Sacramento State was selected to finish fourth in the Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Preseason coaches poll. In addition, the team was picked fifth in the media poll.
Under the guidance of second-year head coach David Patrick, the fourth-place prediction in the coaches poll is the highest showing for the program since the 2014-15 team was also selected fourth. In addition, it ties for the second-highest prediction since Sacramento State joined the Big Sky in 1996 - the 2005-06 team was picked third.
Weber State was selected to finish first in both polls while Montana and Eastern Washington took up the next two spots in both. Montana is second in the coaches poll, and third in the media poll. Eastern Washington is third in the coaches poll, and second in the media poll.
Last season, Sacramento State finished sixth in the Big Sky at 14-18 overall and 7-11 in the Big Sky. The 14 overall wins were the most victories by a first-year head coach during Sacramento State's Division 1 era (1991-pres.). In addition, it was the third-best mark for a first-year head coach in program history (1948-pres.).