MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO WEBER STATE ON THURSDAY, SEEKS 4TH STRAIGHT WIN
Arguably the hottest team in the Big Sky Conference, Sacramento State (13-12, 9-7) returns to action this week for its final two road games of the regular season…the Hornets play the first of those two roadies on Thursday at first-place Weber State (15-9, 12-4)…tip-off at the Dee Events Center is set for 6:05 p.m. PST…Sacramento State has won three straight and seven of its last eight games, including a convincing 79-58 home win over second-place Northern Colorado on Saturday…Thursday's game at Weber State is a rematch of two teams that produced the game of the year in the Big Sky as Dylan Garrity's 75-foot prayer was answered at the buzzer and gave the Hornets a 78-75 overtime home win against the Wildcats on Feb. 1…Sacramento State has lost just one game since that victory over Weber State…the Hornets' nine conference wins are the program's most since joining the Big Sky in 1996-97…the team has improved its conference record every year of Coach Katz's tenure, a span of five straight years after the program went 1-15 during his first season at the helm…Sacramento State has won seven consecutive home games (matching a Div. I era record), but is just 3-10 on the road…however, one of those victories came in the team's last road game, a 72-65 win at Portland State which snapped a seven-game losing streak in Portland…Sacramento State is in a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings with Montana and North Dakota…the top seven teams in the 11-member league qualify for the Big Sky Tournament, a place the Hornets haven't been since 2006…after beginning the conference season 0-3, the Hornets are 9-4 in their last 13 Big Sky contests…Sacramento State's 7-1 record over the last eight games is the team's best eight-game run since the 2005-06 season…Weber State will be playing its first home game since a 79-65 victory over Northern Colorado on Feb. 8…the Wildcats are 11-1 at home, and 8-0 against league opposition…the Hornets had lost 12 straight to the Wildcats prior to Garrity's 75-footer…the Dee Events Center has been an absolute House of Horrors for Sacramento State as the team is 1-19 all-time and has dropped seven straight in Ogden…the lone win in Ogden came in a 73-66 victory over the Wildcats on Jan. 14, 2006…overall, the Hornets are 5-35 all-time against Weber State…Thursday's contest can be seen live and free on WatchBigSky.com…the game can be heard over the airwaves on KTKZ 1380 AM with 17th-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling the action…live stats are available at weberstatesports.com.
QUICK NOTABLES ON THE SEASON
• The 7-game home winning streak is the longest since the '05-06 team won 7 in a row.
• The team's seven-game home winning streak against Big Sky competition is the longest since joining the league in 1996-97.
• Overall, the Hornets have won seven of their last eight games, matching the 2005-06 squad for the best eight-game run in the team's Div. I era (1991-pres.). Should the Hornets win Thursday, it would be the best nine-game run since 1987-88 team went 8-1.
• The Hornets have set their record for most Big Sky wins (9) since joining the league in 1996-97. The team has now improved its conference record every year of head coach Brian Katz's six-year tenure.
• At 13-12, the Hornets have a shot to finish the season with an overall record above the .500 mark for the first time since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991.
• At 9-7, the Hornets have the opportunity to finish with a Big Sky record above .500 for just the second time since joining the league in 1996-97. The 2004-05 squad finished 8-6 in league. The 2003-04 squad owns the high water mark for Big Sky finish (T-2nd).
• The team recently completed its first 4-0 homestand since the 1981-82 season.
• The Hornets' 10 wins at home ties for the most during the Div. I era.