September 17, 2008

UCLA, Stanford, New Mexico Headline 2008-09 CSUN Men's Basketball Schedule

Sept. 17, 2008

Northridge, Calif. - The 2008-09 Cal State Northridge men's basketball team, expected to be the favorites to repeat as Big West regular season champions, will be gathering thousands of frequent flier miles during the early portion of the 2008-09 schedule which was announced on Wednesday by Matador head coach Bobby Braswell.

Following a Nov. 14 (7:05 p.m.) regular season home opener against Cal Lutheran at The Matadome, the Matadors embark on a highly competitive six game road trek that begins at one of the toughest venues in the Pac-10, Maples Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University (Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.). For the past several years, the Cardinal has been one of the top teams in the country.

From Palo Alto, the Matadors head south to the home court of Cal State Bakersfield for a Nov. 21 (7:00 p.m.) non-league encounter. Then the six game road trip kicks into high gear when Cal State Northridge travels to The Pit in Albuquerque to face another high profile national program, the New Mexico Lobos on Nov. 24 (7:00 p.m.).

From there, the Matadors travel to relatively uncharted territory with two games in the East. Only four other times in the previous 50 years of Matador basketball has the team ventured this far from home. First, there is a stop on Nov. 29 (3:00 p.m.) at Rider College which is located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Two days later, the Matadors will take a 45-minute bus trip to Philadelphia to play Drexel University on Dec. 1.

Then on Dec. 7 (7:00 p.m.), the six-game road trip ends with a highly anticipated contest at Pauley Pavilion to face the powerful UCLA Bruins. The Bruins, who have played in three straight Final Fours, are again expected to dominate the Pac-10 in 2008-09, and are again contenders to make the Final Four in 2009. The last time these two teams collided, the Matadors upset the nationally-ranked Bruins, 78-74, at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 21, 2000.

The Matadors finally return home for two games on Dec. 9 (7:05 p.m.) against Denver and Dec. 18 (7:05 p.m.) against Pepperdine. But then again, it's back on the road, this time with trips to San Diego State (Dec . 22, 7:00 p.m.) and to open the Big West season on Dec. 29 (7:00 p.m.) at Cal State Fullerton.

Cal State Northridge will have 12 regular season home games including eight Big West contests. The conference home opener is Jan. 2 (7:05 p.m.) against another league favorite, the Pacific Tigers. Note: There is the possibility that another home game will be added to the existing schedule.

The Matadors will be the Big West favorite in 2008-09. One pre-season publication, Lindy's College Basketball, has tabbed the Matadors to win the league title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Matadors return four of the top players in the Big West Conference including Tremaine Townsend (the league's top rebounder, 2nd team All-Big West), Josh Jenkins (the league's top assist man, honorable mention All-Big West), leading scorer Deon Tresvant (2nd team All-Big West) and three-year starter Rob Haynes. Combined with a talented group of veteran returnees, and another excellent group of incoming players, the Matadors are expected to again be a highly competitive and exciting team in 2008-09.

Two exhibition games at The Matadome (Nov. 3 vs La Verne, Nov. 8 vs Carroll College) will help the Matadors gear up for the regular season campaign in 2008-09. Both games will tipoff at 7:05 p.m.

Season tickets will go on sale starting September 22 with ticket prices varying from $100 to $125 per seat. Returning season ticket holders will have priority in renewing their seats until October 8, 2008. New subscribers may also order starting September 22. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Associated Students Ticket Office at 818-677-2488. More information can also be found at www.gomatadors.com.

Matador Minute ...
Cal State Northridge basketball is featured prominently in the basketball section of ESPN.com ... The article previews the Big West Conference ... The pre-season college basketball magazines are starting to hit the newsstands, and Lindy's College Basketball, has tabbed the Matadors to win the Big West title and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Northridge Notebook ...
*** During the tenure of head coach Bobby Braswell (12 seasons), Cal State Northridge has played at least one Pac-10 team during the season eleven times ... During the 2008-09 campaign, two Pac-10 teams (Stanford, UCLA) are on the schedule, the sixth time during Braswell's tenure he has played two Pac-10 teams in a season.

*** The trip to the game at Rider College (Lawrenceville, NJ) on Dec. 1 (3:00 p.m.) is the furthest east a Cal State Northridge basketball team has played since the Matadors traveled to Lafayette (Easton, Pa) and Fairfield (Fairfield, Ct) during the 2004-05 season; at Howard (Washington, D.C.) during the 2001-02 season; and at James Madison (Harrisonburg, Va) during the 2000-01 campaign.

*** The six game road trip to Stanford (11/18/08, 7:30 p.m.), Cal State Bakersfield (11/21/08, 7:00 p.m.), New Mexico (11/24/08), 7:00 p.m.), Rider (11/29/08, 3:00 p.m.), Drexel (12/1/08, tba) and UCLA (12/7/08, 7:00 p.m.) will encompass more than 4,000 miles of travel.

*** The game at San Diego State (Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m.) is CSUN's first visit to the Aztecs home court since the 2001-02 campaign.

*** The game at New Mexico (Nov. 24, 7:00 p.m.) will be a trip home to Albuquerque for senior point-guard Josh Jenkins ... Jenkins was an all-state prep player at Valley High school.

*** Not since the 1989-90 season has Cal State Northridge played at Cal State Bakersfield (Nov. 21, 7:00 p.m.) ... The Matadors have won four of the last five games on the Roadrunners' home floor.

*** It has been more than 48 years since Cal State Northridge played La Verne (11/3/08, 7:05 p.m.) ... In fact, the first victory in the 51-year history of Matador history came on Dec. 13, 1958 when the Matadors scored a 73-64 decision over the Leopards.

*** Cal Lutheran (11/14/08, 7:05 p.m.) has never beaten Cal State Northridge in basketball ... The Matadors are 19-0 against the Kingsmen including a 10-0 record at The Matadome.

*** Cal State Fullerton has won the five last games over Cal State Northridge at The Matadome.

*** The 2008-09 season marks the third straight year Cal State Northridge will open the Big West campaign on the road (at Cal State Fullerton, Dec. 29, 2008, 7:00 p.m.) ... During the 2003-04 season, the Matadors faced the Titans in the league opener at CSF, and the Matadors recorded a 61-55 decision.

*** UC Santa Barbara has won the last three games over Cal State Northridge at The Matadome.

*** The game at Stanford (Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.) will be the home opener for the Cardinal.

*** Cal State Northridge has never played Drexel (Dec. 1 in Philadelphia, tba) in basketball ... In fact, the Matadors will be playing only their second game in the 51-year history of the basketball program in the state of Pennsylvania ... During the 2004-05 season, Cal State Northridge played at Lafayette (Easton, Pa).

The 2008-09 CS Northridge Men's Basketball Schedule
Note: One more home game may be added at a later date

November
3 (MONDAY) - LA VERNE (EXHIBITION), 7:05 p.m.
8 (SATURDAY) - CARROLL COLLEGE (EXHIBITION), 7:05 p.m.
14 (FRIDAY) - CAL LUTHERAN, 7:05 p.m.
18 (Tuesday) - at Stanford, 7:30 p.m.
21 (Friday) - at Cal State Bakersfield, 7:00 p.m.
24 (Monday) - at New Mexico, 7:00 p.m.
29 (Saturday) - at Rider, 3:00 p.m.

December
1 (Monday) - at Drexel, 7:30 p.m.
7 (Sunday) - at UCLA, 7:00 p.m.
9 (TUESDAY) - DENVER, 7:05 P.M.
18 (THURSDAY) - PEPPERDINE, 7:05 P.M.
22 (Monday) - at San Diego State, 7:00 p.m.
*29 (Monday) - at Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m.

January
*2 (FRIDAY) - PACIFIC, 7:05 P.M.
*5 (MONDAY) - UC DAVIS, 7:05 P.M.
*14 (Wednesday) - at UC Riverside, 7:00 p.m.
*17 (Saturday) - at Long Beach State, 4:05 p.m.
*21 (WEDNESDAY) - CAL STATE FULLERTON, 7:05 P.M.
*24 (SATURDAY) - UC IRVINE, 7:05 P.M.
*29 (Thursday) - at UC Santa Barbara, 7:00 p.m.
*31 (Saturday) - at Cal Poly, 7:00 p.m.

February
5 (THURSDAY) - CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD, 7:05 P.M.
*11 (WEDNESDAY) - CAL POLY, 7:05 P.M.
*14 (SATURDAY) - UC RIVERSIDE, 7:05 P.M.
*18 (Wednesday) - at UC Irvine, 7:00 p.m.
21 (Saturday) - at ESPN Bracketbuster, tba
*25 (WEDNESDAY) - UC SANTA BARBARA, 7:05 P.M.
*28 (SATURDAY) - LONG BEACH STATE, 7:05 P.M.

March
*5 (Thursday) - at UC Davis, 7:00 p.m.
*7 (Saturday) - at Pacific, 7:00 p.m.
11-14 (Wednesday-Saturday) - at Big West Tournament (Anaheim, Ca), tba
19-22 (Thursday-Sunday) - at NCAA Tournament, tba
26-29 (Thursday-Sunday) - at NCAA Tournament, tba

April
4-6 Saturday-Monday - at NCAA Final Four (Detroit, Mi), tba

*Big West Conference Game
All times are local

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