MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR SERIES SWEEP OF MONTANA STATE ON THURSDAY

MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR SERIES SWEEP OF MONTANA STATE ON THURSDAY

Full set of game notes (26 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• With just eight games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Hornets (6-17, 3-7) will make their first of two remaining road trips when they travel to the Montana schools this week. The first game of the trip will be Thursday at Montana State (12-12, 5-6). Tip-off at Worthington Arena is set for 6:05 p.m. PST.
• The Hornets are coming off a rough homestand that saw the team lose to Eastern Washington (74-53) and Idaho (81-58).
• That marked just the second time in six years Sacramento State had lost both games of a Big Sky weekly homestand.
• The Hornets will now turn their attention to the road, a place that has not been kind. Sacramento State did win its last road game (71-61 at Portland State on Jan. 27), but the team is 1-9 on the road, including 1-4 against Big Sky opposition.
• The Hornets are currently in ninth place in the 12-team Big Sky, sitting a half game ahead of Southern Utah and North Dakota, who are both 3-8.
• After trending upward for more than two months, Sacramento State's offense took a step backwards last week, averaging just 56.0 points in two games.
• 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.
• Sacramento State will now turn its attention to a Montana State team that has lost six of its last seven games after beginning the conference season with a 4-0 record. Of those six losses, four have come by at least 15 points.
• One of those Bobcats losses came against the Hornets as Sacramento State defeated MSU, 87-68, on Jan. 13. The 19-point margin of victory was the Hornets' largest of the season against a Div. I opponent.
• Montana State has just one win in the last month, and that came in a 69-66 home victory over Southern Utah on Jan. 27.
• Montana State is 7-3 at home, and 3-2 against Big Sky opposition.
• Sacramento State owns a 19-31 all-time record against Montana State, including a 5-20 mark in Bozeman. The Hornets have lost five straight in Bozeman, but three of those losses came by seven points or less. Sacramento State's last win in Bozeman came in a 74-71 victory during the 2010-11 season.

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.