MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS UC SANTA BARBARA ON SATURDAY IN FINAL NON-LEAGUE GAME

MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS UC SANTA BARBARA ON SATURDAY IN FINAL NON-LEAGUE GAME

Full set of game notes (pdf)

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (3-9) concludes a stretch of three games in five days when it hosts UC Santa Barbara (9-3) at the Nest on Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m.
• The Hornets have played in two games decided by five points this week, including a 66-61 win over CSUN at the Nest on Tuesday and an 80-75 loss to Portland at Sacramento's downtown Golden 1 Center on Thursday.
• Saturday will mark the Hornets' final non-conference game of the season as the team opens Big Sky Conference play on Dec. 30 vs. Portland State. The Hornets are in the midst of a stretch that sees the team play a season-high four straight games in Sacramento.
• The Hornets, who have played a tough schedule thus far, were also 3-9 last season before finishing at 13-18 overall and 9-9 in the Big Sky.
• Sacramento State is perfect at home (3-0) this year, but is now 0-9 away from the Nest (0-4 on neutral floors, 0-5 on the road). The Hornets have a long stretch of success inside the Nest, posting a 55-18 record (.753 win%) inside the friendly confines since 2012-13.
• Of the Hornets' nine losses this season, three could have been wins as the Hornets lost by five points to Cal State Fullerton (68-63), Saint Joseph's (74-69) and Portland (80-75).
• The loss to Portland came on Thursday night at the Golden 1 Center, as the Hornets lost despite shooting 51% (29-57) from the field and 40% (8-20) from the 3-point line.
• Sacramento State played the first 10 games of the season without what could 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 is being worked back slowly (leg injury), playing five minutes vs. CSUN and seven minutes vs. Portland.
• UC Santa Barbara's 9-3 record is the best after 12 games since the 2007-08 season. In fact, under first year head coach Joe Pasternack, the Gauchos already have three more wins than all of last season when the team finished with a 6-22 overall record.
• The Gauchos have won eight of their last nine games, including victories over Big Sky opponents Montana (80-73) and Montana State (91-69).
• The Hornets are 1-4 all-time against the Gauchos, but won the last meeting, 51-50, in Santa Barbara on Feb. 23, 2013 (box on pg. 10). That was an ESPN BracketBusters game, and Konner Veteto's layup with five seconds remaining proved to be the game winner.
• The last time UC Santa Barbara made a trip to Sacramento to play the Hornets came during the 1992-93 season in a 64-57 Gaucho victory.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• 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.
• 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. Saturday's game can be found by clicking here.
• 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.