Cal State Northridge Hosts Cal State Bakersfield
This Week's Matador Men's Basketball Release
This will be the 38th meeting between Cal State Northridge and Cal State Bakersfield with the Roadrunners holding a 19-18 lead ... The two teams have not faced each other since Feb. 24, 1990 when the Matadors scored a 96-88 decision at The Matadome ... Derrick Gathers led CSUN scorers with 28 pionts and seven rebounds ... The Roadrunners hold a 10-8 in games played on CSUN's home floor.
Bobby Braswell is in his 12th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... Braswell has coached 327 games in his duties as head coach, and has produced a record of 170-157 ... 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 47 turnovers, 23 steals, and have outrebounded the opposition, 92-77 ... Braswell's teams have been ranked in the Top 25 in steals nationally in ten of the last eleven seasons ... Braswell will be 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.
The Matadors are among the Big West leaders in several team and individual categories ... CSUN leads the league in scoring (96.5 ppg), rebounding (46.0 rpg) and blocked shots (4.50 bpg), second in field goal pct. defense (.429), rebound margin (+7.5) and steals (10.50 spg), and third in field goal percentage (.496) ... Senior all-conference candidate Jonathan Heard is fourth in the Big West in scoring (21.0 ppg), while Deon Tresvant is fifth (17.0 ppg) and senior all-conference candidate Calvin Chitwood is tenth (15.0 ppg) ... Heard, Tremaine Townsend and Chitwood are third, fourth and seventh in field goal percentage at .586, .571 ad .524 ... Chitwood continues to lead the conference in rebounding (12.5 rpg) while Tremaine Townsend is third (8.0 rpg), Jonathan Heard is sixth (7.0 rpg) and Jayme Miller is ninth (5.5 rpg) ... Josh Jenkins ranks second in assists (5.5 apg) while Paul Wayne is seventh (3.5 apg) ... Jenkins also is second in the Big West in steals (3.0 spg) while Heard and Chitwood check in at eighth (2.0 spg) ... Tresvant's average of three 3-pointers per game is #2 in the conference ... Chitwood tops the league in blocked shots (2.50 bpg) ... Chitwood has played 32.5 minutes per game, fourth-best in the Big West ... Paul Wayne is eighth in free throw percentage (.875).
Cal State Northridge is picked to finish sixth in a poll of coaches and media by the Big West Conference ... The Matadors generated 31 points in the coaches poll ... UC Santa Barbara is picked to win the conference with 58 points followed by Cal Poly (52), Pacific and Cal State Fullerton each with 48 points followed by Cal State Northridge (31), UC Davis (20), Long Beach State (14) and UC Riverside (11) ... In the media poll, UC Santa Barbara collected 152 points followed by Cal Poly (138), Cal State Fullerton (114), UC Irvine (109), Pacific (92), Cal State Northridge (76), Long Beach State (52), UC Davis (43) and UC Riverside (34).
Two school records may never be broken; Ollie Carter's 47 points against Westmont has lasted nearly 42 years ... Another record that has lasted for a long time is George Robnett's 24 rebounds against UC Irvine on Jan. 16, 1971 ... Senior forward Calvin Chitwood came close in last weekend's 96-85 victory over Chicago State (11/10/07) ... Chitwood collected 18 rebounds, only six short of Robnett's long standing record ... Only ten other players in the 50-year history of Matador basketball history have garnered more rebounds in a game ... Chitwood's 18 boards was the fourth-best effort by a Division I player on the first weekend of collegiate basketball for 2007-08, only eclipsed by 24 by Kansas State freshman sensation Michael Beasley, 23 by Richard Hendrix of Alabama, and 21 by Junior Hairston of Towson ... Chitwood's 18 rebounds was fifth-best by a CSUN player at The Matadome, only bettered by Robnett's 24 against UCI, 23 by Jerry Joseph against Cal State Stanislaus (12/28/68), and 19 each by Jack Dyck against Sioux Falls (1/3/75) and by Craig Nance vs Cal Poly Pomona (1/18/75) ... By the way, the Big West single game rebound record is 28 by Michael Jackson of Cal State Los Angeles against Cal State Northridge in 1971.
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.
Cal State Bakersfield is 1-3 ... After starting the 2007-08 season with a 92-75 loss at Cal State Fullerton (11/9/07), and a 94-66 defeat at St. Mary's (11/13/07), Cal State Bakersfield looked strong in a 65-64 upset victory over Fresno State (11/17/07) . However in their last game (against Weber State, 11/19/07), the Roadrunners dropped a 66-51 decision ... Terrence Johns leads the CSB attack at 16.8 ppg along with 4.3 rebounds per game ... Johns began the season with 26 points and ten rebounds at Cal State Fullerton (11/9/07) ... Johns then scored 19 points against St. Mary's (11/13/07) ... The other double-digit scorer is Santwon Latunde (11.0 ppg) ... Cory Brown leads Roadrunner rebounders at 6.5 per game ... In the win over Fresno State (11/17/07), Brown collected ten rebounds ... Cal State Bakersfield is in his first full season as a Division I school, and has scheduled seven of eight Big West teams including Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, UC Riverside, Pacific, UC Davis, Long Beach State ... The Roadrunners, an independent, have also scheduled Oregon State of the Pac-10.
The 2007-08 season marks the 50th season of intercollegiate basketball at Cal State Northridge ... During the previous 49 years, Cal State Northridge has produced several great teams, and numerous great players ... A history of many of the great moments in CSUN baskeball history is availiable on the Northridge website at www.gomatadors.com
Jonathan Heard and Calvin Chitwood were expected to be the dominant 1-2 scoring punch for Cal State Northridge this year, and they did not disappoint in the 2007-08 season opener as the senior duo combined for 51 points and 26 rebounds to help the Matadors to a 96-85 victory over Chicago State (11/10/07) ... Heard scored a career-high 29 points, including 19 in the second half, while Chitwood added 22 points ... Chitwood added to his all-around great numbers with a career-high 18 rebounds (ten offensive rebounds), four blocks and three steals in 38 minutes of play ... In addition to his career-high 29 points, Heard added three steals, one block and an assist in 35 minutes of action.
A challenging 2007-08 schedule that includes games against national powers Gonzaga and Washington highlights the 2007-08 Cal State Northridge basketball schedule ... Cal State Northridge will face a Gonzaga team which will again be one of the nation's elite collegiate basketball teams on Dec. 8 (5:00 p.m.) in Spokane ... The competition doesn't get any easier on Dec. 22 (3:00 p.m.) when the Matadors travel back to the Pacific Northwest to face Pac-10 power Washington in Seattle ... CSUN will have 13 regular season home games at The Matadome including eight Big West Conference games ... The home league slate begins on Jan. 10 against the league's newest member, UC Davis ... Long Beach State, the Big West champion in 2006-07, visits the Matadors home turf on Jan. 26 at 4:00 p.m. ... Pre-season league favorite UCSB will face CSUN at The Matadome on Mar. 6 (7:05 p.m.) ... For ticket information, call (818) 677-2488.
Two CSUN men's basketball games will be televised as part of the Big West Conference television package ... CSUN will host Long Beach State on Sat., Jan. 26 (4:00 p.m.) in a game that will be televised on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket ... On Feb. 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. ... Two other non-league games will be televised ... The game at Gonzaga (Dec. 8, 5:00 p.m.) will be televised in the Spokane area, and the Dec. 22 (3:00 p.m.) non-league contest at Washington will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest ... CSUN 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 Feb. 1 ... The television game possibilities are CSUN at UC Irvine on Mar. 1; and Cal Poly at CSUN on Mar. 8.