Nov. 7, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - Cal State Northridge completes its two-game exhibition schedule with a game against Carroll College of Montana on Saturday, November 8, at 7:05 p.m.
The Matadors opened exhibition play last Monday night with a 82-49 victory over La Verne. Senior forward Tremaine Townsend collected a double-double with 17 points and ten rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Tony Osunsanmi came off the bench to also grab ten boards. All 15 players on the active roster played with eleven players collecting ten or more minutes on the court.
Carroll College, located in Helena, Montana, is a good team. Last year, the Fighting Saints chalked up a 23-9 record and first place record of 10-4 in the Frontier League.
The Fighting Saints opened the season with a 83-76 victory over the University of Regina. Their second victory came on a 58-56 upset win over Eastern Washington in Cheney. Freshman forward Andy Garland picked up the first double-double of his collegiate career with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Chad Vaculin hit a clutch three-pointer with less than a minute left to beat Eastern Washington. Vaculin returns as the team' top scorer from a year ago (14.4 ppg). The team' top rebounder from a year ago also returns, Chris Kaschmitter who averaged 5.6 boards per game.
The 2008-09 Cal State Northridge men's basketball regular season starts on Nov. 14 against Cal Lutheran at The Matadome. In years past, Cal State Northridge has played the role of underdogs. This year the role has changed dramatically. Expectations are very high this year with the return of several all-league caliber veteran players, a talented cast of reserves, another group of talented newcomers, and several redshirts who eagerly learned the Northridge system last year.
Last year, the Matadors chalked up a 20-10 overall record, and earned a share of the Big West regular season title at 12-4. With so much talent returning this year, the pre-season experts are predicting a league title for Cal State Northridge in 2008-09. The Big West coaches and media, and national magazines such as Blue Ribbon College Basketball, The Sporting News College Basketball Magazine, Lindy's College Basketball Magazine and Athlon Sports College Basketball Magazine have all predicted a league championship for Cal State Northridge.