MEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD TRIP THURSDAT AT NAU

MEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD TRIP THURSDAT AT NAU

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

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (6-21, 3-11) begins its final Big Sky Conference regular season road trip on Thursday evening at Northern Arizona (4-23, 1-13). Tip-off at the Rolle Activity Center is 5:35 p.m. PST.
• With just four games left in the regular season, Sacramento State (11th) and Northern Arizona (12th) take up the last two spots in the conference standings.
• If the season ended today, the Hornets would take on Idaho State in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament in Reno on Tuesday, March 6, at 8:05 p.m. Northern Arizona would face Northern Colorado in the first round on March 6 at 2:35 p.m.
• Both the Hornets and Lumberjacks have lost their last six games, which includes an overtime defeat during the losing streaks.
• Sacramento State's last win came on the road at Portland State on Jan. 27. That remains the Hornets' lone win on an opponent's home floor this season (1-11).
• The Hornets are currently playing without three injured guards who are out for the season - seniors Marcus Graves (back) and Jiday Ugbaja (leg) as well as junior Jeff Wu (leg). Graves has missed the entire season, Ugbaja has missed 21 games, and Wu has missed the last two games. All three were expected to be big parts of this year's rotation, especially Graves who had started 62 straight games.
• Sacramento State has a pair of six-game losing streaks this season, the program's longest since dropping nine straight during the 2011-12 season.
• The Hornets are trying to avoid their first season without at least 10 overall wins since the 2010-11 squad finished with a 7-21 record. Prior to this year, Sacramento State had won at least 13 games five consecutive years.
• The Hornets have yet to win on a Thursday this season (0-8) and have yet to win a game during the month of February (0-6).
• Sacramento State has not played Northern Arizona this season, and this will be the only regular season meeting between the two teams in the Big Sky's unbalanced schedule.
• The Hornets will face a Northern Arizona squad that is 1-9 at home and 0-7 in league play. The lone home win came vs. non Div. I San Diego Christian (79-70). Five of the seven home losses in league play have come by single digits.
• Thursday will be a matchup of the Big Sky's two lowest scoring teams as the Hornets rank 11th with 66.7 points per game while NAU is last at 66.6 points per contest.
• Sacramento State is 14-37 all-time vs. Northern Arizona, including a 3-20 mark in Flagstaff. One of those road wins came last year in a 74-62 win over the Lumberjacks.
• The Hornets' Justin Strings will look to continue his streak of consecutive games in double figures which stands at 47 straight, the fifth longest active streak in the nation.

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 full set of game notes, please click here.