zach Mills and senior center Alex Tiffin.
Overall, the team returns nine players from a squad which also set Div. I-era (1991-pres.) school records for Big Sky victories, home wins (11) and home winning streak (seven games). In addition, the squad's 14 overall wins tied for the second best mark in the Div. I era.
Sacramento State season ticket information is available by calling the Athletics Ticket office at (916) 278-4428. Members of the Hornet Club and all previous season ticket holders have first priority on season tickets.
NOTES -- The Hornets' meetings against Abilene Christian and Bristol University will be the first in school history…every home contest except the game against Portland will begin at 7:05 p.m. The meeting with Portland on Sunday, Dec. 14, will begin at 5:05 p.m…the Hornets have improved their conference record every year of Katz's tenure (1-15 in 2008-09; 3-13 in 2009-10; 4-12 in 2010-11; 5-11 in 2011-12; 8-12 in 2012-13; 10-10 last season).…once again, all home games can be viewed live and free in HD on www.watchbigsky.com. In addition, all road games played at a Big Sky venue can be seen on www.watchbigsky.com…every regular season and postseason game will be aired on the radio at AM 1380 The Answer.