MEN'S HOOPS OPENS BIG SKY PLAY AT HOME SATURDAY VS. PORTLAND STATE

MEN'S HOOPS OPENS BIG SKY PLAY AT HOME SATURDAY VS. PORTLAND STATE

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Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• After 13 non-league games, Sacramento State (3-10, 0-0) will open Big Sky Conference play against Portland State (10-3, 0-0) on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. inside the Nest.
• This year marks the Hornets' 22nd year in the Big Sky as the program joined the league, along with Portland State, prior to the 1996-97 season.
• The Hornets will play 18 Big Sky games, resulting in the normal Thursday and/or Saturday matchups. Every team will qualify for this year's Big Sky Tournament in Reno.
• Sacramento State is coming off an 82-72 home loss to UC Santa Barbara last Saturday. That loss marked the Hornets' first inside the Nest this year, and snapped a four-game home winning streak which dated back to last season.
• The Hornets are 3-1 at home this year and 55-19 (.743 winning percentage) inside the Nest dating back to the 2012-13 season.
• Sacramento State's 3-10 record is the team's worst mark entering league play since the 2008-09 squad entered the Big Sky portion of the schedule with a 1-12 record.
• The Hornets have played the entire season without senior guard and team co-captain Marcus Graves (back) who had started 62 straight games. In addition, the team played the first 10 games without guard Jiday Ugbaja (leg) who made his return last week, combining for 27 minutes over three games as he works his way back into shape.
• Portland State has won six of its last seven games, including a 25-point win (106-81) at Cal in its last game on Dec. 21. The Vikings enter the Big Sky portion of the schedule with a 10-3 record, their best mark in school history entering league play.
• The Vikings, who employ a frenetic full-court press, rank third in the nation in scoring (93.6 ppg), first in steals (12.9) and first in turnovers forced (23.0).
• Portland State is led by senior guard Deontae North who ranks second in the Big Sky in scoring at 20.3 ppg. Senior guard Bryce Canda is sixth in the league at 18.1 ppg.
• Sacramento State is 16-29 all-time against Portland State, including an 11-10 record in Big Sky play against the Vikings inside the Nest.
• The teams split the season series a year ago with each team winning on its home floor. That included an 80-77 Hornet overtime win in the Nest in which Sacramento State overcame a nine-point deficit with 2:05 to play. In that game, Jiday Ugbaja hit three free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining to force overtime.
• Five of the last six meetings between the two teams inside the Nest have been decided by six points or less. Two of those games went to overtime.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• 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.

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