MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES THE 2018-19 SCHEDULE

MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES THE 2018-19 SCHEDULE

2018-19 Schedule
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State 11th-year head men's basketball coach Brian Katz announced the program's 2018-19 schedule today.

The schedule includes 29 games, comprised of 14 at home, 14 on the road and one on a neutral floor. That neutral floor game will be the annual Sacramento State-UC Davis matchup at the Golden 1 Center. The two teams will be playing one another in the downtown arena for the third straight season.

Different from previous years, Sacramento State will play 20 Big Sky Conference games, featuring the usual Thursday-Saturday matchups, although the Hornets will play one league game on a Monday. The previous four seasons, every team in the Big Sky played 18 league games. However, with the departure of North Dakota from the conference, the Big Sky's makeup now includes 11 teams. Each team in the conference will play the other 10 teams twice. The Big Sky has not used a 20-game conference schedule since 2013-14 and 2012-13 seasons.

Sacramento State will play just nine non-conference games, and will begin the Big Sky portion of the season in late December. Of the nine non-league games, four will come at home including dates inside the Nest with Big West Conference foes Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton. In fact, games against Big West competition make up a large chunk of the Hornets' non-league schedule.

Sacramento State will play games against five straight Big West foes between Nov. 16 and Dec. 1, comprised of a home game vs. Cal Poly on Nov. 16, the Golden 1 Center game vs. UC Davis on Nov. 20, home vs. Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 24, and road games at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 29 and CSUN on Dec. 1. Of those five games vs. the Big West, three will come against teams that finished among the top four in the league standings a year ago.

Each of the Hornets' first five games on the schedule (including exhibition) will be played in Sacramento, and the team doesn't leave the area until the game at UCSB on Nov. 29. In fact, the Hornets do not leave the state of California until Dec. 8, as each of the team's first seven games will come in the Golden State.

Sacramento State will play its lone exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 2, vs. Bethesda inside the Nest before the season/home opener takes place vs. Simpson on Nov. 9. The Hornets will play their third straight home game on Nov. 16 vs. Cal Poly. That game will be a part of a doubleheader inside the Nest as the Sacramento State women will play Ohio State that evening. Next up is the team's game vs. UC Davis at the Golden 1 Center on Tuesday, Nov. 20. In a series which dates back to 1948, Sacramento State owns a 66-50 all-time record against the Aggies.

The Hornets will then host Cal State Fullerton on the 24th before the road games at UC Santa Barbara and CSUN. The last three non-league games will take place at Portland on Dec. 8, back at home vs. Holy Names on Dec. 11, and on the road at Pac-12 opponent Washington on Dec. 21.

Sacramento State opens the Big Sky schedule after the Christmas holiday on Saturday, Dec. 29, at home vs. Northern Colorado. Four of the team's first six league games will come on the road. Sandwich between road trips to Montana (Jan. 3)/Montana State (Jan. 5) and Northern Arizona (Jan. 17)/Southern Utah (Jan. 19) will be a home game vs. Idaho State on Jan. 12.

Other home conference games feature Idaho on Jan. 24 and Eastern Washington on Jan. 26, and a season-long four-game homestand featuring Portland State (Feb. 11), Southern Utah (Feb. 14), Northern Arizona (Feb. 16) and Weber State (Feb. 21). The Portland State game will be a 7:35 p.m. start and is part of a doubleheader that will see the Hornet women play at 5:05 p.m. The Hornets close the regular season at home vs. Montana State on March 7, and Montana on March 9.

The Big Sky's postseason tournament, played in Reno each of the last three years, will now be played in Boise, Idaho. The men's and women's tournaments will both take place at Boise's CenturyLink Arena from March 11-16. This is the first of three straight years the tournament will be played in Boise, and all 11 teams qualify for the event. Sacramento State has posted at least one win at the tournament twice in the last three seasons.

The Hornets are coming off an injury-plagued 2017-18 season in which the team finished 7-25 overall and 4-14 in the Big Sky. The season came to an end in a 71-67 loss to Portland State in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament. Sacramento State will return nine players, including four starters, from a year ago. The Hornets also return senior guard Marcus Graves, who missed all of last season with injury. During Graves' junior season (2016-17), he started all 31 games while averaging 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists. The returning starters are comprised of senior guard Jeff Wu, junior center Joshua Patton, junior guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa and sophomore forward/guard Bryce Fowler.

Sacramento State welcomes six new players to the roster, including three freshmen, two junior college transfers, and a Div. I transfer from UC Santa Barbara (sophomore Brandon Davis, who will redshirt). The full roster features 16 players, including five seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen. The entire coaching staff will be back for the eighth straight year, including associate head coach Brandon Laird, assistants Chris Walker and Nate Smith, and director of operations Ajay Riding.

Season tickets will go on sale Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. Full season packages start as low as $100, and will be available for purchase by calling (916) 278-2222 or logging onto hornetsports.com/tickets.