MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2019-20 SCHEDULE

MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2019-20 SCHEDULE

2019-20 Schedule
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State 12th-year head men's basketball coach Brian Katz announced the program's 2019-20 schedule today.

The schedule includes 29 games, comprised of 14 at home, 14 on the road and one on a neutral floor. All home games will begin at 7:05 p.m. The neutral floor game will be the annual Sacramento State-UC Davis matchup at the Golden 1 Center on Nov. 20. The two teams will be playing one another in the downtown arena for the fourth straight season.

Sacramento State will, once again, play 20 Big Sky Conference games, featuring the usual Thursday-Saturday matchups, although the Hornets will play three league games on a Monday. Each team in the conference will play the other 10 teams twice, followed by the Big Sky Tournament in Boise, Idaho, on March 11-14.

Sacramento State will play nine non-conference games, and will begin the Big Sky portion of the season on Dec. 28. Of the nine non-league games, four will come at home including dates inside the Nest against Big West Conference foes UC Riverside and Cal Poly. Last year, the Hornets went 3-1 against teams from the Big West, and will play three more against the league this year, including the rivalry game against UC Davis.

Each of the Hornets' first four games on the schedule (including exhibition) will be played in Sacramento, and the team doesn't leave the area until a matchup at Pepperdine on Nov. 23.

Sacramento State will play its lone exhibition game on Wednesday, Oct. 30, against Westcliff, followed by the season opener against Simpson on Nov. 8. The finale of the homestand will take place against UC Riverside on Nov. 15. The Hornets will then take on UC Davis at the downtown Golden 1 Center on Nov. 20 followed by road matchups at Pepperdine (Nov. 23) and Colorado (Nov. 30).

The Hornets will play just once inside the Nest between Nov. 15 and Dec. 18, and that game will take place on Dec. 3 against UC Merced. Sacramento State finds itself back on the road at Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 7) and Santa Clara (Dec. 14) before concluding the non-conference portion of the season at home vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 18.

Sacramento State opens the conference portion of the schedule with road games Dec. 28 at Montana State and Dec. 30 at Montana. Beginning Dec. 28, and running through March 7, the Hornets will play 20 conference games with the team playing twice against Montana State, Montana, Idaho State, Northern Arizona, Weber State, Northern Colorado, Southern Utah, Portland State, Eastern Washington and Idaho.

The Hornets' first Big Sky home game is Jan. 4 vs. Idaho State which begins a season-long three-game homestand that includes Northern Arizona on Jan. 9 and Weber State on Jan. 11.

For the second straight year, the Big Sky's postseason tournament will be played in Boise, Idaho. The four-day, single elimination tournament will take place March 11-14. This is the second 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 three times in the last four years.

The Hornets are coming off a season in which the team went 15-16 overall and 8-12 in the Big Sky. The Hornets won their Big Sky Tournament first round game against Northern Arizona (72-60) before narrowly falling to eventual champion Montana (79-73) in the second round.

Sacramento State returns four starters from a year ago, including center Joshua Patton, guards Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa and Bryce Fowler, and forward Osi Nwachukwu. Patton was the only center in the Big Sky to be named all-conference when he was selected to the third team. Also returning are forwards Ethan Esposito, Chibueze Jacobs and James Bridges, as well as guards Grant Greabell and Jamion Wright. Guards Elijah McCullough and Brandon Davis are also back after redshirting a year ago.

Rounding out the 18-man roster are seven newcomers, comprised of juniors Raazhel Watkins, Spencer Monteiro and William FitzPatrick, sophomore Jordan Cooke-Harper, and freshmen Rick Barros III and Ryan Blackmon. Senior Christian Terrell will redshirt this year after playing his first three collegiate seasons at UC Santa Barbara.