Sacramento State Game Notes (pdf)
Northern Arizona Game Notes (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings
• After 11 non-conference games, Sacramento State (6-5) will finally open Big Sky Conference play on Thursday at home against Northern Arizona (5-8) at 7:05 p.m.
• This season marks the Hornets' 19th year in the Big Sky as the program switched gears from the American West Conference and joined the Big Sky in 1996-97.
• The Hornets will play 18 Big Sky games this year, resulting in the normal Thursday-Saturday matchups. Previously, the league schedule featured 20 conference games, but the addition of Idaho created a 12-member league. Each team in the Big Sky will play seven teams twice, and the other four teams on one occasion.
• The Hornets have improved their conference record every season under Coach Katz.
• Last season, Sacramento State finished 10-10 in league play, and qualified for the Big Sky Tournament for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
• The Hornets return all five starters from a year ago, and eight of their nine top scorers.
• Sacramento State is entering conference play with a record above .500 (6-5) for just the fourth time since joining the Big Sky in 1996-97.
• The Hornets are 4-1 at home this year with the only loss coming by an 80-75 margin to a Portland team that is currently 10-4 and resides in the West Coast Conference.
• Sacramento State is coming off a 74-49 road win at Utah Valley. The 25-point margin of victory was the second largest on the road since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991-92.
• The Hornets are 4-14 in Big Sky openers, and 4-6 when those openers come at home.
• Despite the 5-8 record, Northern Arizona has a road win at Saint Mary's (73-71) and a convincing home win against Fresno State (73-52) under its belt. The Lumberjacks have played a brutal non-conference travel schedule that included trips to Ohio, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia.
• The Lumberjacks are 1-6 on the road with the lone win coming at Saint Mary's.
• In a series which dates back to the 1991-92 season, the Hornets are 11-33 all-time against Northern Arizona, including a 9-13 mark when playing in Sacramento.
• The Hornets have won just two of the last 19 games against the Lumberjacks overall, but two of those wins came at home over the last three seasons in convincing fashion - 87-70 last year, and 77-43 in 2011-12.
• The Hornets have gotten familiar with NAU over the years as the 44 games against the Lumberjacks are the ninth most among all opponents the Hornets have played.
• Last year, the two teams split the season series with each team winning on its home floor - a 75-65 NAU win in Flagstaff on Jan. 9; an 87-70 win in Sacramento on Feb. 6.
TV/RADIO/VIDEO STREAM/LIVE STATS
• Like every home game this season, a free live video stream will be available in HD on Sunday at www.WatchBigSky.com. Fans will need to create an account before watching for the first time. In addition, all road games played at a Big Sky Conference venue will be streamed free at www.WatchBigSky.com.
• Every game this season will be broadcast live on KTKZ 1380 AM with 18th-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling all the action.
• 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 will be provided for every game this season, via www.hornetsports.com for home games, or provided by the opponent's website for games on the road.
• 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 received a career-high 28 points from Dylan Garrity and used a 34-10 run to win at Utah Valley by a 74-49 score on Saturday.
• Garrity, who was named the Big Sky Player of the Week, scored 28 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field, 6-of-7 from the 3-point line and 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
• The Hornets, who trailed by 10 points midway through the first half, shot .558 (24-43) from the field, .588 (10-17) from the 3-point line and .842 (16-19) from the free throw line. The 3-pointers made and 3-point field goal percentage were both season highs.
• Mikh McKinney finished with 13 points and game highs in rebounds (6), assists (8) and steals (4) while Dreon Barlett added eight points and career-high tying five rebounds.
ENJOYING THE HOME FLOOR
• Dating back to the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Sacramento State is 25-8 at the Nest, including an 11-3 mark last year. The 11 victories were the most home wins in the Div. I era (1991-pres.), and most since the 1988-89 squad also posted 11 wins.
• The Hornets were 8-2 against Big Sky foes at home last year, including a school-record seven-game home winning streak against Big Sky teams.
• This year, the Hornets are 4-1 at home and outscoring the opposition by an average of 16.8 points per contest (76.8-60.0).
• Dating back to last season, the Hornets have won 12 of the last 14 games inside the friendly confines. That includes an 87-70 victory against Northern Arizona.
• Head coach Brian Katz has essentially used an eight-man rotation a good portion of the season, featuring guards Mikh McKinney, Dylan Garrity, Cody Demps and Dreon Barlett, forwards Nick Hornsby, Zach Mills and Alex Tiffin, and center Eric Stuteville.
• Each of those eight players are fully ingrained into Katz's rotation and make up the team's top eight scorers. Each is averaging at least 4.8 points per game.
• Katz has used the same starting lineup in nine of 11 games thus far, consisting of Garrity and McKinney at guard, Demps at swingman, Hornsby at forward, and Stuteville at center. That lineup has produced a 6-3 record this year.
A PROFICIENT SHOOTING TEAM FROM EVERYWHERE
• Sacramento State ranks among the top 75 teams in the nation in field goal percentage (.471, 55th), 3-point percentage (.375, 73rd) and free throw percentage (.739, 35th).
• The .471 field goal percentage is the third best mark in the Big Sky, and the Hornets have already shot at least .500 on six occasions and are 5-1 in those games.
• Three of the Hornets' top eight scorers are still shooting at least .500 from the field, comprised of Dreon Barlett (.586), Mikh McKinney (.540) and Alex Tiffin (.500).
• In part, because of the abundance of makes, Hornet opponents are grabbing just 31.4 rebounds per game, easily the lowest amount in the Big Sky.
• At home, the Hornets are shooting a robust .544 (142-261) from the field.
DEFENDING THE 3-POINT LINE
• The Hornets did a nice job of defending the 3-point line last season, limiting the opposition to just .344 from distance. Sacramento State is at it again, limiting opponents to just .309 this season, the third best mark among the 12 Big Sky teams. In addition, Thursday's opponent, Northern Arizona, is first in the league at .282.
• In seven of the team's 11 games, the opposition has shot .333 or worse from deep.
• Due in large part to the swiping skills of guard Mikh McKinney, Sacramento State is first in the Big Sky and 60th in the nation with 8.0 steals per game.
• Sacramento State has tallied double figures in steals four times this season after recording at least 10 steals just twice in 30 games last year.
• Over the last four games, the Hornets are averaging 9.8 steals per contest.
• McKinney is currently third in the nation with 3.3 steals per contest. He already has 33 steals (7th in the nation), and the next closest Hornet (Dylan Garrity) has 13 steals.
• McKinney has at least one steal in all 10 games he's played.
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.
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.
TWO 1,000 POINT SCORERS ON THE SAME SQUAD
• Early in the Abilene Christian game, senior guard Dylan Garrity became the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 career points, and is now 10th in Hornet history with 1,090 points. He is just 60 points shy of moving into ninth place.
• Exactly 10 days later, senior guard Mikh McKinney became the 13th player to score 1,000 points with his layup at the 4:58 mark of the second half against Portland. McKinney's 1,032 points still rank 13th, and he is 32 points shy of moving into 12th place.
• Together, they became just the sixth and seventh players to reach 1,000 points during the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.), joining John Dickson, Loren Leath, Damond Edwards, Alex Bausley and Michael Boyd.
GARRITY FROM LONG RANGE
• Senior Dylan Garrity's 170 career 3-pointers made are the fifth best mark in school history, and his .426 3-point percentage ranks as the third best mark. His 170 made threes are also the third best mark among active players in the Big Sky.
• He has buried at least two 3-pointers in all but one game this season, and currently has averages of 13.1 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Sixth-five of his 100 field goal attempts have come from beyond the 3-point arc.
• Garrity can also handle the rock, as he is second in program history and ninth in Big Sky history with 468 assists. He needs 33 assists to claim the No. 1 spot in Hornet history.
McKINNEY PUTTING TOGETHER A MONSTER SEASON
• Senior Mikh McKinney has been incredible this season, averaging 17.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game while shooting .540 (67-124) from the field and .853 (29-34) from the free throw line.
• Perhaps the most impressive stat from his line is the field goal percentage (.540), a ridiculously high percentage for a guard.
• He ranks among the Big Sky's top eight players in seven categories, including first in steals, second in minutes (35.1), third in scoring, assists, and assist/turnover ratio (+2.5), sixth in free throw percentage and eighth in field goal percentage.
• Has scored at least 12 points in eight straight games, and in nine of the 10 games he's appeared. Has scored in double figures in 54 career games.
• His average of 3.3 steals is the third best mark in the nation.
• Has started all 69 games in which he's played in a Sacramento State uniform.
• Dylan Garrity (51 straight) and Cody Demps (41 straight) both have long streaks of consecutive starts. Garrity's streak dates back to the 2012-13 season. Mikh McKinney has started all 69 games he's appeared, but missed the season opener at Gonzaga.
• The Hornets' top five players in terms of plus/minus ratio, a stat used to determine how a team does when a particular player is on the floor, are McKinney (+46), Demps (+43), Garrity (+33), Zach Mills (+23) and Alex Tiffin (+23).
• McKinney has made each of his last 17 free throw attempts. Tiffin had made 13 straight freebies until a miss at Utah Valley. Garrity has made 19 of his last 20 attempts.
• Dreon Barlett is shooting a career .431 from the 3-point line, including .474 this year.
• Since posting back-to-back games with double figures in scoring, forward Zach Mills has scored seven points or less in eight consecutive games.
• Twenty of sophomore Nick Hornsby's 58 points this season came in one game - against Utah Valley on Dec. 1 when he shot 8-for-8 from the field.
• In two starts this season, forward Alex Tiffin is shooting 2-for-10 from the field. In the nine games he comes off the bench, Tiffin is shooting .588 (20-34) from the field.
• Sophomore center Eric Stuteville is 7-for-11 from the field over the last three games after shooting .379 (22-58) through the first eight games of the season.
• The Hornets are allowing 66.7 points per game, which doesn't seem like a great mark, but ranks third among the Big Sky's 12 teams.
• Sacramento State has 143 assists this season, translating to 13.0 per game, tied for the second best mark in the Big Sky.
• The Hornets grab just 8.6 offensive rebounds per game, the worst mark in the Big Sky. The team has four second chance points or less in four straight games.
• Sacramento State is getting nearly 20 points per game (19.8) from its bench.
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