MEN'S HOOPS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT PORTLAND STATE

MEN'S HOOPS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT PORTLAND STATE

Full set of game notes (26 pages) - pdf
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GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (5-15, 2-5) will play for the first time in a week when the Hornets conclude a three-game road trip on Saturday afternoon against Portland State (13-7, 3-4). Tipoff at Lewis & Clark College's Pamplin Sports Center is set for 1:05 p.m.
• Portland State is playing its home games this season at Lewis & Clark College while the new Viking Pavilion is being built. The Viking Pavilion will be completed in March.
• The Hornets have never played at the Pamplin Sports Center (built in 1969), but they have played two games at Lewis & Clark's original gym in 1953 (win) and 1957 (loss).
• The Hornets and Vikings played earlier this season at the Nest in the Big Sky opener for both teams. Sacramento State overcame a 16-point deficit in that game, and saw Justin Strings score a career-high 34 points on 16-of-18 shooting from the field.
• The Vikings currently sit in eighth place in the 12-member Big Sky Conference while the Hornets are one game behind in ninth place.
• Sacramento State is still seeking its first win away from home this season as the team is 0-9 on the road and 0-4 at neutral sites. Dating back to last year, Sacramento State has lost 10 straight road games, and five consecutive Big Sky road games.
• Overall, the Hornets have dropped five of their last six games with the lone victory during that span coming in an 87-68 blowout win at home over Montana State.
• The Hornets continue to play without the services of senior guards Marcus Graves and Jiday Ugbaja. Graves, who had started 62 straight games, will miss the entire season after undergoing back surgery. Ugbaja has missed all but six games with a leg injury.
• Of the Hornets' five losses in conference play, two have by six points or less, including a 71-65 loss at Idaho State in the team's last game on Jan. 20.
• Portland State has played five of its first seven Big Sky games on the road, and will open a three-game homestand vs. the Hornets.
• The Vikings are 5-1 at home this year with the lone loss coming against Montana, 92-89.
• Portland State is currently first in the Big Sky with an average of 89.3 points per game while Sacramento State is last in scoring at 66.8 points per contest.
• The Vikings use a full-court trapping defense that has helped the team lead the nation in both steals per game (11.5) and turnover margin (+8.1). In addition, the Vikings force an average of 20.7 turnovers per game, the second best mark in the country.
• Sacramento State is 17-29 all-time vs. Portland State, but has won two of the last three meetings. The Hornets are just 3-18 when playing the Vikings in Portland.

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. The 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.