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MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO NORTHERN COLORADO ON SATURDAY

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GAME PREVIEW

After yet another one-point heartbreaking loss, Sacramento State (12-11, 7-8) will look to regroup on Saturday when the team travels to Greeley to take on Northern Colorado (8-15, 6-9)…tip-off at the Butler-Hancock Pavilion is set for 6:05 p.m. PST…Thursday's 49-48 loss at North Dakota marked the fourth one-point loss the Hornets have suffered during conference play…in fact, that's easily the most one-point losses during a season in the team's Div. I era (1991-pres.), and tied for most in school history (1948-pres.) with the 1974-75 squad…with six games remaining in the regular season (five in conference), the Hornets have already posted their most overall wins (12) since the 2005-06 season, most Big Sky victories (7) since the 2004-05 season, and most home wins (9) since the 2004-05 season…in fact, the Hornets are attempting to become the first team during the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.) to finish the season with an overall winning percentage above the .500 mark…a win on Saturday would match the team's most Big Sky wins (8 in 2004-05) in any season since joining the league in 1996-97…Sacramento State could just as easily be 11-4 in conference play if all four of those one-point outcomes went the Hornets' way…Saturday's game, and every league contest the rest of the way, is big for playoff implications as Sacramento State is tied for fifth place in the league standings, just one game back of third-place Southern Utah and North Dakota (8-7)…the top seven teams in the 11-member league qualify for the Big Sky Tournament (March 14-16), a place the Hornets haven't been since the 2005-06 season…Sacramento State is 3-8 on the road this year, and has dropped its last four games away from the home floor by an average of just 5.8 points per game…the Hornets will look to sweep the season series against Northern Colorado, which includes a 79-72 home win on Jan. 26…the Hornets are 4-9 all-time against the Bears, but have won the last two meetings between the two teams…Sacramento State is 2-4 when playing the Bears in Greeley…like every conference game, Saturday's contest can be seen live and free on Big Sky TV…the game can also be heard on the internet at www.hornetsports.com with 16th year play-by-play announcer Steve McElroy calling all the action…live stats can be found at www.uncbears.com.

For Sacramento State's complete set of game notes, click on the link above the story.

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