By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Communications
Santa Ana, Calif. – It's official !!!
Cal State Northridge is seeded fifth and will face fourth-seeded Hawai'i on Thursday night in the Big West Conference Tournament Quarterfinals at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Tipoff is slated for approximately 8:30 pm or 30 minutes after the completion of the 6:00 pm game between #1 UC Irvine and #8 UC Riverside.
The day's quarterfinal activities will begin at Noon between #2 UC Santa Barbara and #7 Cal Poly. At approximately 2:30 pm or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the UCSB vs Cal Poly game, #3 Long Beach State will face #6 Cal State Fullerton.
All four quarterfinal games will be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket, and Fox Deportes.
Live Stats, Twitter updates and internet radio coverage will be available on Gomatadors.com. Instant game information is also available on CSUN's app, Front Row.
Two semifinal games will be played on Friday night. The highest remaining seeded team will face the lowest remaining seeded team at 6:30 pm at Honda Center. The two remaining seeded teams will play at 9:00 pm or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the previous game, whichever is later.
Friday's 6:30 pm semifinal contest will be televised live on ESPN3 and will be taped delayed on ESPNU. The 9:00 pm semifinal game will air live on both ESPNU and ESPN3. The 6:30 pm game will air immediately on ESPNU after the conclusion of the 9:00 pm game.
Saturday's championship game will be held at the Honda Center at 7:30 pm. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Cal State Northridge 2-0 in neutral court games this year, and 5-0 over the last two seasons.
The 2014 Big West Conference Tournament, March 13-15, Honda Center in Anaheim
#1 seed – UC Irvine (22-10 overall, 13-3 BWC)
#2 seed – UC Santa Barbara (21-8 overall, 12-4 BWC)
#3 seed – Long Beach State (14-16 overall, 10-6 BWC)
#4 seed – Hawai'i (20-10 overall, 9-7 BWC)
#5 seed – Cal State Northridge (15-17 overall, 7-9 BWC)
#6 seed – Cal State Fullerton (11-19 overall, 6-10 BWC)
#7 seed – Cal Poly (10-19 overall, 6-10 BWC)
#8 seed – UC Riverside (10-20 overall, 5-11 BWC)
UC Davis (9-22 overall, 4-12 BWC) did not qualify for the Tournament
Series Story …
Hawai'i leads the series against Cal State Northridge, 8-3 … In the eleven meetings between the two schools, no game has been played on a neutral court … CSUN and UH split their two league games this year … On Jan. 11, 2014, CSUN recorded a 79-78 victory over the Rainbow Warriors at the Matadome … CSUN led 70-59 with nine minutes remaining in the game before the Rainbow Warriors mounted a rally … Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) recorded a double-double with 24 points (10-for-13 from the field) and ten rebounds in 34 minutes … Aaron Parks (6-3, 198, Freshman, Guard, Baltimore, Md) collected a season-high 19 points (8-for-8 from the free throw line, 3-for-3 from behind the arc) in 21 minutes … Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) was CSUN's third double-digit scorer with 15 points (9-for-10 from the free throw line), five rebounds, and four assists in 39 minutes … On Feb. 1, 2014, CSUN dropped a 77-63 decision in Honolulu … UH outscored the Matadors, 45-33, in the second half to race away with the victory … Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, Forward, Thousand Oaks, Ca) led the Matadors with 18 points and seven rebounds … Greene added 15 points.
Ticket Tape …
Single session tickets for the 2014 Big West Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament are now on sale … Fans can purchase tickets at the Honda Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000 … Student-Youth tickets can be purchased through each school's individual box office or at Honda Center on the day of the game … For more tournament information, visit the Big West Tournament website at www.bigwesttournament.com.
Breaking News …
Never before in the 56-year history of Matador basketball has the team finished first in any national offensive or defensive category … CSUN has completed its regular season with a school record 696 free throws to lead the nation … Brigham Young (BYU) was ranked second in the nation … The Cougars began WCC (West Coast Conference) play tonight with an 85-74 victory over Loyola Marymount … BYU collected 25 free throws against LMU to give the Cougars 664 free throws for the season, 32 free throws behind the #1 Matadors … BYU will advance to Monday's semifinals at the WCC Tournament against USF (San Francisco) … At the start of the day on Saturday, Cal State Northridge and Providence College were tied for the nation's lead in free throw percentage at .786 … The Friars experienced a poor free throw night, hitting only 14-of-21 free throws for .667 … Cal State Northridge now stands atop the nation in free throw percentage at .786 compared to Providence at .783 … Providence will begin Big East Tournament play next Thursday as the fourth-seed against fifth-seed St. John's at Madison Square Garden.