FINAL HOMESTAND OF THE SEASON FOR MEN'S HOOPS BEGINS THURSDAY VS. NORTH DAKOTA

FINAL HOMESTAND OF THE SEASON FOR MEN'S HOOPS BEGINS THURSDAY VS. NORTH DAKOTA

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

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (6-23, 3-13) will play its final two home games of the season this week, beginning on Thursday vs. North Dakota (10-18, 5-11). Tip-off at the Nest is 7:05 p.m.
• The injury ravaged Hornets have dropped eight straight games, with four of the last five losses coming by five points or less.
• Playing without four injured guards that were big parts of the team's rotation, Sacramento State  is coming off a 77-74 road loss at Southern Utah last Saturday.
• The Hornets currently find themselves in 11th place in the 12-team Big Sky Conference, two games behind North Dakota, and one game ahead of Northern Arizona (2-14). Depending on how this week's outcomes shake out, Sacramento State could be the No. 10, 11 or 12 seed in next week's Big Sky Tournament in Reno (March 6-10). All 12 teams in the conference qualify for the postseason event.
• If the season ended today, the Hornets would be the No. 11 seed and take on No. 6 Portland State in the first round of the Big Sky Tourney on Tuesday, March 6, at 8:05 p.m. North Dakota would be the No. 9 seed and take on No. 8 Montana State on March 6 at 12:05 p.m.
• The Hornets are glad to flip the calendar as the team was 0-8 in the month of February. In addition, Sacramento State is still seeking its first victory on a Thursday (0-9).
• Sacramento State's last win came on the road at Portland State on Jan. 27.
• The Hornets are currently playing without four injured guards, three of which have been ruled out for the season - seniors Marcus Graves (back) and Jiday Ugbaja (shin), and junior Jeff Wu (calf) are out for the year. Graves has missed the entire season, Ugbaja has missed 23 games, and Wu has missed the last four games. Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa re-aggravated a back injury late in Thursday's game at NAU, and did not play at Southern Utah. His status for this week is questionable.
• Sacramento State's eight-game losing streak is 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.
• Sacramento State is 5-6 at home this year, including 2-5 vs. league foes. The Hornets still  own a 57-24 record (.704) at home over the last six years.
• Thursday will mark the only meeting of the regular season against North Dakota. The Fighting Hawks have won two of their last three games. UND is 1-12 on the road, and is seeking its first win away from home against a Big Sky opponent (0-7).
• Sacramento State is 6-6 all-time vs. North Dakota, including a 4-1 mark when playing at home. The Hornets had won four straight home games vs. the Fighting Hawks until UND snapped that skid with a 90-82 overtime win inside the Nest a year ago.
• North Dakota has basically started the same five players all season, and each of those five players average better than 10 points per game.

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.