Idaho State (5-22) at Sacramento State (13-13)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 10:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Nest (1,200) -- Sacramento, California.
Television: None. Home Record: Idaho State 4-6, Sacramento State 9-4. Away
Record: Idaho State 1-13, Sacramento State 4-9. Neutral Record: Idaho State
0-3, Sacramento State 0-0. Conference Record: Idaho State 3-11, Sacramento
State 7-10. Series Record: Sacramento State leads, 25-16.
GAMES NOTES: Two teams near the bottom of the Big Sky Conference will square
off on Saturday night at the Nest when the Idaho State Bengals collide with
the Sacramento State Hornets.
The Bengals are at the bottom of the Big Sky. Idaho State is a miserable 5-22
overall on the season, while sporting an ugly 4-13 league mark. The Bengals
have lost three straight games since a surprising rout (87-51) of Montana
State. This is the final road game of the season for the Bengals who have just
one win in 14 previous trips.
As things currently stand, Sacramento State is on the outside looking in at
the Big Sky Tournament. Only seven teams make the cut for the postseason and
at 7-10 in league action the Hornets are a half game behind Northern Colorado
for that seventh spot. Sacramento State has lost three of its last four games
to drop to that position. Sacramento State will finish its season with bouts
at Montana and Montana State next.
Tomas Sanchez got a jumper to fall to lift Idaho State to a 60-59 victory over
Sacramento State in Pocatello earlier this season. The win was the second in
the last three meetings for the Bengals who lead the all-time series, 25-16.
Idaho State was horrendous in the second half in its 67-58 loss to Northern
Arizona on Thursday. The Bengals actually held a lead at halftime but
registered just three field goals in the final 20 minutes to surrender the
Offensive struggles have been hampering Idaho State all season. The Bengals
are not only dead last in the league in points (56 pg), assists (9.9 pg) and
field goal percentage (.405) but also among the 50 worst teams nationally in
each of those categories. The Bengals are also the Big Sky's worst rebounding
team (27.4 pg), ranking in the bottom three teams in the country in that area.
Melvin Morgan (12.1 ppg) and Chris Hansen (11.4 ppg) each shoot just over 36
percent from the floor but are the best scoring options that the Bengals have.
Sanchez (10.4 ppg, 3.7 apg) shoots a more efficient 43.7 percent and leads the
team in assists.
Against one of the Big Sky's best, Sacramento State couldn't keep up in a
70-55 setback against Weber State on Thursday. The Hornets shot under 40
percent from the floor in the contest and were outscored 33-12 from beyond the
Although it has four players averaging in double figures, Sacramento State
hasn't exactly been lighting up the scoreboard this season. The Hornets are
putting in 66 points per game, which while ahead of Idaho State, is worse than
every other Big Sky team. John Dickson (13.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg) is the leading
scorer on the roster though he shoots just over 40 percent from the floor.
Mikh McKinney (12.7 ppg), Dylan Garrity (11.7 ppg) and Konner Veteto
(10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg) are all averaging in double figures as well. Garrity
hasn't just been a scorer, as he leads the Big Sky in assists.
Sacramento State might not be one of the Big Sky's best offensive teams but
the Hornets are better than the Bengals. Expect the Hornets to earn some
revenge on Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Sacramento State 68, Idaho State 60
03/02 10:34:24 ET