Saturday, December 3, 2011
Same Old Sacramento State?
Not too long ago, Sacramento State was 3-1 and leading McNeese State by 17 at the half, looking to make it 4-1. Since then, they have played five bad halves of basketball, looking every much the team that hasn't had a winning season in over 20 years.
They had the second half collapse against McNeese State, got blown out by Cal Poly 77-51, and got pounded 82-53 by Oklahoma last night.
Freshman PG Dylan Garrity, who has been so good for most of the season, struggled big-time against Oklahoma, with 4 assists against 7 turnovers. The Hornets turned it over 22 times, could not get consistency on offense, and could not stop the Sooners from scoring.
With the loss, Sacramento State is down to 3-4 and have 4 non-conference games to go before the Big Sky schedule comes. They travel to Cal State Bakersfield, and then have 3 home games against Cal-Maritime, North Dakota, and SE Missouri. If they want to have a chance to finish at the .500 mark, they need to win at least 2, and probably 3 (or even better, all 4) of those games. Going 3-1 would put them at 6-5 headed into conference play (also with the Bracket Buster remaining). Given their less-than-steller conference record in past year's, this would at least give them a puncher's chance to win more than they lose.
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