MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS PORTLAND AT THE GOLDEN 1 CENTER ON THURSDAY AT 5:30 PM

MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS PORTLAND AT THE GOLDEN 1 CENTER ON THURSDAY AT 5:30 PM

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Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• Fresh off a 66-61 home win over CSUN on Tuesday, Sacramento State (3-8) will play its second game at the downtown Golden 1 Center on Thursday vs. Portland (5-7). Tip-off is set for 5:35 p.m., and is the first game of a doubleheader.
• The nightcap of the doubleheader will see Kansas taking on Stanford at 8:05 p.m.
• Thursday will mark the second time this year (and third time overall) that Sacramento State will play at the Golden 1 Center. The facility is in its second year of operation, and the Hornets are 0-2 in the building with both losses coming to rival UC Davis.
• The win over CSUN, which included a 9-2 run over the final 3:49, was the first victory against a Div. I opponent this season for the Hornets.
• Something has to give as both Sacramento State and Portland are 0-3 on neutral floors this season. Two of the Hornets' losses came by five points at the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton during Thanksgiving week.
• The Hornets have won two of their last three game after beginning the season 1-7.
• Sacramento State played the first 10 games of the season without what would have been the starting back court of Marcus Graves and Jiday Ugbaja because of injuries. Graves is out for the season and Ugbaja made his debut against CSUN. Ugbaja played just five minutes as the Hornets will work him back slowly from a leg injury.
• The Hornets will play the second leg of a stretch of three games over five days, which includes a home game Saturday vs. UC Santa Barbara. In fact, the Hornets will play four straight games in Sacramento, including the Big Sky opener vs. Portland State on Dec. 30.
• 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. The Hornets are 3-0 at home, and 0-8 away from home.
• For the second straight game, the Hornets will square off against a team coached by a former NBA veteran. After beating Reggie Theus and CSUN on Tuesday, the Hornets will face a Portland team coached by 17-year NBA player Terry Porter.
• On Thursday, either Portland (0-2 road, 0-3 neutral) or Sacramento State (0-5 road, 0-3 neutral) will secure its first win away from home this season.
• Sacramento State is 2-10 all-time against Portland, which includes an 81-73 road loss on Dec. 12, 2015 in the teams' last matchup (box on page 10 of the notes). Sacramento State won at Portland, 73-66, in the first round of the CIT at the end of the 2014-15 season.
• Each of the teams' last three meetings have been decided by eight points or less.
• The Hornets' last win against Portland when playing in Sacramento came in a 62-59 victory at Memorial Auditorium during the 1999-00 season.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• There will be no video stream provided for Thursday's game at the Golden 1 Center.
• 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. Here is the link for Thursday's game.
• Beginning with Saturday's game vs. UC Santa Barbara, free video streams will be provided for every game (home or away) the rest of the season at www.WatchBigSky.com.
• 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.

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