Sacramento State Game Notes (27 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings
• After a hard-fought 78-73 win over Northern Arizona to open the Big Sky season on Thursday, the Hornets (7-5, 1-0) are back in action Saturday night against Southern Utah (3-9, 0-1). Tip-off at the Nest is 7:05 p.m.
• This season marks the Hornets' 19th year in the Big Sky (1996-pres.), and Sacramento State will look for just its second 2-0 start since joining the league (2005-06 squad), and first in the Brian Katz era (2008-pres.).
• The Hornets have improved their conference record every season under Coach Katz.
• Last season, Sacramento State finished 10-10 in league play, and qualified for the Big Sky Tournament for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
• A win on Saturday would also give the Hornets their best overall record after 13 games since the 2005-06 squad began the year with an 8-5 record.
• The Hornets are 5-1 at home this year with the only loss coming by an 80-75 margin to a Portland team that is currently 10-4 and resides in the West Coast Conference.
• Sacramento State has won its last two games (including a 74-49 road win at Utah Valley last Saturday) after a rough patch in which the team lost four of five games.
• Sacramento State's probable starting five of Dylan Garrity and Mikh McKinney at guard, Cody Demps at swingman, Nick Hornsby at forward and Eric Stuteville at center has produced a 7-3 record this season when that fivesome starts.
• Southern Utah is coming off a 71-68 loss at Portland State in which the Thunderbirds trailed by four points or less the final five minutes of the game.
• Southern Utah is 1-6 on the road, and has dropped four straight on the road.
• Sacramento State is 8-15 all-time against Southern Utah, but that includes a 7-4 record when playing the Thunderbirds in Sacramento.
• The Hornets swept the season series against Southern Utah a year ago, and have won three of the last four games overall
• Last season, the Hornets defeated Southern Utah on the road by a 77-49 score, and knocked off the Thunderbirds at home by a 68-56 score.
TV/RADIO/VIDEO STREAM/LIVE STATS
• Every game the rest of the season, home or away, will be streamed live and free on www.WatchBigSky.com. Every home game will be streamed in HD. Fans will need to create an account before watching for the first time.
• Every game this season will be broadcast live on KTKZ 1380 AM with 18th-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling all the action.
• Fans outside the Sacramento area can listen to all games via www.hornetsports.com or on the iHeart Radio application for mobile devices.
• Live stats will be provided for every game this season, via www.hornetsports.com for home games, or provided by the opponent's website for games on the road.
• Links for all multimedia options can be found next to each game on the men's basketball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.
A LOOK AT THE HORNETS' LAST GAME
• Five Hornets scored in double figures, led by Dylan Garrity's game-high 26 points, as the Hornets knocked off Northern Arizona, 78-73, at home on Thursday night.
• Sacramento State led for nearly 38 minutes of the contest.
• The game lasted over two hours, featured 46 combined fouls, 60 free throw attempts and just 14 turnovers.
• Sacramento State shot .510 (26-51) from the field, a season-high .692 (9-13) from the 3-point line and .773 (17-22) from the free throw line.
• That included 7-of-8 from the 3-point line in the second half.
• Garrity finished the game 5-for-7 from the 3-point line and 11-of-12 from the free throw line, and 23 of his points came in the second half. He went 9-of-10 from the free throw line over the final six minutes to help ice the win.
• After NAU used a 12-2 run to close within, 70-68, with 2:24 to play, Mikh McKinney hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down and the game remained at least a two-possession contest the rest of the way.
• NAU shot .429 (21-49) from the field and went to the free throw line 38 times, but converted on just 25 of those freebies (.658).
ENJOYING THE HOME FLOOR
• Dating back to the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Sacramento State is 26-8 at the Nest, including an 11-3 mark last year. The 11 victories were the most home wins in the Div. I era (1991-pres.), and most since the 1988-89 squad also posted 11 wins.
• The Hornets are now 9-2 against Big Sky foes at home dating back to last year including a school-record seven-game home winning streak against Big Sky teams last year.
• This season, the Hornets are 5-1 at home and outscoring the opposition by an average of 14.8 points per contest (77.0-62.2).
• Dating back to last season, the Hornets have won 13 of the last 15 games inside the friendly confines. That includes a 68-56 win against Southern Utah on Feb. 10, 2014.
• Head coach Brian Katz has essentially used an eight-man rotation a good portion of the season, featuring guards Mikh McKinney, Dylan Garrity, Cody Demps and Dreon Barlett, forwards Nick Hornsby, Zach Mills and Alex Tiffin, and center Eric Stuteville.
• Each of those eight players are fully ingrained into Katz's rotation and make up the team's top eight scorers. Each is averaging at least 4.4 points per game.
• Katz has used the same starting lineup in 10 of 12 games thus far, consisting of Garrity and McKinney at guard, Demps at swingman, Hornsby at forward, and Stuteville at center. That lineup has produced a 7-3 record this year.
A PROFICIENT SHOOTING TEAM FROM EVERYWHERE
• Sacramento State ranks among the top 45 teams in the nation in field goal percentage (.474, 43rd), 3-point percentage (.396, 25th) and free throw percentage (.742, 29th).
• The field goal and 3-point percentages both rank third in the Big Sky, and the Hornets have already shot at least .500 FG% on seven occasions and are 6-1 in those games.
• Of the Hornets' top eight scorers, seven are shooting at least .450, including Dreon Barlett (.567), Mikh McKinney (.534), Nick Hornsby (.479) and Zach Mills (.477).
• In part, because of the abundance of makes, Hornet opponents are grabbing just 31.5 rebounds per game, easily the lowest amount in the Big Sky.
• At home, the Hornets are shooting a robust .538 (168-312) from the field.
DEFENDING THE 3-POINT LINE
• The Hornets did a nice job of defending the 3-point line last season, limiting the opposition to just .344 from distance. Sacramento State is at it again, limiting opponents to just .311 this season, the second best mark among the 12 Big Sky teams.
• In eight of the team's 12 games, the opposition has shot .333 or worse from deep.
• Due in large part to the swiping skills of guard Mikh McKinney, Sacramento State is tied for second in the Big Sky with 7.4 steals per game. The Hornets still rank high despite recording a season-low one steal on Thursday vs. Northern Arizona.
• Sacramento State has tallied double figures in steals four times this season after recording at least 10 steals just twice in 30 games last year.
• McKinney is currently fourth in the nation with 3.1 steals per contest. He already has 34 steals (10th in the nation), and the next closest Hornet (Dylan Garrity) has 13 steals.
• McKinney has at least one steal in all 11 games he's played.
IMPROVEMENT EVERY YEAR UNDER COACH KATZ
• Sacramento State has improved its conference record every year since head coach Brian Katz took over the program prior the 2008-09 season.
• After going 1-15 during Katz's first season in 2008-09, the Hornets went 3-13 in 2009-10, 4-12 in 2010-11, 5-11 in 2011-12, 8-12 in 2012-13, and 10-10 last season.
HORNETS PICKED HIGH IN PRESEASON RANKINGS
• Of the seven preseason polls released projecting the Big Sky, the Hornets were picked among the top four teams in all seven polls. That includes a first place prediction from Blue Ribbon, a second place prediction by ESPN and third place by The Sporting News.
• The Hornets were tabbed fourth in both the Big Sky coaches and media polls.
TWO 1,000 POINT SCORERS ON THE SAME SQUAD
• Early in the Abilene Christian game, senior guard Dylan Garrity became the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 career points, and is now 10th in Hornet history with 1,116 points. He is just 34 points shy of moving into ninth place.
• Exactly 10 days later, senior guard Mikh McKinney became the 13th player to score 1,000 points with his layup at the 4:58 mark of the second half against Portland. McKinney's 1,043 points still rank 13th, and he is 21 points shy of moving into 12th place.
• Together, they became just the sixth and seventh players to reach 1,000 points during the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.), joining John Dickson, Loren Leath, Damond Edwards, Alex Bausley and Michael Boyd.
GARRITY ON FIRE FROM DISTANCE
• Over the last two games, senior guard Dylan Garrity has been on fire. Including a career-high 28 points at Utah Valley, and 26 more against Northern Arizona, Garrity is shooting .786 (11-14) from the 3-point line and .944 (17-18) from the free throw line during that two-game stretch.
• Garrity is now fourth in the Big Sky and 17th in the nation with a .472 3-point field goal percentage. He also ranks fifth in the league and 62nd in the nation with an .850 free throw percentage.
• He's bumped his scoring average up to 14.2 points per game, 11th best in the Big Sky.
• Garrity has buried at least two 3-pointers in all but one game this season, and 72 of his 109 field goal attempts have come from beyond the 3-point arc.
• Garrity can also handle the rock, as he is second in program history and ninth in Big Sky history with 472 assists. He needs 29 assists to claim the No. 1 spot in Hornet history.
McKINNEY PUTTING TOGETHER A MONSTER SEASON
• Senior Mikh McKinney has been incredible this season, averaging 17.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.1 steals per game while shooting .534 (71-133) from the field and .838 (31-37) from the free throw line.
• Perhaps the most impressive stat from his line is the field goal percentage (.534), a ridiculously high percentage for a guard.
• He ranks among the Big Sky's top eight players in seven categories, including first in steals, second in minutes (35.4), third in scoring, assists, and assist/turnover ratio (+2.4), sixth in free throw percentage and eighth in field goal percentage.
• Has scored at least 11 points in nine straight games, and in 10 of the 11 games he's appeared. Has scored in double figures in 55 career games.
• His average of 3.1 steals per game is the fourth best mark in the nation.
• Has started all 70 games in which he's played in a Sacramento State uniform.
• Either Dylan Garrity (four times) or Mikh McKinney (three times) has led the Hornets in scoring in each of the last seven games.
• Garrity (52 straight) and Cody Demps (42 straight) both have long streaks of consecutive starts. Garrity's streak dates back to the 2012-13 season. McKinney has started all 70 games he's appeared, but missed this year's season opener at Gonzaga.
• The Hornets' top five players in terms of plus/minus ratio, a stat used to determine how a team does when a particular player is on the floor, are Demps (+57), McKinney (+52), Garrity (+36), Zach Mills (+28) and Alex Tiffin (+18).
• Dreon Barlett is shooting a career .431 from the 3-point line, including .474 this year.
• Zach Mills' 12 points vs. NAU ended a string of eight straight games of seven points or less.
• Twenty of sophomore Nick Hornsby's 58 points this season came in one game - against Utah Valley on Dec. 1 when he shot 8-for-8 from the field.
• In the 10 games he comes off the bench, Tiffin is shooting .541 (20-37) from the field.
• Over the last four games, center Eric Stuteville is averaging 9.8 points on .636 (14-22) shooting from the field, including a season-best 16 points vs. Northern Arizona.
• Sacramento State has 159 assists this season, translating to 13.3 per game, which is the second best mark in the Big Sky.
• The Hornets grab just 8.4 offensive rebounds per game, the worst mark in the Big Sky. The team has seven second chance points or less in five straight games.
• Sacramento State is getting nearly 20 points per game (19.2) from its bench.
April 24, 2015 BIG SKY, RENO ANNOUNCE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AGREEMENT
March 26, 2015 McKINNEY NAMED A FINALIST FOR MID-MAJOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
March 17, 2015 FIRST ROUND OF CIT - MEN'S HOOPS AT PORTLAND ON WEDNESDAY
March 10, 2015 BRIAN KATZ NAMED THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
February 28, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS ONE WIN AWAY FROM LEAGUE TITLE AFTER WIN AT PORTLAND STATE
February 24, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS BEGINS FINAL ROAD TRIP ON SATURDAY AT PORTLAND STATE
February 21, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS BACK IN 1ST PLACE AFTER BEATING NORTH DAKOTA ON SENIOR NIGHT
February 20, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME GAME SAT. NIGHT AT 7 PM
February 19, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS IMPROVES TO 17-8 WITH A 66-59 VICTORY OVER NORTHERN COLO.
February 17, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS NORTHERN COLORADO THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7 P.M.
February 14, 2015 LATE RUN SPARKS IDAHO TO 69-58 VICTORY OVER MEN’S BASKETBALL
February 13, 2015 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO IDAHO FOR SATURDAY EVENING MATCHUP
February 12, 2015 LATE RUN FALLS JUST SHORT IN MEN’S HOOPS’ 64-61 LOSS AT EASTERN WASH.
February 10, 2015 FIRST PLACE ON THE LINE IN MEN'S HOOPS GAME THURS. AT EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 7, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS WINS 7TH STRAIGHT, DOWNS PORTLAND STATE, 64-60
February 4, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS POSTS HIGHEST TERM GPA IN SCHOOL HISTORY
February 2, 2015 McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THE 3RD STRAIGHT WEEK
January 27, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME THURSDAY NIGHT VS. MONTANA STATE
January 23, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN SATURDAY AT WEBER STATE
January 21, 2015 McKINNEY SELECTED AS ONE OF THE BEST MID-MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE NATION
January 21, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS BACK IN ACTION THURSDAY NIGHT AT IDAHO STATE
January 19, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS RANKED IN THE TOP 25 MID-MAJOR POLL FOR FIRST TIME EVER
January 19, 2015 McKINNEY RECEIVES SCHOOL-RECORD 4TH BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
January 17, 2015 MEN’S HOOPS TAKES OVER FIRST PLACE, BEATS EASTERN WASHINGTON 90-77
January 16, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS EASTERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY FOR FIRST PLACE
January 13, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME THURSDAY VS. LEAGUE NEWCOMER IDAHO AT 7 PM
January 10, 2015 MEN’S BASKETBALL’S WINNING STREAK ENDS IN LOSS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
January 2, 2015 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS SOUTHERN UTAH ON SATURDAY AT 7 P.M.
December 30, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS BIG SKY PLAY AT HOME THURSDAY VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA
December 29, 2014 GARRITY NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
December 27, 2014 GARRITY'S CAREER-HIGH 28 POINTS LEADS MEN'S HOOPS TO 74-49 ROAD WIN
December 24, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FINAL NON-LEAGUE GAME SATURDAY AT UTAH VALLEY
December 21, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL CAN’T FIND THE RANGE IN ROAD LOSS AT SEATTLE
December 20, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO SEATTLE FOR SUNDAY EVENING MATCHUP
December 15, 2014 McKINNEY RECEIVES THIRD CAREER BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
December 14, 2014 BIG NIGHT FOR McKINNEY, BUT MEN’S HOOPS LOSES THRILLER TO PORTLAND
December 12, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS PORTLAND ON SUNDAY AT 5 P.M.
December 11, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS REMAINS PERFECT AT HOME WITH A 73-59 WIN OVER CS FULLERTON
December 10, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS CAL STATE FULLERTON THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM
December 6, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP WITH 74-62 LOSS AT UC IRVINE
December 5, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO UC IRVINE FOR SATURDAY EVENING GAME
December 3, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS LOOKS FOR 5TH STRAIGHT WIN THURSDAY AT ABILENE CHRISTIAN
December 1, 2014 HORNSBY SCORES A CAREER-HIGH 20 AS MEN’S HOOPS WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT
November 30, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS UTAH VALLEY ON MONDAY; GARRITY NEARS MILESTONE
November 25, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS IMPROVES TO 3-1 WITH 97-63 VICTORY OVER BRISTOL
November 24, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS RESUMES HOMESTAND TUESDAY NIGHT VS. BRISTOL
November 19, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTS A 74-42 VICTORY OVER SIMPSON IN HOME OPENER
November 18, 2014 SACRAMENTO STATE TO HOST 2017 NCAA MEN’S TOURNEY 1ST AND 2ND ROUNDS
November 17, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO UC RIVERSIDE FOR MONDAY EVENING GAME
November 17, 2014 McKINNEY LEADS MEN’S HOOPS TO FIRST-EVER ROAD WIN AT UC RIVERSIDE
November 14, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS IN SEASON OPENER AT #13 GONZAGA
November 12, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS GUARD JEFF WU AND FORWARD JOSHUA PATTON
November 10, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS SEASON FRIDAY NIGHT AT #13 GONZAGA
October 23, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS PICKED FOURTH IN BIG SKY COACHES AND MEDIA POLLS
September 30, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS SEASON COMING FAST, FIRST OFFICIAL PRACTICE ON FRIDAY
September 5, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS POSTS HIGHEST TERM GRADE POINT AVERAGE IN SCHOOL HISTORY
August 15, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2014-15 SCHEDULE