Cal State Northridge Men's Basketball Team Featured Twice on Big West Television Schedule


Cal State Northridge Men's Basketball Team Featured Twice on Big West Television Schedule

IRVINE, Calif. - Two Cal State Northridge men's basketball games will be televised as part of the Big West Conference television package announced today by Commissioner Dennis Farrell.

Cal State Northridge will host Long Beach State on Saturday, January 26, in a game that will be televised on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket. Tipoff has been changed from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Matadome. On Thursday, February 28, the Matadors will visit Cal State Fullerton in a conference game to be televised on KVMD in the Southern California market. Tipoff is 7:00 p.m.

Cal State Northridge will also have opportunities for additional appearances the final two weeks of the season when the Big West and FSN Prime Ticket select "wildcard" matchups from a pool of games. The selections are expected to be made no later than February 1. The televised game possibilities are Cal State Northridge at UC Irvine on Saturday, March 1; and Cal Poly at Cal State Northridge on Saturday, March 8.

The opportunity for additional Northridge television games exists through the Big West's involvement with the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters event on Saturday, February 23. Cal State Northridge is assured of a home game on that date. All nine Big West schools are included in a pool of 100 teams, vying for selection to any of 14 televised games that will be broadcast across the ESPN family of networks. This is the sixth straight year the Big West has participated in BracketBusters.

In addition, depending on the success of the Matadors during the 2007-08 season, a quarterfinal game (Thursday, March 13) could be televised on KVMD. If Cal State Northridge advances to the conference semifinals on Friday, March 14, ESPNU will provide television coverage, while the Big West championship game will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday, March 15, at 8:00 p.m. The Big West Conference Tournament will again be played at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.

Cal State Northridge returns five lettermen including three starters. The starters include the top two scorers from a year ago, senior forward/guard Jonathan Heard and forward Calvin Chitwood. Heard (6-6, 185, Senior) led the Matadors at 13.5 ppg and was the team's second leading rebounder at 5.5 rpg. Chitwood was the team's second leading scorer (13.2 ppg) and third-leading rebounder (4.4 rpg) last year.

In addition to the five returning players (Jonathan Heard, Calvin Chitwood, Rob Haynes, Jayme Miller, Rai Colston), 13 new players have been added to the roster.

Practice will officially begin on Oct. 12. The Matadors will have 13 regular season home games at The Matadome this year. The season opener is Saturday, November 10, against Chicago State (2 p.m.).

Matador Minute
Cal State Northridge has led the Big West in steals for six straight seasons ... Last year, the Matadors had 278 steals in 31 games (9.0 spg), ranking 22nd in the nation ... All five returning letterwinners had at least 22 steals last year, including Jonathan Heard who was third in the conference (44, 1.42 spg) ... Calvin Chitwood was first in the Big West in free throw percentage (.851) and was fourth in field goal percentage (.514) ... Rob Haynes, who returns for his junior season in 2007-08, was sixth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.426).

2008 Big West Basketball Television Schedule

Thursday, January 10 - Cal Poly at Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m., KVMD

Saturday, January 19 - UC Irvine at Pacific, 7:00 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket

Saturday, January 26 - Long Beach St at CS Northridge, 4:00 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket

Monday, January 28 - Cal Poly at Pacific, 8:00 p.m., ESPN2

Wednesday, January 30, UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside, 7:00 p.m., KVMD

Thursday, January 31 - Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State, 7:00 p.m., KVMD

Saturday, February 2 - Cal Poly at UC Riverside, 2:00 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket

Saturday, February 9 - UC Irvine at UC Santa Barbara, 7:00 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket

Thursday, February 14 - Pacific at UC Irvine, 7:00 p.m., KVMD

Saturday, February 16 - Pacific at Cal State Fullerton, 4:00 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket

Saturday, February 23 - ESPNU BracketBusters, TBD, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN 360

Thursday, February 28 - Cal State Northridge at Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m., KVMD

Saturday, March 1 - Best Available Game (Selected by Feb. 1), 1:00 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
Cal State Northridge at UC Irvine
Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton
UC Riverside at UC Santa Barbara
Thursday, March 6 - UC Davis at UC Irvine, 7:00 p.m., KVMD

Saturday, March 8 - Best Available Game (Selected by Feb. 1), 5:00 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
Cal Poly at Cal State Northridge
UC Davis at UC Riverside
UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State
Cal State Fullerton at UC Irvine

Big West Tournament (Anaheim Convention Center Arena)

Thursday, March 13 - Men's Quarterfinal Games, 6:00 & 8:30 p.m., KVMD
Friday, March 14 - Men's Semifinal #1, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU (Delayed)
Friday, March 14 - Men's Semifinal #2, 8:00 p.m., ESPNU (Live)
Saturday, March 15 - Women's Championship, Noon, FSN Prime Ticket
Saturday, March 15 - Men's Championship, 8:00 p.m., ESPN2

- GO MATADORS -