MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS AT MONTANA ON SATURDAY NIGHT

MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS AT MONTANA ON SATURDAY NIGHT

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Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• Coming off a 92-76 loss at Montana State on Thursday night, Sacramento State (6-18, 3-8) will play the second leg of its trip through Big Sky Country when the Hornets take on Montana (19-5, 12-0) on Saturday. Tip-off at Dahlberg Arena is set for 6:05 p.m. PST.
• Montana has won 12 straight games, and is outscoring Big Sky teams by a massive 16.0 points per game. Meanwhile, Sacramento State has dropped three straight games with each of those losses coming by 16 points or more.
• Over the last three games, the Hornets are being outscored, 82.3-62.7, and have allowed the opposition to shoot .540 (87-161) from the field, .450 (27-60) from the 3-point line and .885 (46-52) from the free throw line.
• With just seven games remaining in the regular season, Sacramento State is in a two-way tie for ninth place with Southern Utah in the 12-team league standings. Montana, which has not lost a game since Dec. 22, sits atop the league, 2.5 games ahead of Weber State.
• Sacramento State is 1-10 on the road this season, with the victory coming two weeks ago at Portland State (71-61 on Jan. 27). In fact, that allowed the Hornets to sweep the season against from the Vikings.
• 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 is trying to avoid its first season without double figures in victories since the 2010-11 squad went 7-21.
• Montana is one of the nation's hottest teams, having won 12 straight games. That 12-game winning streak is currently the seventh longest in the country.
• The Griz are attempting to become the first Big Sky team to go undefeated in league play since Weber State went 14-0 during the 2002-03 season. Only two teams have gone undefeated in league play in the history of the Big Sky, as Weber State also went 15-0 during the 1968-69 season.
• The Griz are coming off an 80-60 home win over Portland State on Thursday, and are now 10-0 at home, and 5-0 against league opposition.
• When the two teams met at the Nest on Jan. 11, Sacramento State held a three-point halftime lead but Montana outscored the Hornets in the second half, 46-31. That snapped a three-game losing streak for Montana inside the Nest.
• The Hornets are 9-39 all-time against Montana, including a 2-22 record in Missoula. Last season, the Hornets beat the Grizzlies, 67-65, at Dahlberg Arena, marking the program's first-ever regular season win in Missoula.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Saturday's game will be broadcast live to a national television audience via Eleven Sports.
• 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.