February 1, 2008

Big West Top Two Offenses Clash At The Matadome on Saturday ... CSF vs CSUN


Big West Top Two Offenses Clash At The Matadome on Saturday ... CSF vs CSUN
This Week's Matador Men's Basketball Release



Game Gossip ...
It will be a battle of the league's top two offensive teams when Cal State Fullerton (82.7 ppg, #1) faces first place Cal State Northridge (79.6 ppg, #2) in a Big West game on Saturday, February 2, at The Matadome (7:05 p.m.) ... Cal State Northridge sits atop the Big West standings at 7-0 and 15-4 overall ... The 7-0 conference start is CSUN's best league start in school history ... CSUN is ranked 17th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll (1/28/08) ... The Sagarin poll (2/1/08) finds CSUN ranked 81st in the nation, and 88th in the RPI poll (2/1/08) ... According to the ESPN Bracketology (2/1/08), if the NCAA Tournament was to start today, the Matadors would be a 14th seed and would play Stanford (#3 seed) at the Anaheim Regional.

Free Food ...
If the Matadors score a 100 or more points and win - all fans in attendance will receive a free meal in the Pub Sports Grill the following business day ... This offer is valid only at The Pub Sports Grill and for the next business day with a ticket stub from the 100 point game ... The combo meal is for a burger, fries & fountain drink ... This is Sponsored by The University Corporation.

Series Story ...
Cal State Fullerton holds a 30-23 lead in the series with CSUN ... The Titans have won the last seven meetings including a 75-73 decision last year at The Matadome ... Bobby Brown led the Titan attack with 22 points while Scott Cutley added 16 points and nine rebounds ... Thomas Shewmake led CSUN with 24 points and 15 rebounds ... Jonathan Heard came off the bench to score 14 points and grab eight reobunds ... Cal State Fullerton has won the last four games on CSUN's home court.

Coaches Corner ...
Bobby Braswell is in his 12th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... Braswell has coached 344 games in his duties as head coach, and has produced a record of 183-161 (.532) ... Braswell has guided Cal State Northridge to postseason play in each of his previous eleven seasons, reaching the conference tournament championship game on four occasions ... In past seasons under Braswell, the Matadors have prided themselves on tough defense and a productive offense ... Last year, the Matadors led the Big West Conference in rebounding margin (+6.9) and steals (8.97) ... Already this year, the Matadors have forced the opponents in 381 turnovers, produced 185 steals (#1 in the Big West), and have outrebounded the opposition, 723-686 ... Braswell's teams have been ranked in the Top 25 in steals nationally in ten of the last eleven seasons ... Braswell is assisted by second year assistant coach Louis Wilson, and newcomers Stan Johnson and James Blake ... Ryan Dodd is in his first season as Director of Basketball Operations.

League Leaders ...
Cal State Northridge and several players are among the leaders in the Big West Conference ... The Matadors are #1 in field goal percentage defense (.416), scoring margin (+10.0), rebounding (38.1 rpg), offensive rebounds (12.5), defensive rebounds (25.6), blocked shots (3.6 bpg), assists (15.9 apg) and steals (9.7 spg), and #2 in scoring (79.6 ppg), and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.312) ... Tremaine Townsend, senior all-conference candidates Jonathan Heard and Calvin Chitwood are 1-8-10 in the Big West in rebounding (8.4 rpg, 5.9 rpg, 5.8 rpg) ... Townsend is #1 in defensive rebounds (6.3 drpg) while Heard is second in offensive rebounds (2.4 oprg) ... Townsend, Chitwood, and Heard are 2-3-6 in field goal percentage (.532, .521, .491) in the league ... Chitwood maintains his league lead in blocked shots (1.6 bpg) while Townsend is fourth (1.1 bpg) .. Chitwood is trying to become the first CSUN player to lead the Big West in blocked shots ... Josh Jenkins continues to lead the conference in assists (6.6 apg), second in assist/turnover ratio (1.66) and seventh in steals (1.47 spg) ... Jenkins is trying to become the first CSUN player to lead the conference in assists since Markus Carr during the 2001-02 season (5.3 apg) ... Paul Wayne is fourth in free throw shooting (.844) and seventh in steals (147 spg) ... Chitwood is seventh in free throw percentage (.826) and 15th in scoring (11.9 ppg) ... Heard is eighth in rebounding (5.9 rpg) ... Deon Tresvant is second in three-point goals per game (3.1), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.446) and eleventh in scoring (13.3 ppg).

Scoring Story ...
Three players are averaging in double figures, three players are shooting .518 or better, three players are shooting 42 percent or better from three-point territory, and two players are shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line.

Defensive Data ...
Cal State Northridge has showed signs of an improved defense in 2007-08 ... The Matadors have held the opposition to only .416 percent shooting (#1 in the Big West) and has forced the opposition into 381 turnovers in 19 games ... Cal State Northridge has collected 185 steals (#1 in the Big West) ... In only three games this year has the opposition shot 50 percent or better ... In only three games has the opposition hit 40 percent or better from three-point territory.

"It all starts with defense for us. The points and totals for the game are just gravy. If we're defending, we're going to get turnovers, we're going to get easy baskets and we're going to
get a lot of opportunities."
CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell

Rebounding Raves ...
Rebounding has vastly improved for Cal State Northridge in the last three seasons ... During the 2005-06 campaign, CSUN ranked last in the Big West, but improved to second-best last year, and are currently first in the Big West averaging 38.1 rebounds per game compared to 36.1 rpg for the opposition ... The Matadors are trying to break the four year stranglehold on the rebound title held by Cal State Fullerton ... The 50 rebounds at Pepperdine (11/17/07) is a Big West best this year ... Four CSUN players are averaging 4.7 or more rebounds per game, including a conference-leading 8.4 rebounds per game by junior center Tremaine Townsend ... Senior all-conference candidates Jonathan Heard and Calvin Chitwood are eighth and tenth (5.9 rpg, 5.8 rpg)) in rebounding, respectively ... Chitwood's 18 rebounds against Chicago State (11/10/07) is a Big West best in 2007-08 ... In fact, Chitwood's 18 rebounds, and Tremaine Townsend's 15 rebounds at Cleveland State (11/28/07) and 14 vs Utah Valley State (12/5/07) are the three best rebounding efforts in the Big West this year .. Townsend is trying to become the first player in school history to lead the league in rebounding.

Broadcast Barometer ...
All Matador men's basketball games can be heard live over the internet at GoMatadors.com with Bill Courtland and Alan Zinsmeister providing the broadcasting duties ... For the third-straight season, the Matadors have partnered with CSTV and the Big West Conference to present live video streaming of all league games and non-conference home contests ... Click on the Big West TV banner on the front page of GoMatadors.com for more information.

Senior Salute ...
Experience counts ... Two reasons for CSUN's success this year have been the play of seniors Calvin Chitwood and Jonathan Heard, all-conference candidates ... Chitwood is averaging 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game whle Heard checks in at 11.7 points and 5.9 rpg ... In four seasons, Chitwood and Heard have played in 207 games (149 as starters) and have combined for 2,327 points and 939 rebounds).

Matador Memo ...
Cal State Northridge has shown an ability to fight back from behind in several games to win ... Five of CSUN's 13 wins have been comeback affairs after being down by eight points or more ... At UC Santa Barbara (1/5/08), the Matadors battled back from a 13-point second half deficit to win, 88-84 ... At UC Riverside (1/16/08), the Matadors were down by ten points in the first half, only to comeback to score a four-point win, 66-62 ... In the season opener vs Chicago State (11/10/07), the Matadors battled back from a ten-point second half deficit to post a 96-85 win ... At Utah Valley State (12/28/07), CSUN scored a 73-65 win after being down by nine points ... At Cleveland State (11/28/07), the Matadors were facing an eight-point deficit but came back to score a 78-68 victory.

Depth Dialogue ...
There is no doubt the team's talented depth has contributed to the fast start in 2007-08 ... Nine players are averaging 13.8 minutes or more ... Two reserve players, Tremaine Townsend and Deon Tresvant are averaging 26.0 and 24.5 minutes per game, respectively ... Tresvant is CSUN's leading scorer (13.3 ppg, #8 in the Big West), Townsend is fifth in scoring (9.7 ppg) ... Townsend, is #1 the league in rebounding (8.4 rpg), #2 in fg pct (.532) and fourth in blocked shots (1.1 bpg) ... No reserve in school history has ever led the team in scoring or in rebounding ... That could happen this year with Tresvant and Townsend ... The last reserve to average in double figures was Gerald Rhoden during the 1996-97 season when he averaged 11.4 ppg.

Team Talk ...
In six games, the Matadors have scored 92 points or more ... The 40 field goals vs Vanguard is a Big West best in (2007-08). ... The 39-point victory (100-61) over Long Beach State (1/26/08) was the second largest margin of victory over a Big West school in the 46-year history of The Matadome ... The 100 points scored against Long Beach State (1/26/008) is the 69th time in school history that CSUN has scored 100 or more points in a game.

Home Hoopla ...
In the 46-year history of The Matadome, CSUN has only enjoyed one home undefeated season ... That happened during the 1964-65 season when the Matadors went 11-0 ... The 2007-08 Matadors are trying to make history at home ... CSUN is 8-0 at The Matadome with five more home games.

Footnote Facts ...
CSUN has notched ten of its 14 wins by double-digit margins ... The margin of victory in those games is 23.2 points (845-613) ... In 2006-07, the Matadors played 31 games and had only five wins by ten or more points.