MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2017-18 SCHEDULE

MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2017-18 SCHEDULE

2017-18 Schedule
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State 10th-year head men's basketball coach Brian Katz announced the program's 2017-18 schedule today.

The schedule includes 31 regular season games, comprised of 13 at home, 13 on the road and five on neutral floors. The five neutral site games are easily the most during the regular season in the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.), and the most since the 1964-65 team also played five on a neutral floor. The Hornets will play 18 Big Sky Conference games, featuring the usual Thursday-Saturday matchups.

The schedule is highlighted by a pair of games at the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento, and the program's first-ever appearance at the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton during Thanksgiving week. The Golden 1 Center slate includes Sacramento State's annual matchup with rival UC Davis on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. It will mark the second straight year the Causeway rivals will face each other at the Golden 1 Center, and Sacramento State holds a 66-49 all-time record against the Aggies.

The Hornets' other game at the Golden 1 Center will be Thursday, Dec. 21, against Portland at 5:30 p.m. That game is the first of a doubleheader that will see Stanford take on Kansas in the nightcap at 8 p.m. Sacramento State's games at the Golden 1 Center will mark just the second and third time the Hornets have played at the facility as the venue opened a year ago.

Sacramento State is one of eight teams at the Wooden Legacy which is a three-day tournament that features a 12-game bracket format to be played Nov. 23, 24 and 26 in Fullerton. All 12 games during the tournament will be televised on ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS or ESPN3. Sacramento State opens the tournament on Thanksgiving Day at 10 p.m. against San Diego State on ESPNU. Other schools at the tournament are host Cal State Fullerton (Big West), Georgia (SEC), Harvard (Ivy League), Saint Joseph's (Atlantic 10), Saint Mary's (West Coast), San Diego State (Mountain West) and Washington State (Pac-12).

Sacramento State will play 13 games on campus inside the Nest, a place the Hornets have gone 52-18 (.743 winning percentage) over the last five years. Four of those games are against non-conference foes Notre Dame de Namur (Nov. 14), Antelope Valley (Dec. 6), Cal State Northridge (Dec. 19) and UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 23). The game against Notre Dame de Namur will mark the Hornets' home opener as seven of the first eight games of the regular season will come away from home.

During an action-packed first month of the season, the Hornets have road games at Colorado State, San Francisco, Saint Mary's and Boise State, not to mention the Wooden Legacy. All of those games will take place between Nov. 10 and Dec. 9. The season opener will come at Colorado State on Nov. 10, and, after the home opener against Notre Dame de Namur on Nov. 14, the Hornets will play six straight away from home. That includes San Francisco on Nov. 17 in the teams' first meeting on the Dons' home floor since 2007. Sacramento State will then play UC Davis at Golden 1 on Nov. 21, followed by the Wooden Legacy on Nov. 23, 24 and 26. After the Hornets open with San Diego State on Thanksgiving night, the team will play either Georgia or Cal State Fullerton on the 24th.

Sacramento State will then travel to Moraga to face perennial power Saint Mary's on Dec. 4. The Hornets and Gaels will be playing each another for the first time since 2004, and Saint Mary's is one of three Hornet opponents that reached the NCAA Tournament a year ago (North Dakota and UC Davis are the others).

The Hornets will then return home to face Antelope Valley on Dec. 6, in a doubleheader with the Sacramento State women's team. After traveling to Boise State on Dec. 9, the Hornets will play four straight games in Sacramento beginning with Cal State Northridge (now called CSUN) on Dec. 19. It will mark the 37th meeting between the two schools, and first since 2001 which also coincided with the Matadors' final year in the Big Sky.

Sacramento State will then play Portland at the Golden 1 Center on Dec. 21 followed by a rare home matchup against UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 23. The Hornets have not hosted the Gauchos in Sacramento since 1992 which was the program's second year at the Div. I level. That game against UC Santa Barbara will mark the final non-conference game of the regular season.

The Hornets begin the Big Sky portion of the schedule at home against Portland State on Dec. 30, followed by road games at Idaho (Jan. 4) and Eastern Washington (Jan. 6). Sacramento State will then host Montana on Jan. 11 and Montana State on Jan. 13. Last year, the Hornets swept the season series (home and away) against Montana for the first time in school history.

That home stretch against the Montana schools will be followed by three straight road games at Weber State (Jan. 18), Idaho State (Jan. 20) and Portland State (Jan. 27). Sacramento State will then host Eastern Washington (Feb. 1) and Idaho (Feb. 3) before road games at Montana State on Feb. 8 and Montana on Feb. 10.

Four of the final six conference games will come at home against Idaho State (Feb. 15), Weber State (Feb. 17), defending Big Sky champion North Dakota (March 1) and Senior Night against Northern Colorado on March 3. Sandwiched in the middle of those four games are road contests at Northern Arizona on Feb. 22 and Southern Utah on Feb. 24.

For the third straight season, this year's Big Sky Tournament (Mar. 6-10) will take place in Reno, Nev., at the downtown Reno Events Center. All 12 teams in the Big Sky qualify for the tournament with first round games taking place on Tuesday, March 6. The quarterfinals will be March 8, the semis on March 9 and the championship game on March 10. Last year, the Hornets won their first round game against Idaho State before falling to Eastern Washington in the quarterfinals.

Sacramento State is coming off a 2016-17 season in which the team went 13-18 overall and 9-9 in the Big Sky. The Hornets began the season with a 3-8 non-conference record, and then fell to 3-11 overall and 0-3 in the Big Sky. However, an 88-83 win at Southern Utah on Jan. 12 began a streak in which the Hornets won 10 of their final 17 games. Included in that run were five wins away from home after losing their first nine games outside of Sacramento.

Season tickets, with packages starting as low as $100, are on sale now by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (916) 278-2222 or log onto www.hornetsports.com/tickets.