MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS IDAHO ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM

MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS IDAHO ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM

Full set of game notes (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State will play its second home game in three days when the Hornets (6-16, 3-6) host Idaho (15-7, 7-3) on Saturday evening inside the Nest at 7:05 p.m.
• In Thursday's game, Eastern Washington began the game on a 20-2 run before eventually beating the Hornets, 74-54. It was the most lopsided home loss for Sacramento State since falling to UC Irvine, 79-53, on Nov. 30, 2013.
• At the midway point of the Big Sky Conference season, the Hornets are currently in a tie for eighth place in the 12-team league with Portland State. Idaho, which was selected to win the Big Sky in both the preseason media and coaches polls, currently sits in a tie for third place, three games back of first-place Montana (10-0).
• The Hornets are 5-3 at home, and 2-2 vs. conference teams. Despite Thursday's loss, Sacramento State is still 57-21 (.731) inside the Nest dating back to the 2012-13 season.
• The Hornets have played all season without the services of a major piece of their back court in guard Marcus Graves (back surgery) who had started 62 straight games entering the season. In addition, senior guard Jiday Ugbaja has played just six games this season, and is currently out indefinitely with a leg injury.
• Idaho enters Saturday's game as winners of two straight and five of the last six games. The Vandals have been impressive on the road (7-3), including a 97-88 victory at Portland State on Thursday night.
• Sacramento State and Idaho played in Moscow, Idaho, earlier this year and the Vandals squeaked out a 69-68 victory. Sacramento State had an 11-point lead with under eight minutes to play, but Idaho closed the final 7:27 on a 15-3 run.
• Sacramento State is 4-17 all-time against Idaho, including a 2-7 record at home. However, the Hornets have won both meetings against the Vandals inside the Nest since Idaho joined the Big Sky prior to the 2014-15 season. Both of those wins came by three points (68-65 in 2015-16; 79-76 in 2014-15).
• Since Idaho joined the Big Sky, four of the six meetings with the Hornets have been decided by three points or less.
• Two of the top six longest active streaks of double-figure point games will be on display Saturday. Idaho senior guard Victor Sanders has scored in double digits in 48 straight games, the fourth longest active streak in the nation. Hornet senior forward Justin Strings has scored in double figures in 42 straight games, the sixth longest active streak.

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.