MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS REGULAR SEASON FINALE SATURDAY AT 7 PM ON SENIOR NIGHT

MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS REGULAR SEASON FINALE SATURDAY AT 7 PM ON SENIOR NIGHT

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

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GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (6-24, 3-14) will play its final game of the regular season on Saturday vs. Northern Colorado (20-10, 11-6). Tip-off at the Nest is set for 7:05 p.m.
• Prior to the game, Hornet seniors Justin Strings and James Herrick will be honored for their contributions to the program. Sacramento State's third senior, Jiday Ugbaja, will take a redshirt this season after playing just six games because of injury.
• The injury ravaged Hornets have dropped nine straight games, with four of the last six losses coming by five points or less.
• 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). Graves has missed the entire season, Ugbaja has missed 24 games, and Wu has missed the last five games. Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa re-aggravated a back injury in Thursday's game vs. North Dakota and played just 11 minutes, missing the entire second half. He sat out the Southern Utah game last Saturday with the same injury.
• The Hornets currently find themselves in 11th place in the 12-team Big Sky Conference, one game ahead of Northern Arizona (2-15). Sacramento State will get the No. 11 seed at next week's Big Sky Tournament with a win on Saturday or an NAU loss (at Eastern Wash.).
• Should Sacramento State get the 11 seed, the Hornets would play in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament in Reno on Tuesday night vs. the No. 6 seed (either Idaho State or Portland State). If the Hornets finish as the 12 seed, they would play No. 5 seed Northern Colorado on Tuesday at 2:35 p.m. All 12 teams in the Big Sky qualify for the event.
• Sacramento State's last win came on the road at Portland State on Jan. 27. The team's current nine-game losing streak is the longest since dropping nine straight during the 2011-12 season. The Hornets are looking to avoid their first 10-game losing streak since the 2008-09 season.
• Sacramento State has also lost five straight on the home floor and is 5-7 inside the Nest, a rarity for a program that is 57-25 at home dating back to the 2012-13 season. Sacramento State is 2-6 at home against conference teams.
• 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.
• Saturday will mark the only meeting of the regular season against Northern Colorado. The Bears have won four straight and six of seven after Thursday's 85-78 win at Portland State. Northern Colorado has already locked up the No. 5 seed for the Big Sky Tourney.
• Sacramento State is 6-15 all-time against Northern Colorado and has lost three straight in the series. That includes a 3-6 record when the two teams play at the Nest.
• Northern Colorado boasts the Big Sky's leading scorer, Andre Spight, who averages 21.8 points per game. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard is a senior transfer from Arizona State.

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.