FOUR GAMES LEFT IN THE REGULAR SEASON, MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EASTERN WASHINGTON

FOUR GAMES LEFT IN THE REGULAR SEASON, MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EASTERN WASHINGTON

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

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (12-13, 6-10) will play its final two regular season road games this week, beginning with Thursday's matchup at Eastern Washington (11-16, 9-7). Tip-off between the two teams at Cheney Court is set for 6:05 p.m.
• The Hornets will also play at Idaho on Saturday before hosting their final two home games of the season next week vs. Montana State and Montana.
• Sacramento State is currently the 14th most improved team in the nation after going 7-25 a year ago, not to mention a 4-14 record in conference play.
• The Hornets are playing the second leg of a three-game road trip, which included a 65-57 loss at Portland State on Saturday.
• Sacramento State is 3-9 on the road this season, and 2-6 against Big Sky teams. The two conference road wins came at Idaho State (1/31) and Northern Arizona (1/17).
• With four games left in the regular season, Sacramento State sits in ninth place. If the season ended today, the Hornets would be the No. 9 seed and play No. 8 Northern Arizona in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament on March 13 at 9:30 a.m.
• This year's Big Sky Tournament (March 13-16) will take place in Boise, Idaho, and the top five teams receive a first round bye. In the first round, the No. 6 seed will play the No. 11, the No. 7 will face the No. 10, and the No. 8 vs. the No. 9.
• Since dropping its first four games to open Big Sky play, Sacramento State has gone 6-6 over its last 12 conference games. That includes last 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 6-10 in conference play, and has lost five games by six points or fewer. The Hornets have won each of their last five games played on a Thursday.
• All 11 Big Sky teams are playing a 20-game conference schedule this year, and Thursday's matchup will be the Hornets' second against Eastern Washington.
• In the first matchup at the Nest on Jan. 26, Sacramento State led for just 41 seconds, and featured a Marcus Graves fadeaway 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer to tie. However, it was Eastern Washington that outlasted the Hornets, 94-92, in overtime.
• The Eagles have won three of their last four games. At home, Eastern Washington is 9-3 and has won seven straight games at Reese Court. In fact, since losing to Weber State in the conference opener on Dec. 29, the Eagles have not lost on their home floor.
• Sacramento State has lost nine straight to Eastern Washington, its longest current losing streak against any team in the Big Sky. The Hornets are 14-36 all-time vs. EWU.
• The Hornets are 3-21 when playing the Eagles on the road, and have dropped five straight in Cheney. The last road win over the Eagles came on Jan. 12, 2013.

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 will be on Pluto.TV channel 234.
• 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.