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Nebrasketball: Sacramento State Preview

The one loss Hornets bring a forward heavy team into Pinnacle Bank Arena

NCAA Basketball: Sacramento State at Stanford Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento State Hornets

Date: Sunday, November 13th 2016 – 7:00 PM – Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, NE

2015-16 Record: 14-17 (6-12 Big Sky)

Record vs. Nebraska: 0-3

Head Coach: Brian Katz (9th year)

The Hornets come into Pinnacle Bank Arena with a record of 0-1 on the season. They earned their first loss against a fairly strong Colorado Buffalo team in Boulder. Losing the game 90-53 and starting the season off with a losing record.

Sacramento State, while the first division one team the Huskers will play this year, should not give Nebraska too much of a problem. They are coming off of a losing season will little coming back in production. In fact they have been picked 9th in the Big Sky Conference preseason polls fro the 2016-17 to give you an idea of where may see this team going.

They are led by 6’ 7” senior forward Nick Hornsby who had a team high 16 points and 11 rebounds in their loss to Colorado. This being his third double-double in his career. While he will not be the biggest forward on the court he does make up for it in his athleticism. The Hornets get most of their scoring from inside the paint so we should see plenty of action from Hornsby throughout the game. If Nebraska’s big men can shut him down, it should be an early night in Lincoln.

Justin String is the other major forward for the Hornets and was their leading scorer from last season. He also had a double-double against the Buffs putting up 10 points and 11 rebounds.

As for guards they have Marcus Graves who threw up 11 points in the contest in Colorado and will most likely be the only outside threat.

Sacramento State relies heavily on their forwards and can have a hard time getting points from outside of the paint. If Nebraska wants to put this game away early they need to get physical under the basket early. Historically, this might be a problem for the Huskers but this year, I don’t see the Big Red getting into too much trouble.