Sacramento State Game Notes (25 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference Standings
• After completing a season-high tying three-game homestand with a perfect 3-0 record, the Hornets (4-1) will travel to Abilene, Texas, to take on Abilene Christian on Thursday night. Tip-off is 5:05 p.m. PST.
• The Hornets are in the midst of a stretch that will see the team play three times over a six-day span, including Monday's home win over Utah Valley, and Saturday at UC Irvine.
• Sacramento State will be playing Abilene Christian for the first time in school history, one of two opponents the Hornets had never played entering the year (Bristol the other).
• Abilene Christian will play the Hornets in Sacramento next season.
• The Wildcats, who play in the Southland Conference, are 2-3 after falling at UC Riverside, 76-56, last week. They return all five starters from a team that went 11-20.
• After losing its first game of the season to 13th-ranked Gonzaga, Sacramento State has won four straight games, including a 70-69 road win at UC Riverside on Nov. 17.
• The Hornets' 4-1 record matches the program's best start after five games since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991-92. The 1999-00 and 2012-13 squads also began the year 4-1.
• In addition, the four-game winning streak is one shy of the longest winning streak during the program's Div. I era as the 2005-06 squad won five straight.
• In fact, a win on Thursday would allow the Hornets to match their longest winning streak (5 games) in the last 26 years. The 1987-88 squad won six straight games when the program was a member of Div. II.
• Since winning at UC Riverside by a point, the Hornets have won their last three games by an average of 25.0 points per contest.
• Sacramento State senior point guard Dylan Garrity is just two points shy of becoming the 12th player in school history to notch 1,000 career points.
• Head coach Brian Katz has used the same starting lineup each of the last four games - Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity at guards, Cody Demps and Nick Hornsby at forwards, and Eric Stuteville at center.
• The Hornets return all five starters from a season ago, and eight of the top nine scorers. The list is headlined by senior guards and team co-captains Dylan Garrity and Mikh McKinney, who combine to make up arguably the best back court in the Big Sky Conference. Each of the Hornets' five newcomers are true freshmen.
RADIO/VIDEO STREAM/LIVE STATS
• Abilene Christian is offering a live video stream of the game for a fee. Fans can access that link by clicking here. All home games are streamed free in HD at WatchBigSky.com.
• Thursday's game will be broadcast live on KTKZ 1380 AM with J.D. Fox calling all the action. Fox, who worked at Sacramento State in the media relations office for three years, will fill in for Steve McElroy, who is the usual play-by-play voice of the Hornets. McElroy will return to the microphone for Saturday's game at UC Irvine.
• Fans outside the Sacramento area can listen to all games via www.hornetsports.com or on the iHeart Radio application for mobile devices.
• Live stats of the game will be provided for every game this season, via www.hornetsports.com for all home games, or provided by the opponent's website for games on the road. Live stats for Thursday's game can be found by clicking here.
• Links for all multimedia options can be found next to each game on the men's basketball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.
A LOOK AT THE HORNETS' LAST GAME
• Sacramento State won at home Monday night against Utah Valley, 65-56.
• The Hornets led by at least six points the final 27 minutes, and held an advantage for nearly 38 minutes (37:40) of the contest.
• Sacramento State took a game-high 15-point lead (62-47) with 5:59 to play, before Utah Valley cut that lead all the way down to 62-56 with 2:17 to play.
• The Hornets shot .568 (25-44) from the field while Utah Valley was limited to .396 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-19 from beyond the 3-point line.
• Sacramento State had a season-high eight blocks, including three from Eric Stuteville.
• Sophomore forward Nick Hornsby had a career-high 20 points on 8-of-8 shooting.
• Senior Mikh McKinney had 13 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals.
• Eight Hornets played in the game, and each of those players scored at least five points.
SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT
• Sacramento State has shot at least .547 from the field in four straight games (all wins), and is now second in the Big Sky with a .529 season field goal percentage.
• That includes Monday's win over Utah Valley in which the Hornets shot .568 (25-44) from the field (.547 at UCR, .551 vs. Simpson, Div. I-record .623 vs. Bristol).
• Five of the Hornets' top eight scorers are shooting better than .550 from the field, comprised of Dreon Barlett (.692), Nick Hornsby (.684), Zach Mills (.630), Mikh McKinney (.619) and Alex Tiffin (.556).
• In addition, the team has shot at least .400 from the 3-point line in three of the last four games, and is now shooting .405 from distance this season.
PRODUCTION OFF THE BENCH
• Sacramento State has received at least 20 points of production from its bench in four of the team's five games, and is averaging 25.4 points per game in bench points.
• The Hornets are outscoring the opponent in bench points, 25.4-18.4, per game.
IMPROVEMENT EVERY YEAR UNDER COACH KATZ
• Sacramento State has improved its conference record every year since head coach Brian Katz took over the program prior the 2008-09 season.
• After going 1-15 during Katz's first season in 2008-09, the Hornets went 3-13 in 2009-10, 4-12 in 2010-11, 5-11 in 2011-12, 8-12 in 2012-13, and 10-10 last year.
GETTING IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
• The men's basketball program posted its highest grade point average in school history during the 2014 spring semester, finishing with a cumulative mark of 3.092.
• Of the 14 players on Sacramento State's roster last season, nine finished with a spring term GPA above a 3.0.
• Moreover, Coach Katz's players graduate at a high rate. Of the 18 players that have expired their eligibility under Katz, 16 have graduated.
GETTING LOOKS INSIDE THE PAINT
• One big reason for the Hornets' high field goal percentage is the team has consistently got good looks at the rim, as evidence by 176 points in the paint, or 35.2 per game.
• Sacramento State is outscoring its opposition by more than 11 points per game inside the paint (35.2-24.0).
NEED TO LIMIT THE TURNOVERS
• Sacramento State has already committed 78 turnovers this year, or 15.6 per game. That mark ranks among the bottom three teams in the Big Sky Conference.
• The Hornets have committed at least 13 turnovers in all but one game, and have committed double figures in miscues in all five contests.
• What's so odd about the miscues is the Hornets have notoriously been a team that has taken care of the ball since Coach Katz took over the coaching duties in 2008-09.
• In fact, the Hornets averaged just 10.7 turnovers last season, second in the league.
HORNETS PICKED HIGH IN PRESEASON RANKINGS
• Of the seven preseason polls released projecting the Big Sky, the Hornets were picked among the top four teams in all seven polls. That includes a first place prediction from Blue Ribbon, a second place prediction by ESPN and third place by The Sporting News.
• The Hornets were tabbed fourth in both the Big Sky coaches and media polls.
• Four of the Hornets' five starters are better than a +30 for the season in plus/minus ratio, a stat used to determine how the team performs when a certain player is on the floor.
• Mikh McKinney (+58), Cody Demps (+53), Nick Hornsby (+39) and Dylan Garrity (+31) all have healthy plus/minus ratios this year.
• In fact, the Hornets outscore the opposition by 14.5 points per game when McKinney is on the floor, and 10.6 points per game when Demps is on the floor.
• The starting five of Garrity, McKinney, Demps, Hornsby and Eric Stuteville have outscored the opposition, 98-63, when that fivesome is on the floor at the same time.
THE BEST BACK COURT IN THE BIG SKY?
• When talking about the Sacramento State men's basketball program, the conversation usually begins with senior guards and team co-captains Dylan Garrity and Mikh McKinney, who combine to form arguably the best back court in the Big Sky Conference.
• Both players can play at point and shooting guard and Coach Katz uses them in both roles. They are team co-captains for the second straight year.
• Last year, McKinney became the first player in school history to be unanimously selected first team all-Big Sky, and then became the first player in the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.) to be selected all-district when he was named second team all-District 6.
• Garrity has been named honorable mention all-Big Sky all three years with the Hornets, and was the league's freshman of the year in 2012. He is the only Hornet to receive all-league recognition more than two times since the program joined the Big Sky in 1996-97.
GARRITY JUST TWO POINTS SHY OF 1,000
• Senior guard Dylan Garrity is now just two points shy of becoming the 12th player in school history to record 1,000 career points, and first since John Dickson accomplished the feat during the 2012-13 season.
• Garrity has improved his scoring average every season of his career from 8.1 ppg as a freshman to 11.6 ppg as a sophomore, and 13.2 ppg last season.
• Garrity, who scored 395 points a season ago, needs just 315 points to crack into the program's top five. Dickson is currently fifth with 1,313 career points.
• Only five players have reached 1,000 points during the program's Div. I era, comprised of Dickson, Loren Leath, Damond Edwards, Alex Bausley and Michael Boyd.
MORE ON McKINNEY
• Senior guard Mikh McKinney, who missed the first game of the season, is averaging 16.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting .619 from the field, .500 from the 3-point line and .692 from the free throw line.
• McKinney scored a game-high 22 points in the Hornets' 70-69 win at UC Riverside, including eight of the Hornets' final 10 points of the game. He tacked on 22 more points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field on Tuesday night against Bristol.
• After transferring from Ohlone JC prior to his sophomore season, McKinney averaged 12.3 ppg in '12-13 and 16.6 ppg last year. He is just 79 points shy of 1,000.
MILLS OFF TO A NICE START
• After being held to zero points in the season opener at Gonzaga, senior forward Zach Mills is averaging 9.5 points and 6.3 rebounds over the last four games.
• During that four-game stretch, he is shooting .708 (17-24) from the field. Overall, he is shooting .630 from the floor this year, the fourth best mark in the Big Sky.
• Mills has grabbed at least four rebounds in all five games (including a career-high 10 vs. Bristol), and has led or tied for the team lead in rebounds three times.
THE UNDERRATED DEMPS
• One of the more unsung players on the Hornets' roster is junior swingman Cody Demps, who can guard four positions and will usually be called upon to guard the opponent's best offensive player.
• Demps has started 35 straight games dating back to last year, and is currently averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals on .483 shooting this year.
• Demps leads the team in both free throws made (17) and free throws attempted (21).
• The Hornets are outscoring opponents by 53 points when Demps is on the floor, and that +53 plus/minus rating is the second best mark on the team.
Junior guard Dreon Barlett is shooting .692 (9-13) from the field, and .571 (4-7) from the 3-point line. For his career, he is now shooting .433 (26-60) from distance, the best mark among any of the nine returners…a good free throw shooting team last season, the Hornets have converted on just 65.9 percent of their freebies this year, which ranks 10th in the Big Sky…sophomore center Eric Stuteville already has six blocked shots after totalling 10 blocks in 30 games last year…after beginning the season 1-for-7 from the field, senior center Alex Tiffin is shooting .818 (9-11) from the floor over the last three games.
April 24, 2015 BIG SKY, RENO ANNOUNCE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AGREEMENT
March 26, 2015 McKINNEY NAMED A FINALIST FOR MID-MAJOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
March 17, 2015 FIRST ROUND OF CIT - MEN'S HOOPS AT PORTLAND ON WEDNESDAY
March 10, 2015 BRIAN KATZ NAMED THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
February 28, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS ONE WIN AWAY FROM LEAGUE TITLE AFTER WIN AT PORTLAND STATE
February 24, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS BEGINS FINAL ROAD TRIP ON SATURDAY AT PORTLAND STATE
February 21, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS BACK IN 1ST PLACE AFTER BEATING NORTH DAKOTA ON SENIOR NIGHT
February 20, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME GAME SAT. NIGHT AT 7 PM
February 19, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS IMPROVES TO 17-8 WITH A 66-59 VICTORY OVER NORTHERN COLO.
February 17, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS NORTHERN COLORADO THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7 P.M.
February 14, 2015 LATE RUN SPARKS IDAHO TO 69-58 VICTORY OVER MEN’S BASKETBALL
February 13, 2015 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO IDAHO FOR SATURDAY EVENING MATCHUP
February 12, 2015 LATE RUN FALLS JUST SHORT IN MEN’S HOOPS’ 64-61 LOSS AT EASTERN WASH.
February 10, 2015 FIRST PLACE ON THE LINE IN MEN'S HOOPS GAME THURS. AT EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 7, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS WINS 7TH STRAIGHT, DOWNS PORTLAND STATE, 64-60
February 4, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS POSTS HIGHEST TERM GPA IN SCHOOL HISTORY
February 2, 2015 McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THE 3RD STRAIGHT WEEK
January 27, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME THURSDAY NIGHT VS. MONTANA STATE
January 23, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN SATURDAY AT WEBER STATE
January 21, 2015 McKINNEY SELECTED AS ONE OF THE BEST MID-MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE NATION
January 21, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS BACK IN ACTION THURSDAY NIGHT AT IDAHO STATE
January 19, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS RANKED IN THE TOP 25 MID-MAJOR POLL FOR FIRST TIME EVER
January 19, 2015 McKINNEY RECEIVES SCHOOL-RECORD 4TH BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
January 17, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS TAKES OVER FIRST PLACE, BEATS EASTERN WASHINGTON 90-77
January 16, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS EASTERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY FOR FIRST PLACE
January 13, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME THURSDAY VS. LEAGUE NEWCOMER IDAHO AT 7 PM
January 10, 2015 MEN’S BASKETBALL’S WINNING STREAK ENDS IN LOSS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
January 2, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS SOUTHERN UTAH ON SATURDAY AT 7 P.M.
December 30, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS BIG SKY PLAY AT HOME THURSDAY VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA
December 29, 2014 GARRITY NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
December 27, 2014 GARRITY'S CAREER-HIGH 28 POINTS LEADS MEN'S HOOPS TO 74-49 ROAD WIN
December 24, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FINAL NON-LEAGUE GAME SATURDAY AT UTAH VALLEY
December 21, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL CAN’T FIND THE RANGE IN ROAD LOSS AT SEATTLE
December 20, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO SEATTLE FOR SUNDAY EVENING MATCHUP
December 15, 2014 McKINNEY RECEIVES THIRD CAREER BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
December 14, 2014 BIG NIGHT FOR McKINNEY, BUT MEN’S HOOPS LOSES THRILLER TO PORTLAND
December 12, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS PORTLAND ON SUNDAY AT 5 P.M.
December 11, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS REMAINS PERFECT AT HOME WITH A 73-59 WIN OVER CS FULLERTON
December 10, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS CAL STATE FULLERTON THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM
December 6, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP WITH 74-62 LOSS AT UC IRVINE
December 5, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO UC IRVINE FOR SATURDAY EVENING GAME
December 3, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS LOOKS FOR 5TH STRAIGHT WIN THURSDAY AT ABILENE CHRISTIAN
December 1, 2014 HORNSBY SCORES A CAREER-HIGH 20 AS MEN’S HOOPS WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT
November 30, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS UTAH VALLEY ON MONDAY; GARRITY NEARS MILESTONE
November 25, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS IMPROVES TO 3-1 WITH 97-63 VICTORY OVER BRISTOL
November 24, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS RESUMES HOMESTAND TUESDAY NIGHT VS. BRISTOL
November 19, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTS A 74-42 VICTORY OVER SIMPSON IN HOME OPENER
November 18, 2014 SACRAMENTO STATE TO HOST 2017 NCAA MEN’S TOURNEY 1ST AND 2ND ROUNDS
November 17, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO UC RIVERSIDE FOR MONDAY EVENING GAME
November 17, 2014 McKINNEY LEADS MEN’S HOOPS TO FIRST-EVER ROAD WIN AT UC RIVERSIDE
November 14, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS IN SEASON OPENER AT #13 GONZAGA
November 12, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS GUARD JEFF WU AND FORWARD JOSHUA PATTON
November 10, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS SEASON FRIDAY NIGHT AT #13 GONZAGA
October 23, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS PICKED FOURTH IN BIG SKY COACHES AND MEDIA POLLS
September 30, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS SEASON COMING FAST, FIRST OFFICIAL PRACTICE ON FRIDAY
September 5, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS POSTS HIGHEST TERM GRADE POINT AVERAGE IN SCHOOL HISTORY
August 15, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2014-15 SCHEDULE