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February 28, 2014

MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD GAME SATURDAY AT IDAHO ST.

Sacramento State Game Notes (pdf)
Idaho State Game Notes (pdf)
Big Sky Standings

GAME PREVIEW

Fresh off a 79-67 loss at Weber State, Sacramento State (13-13, 9-8) will play its final road game of the regular season on Saturday when the team travels to Pocatello to take on Idaho State (10-16, 7-10)…tip-off at Reed Gym is set for 6:05 p.m. PST…Thursday's loss to Weber State snapped a three-game winning streak…still, the Hornets have won seven of their last nine games…with three games remaining in the regular season, Sacramento State finds itself in the middle of a jumbled Big Sky standings as nine teams are fighting for the final six spots into the Big Sky Tournament…Weber State (13-4) is the only team that has clinched a spot into the postseason tournament, and nine other squads are within three games of each other…the Hornets are tied for fifth with Eastern Washington, Montana State and Northern Arizona…Sacramento State will likely to have to win at least one more game to have a chance at qualifying for the tournament for the first time since 2006… 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 3-11 on the road…Idaho State currently sits in 10th place in the league standings, but is just two games out of fifth place…the Bengals have been the unluckiest team in the Big Sky as, amazingly, all 10 of the team's losses in Big Sky play have come by seven points or less…that includes back-to-back one-point losses heading into Saturday's game…the Bengals fell at home to Northern Arizona, 66-65, on Thursday night…one of those tight losses came to the Hornets in Sacramento (84-78) on Jan. 30…in that game, Sacramento State saw its 27-point lead chopped all the way down to five points with 1:28 remaining before the Hornets went 9-of-10 from the free throw line over the final 1:27 to pull out the win…the Bengals are 8-4 at home, including 6-3 against Big Sky foes…in a series that has been filled with a ridiculous amount of nail biting outcomes, the Hornets are 16-26 all-time against the Bengals…that includes a 7-14 record when playing in Pocatello…eight of the last nine meetings between the two teams have been decided by seven points or less, including a pair of one-point outcomes last year…Saturday'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 isubengals.com.

QUICK NOTABLES ON THE SEASON

• Overall, the Hornets have won seven of their last nine games, matching the 2004-05 and 2005-06 squads for the best nine-game run in the team's Div. I era (1991-pres.).
• 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 13-13, 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 9-8, 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 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.
• 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.

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