2014-15 Big Sky standings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State men's basketball program was selected to finish in a tie for fourth out of 12 teams by the media, and 10th by the coaches, in the Big Sky Conference preseason polls announced today by the league office.
The disparity between the two polls was the largest of any team in the Big Sky. Last year, the Hornets put together a record-breaking season in which the team went 21-12 overall and finished in a tie for third with a 13-5 conference mark. Sacramento State finished just one game out of first place, and narrowly missed winning the program's first conference title since 1977.
Judging by the Hornets' placement in the coaches poll, Big Sky coaches are wondering how Sacramento State will compensate for the loss of two of the best players in program history in guards Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity. McKinney was an AP All-American last year and Garrity a four-time all-league selection, and the two rank fourth and sixth, respectively, in career scoring at Sacramento State.
However, despite the loss of McKinney and Garrity, the Hornets return 10 players from last season's team, including three starters in senior guard Cody Demps, junior center Eric Stuteville and junior forward Nick Hornsby. Each of the three started at least 30 games last season, and ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in scoring.
All 10 returners have at least one year of playing experience in a Sacramento State uniform, including a pair of fourth-year seniors (Demps, guard Dreon Barlett) and three third-year juniors (Hornsby, Stuteville, guard Trevis Jackson).
The same teams made up the top four spots in both polls as Weber State assumed No. 1 in the coaches poll, and last year's regular season champion Montana was picked atop the media poll. Eastern Washington, which won the Big Sky Tournament championship and advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament, was picked third in both polls followed by Northern Arizona in fourth. The Hornets and Northern Arizona both finished with 133 points and a first place vote in the media poll to finish in a tie for the fourth spot.
The coaches poll saw Weber State garner 114 total points and six first-place votes while Montana was just behind with 113 points and six first-place votes. They were followed by Eastern Washington (99), Northern Arizona (79), Southern Utah (64), Portland State (62), Northern Colorado (61), Idaho (52), North Dakota (52), Sacramento State (51), Montana State (31) and Idaho State (14).
The media poll had Montana in first with 220 total points and 14 first-place votes, followed by Weber State (194, two first-place votes), Eastern Washington (183, one first-place vote), Sacramento State (133, one first-place vote), Northern Arizona (133, one first-place vote), Northern Colorado (117), Idaho (109), Portland State (109), Southern Utah (96), North Dakota (70), Montana State (64) and Idaho State (24).
The Hornets' fourth-place selection in the media poll is tied for the second highest predicted order or finish in the poll since the program joined the Big Sky in 1996-97. Sacramento State was also selected fourth last year in the media poll, and third in the 2005-06 media poll.
Not only did last year's squad finish 21-12 and 13-5 in league, the team secured its first postseason appearance in the Div. I era (1991-pres.), and first postseason win in 53 years. The overall record marked the first time in the Div. I era that Sacramento State finished above the .500 mark, the 21 victories tied for second most in program history (1948-pres.), and the 13 conference wins were the most in school history (regardless of conference). The postseason victory came in a CIT First Round road win at Portland.
This year's Big Sky Tournament (March 8-12) will take place in Reno, Nev., at the downtown Reno Events Center, and, different from years past, all 12 teams will now qualify for the tournament. Moving to a predetermined, neutral site for the tournament ends more than two decades of the Big Sky awarding its conference tournament to the regular season champion.
Sacramento State's first official team practice will take place tomorrow morning, and the team is just over a month away from its lone exhibition game against Simpson on Nov. 6. The Hornets open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 13, at Arizona State.
COACHES POLL - Points (First Place Votes)
1. Weber State - 114 (6)
2. Montana - 113 (6)
3. Eastern Washington - 99
4. Northern Arizona - 79
5. Southern Utah - 64
6. Portland State - 62
7. Northern Colorado - 61
8. Idaho - 52
North Dakota - 52
10. Sacramento State - 51
11. Montana State - 31
12. Idaho State - 14
MEDIA POLL - Points (First Place Votes)
1. Montana - 220 (14)
2. Weber State - 194 (2)
3. Eastern Washington - 183 (1)
4. Sacramento State - 133 (1)
Northern Arizona - 133 (1)
6. Northern Colorado - 117
7. Idaho - 109
Portland State - 109
9. Southern Utah - 96
10. North Dakota - 70
11. Montana State - 64
12. Idaho State - 24
March 10, 2016 MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON COMES TO AN END WITH LOSS TO MONTANA
February 26, 2016 MEN'S BASKETBALL TO PLAY SATURDAY MATINEE AT NORTH DAKOTA
February 25, 2016 MEN’S BASKETBALL GOES COLD LATE, FALLS AT NORTHERN COLORADO, 72-67
February 24, 2016 FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD TRIP; MEN'S HOOPS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
February 20, 2016 MEN’S BASKETBALL BEATS IDAHO AT HOME, 68-65; SWEEPS THE SEASON SERIES
February 19, 2016 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS IDAHO ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 P.M.
February 19, 2016 FORMER MEN'S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT COACH DWAYNE CANADA PASSES AWAY
February 18, 2016 BIG FIRST HALF PROPELS EASTERN WASHINGTON TO 93-88 WIN OVER MEN’S HOOPS
February 16, 2016 MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT THE NEST ON THURSDAY, HOSTS EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 13, 2016 MEN’S BASKETBALL’S LATE RUN FALL SHORT IN 66-64 ROAD LOSS AT IDAHO STATE
February 12, 2016 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO POCATELLO FOR SATURDAY GAME AT IDAHO STATE
February 11, 2016 MEN’S HOOPS HELD TO SEASON LOW IN POINTS IN 63-50 LOSS AT WEBER STATE
February 9, 2016 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO WEBER STATE FOR THURSDAY NIGHT GAME
February 5, 2016 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS MONTANA STATE SATURDAY EVENING AT THE NEST
February 4, 2016 HUGE 2ND HALF HELPS MEN’S BASKETBALL BEAT FIRST-PLACE MONTANA, 83-79
February 3, 2016 MEN'S HOOPS WELCOMES MONTANA TO THE NEST ON THURSDAY NIGHT
February 1, 2016 ANTICIPATION BUILDING ON THE ROAD TO RENO FOR BIG SKY TOURNAMENT
January 29, 2016 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EASTERN WASHINGTON FOR SATURDAY MATINEE
January 28, 2016 MEN’S BASKETBALL GETS BIG ROAD WIN AT IDAHO, 65-63
January 27, 2016 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO IDAHO FOR THURSDAY EVENING MATCHUP
January 23, 2016 RED-HOT PORTLAND STATE RACES PAST MEN’S BASKETBALL
January 21, 2016 ROAD TO RENO PRIZE PACKAGE TO BE GIVEN AWAY AT SATURDAY'S MBB GAME
January 15, 2016 MEN'S HOOPS WELCOMES WEBER STATE TO THE NEST ON SATURDAY NIGHT
January 13, 2016 MEN'S BASKETBALL FINALLY BACK AT HOME ON THURSDAY VS. IDAHO STATE
January 9, 2016 MEN’S HOOPS FALLS ON THE ROAD AT MONTANA
January 8, 2016 MEN'S HOOPS WRAPS UP ROAD TRIP ON SATURDAY EVENING AT MONTANA
January 7, 2016 LATE MONTANA STATE RUN DOOMS MEN’S BASKETBALL IN 71-64 LOSS
December 30, 2015 MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS BIG SKY PLAY SATURDAY AT PORTLAND STATE
December 28, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS IMPROVES TO 7-4 AFTER 78-49 VICTORY OVER PACIFIC UNION
December 27, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS PACIFIC UNION ON MONDAY IN FINAL NON-LEAGUE GAME
December 21, 2015 LATE STANFORD RUN SPOILS MEN’S BASKETBALL’S UPSET BID
December 20, 2015 MBB PLAYS AT STANFORD ON MONDAY; 1ST GAME VS. CARDINAL SINCE 2007
December 12, 2015 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO 6-3 AFTER 81-73 LOSS AT PORTLAND
December 10, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS BEGINS ROAD STRETCH ON SATURDAY EVENING AT PORTLAND
December 8, 2015 JUSTIN STRINGS NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
December 7, 2015 MEN'S BASKETBALL MAKES BIG PLAYS LATE IN WIN OVER INCARNATE WORD
December 6, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS TO PLAY FIRST OF JUST TWO DECEMBER HOME GAMES ON MONDAY
December 2, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS HAS CHANCES TO WIN LATE, BUT FALLS AT UC DAVIS, 66-61
December 1, 2015 MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR SEASON SWEEP OF UC DAVIS ON WEDNESDAY
November 29, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS PACIFIC FOR 1ST TIME SINCE 2009 AT THE NEST TODAY
November 29, 2015 MEN’S BASKETBALL IMPROVES TO 5-1 AFTER A 79-71 HOME WIN OVER PACIFIC
November 28, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS DROPS FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON TO SOUTH DAKOTA, 96-90
November 27, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS HOME TOURNEY SATURDAY VS. SOUTH DAKOTA AT 3:30 PM
November 24, 2015 MEN’S BASKETBALL IMPROVES TO 4-0 WITH AN 84-79 WIN OVER UC DAVIS
November 23, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS AND UC DAVIS HOOK UP FOR 113TH TIME ON TUESDAY AT THE NEST
November 20, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS IMPROVES TO 3-0 AFTER A 96-56 VICTORY OVER HOLY NAMES
November 19, 2015 HOME OPENER FOR MEN'S HOOPS THIS FRIDAY VS. HOLY NAMES AT 7 PM
November 17, 2015 GRAVES NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
November 16, 2015 NATIONAL WEEKLY AWARDS POURING IN FOR MEN'S HOOPS' MARCUS GRAVES
November 15, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS 2ND ROAD GAME IN 3 DAYS ON SUNDAY AT SEATTLE
November 15, 2015 HUGE SECOND HALF PROPELS MEN’S HOOPS TO A 77-65 WIN AT SEATTLE
November 13, 2015 LATE RUN GIVES MEN’S BASKETBALL A 66-63 UPSET WIN AT ARIZONA STATE
November 11, 2015 MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS BEYER HIGH SCHOOL GUARD GEORGE DANCER
November 9, 2015 GAME NOTES: MEN'S HOOPS OPENS SEASON FRIDAY AT ARIZONA STATE
November 6, 2015 MEN’S BASKETBALL CRUSHES SIMPSON, 103-63, IN EXHIBITION GAME
November 2, 2015 DICKSON BECOMES 2ND PLAYER IN SCHOOL HISTORY DRAFTED IN NBA D-LEAGUE
October 27, 2015 ERNEST TSCHANNEN DONATES $750,000 TO POWER OF 1,000 HORNETS
September 30, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS SEASON QUICKLY APPROACHING, 1ST OFFICIAL PRACTICE ON FRIDAY
September 3, 2015 HEAD COACH BRIAN KATZ RECEIVES FIVE-YEAR COMMITMENT THROUGH 2020
June 29, 2015 MEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES ITS 2015-16 SCHEDULE