MEN'S HOOPS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT NORTHERN COLORADO

MEN'S HOOPS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT NORTHERN COLORADO

Full set of game notes (28 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (9-10, 3-7) will play for the first time in a week when it travels to Northern Colorado (15-8, 9-3) for a Saturday matinee. The two teams will tip off at the Bank of Colorado Arena at 1:35 p.m. PST.
• The Hornets have split their last six games, including a 75-65 loss at Weber State in their most recent contest on Feb. 2.
• Sacramento State's 3-7 conference record is a little misleading as five of the team's 10 league games have been decided by five points or less. Unfortunately for the Hornets, the team is 1-4 in those close outcomes.
• At the midway point of the conference season, the Hornets currently sit in 10th place in the 11-team Big Sky, but are just two games back of sixth place.
• With 10 games remaining in the regular season, Sacramento State has already surpassed its win total from all of last year (7-25 overall, 4-14 in the Big Sky).
• All 11 Big Sky teams are playing a 20-game conference schedule this year, and Saturday's game will mark the second meeting between the Hornets and Bears.
• In the teams' first meeting, Northern Colorado used a 12-2 run over the final 2:30 to beat the Hornets, 70-65, at the Nest on Dec. 29.
• Sacramento State is 3-7 on the road this season, and 2-4 in Big Sky road games. Last week, the Hornets played a pair of road games, winning at Idaho State, 74-58, before falling at Weber State, 75-65. Prior to last week's games, Sacramento State had seen four of its previous five games decided by five points or less.
• By the time Saturday's game ends, Sacramento State will have played seven of its first 11 conference games on the road. The schedule will get a lot more home friendly next week as the team will play six of its final nine games inside the Nest.
• Northern Colorado has won four of its last five games, including an 80-62 home win over Portland State on Thursday. The Beats are 7-2 at home, including 4-2 in league.
• The Bears' 9-3 conference record is good for second place in the 11-team Big Sky, just a half game back of Montana (9-2).
• Saturday's game will be the first Sacramento State has played in Greeley since a 70-67 loss in the regular season finale of the 2016-17 season.
• The Hornets are 7-16 all-time against Northern Colorado, including a 2-9 record in Greeley. Sacramento State has dropped five straight road games against the Bears with the last win in Greeley coming in a 73-62 victory during the 2011-12 season.

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 241.
• Every game this year will be broadcast live on ESPN 1320 AM. On Saturday, Jason Ross will be on the call while filling in for Steve McElroy. Ross is the longtime play-by-play voice of Sacramento State football.
• 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.