Sacramento State Game Notes (24 pages) - pdf
Sacramento State (1-1) will play the second leg of its three-game road trip on Monday when the team travels to Pauley Pavilion to take on UCLA (2-0)…tip-off is scheduled for 8:05 p.m…the game will be televised live on the Pac-12's National Network, but will not be aired on the Pac-12 Bay Area network (check your local provider to see if you get the game)…UCLA is currently ranked 24th in the nation in both the USA Today Coaches, and AP top 25 polls…the Hornets began their road trip on Wednesday by losing to CSU Bakersfield, 74-66…Monday will mark just the second time the Bruins and Hornets have faced each other…in the other meeting, UCLA won in Pauley Pavilion by an 86-56 score on Dec. 23, 2005 (box score on page 9)…that UCLA team was stacked with talent as five players went on to play in the NBA, including Arron Afflalo, Jordan Farmar, Darren Collison, Luc Mbah a Moute and Cedric Bozeman…Afflalo, Farmar, Collison and Mbah a Moute are still playing in the NBA…the Hornets are 3-35 all-time against the Pac-12's current members…however, two of those victories have come in the last four years, including a 65-63 win at Oregon State in 2009 and a 74-71 victory at Utah last season…Sacramento State will be playing its first ranked opponent since falling at 10th-ranked Marquette, 82-51, on Dec. 15, 2007…since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991-92, the Hornets are 0-12 against ranked teams.…Monday's game can be heard over the airwaves on KTKZ 1380 AM The Answer and on the internet at www.hornetsports.com with 17th year play-by-play announcer Steve McElroy calling all the action...since the game is being televised, there is no live video stream available…live stats for the game are available at www.uclabruins.com…Monday's game will wrap up a stretch that will see a Big Sky Conference team take on a Pac-12 opponent five times over a four-day span.
MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Though last year's Big Sky Conference record isn't glaring, Sacramento State has improved its league record each of the last four years. The Hornets went 8-12 last season against Big Sky teams, improving upon a 5-11 record in 2011-12, 4-12 in 2010-11, 3-13 in 2009-10, and 1-15 in 2008-09. Last year's 8-12 conference record also included four heartbreaking one-point losses.
550 AND COUNTING
Sacramento State has converted at least one three-pointer in 550 straight games. It has been nearly 20 years since the Hornets failed to convert a three ball. The last time the program was blanked from beyond the arc came on Nov. 28, 1993, when the Hornets went 0-for-6 in a loss on the road at Montana State.
AGAINST THE PAC-12 CONFERENCE
Since Sacramento State began playing basketball in 1948, the Hornets are just 3-35 against the Pac-12 Conference's current affiliates. However, the team has won twice in the last four years against a Pac-12 opponent, including a 65-63 win at Oregon State on Nov. 21, 2009, and a 74-71 win at Utah on Nov. 16, 2012. Prior to the Oregon State win, the Hornets dropped 29 straight games against members of what had been the Pac-10. The only team the Hornets have not played from the Pac-12's current alignment is Arizona.
AGAINST RANKED OPPOSITION
Since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991-92, Sacramento State is 0-12 against ranked opposition. The team's last game against a ranked opponent came in an 82-51 loss at 10th-ranked Marquette on Dec. 15, 2007. In fact, the Hornets fell to three ranked opponents during that 2007-08 season (Kansas State and Oregon were the others).
PLAYING THE DEFENSE
Sacramento State allowed opponents just 65.7 points per game last season, the best mark in over 40 years. The last Hornet squad to allow less points was the 1970-71 team which gave up 64.7 per contest. The Hornets held opponents to under 60 points in nine of 29 games last year. Sacramento State's defense has gotten off to a nice start in 2013-14, limiting the opposition to just 58.5 points per game on .390 shooting from the field.
ATTEMPTING TO CRACK THE .500 MARK
Sacramento State's 14 victories last year were the most in seven years, and the second most during the program's Div. I era. The Hornets, who never lost more than two games in a row, were at or above the .500 mark the first 28 games of the season until dipping below the .500 mark for the first time in the regular season finale. Sacramento State has still never had a team finish with a record above the .500 mark since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991. The closest was the 2005-06 squad which posted a 15-15 record.
TEAM CAPTAINS CHOSEN
Junior point guard Dylan Garrity and junior shooting guard Mikh McKinney are sharing the team captain duties this season. Garrity and McKinney, if they remain healthy, will likely start every game of the season. This will mark the second straigtht season that Garrity has shared the team captain duties.
NEW CONTRACT FOR COACH KATZ
Head coach Brian Katz, who will be entering his sixth season with the program in 2013-14, received a new five-year contract in July, lengthening his tenure as the Hornets' head coach through at least the 2017-18 season.
Academically, of the 18 Hornets that have expired their eligibility under head coach Brian Katz, 14 have graduated, and three more are on pace to graduate during the 2013-14 academic year.
Including Wednesday's loss to CSU Bakersfield, 20 of the Hornets' last 31 games have been decided by single digits. Sacramento State has gone 12-8 in those outcomes. All but six of the team's games against Big Sky competition last year were decided by a single-digit outcome. Amazingly, the Hornets played six games that were decided by one point, going 2-4 in those outcomes. Each of the four one-point losses came during conference play.
Although Sacramento State lost three starters from a year ago, the Hornets do return one of the best backcourts in the Big Sky Conference in junior point guard Dylan Garrity and junior shooting guard Mikh McKinney. Garrity enters his third season with the Hornets and has been the team's starting point guard since the moment he stepped foot on campus. McKinney transferred from Ohlone College prior to last season and burst onto the scene by averaging better than 12 points last year. Though very early in the season, Garrity (16.5 ppg) and McKinney (12.5 ppg) are the top two scorers, and have accounted for 42 percent of the team's points. Both players are shooting better than 52 percent from the field and have combined for a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (28 assists, 14 turnovers).
SHOOTING IT WELL THUS FAR
Two games into the season, Sacramento State is shooting a very proficient .476 (49-103) from the field. Six different players are shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, and three of the team's starters are shooting better than 52 percent (Alex Tiffin .583, Mikh McKinney .533, Dylan Garrity .524).
LOSING SOME SCORING PUNCH
The Hornets lost four of their top six scorers from a season ago in forward John Dickson (1st; 12.8 ppg), center Konner Veteto (4th; 10.2 ppg), swingman Joe Eberhard (5th; 6.9 ppg) and shooting guard Jackson Carbajal (6th; 3.3 ppg). In all, Sacramento State lost five players from last year, and those five players combined to average nearly 50 percent (.498) of the team's total offensive production.
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE NEWCOMERS ALREADY
Though still very early in the season, Sacramento State has received considerable contributions from its new players. Newcomers make up three of the team's top seven scorers, including transfer Alex Tiffin (7.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg), and true freshmen Eric Stuteville (6.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Nick Hornsby (5.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg). Combined, the team's five active newcomers have accounted for 32 percent of the team's scoring and 38 percent of the rebounding.
GETTING TO THE FREE THROW LINE
Sacramento State converted on 436 free throws last year, the most in seven years, and the team's .728 free throw percentage was the highest mark since the 1976-77 season and fourth highest in school history. Already this season, the Hornets have attempted 46 free throws, or an average of 23.0 per game. However, the team hasn't shot nearly as well from the charity stripe this year (.652).
DOES HE EVER MISS?
Over his last 18 games dating back to last season, senior forward Jordan Salley is shooting .771 (27-of-35) from the field. He finished last season by going 22-of-29 over his final 16 games, and is currently 5-for-6 from the floor this year.
On this year's roster are just two players with more than two years of experience heading into the season in fourth-year senior Kendell Groom and third-year junior Dylan Garrity…dating back to last year, Sacramento State has dropped eight of its last nine road games…sophomore guard Cody Demps posted the team's first double-double of the season when he had 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at CSU Bakersfield…the Hornets are outrebounding the opposition by 4.5 rebounds per game…the top four Hornets in terms of plus/minus ratio are Nick Hornsby (+31), Dylan Garrity (+24), Joey Quigley (+23) and Mikh McKinney (+11)…the plus/minus ratio is used to determine the point differential against an opponent when a particular player is on the floor.
May 23, 2014 HORNET HOOPS GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR MONDAY, JUNE 9
April 28, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS TO HOST SEASON WRAPUP/SIGNING PARTY ON MAY 8
March 10, 2014 TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR BIG SKY MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
February 28, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD GAME SATURDAY AT IDAHO ST.
February 27, 2014 WINNING STREAK SNAPPED, MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT WEBER STATE, 79-67
February 26, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO WEBER STATE ON THURSDAY, SEEKS 4TH STRAIGHT WIN
February 24, 2014 VOTE GARRITY’S 75-FOOT SHOT FOR GEICO PLAY OF THE YEAR
February 24, 2014 McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR A SECOND TIME
February 22, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL CONTINUES TO ROLL AFTER CRUSHING NORTHERN COLORADO
February 21, 2014 FREE WHITEOUT SHIRTS TO THE FIRST 500 FANS AT SATURDAY’S HOOPS GAME
February 21, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT HOME WIN SATURDAY VS. NORTHERN COLO.
February 19, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 6TH STRAIGHT HOME WIN THURSDAY VS. NORTH DAKOTA
February 14, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO PORTLAND STATE ON SATURDAY
February 13, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL HAS WINNING STREAK SNAPPED AT EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 12, 2014 WINNERS OF FOUR STRAIGHT, MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 10, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS BEATS SOUTHERN UTAH, COMPLETES HOMESTAND WITH 4-0 RECORD
February 9, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 4TH STRAIGHT WIN, HOSTS SOUTHERN UTAH ON MONDAY
February 6, 2014 WINNING STREAK AT THREE AFTER MEN’S HOOPS DISMANTLES NAU, 87-70
February 5, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME THURSDAY NIGHT VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA
February 3, 2014 McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
January 31, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL’S SIXTH-ANNUAL ALUMNI GAMES TAKE PLACE SATURDAY
January 31, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS HOST BIG SKY-LEADING WEBER STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT
January 29, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS LONG HOMESTAND THURSDAY VS. IDAHO STATE
January 25, 2014 BIG DISPARITIES HURT IN MEN’S HOOPS LOSS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
January 24, 2014 ROAD WEARY MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS AT NORTHERN COLORADO ON SATURDAY
January 23, 2014 NORTH DAKOTA USES LATE RUN TO BEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
January 21, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK ON THE ROAD THURSDAY AT NORTH DAKOTA
January 18, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL KNOCKS OFF EASTERN WASHINGTON AT HOME, 75-64
January 17, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS EASTERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY NIGHT
January 15, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS FINALLY RETURNS HOME, HOSTS PORTLAND STATE ON THURSDAY
January 11, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS CRUSHES SOUTHERN UTAH, ENDS ROAD TRIP IN A BIG WAY
January 10, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS ROAD TRIP COMES TO AN END SATURDAY AT SOUTHERN UTAH
January 8, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS CONTINUES ROAD TRIP THURSDAY AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
January 2, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS BIG SKY OPENER AT MONTANA STATE
December 31, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS BIG SKY PLAY THURSDAY AT MONTANA STATE
December 29, 2013 LATE FREE THROWS HELP DELIVER 69-67 MEN’S HOOPS WIN OVER UC RIVERSIDE
December 27, 2013 AFTER LONG LAYOFF, MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS UC RIVERSIDE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
December 21, 2013 BIG SECOND HALF FUELS CAL STATE FULLERTON TO VICTORY OVER MEN’S HOOPS
December 19, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYS AT CAL STATE FULLERTON ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
December 14, 2013 MEN’S HOOPS CRUISES TO 85-54 WIN OVER WILLIAM JESSUP
December 12, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS WILLIAM JESSUP ON SATURDAY AT 7 P.M.
December 7, 2013 UTEP USES HEALTHY FREE THROW ADVANTAGE TO BEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
December 4, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EL PASO FOR FIRST EVER MEETING WITH UTEP
November 30, 2013 UC IRVINE USES BIG SECOND HALF TO DEFEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 29, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS UC IRVINE SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 P.M.
November 26, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL COMES THROUGH WITH CLUTCH WIN AT UC DAVIS, 73-67
November 25, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS AND UC DAVIS TO PLAY FOR THE 112TH TIME ON TUESDAY
November 18, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO #22 UCLA
November 15, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO #24 UCLA ON MONDAY
November 13, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL FORWARD JUSTIN STRINGS
November 13, 2013 BAKERSFIELD HOT FROM DISTANCE IN 74-66 WIN OVER MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 12, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS ROAD TRIP WEDNESDAY AT CSU BAKERSFIELD
November 8, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL BEATS UC SANTA CRUZ, 73-43, IN SEASON OPENER
November 6, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL GETS UNDERWAY FRIDAY NIGHT VS. UC SANTA CRUZ
November 5, 2013 2013-14 MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
October 28, 2013 2013-14 MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON OUTLOOK
October 17, 2013 BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES AND MEDIA PRESEASON POLLS RELEASED
September 24, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON COMING FAST, FIRST OFFICIAL PRACTICE ON FRIDAY
July 23, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2013-14 SCHEDULE