MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK ON THE ROAD FRIDAY NIGHT AT SAN FRANCISCO

MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK ON THE ROAD FRIDAY NIGHT AT SAN FRANCISCO

Full set of game notes (pdf)

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (1-1) opens a stretch of six straight games away from the Nest on Friday evening when the Hornets travel to the Bay Area for a matchup against San Francisco (1-1) at 7:05 p.m.
• The Hornets opened the season last Friday with a 72-61 loss at Colorado State, and won their home opener on Tuesday over Notre Dame de Namur, 74-53.
• In a series which dates back to the 1951-52 season, Sacramento State is 3-10 all-time against San Francisco. The Hornets have dropped three straight in the series, including a 77-59 loss last season in Cheney, Wash (box score on page 10 of the notes).
• Sacramento State's last win in the series came in an 85-78 road victory towards the beginning of the 2005-06 season. That marks the lone Hornet road victory in the series as Sacramento State is 1-5 when playing the Dons in San Francisco.
• The Hornets played one exhibition game this year, and that resulted in a 94-75 win over UC Santa Cruz in which Justin Strings scored 44 points on 19-of-23 shooting.
• Sacramento State is coming off a 2016-17 season in which the team went 13-18 overall and 9-9 in the Big Sky Conference. 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.
• The Hornets welcome back eight players from a year ago, including three starters. However, one of those starters (senior guard and co-captain Marcus Graves) was lost for the season after undergoing back surgery. Last year, Graves started all 31 games while averaging 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 35.1 minutes per game.
• The two starters that are back and healthy are senior forward Justin Strings and sophomore guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa. Strings was a second team all-conference selection after leading the team with 15.9 points per game, and Mauriohooho-Le'afa averaged 4.6 points while, often times, guarding the opponent's top scoring threat.
• San Francisco, a member of the West Coast Conference, is off to a 1-1 start and will play its third straight game at home. The Dons have lost to Long Beach State, 83-71, and defeated Saint Francis on Monday by a 75-63 score.
• In his first season as head coach at USF a year ago, Kyle Smith led the Dons to a 20-13 overall record and a 10-8 mark in league. The team qualified for the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) where it lost in the first round at Rice, 85-76.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Friday's game will be video streamed live and free via TheW.tv.
• Every game this year will be broadcast live on KTKZ 1380 AM The Answer with 21st-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.
• Video streams will be provided for all home games via Pluto TV and www.WatchBigSky.com. All road games played in a Big Sky venue will also be video streamed free.
• Links for all multimedia options can be found next to each game on the men's basketball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

A full set of game notes can be found by clicking on the link above the story.