MEN'S HOOPS BEGINS BRIEF ROAD TRIP THURSDAY AT NORTHERN ARIZONA

MEN'S HOOPS BEGINS BRIEF ROAD TRIP THURSDAY AT NORTHERN ARIZONA

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

GAME PREVIEW

• Coming off a tough 72-70 home loss to Idaho State on Saturday, Sacramento State (6-7, 0-4) returns to action for a pair of Big Sky Conference road games this week.
• The brief road trip begins on Thursday when the Hornets take on Northern Arizona (4-11, 2-3). Tip-off at the Walkup Skydome is set for 5:35 p.m. PST.
• Though the Hornets are the lone team in the Big Sky without a conference win, Sacramento State could just as easily be 3-1 in league play. However, the Hornets have had trouble in the later stages of the second half in three of their conference losses.
• Sacramento State held a 63-58 lead with 2:30 remaining vs. Northern Colorado, trailed just, 69-67, with 4:00 left at Montana State, and held a 64-62 lead with 2:38 left this past Saturday vs. Idaho State.
• Sacramento State had been 6-2 prior to the current five-game losing streak. That 6-2 record tied for the best eight-game mark in program history (1948-pres.).
• The Hornets are trying to avoid their first 0-5 league start since the 2011-12 season.
• The Hornets remain just one victory shy of matching last season's injury-riddled win total when the team finished 7-25 overall and 4-14 in league.
• Prior to last year's seven-win season, the Hornets had won at least 13 games five consecutive years, the first time that had happened in 43 years.
• Sacramento State's four conference losses have come against four of the top five teams in the Big Sky standings. The Hornets' next four games will come against four of the bottom six teams in the league standings.
• Like the Hornets, Northern Arizona (4-11, 2-3) is one win away from matching its overall win total from a year ago when the Lumberjacks were 5-27, and 2-16 in league.
• The Lumberjacks will be playing at home for the first time since New Year's Eve, and are 2-2 at home. That includes a 74-68 win over Montana State.
• Sacramento State is 14-38 all-time against Northern Arizona, including a 3-22 record when playing the Lumberjacks in Flagstaff. The Hornets' 74-62 win at NAU during the 2016-17 season snapped an 11-game losing streak in Flagstaff.
• Last season, in the teams' only meeting, Sacramento State held a nine-point halftime lead in Flagstaff before NAU outscored the Hornets by a 40-26 margin on the way to a 58-53 Lumberjack victory. The Hornets missed each of their last five field goal attempts, did not score during the final 2:18, and watched NAU close the last minute on a 6-0 run.

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.
• Thursday's game can be found on Pluto.TV, channel 239.
• 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.