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MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS MONTANA STATE ON THURSDAY FOR WHITEOUT THE NEST

MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS MONTANA STATE ON THURSDAY FOR WHITEOUT THE NEST

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

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (13-14, 7-11) will play its final two regular season games of the season this week at home, beginning with a Thursday matchup vs. Montana State (14-14, 11-7). Tip-off at the Nest is set for 7:05 p.m.
• Thursday is Whiteout the Nest, and every fan in attendance will receive a free Hornet Basketball t-shirt, courtesy of Academy65 Apartments.
• Sacramento State is 8-4 at home this season, including 4-4 against Big Sky Conference opponents. The Hornets have won three of their last four inside the Nest. Dating back to 2012, Sacramento State is 66-29 at home.
• Since dropping its first four games to open Big Sky play, Sacramento State has gone 7-7 over its last 14 conference games.
• The Hornets are 7-2 when playing on a Thursday this season, and have won each of their last six Thursday matchups.
• Sacramento State is currently the 14th most improved team in the nation after going 7-25 a year ago, not to mention a 4-14 record in conference play.
• With two games left in the regular season, Sacramento State sits in eighth place, 1.5 games back of Southern Utah and a half game ahead of Northern Arizona.
• The top five places receive a first round bye in the Big Sky Tournament, which will take place March 13-16 in Boise, Idaho.
• If the season ended today, the Hornets would be the No. 8 seed and play No. 9 Northern Arizona in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament on March 13 at 8:30 a.m. PDT.
• Of the Hornets' 18 league games thus far, nine have been decided by six points or less. Sacramento State is 3-6 in those outcomes.
• All 11 Big Sky teams are playing a 20-game conference schedule, and Thursday's matchup will be the Hornets' second against Montana State.
• In the first matchup against Montana State in Bozeman on Jan. 5, the Bobcats used a 15-3 run over the final four minutes, and took advantage of a massive foul disparity while attempting 42 free throws on the way to an 84-70 victory over the Hornets.
• The Bobcats have won two straight and six of their last eight games. MSU is 4-10 on the road, and 4-4 against conference teams away from home.
• Sacramento State is 19-33 all-time against Montana State, and the Bobcats have won six of the last seven regular season meetings between the two teams.
• The Hornets are 13-11 when playing MSU at home.
• The Bobcats starting back court of senior Tyler Hall (19.7 ppg) and junior Harald Frey (17.3 ppg) have combined to average 37.0 points per game. They rank third and fourth, respectively, in the Big Sky in scoring.
 
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.