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MEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES ITS 2015-16 SCHEDULE

MEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES ITS 2015-16 SCHEDULE

2015-16 Schedule
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State eighth-year men's basketball head coach Brian Katz announced the program's 2015-16 schedule today.

The schedule includes 29 regular season games, comprised of 15 at home and 14 on the road. The Hornets will play 18 Big Sky Conference games, which will feature the usual Thursday-Saturday matchups.

After a one-year hiatus from playing UC Davis, the Hornets and Aggies will play a home-and-home series this year with the first game taking place in Sacramento on Nov. 24, and the next in Davis on Dec. 2.

Another highlight on the schedule is the team hosting a four-team weekend tournament at the Nest on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 28-29. The four teams include the Hornets, Pacific, Eastern Washington and South Dakota. Sacramento State will play South Dakota on Nov. 28, and Pacific on Nov. 29. It will mark the first regular-season tournament the Hornets have hosted since Dec. 27-28, 1995, when Sacramento State hosed the Holiday Classic at Arco Arena. Also, the Hornets will be hosting Pacific at the Nest for the first time since Dec. 30, 2008.

Sacramento State will play a pair of road games against Pac-12 Conference opponents Arizona State (Nov. 13) and Stanford (Dec. 21). The game at Stanford will mark the first time the Hornets and Cardinal have played since Nov. 27, 2007, when the two teams met at Maples Pavilion.

After a home exhibition game against Simpson on Nov. 6, the Hornets open the season on Friday, Nov. 13 at Arizona State, marking the second time in three years the teams will play in Tempe.

Two days later (Nov. 15), Sacramento State will travel to Seattle for the second straight year before opening up a season-long four-game homestand against Holy Names (Nov. 20), UC Davis (Nov. 24), South Dakota (Nov. 28) and Pacific (Nov. 29). That amounts to four home games over a 10-day stretch.

The Hornets will then play three of the next four games away from home, consisting of road games at UC Davis (Dec. 2), Portland (Dec. 12) and Stanford (Dec. 21) sandwiched around a Dec. 7 home game vs. Incarnate Word. Sacramento State's final non-conference tuneup will be played at home on Dec. 28 against Pacific Union. The game against Portland is a rematch of last year's first round CIT postseason game in which Sacramento State defeated the Pilots, 73-66, and secured the program's first postseason win in 53 years.

The games against Incarnate Word and Pacific Union are the only two home contests during a 45-day span which stretches from the beginning of December to the middle of January.

The Hornets open the Big Sky Conference schedule with three straight road games at Portland State (Jan. 2), Montana State (Jan. 7) and Montana (Jan. 9). The Hornets then play three straight at home, beginning with the Big Sky home opener against Idaho State on Jan. 14, followed by games vs. Weber State (Jan. 16) and Portland State (Jan. 23).

The Hornets then flip flop two home games and two road games the rest of the way, beginning with road contests at Idaho (Jan. 28) and Eastern Washington (Jan. 30), home games vs. Montana (Feb. 4) and Montana State (Feb. 6) and road contests at Weber State (Feb. 11) and Idaho State (Feb. 13)

Four of the Hornets' final six games of the season will take place at home, which includes dates inside the Nest with Eastern Washington (Feb. 18), Idaho (Feb. 20), Southern Utah (March 3) and the regular season finale against Northern Arizona (March 5). The team's final road trip of the regular season will take place at Northern Colorado (Feb. 25) and North Dakota (Feb. 27).

This year's Big Sky Tournament (March 8-12) will take place in Reno, Nev., at the downtown Reno Events Center, and, different from years past, all 12 teams will now qualify for the tournament. Moving to a predetermined, neutral site for the tournament ends more than two decades of the Big Sky awarding its conference tournament to the regular season champion. The tournament format will be announced at a later date.

Sacramento State is coming off a record-breaking season in which it went 21-12 overall and 13-5 in the Big Sky while securing its first postseason appearance in the Div. I era (1991-pres.), and 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, the 21 victories tied for second most in program history (1948-pres.), and the 13 conference wins were the most in school history (regardless of conference).

The Hornets welcome back 10 players from last season's team, including three starters in senior guard Cody Demps, junior forward Nick Hornsby and junior center Eric Stuteville. However, the team will have to compensate for the loss of two of the best players in program history in guards Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity.

Sacramento State season ticket information is available by calling the Athletics Ticket office at (916) 278-2222. Members of the Hornet Club and all previous season ticket holders have first priority on season tickets.

NOTES -- Sacramento State will be playing South Dakota, Incarnate Word, Holy Names and Pacific Union for the first time in school history…the Hornets have improved their conference record every season of head coach Brian Katz's seven-year tenure with the team (entering his eighth season this year)…of the team's 14-man roster, 10 are returners and four are freshmen…besides Demps, Hornsby and Stuteville, the other returning Hornets are guards Dreon Barlett, Trevis Jackson, Marcus Graves and Jiday Ugbaja, forwards Justin Strings and Mason Stuteville, and center James Herrick…the four freshmen are comprised of guards Jeff Wu and Aaron Harmetz, swingman Grant Dressler and forward Joshua Patton…of the four seniors on last year's team, three have graduated (McKinney, Garrity, Alex Tiffin) and the other (Zach Mills) is on pace to graduate this fall…all home games can be viewed live and free in HD on www.WatchBigSky.com. In addition, all road games played at a Big Sky venue can be seen on www.WatchBigSky.com…every regular season and postseason game will, once again, be aired live on the radio at AM 1380 The Answer, and via www.hornetsports.com.