Sacramento State Game Notes (28 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference Standings
• Currently riding a season-high tying four-game winning streak, the Hornets (9-5, 3-0) travel to Greeley on Saturday to take on Northern Colorado (7-7, 2-1) at 6:05 p.m. PST.
• Sacramento State is coming off a thrilling 63-61 win at North Dakota on Thursday in which senior Mikh McKinney buried a floater off the glass with 2.6 seconds remaining.
• Sacramento State is currently 3-0 in the Big Sky for just the second time since joining the league prior to the 1996-97 season (the 2005-06 squad also accomplished the feat).
• In addition, the Hornets' 9-5 overall record is the program's best mark after 14 games since the 2005-06 squad had the same record. That 2005-06 team was eventually 13-5 overall and 4-0 in the Big Sky at its high point of the season.
• The Hornets' four-game winning streak matches the second longest in the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.), done five times previously, including earlier this season.
• The longest winning streak in the Hornets' Div. I era came when the 2005-06 squad won five straight from Dec. 29, 2005 - Jan. 14, 2006.
• Sacramento State is currently all alone in first place in the Big Sky standings with its 3-0 record. Both Eastern Washington and Idaho are 2-0, and did not play Thursday night.
• Sacramento State is just one of two teams in the nation (Lafayette) to rank among the country's top 25 teams in field goal percentage (.488, 19th), 3-point field goal percentage (.401, 16th) and free throw percentage (.748, 23rd).
• The Hornets, who return all five starters from a year ago, have improved their conference record every season under head coach Brian Katz, including a 10-10 record last year and the program's first Big Sky Tournament appearance since the 2005-06 season.
• The Hornets are 3-4 on the road this season, already matching their road win total from all of last year (3-12). That includes two straight road victories.
• Should the Hornets win Saturday, the three-game road winning streak would be the longest single-season road streak in the program's Div. I era, and the longest since the 1987-88 squad won four straight. The Hornets did win three straight road games spanning the end of the 2011-12 season and first two games of the 2012-13 season.
• Northern Colorado has won two straight, including a road win on Saturday at Montana State, followed by Thursday's 90-85 home victory against Portland State.
• The Bears are 6-1 at home, with the only loss coming to UC Davis (73-63) on Dec. 22.
• In a series which dates back to the 2006-07 season (the year Northern Colorado joined the Big Sky), the Hornets are 5-11 all-time against the Bears.
• That includes a 2-6 record when playing in Greeley. Overall, the Hornets have won three of the last five meetings between the two teams.
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
• Mikh McKinney buried a seven-foot floater with 2.6 seconds remaining to lift the Hornets to a 63-61 win at North Dakota on Thursday night.
• The Hornets used a 9-3 run spanning the game's final 3:25 to pull out the victory.
• The game featured nine ties, six lead changes, and neither team led by more than eight points. That included no larger than a five-point lead the entire second half.
• The Hornets shot .500 from the field, .417 from the 3-point line and .769 from the free throw line. They also held a 10-2 advantage in second chance points.
• Four Hornets scored in double figures, including Zach Mills (season-high 17 pts on 7-of-9 shooting), McKinney (13), Alex Tiffin (12) and Dylan Garrity (10).
A PROFICIENT SHOOTING TEAM FROM EVERYWHERE
• Sacramento State is one of two teams in the country to rank among the top 25 squads in the nation in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage.
• The Hornets rank 19th in field goal percentage (.488), 16th in 3-point field goal percentage (.401) and 23rd in free throw percentage (.748). Lafayette is the other team to rank among the top 25 in all three categories.
• The Hornets have shot at least .500 in field goal percentage on nine occasions, and are 8-1 in those games.
• Of the Hornets' top eight scorers, six are shooting at least .475 from the field, comprised of Dreon Barlett (.581), Mikh McKinney (.532), Zach Mills (.525), Alex Tiffin (.484), Dylan Garrity (.477) and Nick Hornsby (.475).
DURING THE FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK....
• During the Hornets' current four-game winning streak, Sacramento State is averaging 76.2 points and is outscoring the opposition by 11.7 points per game (76.2-64.5).
• The Hornets are shooting a robust .549 (112-204) from the field, .560 (28-50) from the 3-point line and .803 (53-66) from the free throw line.
• Five different Sacramento State players are averaging at least 8.0 points, comprised of Dylan Garrity (20.5), Mikh McKinney (14.5), Zach Mills (11.8), Cody Demps (9.8) and Eric Stuteville (8.0). Four of the five are shooting above 58 percent from the field.
• The Hornets are averaging 17.3 assists and just 9.3 turnovers during the stretch.
• The Hornets have shot at least .500 from the field, .410 from the 3-point line and .770 from the free throw line in all four games.
• Four players are at least a +44 in plus/minus ratio during the four games, including Mills (+55), Garrity (+50), McKinney (+45) and Demps (+44).
• 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 3.9 points per game.
• Katz has used the same starting lineup in 12 of 14 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 9-3 record this year.
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 .315 this season, the second best mark among the 12 Big Sky teams.
• In nine of the team's 14 games, the opposition has shot .333 or worse from deep.
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 year.
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.
Sacramento State is 8-1 when scoring the game's first point…the Hornets are 9-0 when leading at the half…8-0 when leading with 10 minutes to play, and 7-0 when leading with five minutes to play…8-1 when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor…7-0 when the opponent shoots under 50 percent…6-0 when outrebounding the opponent…7-0 when shooting at least 40 percent from the 3-point line.
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 1,144 points. He is just six points shy of moving into a tie for 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 1,077 points are now 11th most in school history.
• 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 AN ABSOLUTE TEAR
• During the four-game winning streak, senior guard Dylan Garrity has been on fire. Including a career-high 28 points at Utah Valley and 26 vs. Northern Arizona, Garrity is averaging 20.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game
• During the four-game stretch, he is shooting .615 (24-39) from the field, .609 (14-23) from the 3-point line and .909 (20-22) from the free throw line.
• Garrity is now 22nd in the nation in 3-point percentage among players who have made at least 2.5 treys per game. He has buried at least one 3-pointer in every game this season, and at least two 3-pointers in all but two games.
• He has raised his scoring average every year of his career, from 8.1 ppg as a freshman, to 11.6 ppg, 13.2 ppg, and currently 14.1 ppg this year (11th in the Big Sky).
• Garrity can also handle the rock, as he is second in program history and ninth in Big Sky history with 484 assists. He needs 17 assists to claim the No. 1 spot in Hornet history.
McKINNEY PUTTING TOGETHER A MONSTER SEASON
• Including his game winner on Thursday, senior Mikh McKinney has been incredible this season, averaging 17.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game while shooting .532 (83-156) from the field and .830 (39-47) from the free throw line.
• Perhaps the most impressive stat from his line is the field goal percentage (.532), the best mark among all guards in the Big Sky.
• He ranks among the Big Sky's top nine players in seven categories, including first in steals, third in assists, minutes (34.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.3), fourth in scoring, seventh in field goal percentage and ninth in free throw percentage.
• Has scored at least 11 points in 11 straight games, and in 12 of the 13 games he's appeared. Has scored in double figures in 57 career games.
• His average of 2.8 steals per game is the sixth best mark in the nation.
• Has started all 72 games in which he's played in a Sacramento State uniform.
MILLS IMPRESSIVE IN LEAGUE PLAY
• Senior Zach Mills is putting up very nice numbers in league play, averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds on .640 (16-25) from the field and .750 (6-8) from the 3-point line.
• Has scored at least 11 points in all three league games after scoring in double figures twice during the first 11 games of the season.
• Has shot at least 50 percent or better from the field and from distance in all three games, including a season-high 17 points at North Dakota on Thursday night.
• Mills' team-high 17 points at North Dakota snapped a string of eight straight games in which either Dylan Garrity or Mikh McKinney led the Hornets in scoring.
• Garrity (54 straight) and Cody Demps (44 straight) both have long streaks of consecutive starts. Garrity's streak dates back to the 2012-13 season. McKinney has started all 72 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 (+70), McKinney (+67), Garrity (+58), Zach Mills (+50) and Alex Tiffin (+21).
• Demps is averaging 10.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in league play while shooting a team-high .650 (13-20) from the field in the three Big Sky games.
• The Hornets' average of 14.2 assists per game is easily the best mark in the Big Sky.
• The Hornets inched above Eastern Washington for the league's highest FG% (.488).
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