MEN'S HOOPS GETS SET FOR SATURDAY MATINEE AT MONTANA STATE

MEN'S HOOPS GETS SET FOR SATURDAY MATINEE AT MONTANA STATE

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

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (6-5, 0-2) will seek its first Big Sky Conference victory on Saturday afternoon at Montana State (5-8, 2-1). The Hornets and Bobcats will tip-off at Worthington Arena at 1:05 p.m. PST.
• The Hornets have dropped three straight, including an 87-56 loss at Montana on Thursday night. Prior to that loss, the Hornets hadn't trailed by more than 19 points in any game this season.
• Sacramento State is 1-4 on the road with its lone win coming at Cal State Northridge, 88-68. Since that time, the Hornets have dropped three straight road games.
• The Hornets opened the conference season with a 70-65 home loss to Northern Colorado in which the Bears closed the final 2:30 of the contest on a 12-2 run.
• The Hornets remain just one victory away from matching last season's injury-riddled win total when the team finished 7-25 overall and 4-14 in league.
• Sacramento State went 1-8 on the road against Big Sky teams last season, and the team has lost five straight Big Sky road contests dating back to last year.
• Fifth-year senior guard Marcus Graves, who leads the Big Sky in assists (5.3 apg) and steals (2.4 spg) needs just 17 points to reach 1,000 career points.
• The Hornets are averaging 54.0 points over their last three games after averaging 75.5 points during the first eight games of the season.
• Sacramento State's non-conference winning percentage (6-3, .667) was the program's best mark during the Div. I era (1991-pres.).
• After starting the year 1-6, Montana State has won four of its last six games, including a 98-88 home win over Portland State on Thursday night. The Bobcats have a 30-point road win at Southern Utah and a 95-90 win vs. Washington State during that stretch.
• The Bobcats are 3-1 at home with their only loss at Worthington Arena coming in the season opener to Utah State.
• Sacramento State is 19-32 all-time against Montana State, including a 5-21 mark in Bozeman. The Hornets have lost six straight in Bozeman, with three of those losses came by seven points or less. Sacramento State's last win in Bozeman came in a 74-71 victory during the 2010-11 season.
• Sacramento State did beat Montana State last year at home, 87-68. That 19-point margin of victory was the Hornets' largest of the season against a Div. I opponent.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Every game the remainder of the season can be viewed live and free on Pluto.TV. All home games can be found on Pluto.TV channel 233. The Pluto broadcasts can be watched online at Pluto.TV or by downloading the app for your mobile device.
• Saturday's game can be found on Pluto.TV, channel 238.
• 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.
• 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.