MEN'S HOOPS CONTINUES HOMESTAND THURSDAY NIGHT VS. SOUTHERN UTAH

MEN'S HOOPS CONTINUES HOMESTAND THURSDAY NIGHT VS. SOUTHERN UTAH

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Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (10-11, 4-8) will play the second leg of a season-long four-game homestand on Thursday night against Southern Utah (12-10, 7-6). Tip-off at the Nest is set for 7:05 p.m.
• The Hornets are fresh off a 78-67 home victory over Portland State on Monday night.
• The team will play three home games over a span of six days this week, including Monday night's win, Thursday vs. Southern Utah, and Saturday vs. Northern Arizona.
• The Hornets have split their last eight games, and three of those four losses have come by six points or less, including one in overtime.
• Sacramento State's 4-8 conference record is a little misleading as six of the team's 12 league games have been decided by six points or less. Unfortunately for the Hornets, the team is 1-5 in those close outcomes.
• With just eight regular season games left (five at home), Sacramento State is currently tied for ninth place in the Big Sky standings. However, the Hornets are just one game back of seventh place and two games back of sixth.
• This year's Big Sky Tournament (March 13-16) will take place in Boise, Idaho.
• Sacramento State is 6-3 at home this year (2-3 vs. Big Sky teams) and 64-28 inside the Nest dating back to the 2012-13 season.
• All 11 Big Sky teams are playing a 20-game conference schedule this year, and Thursday will mark the second meeting against Southern Utah.
• In the first matchup in Cedar City, the Hornets trailed by 28 points (54-26) with 13:55 to play, and came all the way back to have a chance to tie with 30 seconds remaining. However, Southern Utah would eventually win, 76-71.
• Sacramento State is 13-17 all-time against Southern Utah. However, the Hornets are 10-4 when playing the Thunderbirds at home. That includes home wins in five straight, and nine of the last 10 meetings against Southern Utah inside the Nest. The two teams have not played in the Nest since an 86-76 Hornet win on Feb. 25, 2017.
• Southern Utah has won three straight, and seven of its last 10 games. The Thunderbirds, currently fifth in the Big Sky standings, are 4-8 on the road this year, and 2-4 away from home against conference opposition.
• The Thunderbirds go to the free throw line a Big Sky-best 23.9 times per game in Big Sky play. In addition, they shoot free throws at 77% (239-311) against league opposition, also the top mark in the conference.

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.
• 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.