Will you watch the NBA All-Star Game even though there are no Kings playing?

Leading Off: Sac State men's team reaching for Big Sky

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 - 7:44 am

Sacramento State's men's basketball team is not a great outfit. But the Hornets are an interesting bunch.

Maddeningly inconsistent, they generally follow a win with a loss, two wins with two losses. They beat a Pacific-12 Conference team (Utah), then were thumped by UC Davis the following game.

Sac State isn't a great rebounding team, but it plays tough. A mix of underclassmen and some key seniors tends to promise good things.

The best news, though, is that Sac State is on its way to its best season since 2005, a near-certain berth in the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament and a glimmer of hope that it could end up in the NCAA Tournament.

It's improbable, considering that Montana and Weber State, the top two teams in the conference, have significant separation from the rest of the conference. Promising, though, is the fact that the Hornets played Montana to a near-standstill the first time they met this season, the Grizzlies winning 61-60 in Sacramento.

Not so promising was a one-point loss to Idaho State, the worst team in the conference.

Beginning with Thursday's game at North Dakota, the Hornets, riding a two-game winning streak, play seven games against teams with a combined 56-51 record. Their schedule includes a home game against Weber State and a road game with Montana.

No sure things await. But at least the Hornets are making things interesting.

What to watch

NBA, Kings at Dallas, 5:30 p.m., CSNCA: Second of back-to-back games before the All-Star break.

Today's poll

Will you watch the NBA All-Star Game even though there are no Kings playing?

• Yes, it's fun to watch

• No, I only watch Kings

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Tuesday's results

Should the NFL widen its field to help keep players safe?

• Yes, there would be more offense: 28%

• No, it would hurt the game we love: 72%

Total votes: 192

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