FRESH OFF A 3-1 HOMESTAND, MEN'S BASKETBALL WILL PLAY AT PORTLAND STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT

FRESH OFF A 3-1 HOMESTAND, MEN'S BASKETBALL WILL PLAY AT PORTLAND STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT

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

GAME PREVIEW

• Fresh off a 3-1 homestand, which included a 78-76 win vs. Weber State on Thursday night, Sacramento State (12-12, 6-9) will now play three straight on the road.
• That three-game road trip begins on Saturday night when the Hornets travel to Portland State (12-14, 7-8) for a 7:05 p.m. tip.
• Despite sub-.500 records in conference play, both the Hornets and Vikings are playing well. Portland State is 3-0 on its current four-game homestand, and Sacramento State has won three of its last four games.
• Sacramento State, which hasn't played away from home since a 65-59 loss at Northern Colorado on Feb. 9, is 3-8 on the road this season. That includes a 2-5 road record against Big Sky Conference teams.
• Since dropping its first three games to open Big Sky play, Sacramento State has gone 6-5 over its last 11 conference games. That includes Thursday's two-point win over perennial power Weber State after Ethan Esposito knocked down two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining.
• Sacramento State is 6-9 in conference play, and has lost five games by six points or fewer. In fact, the win over Weber State allowed the Hornets to improve to 2-5 against Big Sky foes in games decided by six points or less.
• With just five regular season games left, Sacramento State sits in ninth place in the conference standings, but is just two games back of fifth place. The top five teams receive a bye in the first round of the conference tournament.
• This year's Big Sky Tournament (March 13-16) will take place in Boise, Idaho. The previous three seasons were in Reno, Nev.
• All 11 Big Sky teams are playing a 20-game conference schedule this year, and Saturday's matchup will be the Hornets' second against Portland State.
• In the first matchup at the Nest on Feb. 11, Sacramento State shot 59% from the field, and never trailed on the way to a 78-67 win over the Vikings.
• Portland State has won three straight, including home wins over Northern Arizona, Southern Utah and Idaho State. The Vikings haven't lost since falling to the Hornets.
• The Vikings are 9-4 at home, and 5-2 inside the new Viking Pavilion vs. Big Sky teams.
• Sacramento State is 19-30 all-time against Portland State, but has won four of the last five meetings in the series. After sweeping the season series a year ago, the Hornets lost to Portland State, 71-67, in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament.
• The Hornets are 4-19 when playing the Vikings on the road, but have won three of the last five meetings between the two teams in Portland.

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 will be on Pluto.TV channel 232.
• 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.