Full set of game notes (pdf)
• 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.
• 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.
April 11, 2018 MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS CLARK HIGH SCHOOL’S JAMES BRIDGES
February 21, 2018 MEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD TRIP THURSDAT AT NAU
February 17, 2018 STRINGS ACHIEVES HUGE MILESTONE; MEN’S HOOPS FALLS TO WEBER STATE
February 16, 2018 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS WEBER STATE ON SATURDAY FOR WHITEOUT THE NEST
February 9, 2018 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS AT MONTANA ON SATURDAY NIGHT
February 7, 2018 MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR SERIES SWEEP OF MONTANA STATE ON THURSDAY
February 3, 2018 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS AT HOME TO IDAHO
February 2, 2018 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS IDAHO ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM
January 26, 2018 MEN'S HOOPS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT PORTLAND STATE
January 20, 2018 MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS SECOND GAME OF ROAD TRIP TO IDAHO STATE
January 19, 2018 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS AT IDAHO STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT
January 18, 2018 LATE RUN DOOMS MEN’S BASKETBALL IN LOSS TO WEBER STATE
January 17, 2018 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS ROAD TRIP ON THURSDAY AT WEBER STATE
January 12, 2018 MEN'S BASKETBALL TO HOST MONTANA STATE ON SATURDAY FOR KIDS DAY
January 11, 2018 MONTANA USES BIG SECOND HALF TO BEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL, 78-66
January 10, 2018 MEN'S HOOPS BACK IN THE NEST ON THURSDAY VS. MONTANA AT 7 P.M.
January 3, 2018 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FIRST BIG SKY ROAD GAME THURSDAY AT IDAHO
January 2, 2018 STRINGS RECEIVES BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADES
January 1, 2018 STRINGS NAMED THE NATIONAL MID-MAJOR PLAYER OF THE WEEK
December 29, 2017 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS BIG SKY PLAY AT HOME SATURDAY VS. PORTLAND STATE
December 23, 2017 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS AT HOME TO UC SANTA BARBARA, 82-72
December 22, 2017 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS UC SANTA BARBARA ON SATURDAY IN FINAL NON-LEAGUE GAME
December 21, 2017 MEN’S HOOPS FALLS TO PORTLAND, 80-75, IN GOLDEN 1 CENTER MATCHUP
December 20, 2017 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS PORTLAND AT THE GOLDEN 1 CENTER ON THURSDAY AT 5:30 PM
December 18, 2017 MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME TUESDAY VS. CSUN
December 9, 2017 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS AT BOISE STATE
December 3, 2017 MEN'S BASKETBALL TO PLAY SAINT MARY'S ON THE ROAD MONDAY NIGHT
November 24, 2017 BACK AND FORTH GAME GOES FULLERTON’S WAY IN 68-63 WIN OVER MEN’S HOOPS
November 23, 2017 MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS FIRST ROUND WOODEN LEGACY GAME TO SAN DIEGO STATE
November 21, 2017 UC DAVIS USES LATE RUN TO EVENTUALLY BEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 20, 2017 MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYS UC DAVIS ON TUESDAY AT THE GOLDEN 1 CENTER
November 17, 2017 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS ON THE ROAD AT SAN FRANCISCO
November 16, 2017 MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK ON THE ROAD FRIDAY NIGHT AT SAN FRANCISCO
November 8, 2017 MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS DAMIEN HIGH SCHOOL GUARD ELIJAH McCULLOUGH
November 7, 2017 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS REGULAR SEASON FRIDAY AT COLORADO STATE
October 23, 2017 GRAVES OUT FOR THE SEASON WITH INJURY
October 17, 2017 MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2017-18 SCHEDULE
September 18, 2017 BOISE’S CENTURYLINK ARENA TO HOST BIG SKY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FROM 2019-22
August 24, 2017 HORNSBY SIGNS CONTRACT TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY IN GERMANY