MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO WASHINGTON FOR FRIDAY NIGHT GAME AT 6 PM

MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO WASHINGTON FOR FRIDAY NIGHT GAME AT 6 PM

Full set of game notes (26 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• Winners of three of the last four games, Sacramento State (6-2) will play its final non-conference game of the season on Friday evening at Washington (7-4). Tip-off at Alaska Airlines Arena is set for 6:05 p.m.
• Friday night will mark the Hornets' first game in eight days.
• The Hornets' 6-2 record marks just the second time the team has won six of its first eight games in the Div. I era (1991-pres.). The 2015-16 team also began the year 6-2. In fact, only five Hornet teams in school history (1948-pres.) have started the year with a 6-2 record, including the 1988-89, 1987-88 and 1985-86 squads.
• No Hornet squad has ever began a season 8-0 or 7-1.
• Should the Hornets win on Friday night, the team would improve to 7-2 for just the second time in school history. The only team to accomplish the feat was the 1987-88 squad which is the last Hornet team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Sacramento State was a Div. II program at that time.
• Regardless of Friday's outcome, the Hornets will enter the 20-game Big Sky schedule with their best non-conference winning percentage since joining the league in 1996.
• The Hornets are just 4-39 all-time against the Pac-12's current affiliates, and three of those wins have come since 2009.
• Sacramento State is 1-2 on the road this season, which includes an 88-68 win at Cal State Northridge on Dec. 1.
• Washington, which was selected third in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, is coming off a 73-61 loss at Virginia Tech on Saturday.
• The Huskies are 5-0 at home this season, which includes wins over UC Santa Barbara, Eastern Washington, Seattle, San Diego and Western Kentucky.
• The Hornets and Huskies have played just twice, and Washington won both of those meetings in Seattle. The two teams have never faced each other in Sacramento. The last meeting was an 83-74 Washington win on Nov. 19, 2006.
• In that game, Washington was ranked 17th in the nation at the time, and the Hornets led by 13 points (29-16) midway through the first half. However, the Huskies closed the first half on a 32-9 run and cruised from there. Future NBA player Spencer Hawes had 14 points (7-for-7 shooting) and six blocks. Box score is on page 10 of the notes.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Friday's game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network's Washington channel with play-by-play man Greg Heister and color analyst Eldridge Recasner on the call.
• The game can also be found online at www.pac-12.com/live.
• Every game this year will be broadcast live on ESPN 1320 AM with 22nd-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling all the action.
• All Sacramento State home games inside the Nest, and road games played vs. a Big Sky Conference team, will be video streamed for free on Pluto TV. The Pluto broadcasts can be watched online at Pluto.TV or by downloading the app for your mobile device.
• All home games can be found on Pluto.TV channel 233.
• Links for all multimedia options, including live stats for every game, can be found next to each game on the men's basketball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.