MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME TUESDAY VS. CSUN

MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME TUESDAY VS. CSUN

Sacramento State Game Notes (24 pages) - pdf

GAME PREVIEW

• The Hornets (2-8) begin a season-long stretch of four straight games in Sacramento on Tuesday when the team hosts CSUN (1-9). Tip-off at the Nest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
• CSUN (formerly Cal State Northridge) has dropped nine straight games, including an 86-58 loss at Eastern Washington on Sunday.
• The Hornets are 2-0 at home this year, and 0-8 away from the Nest. Both Sacramento State and CSUN are seeking their first win over a Div. I opponent this season.
• Tip-off on Tuesday will conclude a season-long stretch of nine straight days without a game for the Hornets. Last week was Finals Week at Sacramento State.
• Sacramento State will now play three games over a five-day stretch, including Tuesday vs. CSUN, Thursday vs. Portland at the Golden 1 Center, and Saturday vs. UC Santa Barbara in the Nest. The Golden 1 Center game is the first of a doubleheader that will see Kansas taking on Stanford in the nightcap.
• The Hornets are 2-0 this year, and 54-18 (.750) in the Nest since the 2012-13 season.
• Sacramento State has played the entire season without what would have been its starting back court of Marcus Graves and Jiday Ugbaja due to injuries. However, Ugbaja has begun practicing again, and could make his season debut against CSUN.
• Sacramento State's early season schedule has not been kind, including games away from home against Boise State, Saint Mary's, San Diego State, Colorado State, Saint Joseph's and San Francisco.
• CSUN is coached by Reggie Theus who is in his fifth season. Theus played in the NBA for 13 years, including three seasons with the Sacramento Kings (1985-88).
• The Hornets and Matadors will be playing each other for the first time since a 100-73 CSUN victory in Northridge on Jan. 31, 2001 (box score on page 10 of the notes). That 2000-01 season marked the Matadors' final season in the Big Sky.
• Sacramento State is 7-29 all-time vs. CSUN, and the Matadors have won 10 straight in the series. The last Hornet win was an 83-66 home victory on Feb. 24, 1996. During that CSUN 10-game winning streak, the Hornets have been outscored by an average of 23.1 points.
• Sacramento State is 6-11 against the Matadors when playing at home.
• The Hornets and Matadors were both in the Big Sky for five years. The Hornets joined the Big Sky for the 1996-97 season, and Northridge left the conference after 2000-01.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Tuesday's game will be streamed live and free via watchbigsky.com.
• 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 games inside the Nest via Pluto TV and www.WatchBigSky.com. All road games played in a Big Sky venue will also be video streamed.
• Links for all multimedia options, including live stats, can be found next to each game on the men's basketball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

For Sacramento State's complete set of game notes, please click here.