KATZ NAMED DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR; McKINNEY FIRST TEAM ALL-DISTRICT

KATZ NAMED DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR; McKINNEY FIRST TEAM ALL-DISTRICT

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After Sacramento State posted its best season in the Div. I era, and arguably the best season in school history, head coach Brian Katz was named the District 6 Coach of the Year, and senior guard Mikh McKinney was named first team all-District 6, it was announced today by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Katz becomes the first Sacramento State men's basketball coach during the Div. I era (1991-pres.) to be named District Coach of the Year, and McKinney the first in Div. I history to be named first team all-district. McKinney is appearing on the all-district team for the second straight year as he received second team accolades last season.

District 6 is made up of players from the Big Sky Conference and Western Athletic Conference. Of the 10 players selected from the district (five on the first team, five on the second team), six were from the Big Sky, including McKinney.

Sacramento State recently completed a season in which it posted a 21-12 overall record, a 13-5 Big Sky Conference mark, and the program's first postseason berth during the Div. I era (1991-pres.) when the Hornets qualified for the CIT. The 21-12 record marked the first time in the Div. I era the Hornets finished with a record above the .500 mark, the 21 victories tied for second most in program history (1948-pres.), and the Hornets' victory at Portland in the first round of the CIT marked the first postseason win for the program in 53 years.

COACH KATZ
• Already voted as the Big Sky Conference's co-Coach of the Year.
• Named as one of 16 finalists for this year's Hugh Durham Award, presented by CollegeInsider.com to the nation's top mid-major coach.
• Led the Hornets to a 21-12 overall record, a 13-5 mark in the Big Sky Conference, the team's first postseason appearance in the Div. I era (1991-pres.), and the team's first postseason win in 53 years.
• The overall record marked the first time in the Div. I era that Sacramento State finished above the .500 mark, and first time since the 1988-89 season.
• The 21 wins are tied for second most in program history, and the 13 conference wins are the most in school history (regardless of conference).
• All of this from a program that had entered the year with just three winning seasons in the previous 38 years.
• The Hornets qualified for the CIT Postseason Tournament, marking the first time the program had qualified for a postseason event since the 1988 NCAA Div. II Tournament, and just the fifth postseason appearance in school history.
• Sacramento State's 73-66 victory over Portland in the first round of the CIT marked the first time in 53 years the Hornets had won a postseason game.
• Sacramento State has improved its conference record every season of Katz's tenure.
• The Hornets were ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Poll for the first time in school history (ranking as high as 14th).
• The team finished just one game back of first place in the Big Sky standings, narrowly missing out on the program's first conference championship since 1977.
• The Hornets never lost more than two consecutive games all year and had three winning streaks of at least four games, including a seven-game winning streak which tied for the sixth longest in school history.
• Sacramento State won nine straight home games at one point, and finished the year with a 13-2 home record, tied for the most home wins in program history.
• Sacramento State sold out each of its final six home games, including last Saturday's CIT second round loss to Northern Arizona, in which the Hornets were hosting their first postseason game inside the Nest since March 10, 1962.
• The Hornets posted a 3.15 grade point average during the fall semester, the highest cumulative gpa in school history for the men's basketball program.
• Of the 21 Hornets that have expired their eligibility during Coach Katz's tenure, 19 have graduated.

McKINNEY
• Named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year, a finalist for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year, unanimous first team all-Big Sky, all-Big Sky Tournament and a four-time Big Sky Player of the Week selection.
• Became Sacramento State's first conference MVP since 1977, the first player in the program's Div. I era to be named first team all-District, and first Hornet in school history to be named unanimous first team all-Big Sky in back-to-back years.
• Averaged 19.2 points, 4.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 steals, a +2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio and 37.0 minutes per game while shooting .507 (219-432) from the field, .430 (65-151) from the 3-point line and .803 (110-137) from the free throw line.
• Ranks among the nation's top 60 players in 10 different categories, including seventh in steals per game, eighth in total steals, 23rd in field goals made and minutes per game, 28th in points per game, 32nd in total points, 48th in assists per game, 54th in total assists, 58th in total minutes, and 60th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
• The field goal percentage is the sixth best mark in the nation among all guards.
• In Big Sky play, he averaged 19.7 points, 5.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals, a +2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio and 37.9 minutes per game while shooting .502 (123-245) from the field, .451 (41-91) from the 3-point line and .753 (67-89) from the free throw line.
• Scored at least 15 points during each of the final 16 games of the season, and had at least nine points in all 32 games he played.
• Hit the game winner with 2.6 seconds left to deliver a 63-61 road win at North Dakota.
• Scored 27 of his career-high 33 points in the second half to lead the Hornets to a 78-71 road win at Weber State.
• Scored 27 of his 32 points in the second half to lead the Hornets to a comeback 79-76 home win over Idaho.
• Had 32 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and a career-high seven steals while shooting 13-of-21 from the field vs. Portland.
• Shot at least 40 percent from the field in all but four games, and at least 50 percent in 18 of his 32 games played.
• Led the Hornets in scoring 21 times, and paced the team in assists on 22 occasions.
• Ranks fourth in Sacramento State history in career points (1,468), and is the program's all-time leader in points among players that were not in the program for four years.