MEN’S BASKETBALL WRAPS UP ROAD TRIP ON SATURDAY AT PORTLAND

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GAME PREVIEW

• Off to one its best starts in program history, Sacramento State (4-1) wraps up a three-game road trip on Saturday at Portland (5-5). Tip-off at the Chiles Center is 7:05 p.m.
• The Hornets have not played since a 20-point win (88-68) on the road at Cal State Northridge last Saturday. The game marked the Hornets’ largest margin of victory on the road since a 74-49 win at Utah Valley on Dec. 27, 2014.
• The Hornets’ 4-1 record matches their best start after five games in program history (1948-pres.). The 2015-16, 2014-15, 2012-13, 1999-00, 1988-89, 1987-88, 1985-86, 1972-73 and 1952-53 squads also accomplished the feat.
• A win on Saturday would allow the Hornets to improve to 5-1 for just the seventh time in program history, and first since the 2012-13 squad began the year 5-1.
• Sacramento State’s win over CSUN completed a four-game stretch where the Hornets went 3-1 against Big West Conference teams, including victories over UC Davis (58-55) and Cal State Fullerton (87-82 in OT).
• The Hornets added a home game to their schedule on Thursday, Dec. 13, against NAIA’s Westcliff at 7:05 p.m. Sacramento State’s game on Nov. 16 against Cal Poly was postponed due to poor air quality related to the Camp Fire, and the two teams could not find an amicable date to make up the game this season.
• The Hornets will take on a Portland team that is currently 5-5 and has lost three straight. They are coming off an 87-78 loss at Portland State on Wednesday night. Portland won its first four home games of the season until falling in its most recent home game to Texas State, 91-68, on Nov. 24.
• Both the Hornets and Pilots have not played at home since Nov. 24.
• Sacramento State has scored at least 87 points in two of the last three games, but its the defense that has shined thus far. The Hornets currently rank among the nation’s top 20 teams (there are 353 Div. I teams) in 3-point field goal percentage defense (10th, .258), steals per game (12th, 9.6) and turnovers forced per game (19th, 17.8).
• Sacramento State is 2-11 all-time against Portland, which includes an 80-75 loss last season at the downtown Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. That game was the first of a  doubleheader that featured Kansas taking on Stanford in the nightcap.
• The Hornets are 1-7 when playing the Pilots in Portland with the lone win coming in the first round of the CIT (73-66) on March 18, 2015. That was the final victory of the Hornets’ 2014-15 season in which they finished with a 21-12 record. The teams’ most recent game in Portland was an 81-73 Pilot victory on Dec. 12, 2015.
• Each of the last four meetings between the two schools have been decided by eight points or less.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Saturday’s game will be video streamed live and free on TheW.tv.
• 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.
• All Sacramento State home games inside the Nest, and road games played against a Big Sky Conference team, will be video streamed for free on Pluto TV and WatchBigSky.com. The Pluto broadcasts can be watched online at Pluto.TV or by downloading the app for your mobile device. Home games can be found on Pluto.TV channel 233.
• 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.

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