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MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO REMAIN UNBEATEN SATURDAY AT PEPPERDINE

MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO REMAIN UNBEATEN SATURDAY AT PEPPERDINE

Full set of game notes (25 pages) - pdf

GAME PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (3-0) looks to continue its undefeated season when it travels to Malibu to face Pepperdine (3-2) on Saturday evening. Tip-off at Firestone Fieldhouse is 7:05 p.m.
• The Hornets are off to a 3-0 start for the second straight year, and third time in the last five years. Should Sacramento State win on Saturday, the program would start 4-0 for just the third time in the Div. I era (1991-pres.) - the 1999-00 and 2015-16 teams were 4-0.
• Sacramento State has used a stingy defense to get off to its nice start, as no opponent has scored more than 51 points against the Hornets. The team ranks among the top 3 in the nation in three categories - 1st in 3FG% defense (.087), 2nd in scoring defense (42.3 ppg) and 3rd in FG% defense (.290).
• The Hornets' only deficit all season was 2-0 in the early stages of the UC Davis game.
• The Hornets have played their first three games in Sacramento, including Wednesday's 61-51 win over rival UC Davis on a neutral floor at the downtown Golden 1 Center. The other two victories came inside the Nest.
• All three Sacramento State victories have come by at least 10 points.
• The Hornets rank first in the Big Sky in scoring margin (+24.0), free throw percentage (.745), scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal defense.
• Sacramento State will now play six of its next eight games on the road, beginning with Saturday's tilt at Peppderine.
• Sacramento State and Pepperdine will face each other for the just third time ever, and first since an 83-58 Waves victory in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 1969.
• The Hornets won the other meeting against Pepperdine, picking up a 56-55 road win during the 1952-53 season.
• The Hornets have never faced Pepperdine as a member of the Div. I ranks (1991-pres.).
• Pepperdine is 3-2 this year, including a 91-84 loss at USC on Tuesday. The Waves have played just one home game thus far, a 77-73 victory against UC Irvine. Pepperdine is coached by Lorenzo Romar, who is in his second stint as head coach with the Waves.
• Sacramento State has used the same five starters in every game, comprised of Brandon Davis and Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa at guard, Osi Nwachukwu and Ethan Esposito at forward, and Joshua Patton at center.
• The Hornets return 11 players (one redshirt), including four starters, from a year ago.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• All Sacramento State home games, and road games played against a Big Sky Conference team, will be video streamed for free on Pluto.TV. Those broadcasts can be watched online at Pluto.TV (home games on channel 533) or by downloading the app for your mobile device.
• Saturday's game at Pepperdine will be video streamed on the WCC Network.
• There will be no radio for Saturday's game. Every home game this year is broadcast live on ESPN 1320 AM with 23rd-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.

For Sacramento State's full set of game notes, click on the link above the story