With Sacramento State men’s basketball’s 70-68 loss today at Northern Arizona University, coupled with wins by University of Montana and Eastern Washington University, the Hornets finished the conference season in third place and will not play host to the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
Montana will host the tournament from its home court. Had the Hornets won their road matchup, or if Eastern Washington and Montana had both lost its Saturday evening games, Sac State would have hosted the tournament at The WELL on March 12-14.
The Sac State athletics department and Union WELL, Inc. would have begun work over the weekend to transform the basketball courts at The WELL into a tournament venue—bringing in a court floor, locker rooms and bleachers capable of holding about 2,800 spectators, according to Leslie Davis, The WELL’s executive director, and Sac State Interim Athletics Director Bill Macriss.
The transformation would have made The WELL close its gym box, the indoor soccer MAC Court and the Terrace Suite from student use from Sunday, March 8 until Monday, March 16, Davis and Macriss said.
Instead, the facility will operate normally, with no transformation taking place.
The loss put Sac State’s final regular-season record at 13-5. The Hornets will travel to Montana to play as the No. 3 seed in the tournament, which begins March 12 and ends March 14.