Sacramento State Game Notes (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings
• Winners of five straight, and nine of the last 10, Sacramento State (14-6, 8-1) will take on Montana (11-8, 7-1) on Saturday night at the Nest. Tip is 7:05 p.m.
• The winner of Saturday's game will sit in sole possession of first place in the conference standings, setting the scene for the biggest game at the Nest in years.
• The Hornets' 14-6 overall record is the best mark in the Div. I era (1991-pres.), and the best since the 1988-89 team was also 14-6.
• The 8-1 Big Sky record is the best mark in program history, and the Hornets have never been in first place this late in the year since joining the league in 1996-97.
• The five-game winning streak matches the team's longest winning streak in the Div. I era (2005-06 team) and the last 28 years (the 1987-88 squad won six straight).
• The Hornets are currently ranked 20th in the nation in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major top 25 poll, the highest ranking in school history.
• ESPN Bracketology predicts the Hornets to represent the Big Sky in this year's NCAA Tournament in a play-in game vs. North Florida with the winner taking on Kentucky.
• Should the Hornets win on Saturday, the potential 15-6 record would be the team's best since the 1987-88 squad was 16-5 after 21 games. That 1987-88 team, part of the Div. II era, was also the last team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
• Should the Hornets win Saturday and increase their winning streak to six games, that would be the longest streak since the 1987-88 squad won six consecutive games.
• A win on Saturday would also tie the high water mark for most victories during the Div. I era as the 2005-06 squad finished the season 15-15. The Hornets have never finished with an overall record above .500 during the Div. I era (1991-pres.).
• A win on Saturday would give Coach Katz his most victories with the Hornets.
• Trailing Sacramento State (8-1) in the Big Sky standings are Montana (7-1) and Eastern Washington (6-1). Every other team has at least three conference losses.
• Sacramento State is 9-1 at home this season, including 5-0 in Big Sky play. Dating back to last year, the Hornets have won 13 of the last 15 home games vs. league teams.
• Montana has won a league-best six straight games, including Thursday's impressive 73-54 road victory at Portland State. The Grizzlies are 3-6 on the road this year.
• In a series that dates back to 1992, Montana is 36-5 all-time against the Hornets.
• The Hornets have dropped 15 straight games to the Grizzlies with the last win coming at home (80-72) on Jan. 4, 2007. Coach Katz has never defeated Montana since taking over the head coaching duties at Sacramento State prior to the 2008-09 season.
• The Hornets are 4-16 all-time when playing the Grizzlies in Sacramento.
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
• Playing in front of an energetic overflow crowd at the Nest, Sacramento State defeated Montana State on Thursday night by a 75-59 score.
• The Hornets used a 16-3 run late in the second half to push a 57-52 lead all the way to a 73-55 advantage with 1:24 remaining.
• In a game where neither team led by more than five points the first 32 minutes of the contest, Sacramento State was finally able to break free with the late run.
• Four Hornets scored in double figures, including Mikh McKinney (23 points, eight assists, five steals), Dylan Garrity (18 points, four 3-pointers and five assists), Nick Hornsby (12 points, team-high seven rebounds) and Cody Demps (10 points).
• The Hornets shot .519 (28-54) from the field, and .471 (8-17) from the 3-point line.
A PROFICIENT SHOOTING TEAM FROM EVERYWHERE
• Sacramento State is one of just four teams in the nation to rank among the top 11 squads in both field goal percentage (11th, .495) and 3-point percentage (6th, .412).
• For good measure, the team is also 27th in the nation in free throw percentage (.740).
• The Hornets have shot at least .500 from the field on 12 occasions this year, and are 11-1 in those games. In addition, the Hornets have shot better than .590 four times, including a .596 percentage last Saturday at Weber State
• Of the Hornets' top eight scorers, five are shooting better than .480 from the field.
• The program record for single-season field goal percentage is .491 (1985-86), and 3-point field goal percentage is .418 (1987-88).
HOME SWEET HOME
• Dating back to the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Sacramento State is 30-8 at the Nest. That includes an 9-1 home mark this season, 11-3 last year, and 10-4 inside the friendly confines in 2012-13.
• The Hornets have won 13 of their last 15 home games against Big Sky teams, including a school-record seven-game home winning streak against Big Sky teams last year.
• This season, the Hornets are winning their home games by an average of 13.6 points.
• Overall, Sacramento State has won 17 of its last 19 home games.
• At home, the Hornets are shooting a blistering .545 (293-538) from the field and .436 (65-149) from the 3-point line. Of the 10 home games, Sacramento State has shot at least .500 from the floor on eight of those occasions.
WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
• The Hornets are 4-0 in games decided by three points or less, 5-1 in games decided by five points or less, and 7-1 in games decided by single digits.
• Of the Hornets' eight conference wins, five have come by seven points or less.
• The Hornets are 8-1 in league despite outscoring the opposition by average of just 5.8 points per contest.
• 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. Seven of the eight players on the rotation are averaging at least 4.9 points per game.
• Katz has used the same starting lineup in 18 of 20 games thus far, consisting of Garrity and McKinney at guard, Demps at swingman, Hornsby at forward, and Stuteville at center. That lineup has produced an 14-4 record this year.
• Sacramento State has three winning streaks of at least four games this year.
• A win on Saturday would increase the Hornets' current winning streak to six games, which would tie for the seventh longest streak in school history (1948-pres.).
• Here is a look at the longest winning streaks in school history:
12 - 1969-70; 11 - 1952-53; 8 - Three teams; 7 - 1975-76; 6 - Seven teams. The most recent team to win six straight was the 1987-88 squad.
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.
TWO 1,000 POINT SCORERS ON THE SAME SQUAD
• Earlier this season, senior guards Dylan Garrity and Mikh McKinney became the 12th and 13th players, respectively, in school history to score 1,000 career points.
• The two are currently within seven points of each other as Garrity is seventh in school history with 1,224 points and McKinney is eighth with 1,217 points.
• 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 SETS PROGRAM RECORD FOR CAREER ASSISTS
• With 504 career assists, senior guard Dylan Garrity is Sacramento State' new all-time leader, surpassing the previous mark of 501, set by DaShawn Freeman (2002-06).
• In addition, Garrity is just two assists shy of moving into sixth place in Big Sky history.
• Garrity, who has become more of a scorer than a distributor during his career, had 193 assists as a freshman, 143 as a sophomore, 107 as a junior, and 61 this season.
• Garrity has become a long range marksman, currently shooting better than 40 percent from distance for the third straight season.
• Among players averaging at least 2.5 made 3-pointers per game, Garrity's current season percentage of .446 ranks as the 16th best percentage in the nation.
• His career 3-point percentage of .429 is the third best mark in school history.
• 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 13.9 ppg this year.
McKINNEY PUTTING TOGETHER A HUGE YEAR
• Including his game winner at North Dakota and 27-point second halves in wins over Idaho and Weber State, senior guard Mikh McKinney has been incredible this season.
• He became the first player in school history to be named to the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List. He is one of two players from the Big Sky (Tyler Harvey).
• He is averaging 19.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game while shooting .540 (132-248) from the field, .420 (34-81) from the 3-point line and .769 (60-78) from the free throw line. He is also a team-best +107 in plus/minus ratio.
• Amazingly, he ranks among the nation's top 50 players in nine different categories, including sixth in steals per game, 28th in points per game, 33rd in both assists per game and field goals made, and 42nd in field goal percentage.
• Perhaps the most impressive stat from his line is the field goal percentage (.540), which is the fourth best mark in the nation among guards.
• He ranks among the Big Sky's top three players in five categories, including first in steals, second in scoring, minutes and assists, and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.4).
• Has scored at least 11 points in 17 straight games, and in 18 of the 19 games he's appeared. McKinney has scored in double figures in 63 career games.
• Has started all 78 games in which he's played in a Sacramento State uniform.
DEMPS PLAYING AT A HIGH LEVEL IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• After averaging 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game on .391 shooting in non-conference play, junior guard Cody Demps has ramped those numbers up to 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists on .574 shooting in Big Sky play
• In league play, he ranks among the Big Sky's top seven players in three categories, including tied for second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5), sixth in field goal percentage, and seventh in free throw percentage. He is tied for 11th in assists per game (3.9).
• He has shot at least 50 percent from the field in eight of the nine league games.
• Sophomore Nick Hornsby has pulled at least seven rebounds in six of the last eight games, and is eighth in the Big Sky with a team-high 6.4 rpg in league play.
• Junior guard Dreon Barlett is shooting .500 (14-28) from distance this season. If he had enough makes to qualify, his career .444 (36-81) 3-point percentage would rank third in school history.
• Centers Eric Stuteville (.623) and Alex Tiffin (.548) are combining to shoot .595 (50-84) thus far in Big Sky play.
• Over his last four games, Stuteville is shooting .800 (16-20) from the field.
• In league play, five different Hornet regulars are shooting at least .540 from the field.
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