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MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME; HOST IDAHO ON THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM

MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME; HOST IDAHO ON THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM

Full set of game notes (pdf) - 27 pages
Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• After playing four of the first six Big Sky Conference games on the road, the schedule will become more home friendly for Sacramento State (7-8, 1-5) over the next month.
• During that span, the Hornets will play six of the next nine games at home, and that begins on Thursday when they welcome Idaho (4-13, 1-5) to the Nest for a 7:05 p.m. tip.
• The last three Sacramento State games, and four of the team's six conference games, have been decided by five points or less. That includes the game on Saturday at Southern Utah when the Hornets nearly came back from a 28-point second half deficit, and had a chance to tie late with a 3-pointer in an eventual 76-71 loss.
• Last Thursday, the Hornets got their first conference win after Joshua Patton capped a 34-point evening by burying a 6-foot jumper with 0.5 seconds left to beat NAU, 66-64.
• Though the Hornets have dropped five of their first six conference games, Sacramento State could just as easily be above the .500 mark in league play. However, the Hornets haven't been their best in the late stages of the second half. Sacramento State led, 63-58, with 2:30 remaining vs. Northern Colorado, trailed, 69-67, with 4:00 left at Montana State, and held a 64-62 lead with 2:38 left vs. Idaho State. Each resulted in a loss.
• With 14 games remaining in the regular season, Sacramento State has already matched its win total from all of last season (7-25 overall, 4-14 in the Big Sky).
• Of the team's five conference losses, four have come against teams that currently take up four of the top five spots in the Big Sky standings.
• Idaho, which lost four starters and seven players from last season's 22-9/14-4 squad, will bring a 4-13 overall record and 1-5 league mark into Thursday's game.
• The Vandals have lost three straight and nine of their last 10 games. They are 1-4 on the road with the lone win coming at North Dakota on Dec. 1.
• Among the four starters Idaho lost from a year ago are two players in Victor Sanders (19.0 ppg) and Brayon Blake (17.0) that combined to average 36 points.
• Sacramento State is 4-18 all-time against Idaho, including a 2-8 record at home. However, the Hornets have won two of the three meetings against the Vandals inside the Nest since Idaho joined the Big Sky prior to the 2014-15 season. Both of those wins came by three points (68-65 in 2015-16; 79-76 in 2014-15). Idaho did beat the Hornets last season in the Nest by an 81-58 score.
• Since Idaho joined the Big Sky, four of the seven meetings with the Hornets have been decided by three points or less.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Every game the remainder of the season can be viewed live and free on Pluto.TV. All home games can be found on Pluto.TV channel 233. The Pluto broadcasts can be watched online at Pluto.TV or by downloading the app for your mobile device.
• Every game this year will be broadcast live on ESPN 1320 AM with 22nd-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling all the action.
• Links for all multimedia options, including live stats for every game, can be found next to each game on the men's basketball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.