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MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS THIRD GAME OF HOMESTAND SATURDAY NIGHT VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA

MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS THIRD GAME OF HOMESTAND SATURDAY NIGHT VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA

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

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (11-11, 5-8) will play the third game of its season-long four-game homestand on Saturday against Northern Arizona (7-17, 5-9). The two teams will tip-off at the Nest at 7:05 p.m.
• The Hornets are 2-0 thus far on the homestand, which includes a 78-67 win on Monday over Portland State, and 84-73 victory vs. Southern Utah on Thursday.
• Saturday will mark the Hornets' third home game over a six-day stretch.
• Sacramento State is 5-4 over its last nine games, and three of those four losses have come by six points or less, including one in overtime.
• The Hornets' 5-8 conference record is a little misleading as six of the team's 13 league games have been decided by six points or less. Sacramento State is 1-5 in those close outcomes with the only nail-biting victory coming at Northern Arizona on Jan. 17.
• With just seven regular season games left (four at home), Sacramento State has moved up into a tie for seventh place in the league standing. The Hornets are just a game and a half back of fifth-place Southern Utah (7-7). The fifth place spot is important as the top five teams receive a first round bye in the Big Sky Tournament.
• This year's Big Sky Tournament (March 13-16) will take place in Boise, Idaho.
• Sacramento State is 7-3 at home this year (3-3 vs. Big Sky teams) and 65-28 inside the Nest dating back to the 2012-13 season.
• All 11 Big Sky teams are playing a 20-game conference schedule this year, and Saturday's matchup will be the Hornets' second against Northern Arizona.
• In the first matchup in Flagstaff on Jan. 17, Joshua Patton scored a career-high 34 points, including a game-winning jumper with 0.5 seconds left that lifted Sacramento State to a 66-64 win over the Lumberjacks.
• NAU has dropped four straight, including Thursday night's 103-94 loss at Portland State. The Lumberjacks are 3-11 on the road, and 2-4 against Big Sky opposition.
• Sacramento State is 15-38 all-time against Northern Arizona, but the teams have split their last 10 meetings against each other. The Hornets are 11-15 against the Lumberjacks when playing at home.
• Northern Arizona is young as the team has zero seniors among its top eight scorers. In fact, three of the their top four scorers are underclassmen. That includes sophomore forward Bernie Andre who leads the team with 13.8 points per game.

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.