MEN'S BASKETBALL TO HOST MONTANA STATE ON SATURDAY FOR KIDS DAY

MEN'S BASKETBALL TO HOST MONTANA STATE ON SATURDAY FOR KIDS DAY

Full set of game notes - 27 pages (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• Coming off Thursday's 78-66 home loss to Montana, Sacramento State (4-13, 1-3) will complete its brief two-game homestand on Saturday evening against Montana State (11-7, 4-1). Tip-off at the Nest is set for 7:05 p.m.
• Saturday is Kids Day, as kids 12-under will be admitted free. Posters will be handed out as well, and there will be an autograph session with the Hornet players after the game.
• The Hornets have lost three in a row after winning the conference opener at home over Portland State on Dec. 30.
• Despite Thursday's 12-point loss, six of the Hornets' last 12 games (and four of the last seven) have been decided by five points or less. The team is 2-4 in those outcomes.
• Sacramento State is 4-2 at home this year, and 56-20 at home (.737 winning percentage) dating back to the 2012-13 season.
•  The Hornets have played the entire season without senior guard and team co-captain Marcus Graves (back) who had started 62 straight games. One of the team's best players, Graves averaged 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game a year ago.
• Guard Jiday Ugbaja missed the first 10 games with a leg injury, then played six games, but sat out Thursday's game vs. Montana because of injury.
• Sacramento State has scored at least 66 points in seven straight games after doing so just once during its first eight games against a Div. I opponent.
• The Hornets will be playing a Montana State team that had its four-game winning streak snapped in Thursday's 93-74 road loss at Portland State. The Bobcats are second in the conference standings, one game behind Montana (5-0).
• Sacramento State is 18-31 all-time against Montana State, and the Bobcats have won four straight regular season meetings between the two teams. The Hornets did beat Montana State in Reno in the 2016 Big Sky Tournament first round in Reno.
• The Hornets are 12-11 when playing MSU at home. The Bobcats, however, have won the last two matchups in the Nest after the Hornets had won four straight meetings.
• Montana State boasts one of the best players in the Big Sky in junior guard Tyler Hall. Among Big Sky leaders, he ranks first in 3-pointers made per game (3.9) and free throw percentage (.887), and fourth in scoring (19.3 ppg).
• A total of six NBA scouts will be in the Nest to watch Saturday night's game.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Free video streams will be provided for every game (home or away) the rest of the season at www.WatchBigSky.com.
• Every game this year will be broadcast live on KTKZ 1380 AM The Answer with 21st-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. The game can be found by clicking here.
• Links for all multimedia options, including live stats, can be found next to each game on the men's basketball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.