MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD GAME SATURDAY AT IDAHO

MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD GAME SATURDAY AT IDAHO

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

GAME PREVIEW

• Fresh off a 59-56 road win at Eastern Washington on Thursday, Sacramento State (13-13, 7-10) will play its final road game of the regular season on Saturday night at Idaho (4-24, 1-16). Tip-off at Cowan Spectrum is 7:05 p.m.
• The win at Eastern Washington was the Hornets' sixth consecutive victory when playing on a Thursday. Now, Sacramento State will attempt to solve its issues on Saturday.
• The Hornets have lost 10 consecutive games on a Saturday, and all nine Saturday contests against a Big Sky Conference opponent. Overall, the Hornets are 2-10 on Saturday, including wins over Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge.
• 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.
• Saturday's game is the final leg of a three-game road trip that includes an eight-point loss last Saturday at Portland State.
• With three games left in the regular season, Sacramento State sits in a tie for eighth place with Northern Arizona. The Hornets are just two games back of fifth place as three teams - Southern Utah, Portland Sate and Eastern Washington - are tied for fifth at 9-8.
• The top five places receive a first round bye into the Big Sky Tournament, which will take place March 13-16 in Boise, Idaho.
• If the season ended today, the Hornets would be the No. 8 seed and play No. 9 Northern Arizona in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament on March 13 at 8:30 a.m. PDT.
• Since dropping its first four games to open Big Sky play, Sacramento State has gone 7-6 over its last 13 conference games. During that stretch, the Hornets have three road wins over Northern Arizona, Idaho State and Eastern Washington.
• Of the Hornets' 17 league games thus far, eight have been decided by six points or less. Sacramento State is 3-5 in those outcomes.
• All 11 Big Sky teams are playing a 20-game conference schedule, and Saturday's matchup will be the Hornets' second against Idaho.
• In the first matchup against Idaho at the Nest on Jan. 24, the Hornets led for more than 35 minutes of game clock, and held a double-digit advantage the final 27:42 on the way to a 69-48 win over the Vandals.
• Idaho is one of the youngest teams in the country, and, with its lone senior, Nate Sherwood, out for the season, the Vandals return zero starters from last year's squad.
• Idaho has lost 14 straight games, and hasn't won since its lone conference victory at home over Eastern Washington (74-71) on Jan. 3. However, the Vandals continue to get better, and nearly beat Portland State (L, 67-65) at home on Thursday night.
• Sacramento State is 5-18 all-time against Idaho, including a 2-11 mark when playing on the road. The Hornets have lost two straight in Moscow with the last win coming on Jan. 28, 2016 (a 65-63 win). 

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 seen on Pluto.TV channel 242.
• 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.