Northridge, Calif. - Cal State Northridge fans will have a sneak preview of the 2012-13 Varsity when the Matadors host Cal State Los Angeles in an exhibition game on Sunday at 4:00 pm at The Matadome.
Sunday's game will be broadcast live on gomatadors.com with Bill Courtland and Alan Zinsmeister.
The official season opener is slated for Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. against rival Pepperdine. This will be part of a doubleheader with the CSUN women's basketball team. At 5:00 p.m., the CSUN women's team will face the University of Portland.
Cal State Northridge will be a very young team in 2012-13 ... There are no seniors on the 17-man active roster ... There are ONLY three juniors ... The rest of the team is either freshman (seven) or sophomores (seven) ... Stephan Hicks and Josh Greene will spearhead the Matador attack in 2012-13 ... Hicks led the team in both scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg) last year ... For his efforts, Hicks was named Big West Freshman of the Year ... Greene earned All-Big West Honorable Mention accolades in averaging 12.4 ppg, and being the among the league leaders in several statistical categories include scoring (12.4 ppg, #10) and free throw percentage (.831, #3).
During the past four seasons, Cal State Northridge basketball has been featured prominently on television (32 times to be exact), including games on CBS, Fox Sports Net and ESPNU ... During CSUN's march to the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09, Matador games were televised a school record nine times ... Matador basketball fans will have the opportunity to see Cal State Northridge four times on television during the 2012-13 men's basketball season ... The Pac-12 Networks will televise CSUN's games at UCLA (Nov. 28, 9:00 pm), Arizona State (Dec. 8, 11:00 am) and at Utah (Dec. 21, 7:30 pm) ... The Big West Conference game at UC Irvine (Jan. 12, 4:00 pm) will be televised on Prime Ticket.
Golden Eagles Gossip
Cal State Los Angeles will offer a stern test for Cal State Northridge ... The Eagles return the bulk of their team that chalked up a 17-10 record in 2011-12 ... That includes the return of their leading scoring in 2011-12, Quinton Watkins, who averaged 11.6 ppg ... Watkins hit a team-leading 45 three-pointers last year ... The team's top rebounder is also back in Jordan Richard, who grabbed 6.6 boards per game in 2011-12 ... A new addition to the CSLA roster is forward Trevor Wiseman, who played for the University of Hawai'i last year ... Wiseman played against Cal State Northridge last year and responded with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Stephan Hicks was selected to the pre-season media all-conference team.