SIX GAMES REMAIN IN THE REGULAR SEASON; MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS IDAHO STATE ON THURSDAY

SIX GAMES REMAIN IN THE REGULAR SEASON; MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS IDAHO STATE ON THURSDAY

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

GAME PREVIEW

• With just three weeks left in the regular season, Sacramento State (6-19, 3-9) will use its final six games to get ready for the Big Sky Tournament in Reno March 6-10.
• Four of the final six regular season games will come at home, beginning on Thursday vs. Idaho State (11-12, 6-6). Tip-off at the Nest is set for 7:05 p.m.
• Sacramento State is coming off a 71-69 overtime loss on the road to a Montana team that is currently 13-0 in league play. The Hornets held a 61-56 lead with 2:55 left in regulation, but had trouble converting field goals and free throws down the stretch.
• The Hornets will now turn their attention to the home floor where Sacramento State is 5-4, and 2-3 against league opposition. Sacramento State has lost its last two games at home, and that came during the last homestand against Eastern Washington and Idaho.
• During that homestand, the Hornets posted their first back-to-back 20-point losses at home in 20 years. The Eastern Washington score was 74-54, and Idaho was 81-58.
• Sacramento State is still 57-22 (.722 winning percentage) inside the Nest dating back to the 2012-13 season.
• The Hornets could play Thursday's game minus three injured guards. Senior Marcus Graves, who had started 62 straight games, has missed the entire season after undergoing back surgery. Senior Jiday Ugbaja has played just six games and is out indefinitely with a leg injury. On Saturday at Montana, Jeff Wu suffered a leg injury at the 6:39 mark, and did not return. His status for this week is questionable.
• Sacramento State is trying to avoid its first season without double figures in victories since the 2010-11 squad went 7-21.
• Senior forward Justin Strings has scored in double figures in 45 straight games, the fifth longest active streak in the nation. He trails Campbell's Chris Clemons (74 straight), Wofford's Fletcher Magee (71), Marshall's Jon Elmore (60) and Hofstra's Justin Wright-Foreman (48). Cornell's Matt Morgan sits behind Strings in sixth with 44 straight games.
• Idaho State is 3-8 on the road this year, including 2-3 against conference teams.
• The Hornets lost to the Bengals in Pocatello earlier this year, 71-65. In that game, the Hornets shot 7-for-16 from the free throw line while Idaho State was 15-for-20. Also, ISU 7-foot center Novak Topalovic posted career highs in points (25) and rebounds (17).
• Sacramento State is 20-29 all-time against Idaho State, including an 11-11 mark when playing at home. The Hornets have won four straight against Idaho State when playing at the Nest. Sacramento State also eliminated the Bengals with a 91-76 win in the first round of last year's Big Sky Tournament in Reno.
• Idaho State, which scores 73.0 points per game, has five players averaging double figures in points, led by Jared Stutzman's 14.5 points on .488 (41-84) from the 3-point arc.

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.