Men's Basketball

Coaches, media conflict over Sacramento State men’s basketball ranking

Sacramento State guard Mikh McKinney (10) listens to instructions from coach Andy Katz on March 7 against Northern Arizona at Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Sacramento State guard Mikh McKinney (10) listens to instructions from coach Andy Katz on March 7 against Northern Arizona at Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Sacramento State has been picked to finish fourth by the media and 10th by the coaches in the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball preseason polls.

The disparity between the polls was the largest for any of the schools in the 12-team conference.

The same teams assumed the top four spots in both polls. Weber State is No. 1 in the coaches’ poll, and last year’s regular-season champion Montana tops the media poll. Eastern Washington, which won the Big Sky tournament and advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament, was picked third in both polls followed by Northern Arizona in fourth.

The Hornets and Northern Arizona both finished with 133 points and a first-place vote in the media poll.

Sac State is coming off a record-breaking season in which the Hornets finished 21-12 overall and 13-5 in the conference, tied for third. It was their best overall record in the Division I era dating to 1991, and the 13 conference wins set a school record.

The Hornets return 10 players, including three starters, but graduated Big Sky Player of the Year Mikh McKinney and four-year all-conference guard Dylan Garrity.

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