Sacramento State (12-12) will take a one-week hiatus from Big Sky Conference play as the team travels to UC Santa Barbara (8-17) for a game on Saturday evening…tip-off at The Thunderdome is scheduled for 7:05 p.m…the two teams will be playing each other for the first time since a 64-57 Gaucho win at Arco Arena on Dec. 21, 1992 (box score on page 9)…that happened to be the Hornets' second year of Div. I play…the Hornets and Gauchos are playing as part of the 11th annual ESPN BracketBusters event…the 122-team field will feature teams from 15 conferences, and all 11 teams from the Big Sky will be participating…this season marks the third straight year the Hornets have participated in the event…that includes a 79-67 home loss to San Jose State last year, and a 67-52 loss at Southeast Missouri during the 2010-11 season…this year, 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…Sacramento State could just as easily be 16-8 right now if not for a school-record tying four one-point losses this season…what makes those losses all the more grueling is each came during conference play…the Hornets are trying to avoid falling below the .500 mark and losing three straight games for the first time all year…Sacramento State is 3-9 on the road, and has dropped five straight road games, two of which came by a single point…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…the Gauchos are 4-0 all-time against the Hornets, with other meetings coming during the 1991-92, 1954-55, and 1953-54 seasons…Saturday's contest can be seen live and free on Big West TV…the game can also be heard over the airwaves in the foothills on KAHI 950 AM and on the internet at www.hornetsports.com with 16th year play-by-play announcer Steve McElroy calling all the action…after Saturday, the Hornets have just four games remaining in the regular season with league contests against Weber State and Idaho State at home, and Montana and Montana State on the road.
For Sacramento State's complete set of game notes, click on the link above the story.