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Sacramento State (3-5) will play for the first time in eight days when the team hosts UC Riverside (4-7) on Sunday, Dec. 29…tip-off at The Nest is set for 2:05 p.m…the game will mark the first and only time the Hornets will play on a Sunday this season…in addition, Sacramento State will play for just the second time at home during the entire month of December (the other coming in an 85-54 victory vs. William Jessup)…the Hornets are 2-1 this season at home with each of those outcomes decided by at least 26 points…Sunday will mark the final non-conference game of the season as Sacramento State opens conference play on Thursday at Montana State…the Hornets will begin the conference slate with four straight road games…Sacramento State is coming off a 59-51 loss at Cal State Fullerton in which the Hornets blew an eight-point halftime lead…UC Riverside will mark the fourth Big West team that Sacramento State has played this year, and the Hornets are 1-2 in those games (road win at UC Davis; home loss vs. UC Irvine, road loss at Cal State Fullerton)…Sacramento State is 3-0 when scoring at least 70 points, and 0-5 when scoring under 70…UC Riverside has dropped three of its last four games, including a 71-64 home loss to Northern Illinois last Sunday…the Anteaters are 1-4 on the road with the lone win coming at Southern Utah (74-59)…the Hornets are 4-12 all-time against UC Riverside, including a 4-6 record when playing in Sacramento…the Highlanders have won the last three meetings between the two teams, including a 59-58 victory at The Nest on Nov. 28, 2009…that loss was one of the most gut wrenching during the Brian Katz era (box score on page 9)…Riverside's Larry Gurganious grabbed an offensive rebound with one second to play and quickly lofted up a heavily challenged shot than sat on the rim for what seemed like an eternity before falling in… like every home game, Sunday's contest can be seen live and free on www.WatchBigSky.com…the game can also 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 the game...live stats for the game are also available via www.hornetsports.com.
556 AND COUNTING
Sacramento State has converted at least one three-pointer in 556 straight games. It has been over 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.
FOULS ON THE RISE
Last May, the NCAA men's basketball rules committee voted on changes intended to cut down the amount of physical play and encourage a more open style of play. The NCAA warned that more fouls would likely be called. In Sacramento State's case, that has certainly rang true. Through eight games, the Hornets have been whistled for 178 fouls, or 22.3 per contest. In comparison, last year's team finished the season with an average of 16.0 fouls per game. A Hornet has fouled out of a game seven times already this season after finishing with six foul outs in 29 games last year.
FREE THROW ATTEMPT DISPARITY
With the Hornets averaging more than 22 fouls per game, the opponents have taken advantage, going to the free throw line a ridiculous 221 times. That breaks down to a robust 27.9 free throw attempts per game, which is partially to blame for the Hornets' 3-5 record. Opponents have shot at least 20 free throws in all but one game, including 45 by UTEP three weeks ago. The opposition has attempted 92 more free throws (221-129) and converted 54 more of those freebies (143-89) than Sacramento State.
GAUGING THE PLUS/MINUS
The plus/minus ratio, originally created in hockey, gauges the success of a team when a certain player or combination of players are on the floor. Thus far, true freshman Nick Hornsby has a team-best ratio of +2.71 per game while senior Jordan Salley is second at +2.50. So the Hornets have outscored their opponents by nearly three points per game when Hornsby is on the floor. As far as lineups go, the fivesome of Dylan Garrity, Mikh McKinney, Cody Demps, Alex Tiffin and Salley have been the best statistically, checking in at +2.75 per contest.
GARRITY/McKINNEY ACCOUNT FOR BIG PART OF THE OFFENSE
A good chunk of the team's scoring this season has come from the back court of junior point guard Dylan Garrity and junior shooting guard Mikh McKinney. The duo combines to form one of the best back courts in the Big Sky Conference, and, together, have scored nearly 43 percent (.428) of the team's points this season. McKinney (14.9 ppg) and Garrity (12.0 ppg) are the only Hornets averaging better than 7.1 points per contest and one of the two has led the team in scoring in all but two games thus far.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Over the last four games, Sacramento State has posted its lowest turnover marks of the season, comprised of 11, 10, 8 and 11, respectively. That's an average of just 10.0 per contest during that four-game stretch. The Hornets are averaging just 12.5 turnovers per contest overall, and the team's 100 total turnovers are the 10th best mark in the nation.
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.
As far as a starting lineup goes, one thing is pretty certain....head coach Brian Katz will start Dylan Garrity at point guard, Mikh McKinney at shooting guard, Cody Demps at swingman and Alex Tiffin in the post. Who he starts alongside that foursome is still being ironed out. Katz has started four different players with the aforementioned foursome, comprised of forward Joey Quigley (3 times), center Eric Stuteville (2), and forwards Zach Mills (2) and Jordan Salley (1).
GARRITY CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Junior point guard Dylan Garrity, who has been the Hornets' starting point guard the moment he stepped foot on campus two years ago, continues to impress. Already fourth in school history in career assists (359), Garrity has increased his scoring average from 8.1 ppg as a freshman, to 11.6 ppg as a sophomore, and currently 12.0 ppg this season. He is shooting .468 (22-47) from beyond the 3-point line, and averaging 2.8 makes per game, tied for the second best mark in the Big Sky. Most impressive, however, is the fact he's turned the ball over just six times in 248 minutes this year (one every 41.3 minutes) despite playing a highly demanding position. His 3.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is the sixth best mark in the nation and tops in the Big Sky. He has now gone 76 straight minutes without a turnover and has just one in the last 169 minutes played.
STAT SHEET STUFFING McKINNEY
Junior shooting guard Mikh McKinney, who shares the team captain duties with Dylan Garrity, is currently averaging 14.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting .451 (41-91) from the field and .923 (24-26) from the free throw line. He has scored in double figures in all but one game, including a season-best 25 points at UC Davis, and 22 more at UTEP. The Union City, Calif., native has started all 37 games during his Sacramento State career after transferring from Ohlone College. He has scored in double figures in 26 of those games. Over the last five games, he is averaging 17.4 points on .484 shooting from the field. Overall, his .923 free throw percentage is currently the eighth best mark in the nation.
BIG STRIDES FOR DEMPS
Last season as a true freshman, swingman Cody Demps averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.8 minutes of playing time. What a difference a year makes. This season, Demps is not only getting bigger minutes (27.4 per game), he is making the most of the added playing time, averaging 7.1 points and a team-high 4.0 rebounds per game. Including his career-high 16 points against UC Irvine, he has scored in double figures three times after doing so twice all of last season. He also had his first career double-double (10 pts, 12 reb) at CSU Bakersfield. He's been somewhat feast or famine, having scored at least nine points four times, and scoring two points or less on three occasions.
THE PROFICIENT SALLEY
Despite going 0-for-4 against Cal State Fullerton, over his last 24 games dating back to last season, senior forward Jordan Salley is shooting a ridiculous .672 (41-of-61) from the field. He finished last season by going 22-of-29 over his final 16 games, and is now 19-for-32 (.594) this year. The athletic Salley will often jump higher than his defender to set up a clean midair look at the basket. After averaging just 8.0 minutes the first three games this season, he has combined for 101 minutes over the last five games. Overall, he is now averaging one point every 2.8 minutes of playing time, the second best mark on the squad.
The Hornets are 3-0 when outrebounding an opponent, and 0-5 when being outrebounded…including a career-high 21 points vs. William Jessup, junior forward Alex Tiffin has scored at least nine points on three occasions, and five points or less in the other five games…after beginning the season 1-for-6 from beyond the arc, sophomore Dreon Barlett is 5 for his last 10 from distance…seven different players have now led the Hornets in rebounding through eight games…the Hornets are allowing just 66.4 points per game, the second best mark in the Big Sky…despite averaging just 62.8 points per game offensively, the team is third in the conference with 13.4 assists per contest.
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