November 14, 2012

Four Games In Four Days - Matador Basketball Keeps Busy

Weekly Press Release - CSUN vs USD

Northridge Notes
The physical and mental endurance of the Cal State Northridge basketball team will be put to the test when the Matadors play four games in four days at the NUCDF Challenge (Nov. 15-18) at the University of San Diego ... During the previous 54-year history of Matador basketball, CSUN has played four games in four straight days, only ONCE ... That took place during the 2003-24 season when the Matadors played Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, Utah State and Pacific at the Big West Tournament (March 10-13, 2004) in Anaheim, Ca. ... CSUN will play USD on Nov. 15 (7:00 p.m.) followed by games against Siena (Nov. 16, 4:00 pm), Tulsa (Nov. 17, 5:00 pm) and Northern Kentucky (Nov. 18, 3:30 pm) ... All games will be played at the Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100) on the USD campus ... All four CSUN games will be broadcast live on gomatadors.com with Bill Courtland and Alan Zinsmeister handling the broadcast chores ... Live Stats are also available at gomatadors.com ... The NUCDF Challenge is organized by PlanBC3 and Triple Threat Travel, LLC ... Proceeds from the tournament will be used to raise awareness, support and research for the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation (www.cureucd.org).

Opening Opinions
Cal State Northridge is off to a strong start in 2012-13 ... The Matadors are 2-0, averarging 88.5 ppg, averaging 43.0 rebounds per game, have collected 24 steals, dished out 38 assists, and hitting .833 (40-for-48) from the free throw line ... Cal State Northridge staged a huge rally in the final 13:17 of the second half in its season opening game to post a 81-75 victory over Pepperdine (11/9/12) ... Down 54-41 with 13:17 left on the clock, the Matadors outscored the Waves, 23-9, to take a 64-63 lead with 5:06 remaining ... The lead gradually increased to as many as eight points, 75-67, at the 1:09 mark ... In the second half, Cal State Northridge shot 52 percent (13-for-25) from the floor, and collected 20-of-21 free throw shots for .952 ... CSUN outscored Pepperdine, 48-37, in the second half after being down, 38-33, at halftime ... In its second game against Eastern Washington (11/12/12), CSUN produced another strong second half surge ... The Matadors hit .533 (24-for-45) from the floor and scored 60 points to evertually post a 96-79 victory over the Eagles.

Free Throw Facts
Last season, Cal State Northridge led the Big West Conference in free throw percentage (.755, school record) ... This year, the trend continues ... The Matadors have hit .833 (40-for-48) from the charity stripe in the first two games, including 25-of-27 (.952) against Pepperdine (11/9/12), seventh-best for a single game in school history ... CSUN's starting five has hit 25-of-28 free throws for .893 ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is the free throw leader at .917 (11-for-12) ... For his career, Greene's free throw percentage (.835, 132-for-158), is fourth-best in school history.  

Age Analysis
Which NCAA Division I basketball team is the youngest in the country? ... Look no further than Cal State Northridge ... In a nationwide survey conducted by the Naval Academy media relations office, in terms of playing experience, the Matadors have 17 active players with only eleven years of collegiate basketball experience, an average of 0.65 years per player ... Three of the nation's least experienced teams hail from the Big West Conference ... Following the average of 0.65 years per player by Cal State Northridge, Dartmouth is second nationally at 0.73 years per year, followed by Navy (0.76 years), UC Santa Barbara (0.78 years) and UC Riverside (0.79 years) ... Their are NO seniors on the 17-man Cal State Northridge active roster ... Their are ONLY three juniors ... The rest of the Matador squad is either freshmen (seven) or sophomores (seven).
 
Television Talk
Cal State Northridge basketball has proven to be a popular commodity ... During the past five 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 ... Prime Ticket will serve as the official regional telecast home of the Big West Conference ... Prime Ticket will televise four Big West Tournament Quarterfinal games on March 14 from the Honda Center in Anaheim ... In addition, either Prime Ticket or Fox Sports West wil feature second day coverage of the Big West Men's & Women's Track & Field Championships which will be hosted by Cal State Northridge on May 11 ... The championship game of the 2013 Big West Tournament will be televised on ESPN2 on March 16 (7:30 pm).

Conference Chatter
Cal State Northridge has been picked to finish eighth in the annual Big West Conference pre-season media poll ... The Matadors generated 83 points ... Long Beach State, the defending league regular season and league tournament champion, earned 13 first place votes and 194 points to emerge as the league favorite in 2012-13 ... The 49ers outdistanced Cal State Fullerton, which accumulated 164 points, and third place UC Irvine's 153 points ... The 21-member media panel tabbed Big West member Hawai'i for fourth place with 132 points followed by UC Santa Barbara in fifth place (129 points) ... Pacific was picked for sixth place (113 points) followed by Cal Poly (100 points), Cal State Northridge (83 points), UC Davis (44 points) and UC Riverside (43 points) ... CSUN's Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, RS Sophomore, F/G, Thousand Oaks, Ca), who gained Big West Freshman of the Year honors in 2011-12 with a 15.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game average, has been named to the pre-season media all-conference team ... Also named to the pre-season team were James Ennis (Long Beach State), Vander Joaquim (Hawai'i), D.J. Seeley (Cal State Fullerton), Kwame Vaughn (Cal State Fullerton) and Michael Wilder (UC Irvine).

Toreros Talk
The University of San Diego kicked off the 2012-13 season with a 91-58 victory over San Diego Christian (11/9/12) ... Dennis Kramer (6-11, 235, Junior, Forward, Encinitas, Ca) led USD with 16 points followed by Chris Manresa (6-9, 245, Senior, Forward, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca) with 14 points ... USD plays Northern Kentucky on Wednesday, Nov. 14, before playing CSUN the following night ... USD is picked to finish in fifth place in a coaches poll conducted by the West Coast Conference (WCC).

Series Story
USD leads the series with CSUN, 19-14 ... Their last meeting took place on Dec. 4, 2002, with the Toreros recording a 64-61 decision on USD's home court ... This series started during the 1958-59 campaign, the first year that Cal State Northridge started its collegiate basketball program.

Schedule Saga
The 55th season of Cal State Northridge basketball promises to be just as competitive and exciting as the previous 54 years ... Three Pac-12 Conference teams (UCLA, Arizona State, Utah), a game at Brigham Young (BYU), and the addition of Hawai'i to the Big West Conference calendar are just a few of the highly competitive games that are on the 2012-13 docket ... Thirteen home games will be played at The Matadome ... Nine of those 13 home games will be Big West Conference games includings contests against defending league champion Long Beach State (Feb. 9, 7:05 pm) and Hawai'i (March 7, 7:30 pm) ... The CSUN-UCLA game will be played at the new renovated Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 28 ... The Big West Tournament is slated for March 14-16 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Matadome Memo
The Matadome, home to the Cal State Northridge men's and women's basketball programs, has undergone significant renovations since the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign ... A new floor, air conditioning, and visual upgrades completed this past summer have given the Matadome its first siginificant makeover in a decade ... Last season, new baskets and shot clocks were installed for basketball games as well as new press row tables, video display boards, a scoreboard above center court, and wall graphics ... With a brand new floor and a redesigned court, the Matadome received a dramatic overhaul just in time for the 51st anniversary of the first home game played in the facility this November ... Fans will notice wall graphics on the east end of the Matadome commemorating Cal State Northridge's post-season successes and a mural of fans cheering on the Matadors ... In addition, a new public address system has been installed ... New renovations also allow for the expanded use of live video for all competitions.

League Ledger
The Big West Conference and the Honda Center have announced that all-session tickets for the 2013 Big West Men's and Women's Basketball tournament are now on sale in conjunction with the official start of the college basketball season ... The 2013 Big West Tournament will be third year the event has been hosted by the Honda Center in Anaheim ... The 2012 tournament saw a 23 percent increase in attendance from the previous year ... The Big West Tournament is the oldest NCAA Division I post-season basketball tournament in the West, dating back to 1976 when the conference was known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association ... The Big West is comprised of ten schools: Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Hawai'i and Pacific ... Additional ticket information for the 2013 Big West Tournament is available at hondacenter.com.

Post-Game Points
Cal State Northridge has played 1,486 games since the start of the basketball program in 1958-59 ... The Matadors have never played on Nov. 9 untl this year when Cal State Northridge played Pepperdine ... There will be three doubleheader games along with the Matador women's basketball team this year ... The dates are Nov. 9, Dec. 5 and March 7 ... On Nov. 9, the Matador women played Portland at 5:00 pm followed by the men's game against Pepperdine at 7:00 pm ... On Dec. 5, the CSUN women will play USF at 5:00 pm followed by a 7:00 pm men's contest against Vanguard ... Then on Mar. 7, the Matador play Cal State Fullerton at 5:00 pm followed by a 7:00 pm contest for the men against Hawai'i ... The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team is the pre-season favorite to win the Big West Conference title ... Since the 1962-63 season, Cal State Northridge has played 602 home games at The Matadome with a winning percentage of .655 ... In 50 seasons on CSUN's home court, the Matadors have produced 41 winning seasons, five .500 seasons and only four losing seasons ... Entering the 2012-13 season, 407 players have won the Red, Black & White of Cal State Northridge ... Thirty-one states have been represented in years past on the Matador roster.








 
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