December 26, 2007

Matador Basketball Team Travels to Utah Valley State


Matador Basketball Team Travels to Utah Valley State
This Week's Matador Men's Basketball Release


Game Gossip ...
The frequent flier miles are continguing to stockpile for the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team ... Since Nov. 28, the Matadors have played five of their last seven games on the road in the states of Ohio, Iowa and Washington ... Now the destination is the state of Utah where CSUN travels to Orem to face Utah Valley State University ... Game time on Dec. 28 is 7:05 p.m. (MT) ... This will be the second meeting of the season between the two teams.

Series Story ...
This will be the second meeting of the 2007-08 season between Cal State Northridge and Utah Valley State ... On Dec. 5 at The Matadome, Calvin Chitwood and Tremaine Townsend combined for 26 points and 25 rebounds to help propel the Matadors to a hard-earned 76-64 victory over the Wolverines ... Chitwood earned a double-double with 15 points and eleven rebounds, and added three blocks, a steal and an assist in 32 minutes of play ... Townsend also collected a double-double, once again coming off the bench to score eleven points and a game-high 14 rebounds ... Townsend's effort earned him co-Big West Player of the Week honors ... Josh Jenkins made his first start of the season and responded with eleven points and six assists.

Coaches Corner ...
Bobby Braswell is in his 12th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... Braswell has coached 335 games in his duties as head coach, and has produced a record of 175-160 (.524) ... 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 203 turnovers, produced 91 steals (#2 in the Big West), and have outrebounded the opposition, 403-375 ... 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 rebounding (40.3 rpg), offensive rebounds (14.2), defensive rebounds (26.1), field goal percentage defense (.419), blocked shots (4.6 bpg), and #2 in scoring (80.1 ppg), rebound margin (+2.8), assists (15.1 apg) and steals (9.1 spg) ... Tremaine Townsend and senior all-conference candidate Calvin Chitwood are 1-2 in the Big West in rebounding (9.3 rpg, 6.7 rpg) ... Townsend, Chitwood and senior all-conference candidate Jonathan Heard are 2--4-7 in field goal percentage (.544, .505, .490) in the league ... Townsend is fourth in blocked shots (1.2 bpg) ... Josh Jenkins continues to lead the conference in assists (6.2 apg) while Chitwood maintains his league lead in blocked shots (2.3 bpg) .. Chitwood has moved from fourth to second in free throw percentage (.848) and tenth in scoring (13.0 ppg) ... Heard is sixth in steals (1.6 spg), eighth in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and 11th in scoring (12.8 ppg) ... Deon Tresvant is fourth in three-point goals per game (2.30) and 15th in scoring (11.3 ppg) ... Jenkins is fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.55).

Scoring Story ...
Five players are averaging in double figures, three players are shooting .515 or better, two players are shooting 39 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 .419 percent shooting (#1 in the Big West) and has forced the opposition into 203 turnovers in ten games ... Cal State Northridge has collected 91 steals (#2 in the Big West) in the ten games ... In only two 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.

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 40.3 rebounds per game compared to 37.5 rpg for the opposition ... In seven of the ten games, the Matadors have outrebounded its opponents ... The 50 rebounds at Pepperdine (11/17/07) is a Big West best this year ... Four CSUN players are averaging 5.0 or more rebounds per game, including a conference-leading 9.3 rebounds per game by junior center Tremaine Townsend ... Senior all-conference candidate Calvin Chitwood is second at 6.7 rpg ... 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.

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.

Wolverine Wins ...
Utah Valley State is 5-8 with three of their wins at home ... Ryan Toolson leads the Wolverine attack at 21.8 ppg ... Toolson has 43 three-pointers in 109 attempts, and is shooting .952 (59-for-62) from the free throw line ... Jordan Brady is the team's leading rebounder at 8.0 per game.

History Hoopla ...
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

Dynamic Duo ...
Calvin Chitwood and Jonathan Heard were expected to be the dominant 1-2 scoring punch for Cal State Northridge this year, and the two senior all-conference candidates are off to excellent starts after nine games ... Chitwood and Heard have played a total of 191 games in four seasons, and a combined 133 starts ... Chitwood is the team leader in scoring (13.0 ppg, #10 in the Big West) while Heard is 11th (12.8 ppg) ... Chitwood is the league leader in blocked shots (2.1 ppg), second in rebounding (6.7 rpg), second in free throw percentage (.848) and fourth in field goal percentage (.505) ... Heard is sixth in steals (1.6 spg), seventh in field goal percentage (.494) and eighth in rebounding (5.7 rpg) ... Chitwood and Heard have each scored in double figures in eight of the ten games ... Chitwood has been the scoring leader in four games while Heard in two games ... Chitwood has grabbed ten or more rebounds in two games including an 18-rebound effort in the season opener against Chiago State (11/10/07) ... In the 2007-08 season opener, Heard and Chitwood 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 (fourth-best in the Big West this year), 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 ... Combined in four seasons at Cal State Northridge, Chitwood and Heard have scored 2,160 points and grabbed 851 rebounds.

Depth Dialogue ...
There is no doubt that the team's talented depth has contributed to the fast start in 2007-08 ... Nine players are averaging 16 minutes or more ... Two reserve players, Tremaine Townsend and Deon Tresvant are averaging 25.7 and 22.4 minutes per game, respectively ... Tresvant is third on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg), Townsend is fourth in scoring (10.2 ppg) ... Townsend, is #1 in the Big West in rebounding (9.3 rpg), second in field goal pct (.544) and fourth in blocked shots (1.2 bpg).

Team Talk ...
The 49-point margin of victory (94-49) vs Vanguard (12/20/07) is the ninth-largest in school history ... The 43 points given up against NC Central (69-43, 12/1/07) is the sixth fewest for a game in school history.

Footnote Facts ...
CSUN has notched six of its seven wins by double-digit margins ... In 2006-07, the Matadors played 31 games and had five wins by ten or more points ... The 12 assists by John Jenkins against Cal State Bakersfield (11/21/07) is a Big West best in 2007-08 ... The 28 free throws and the 39 free throw attempts against Chicago State (11/10/087) are Big West bests this year ... Calvin Chitwood's 18 rebounds against Chicago State (11/10/07) is a Big West best in 2007-08 ... Chitwood's six blocks at Washington (12/22/07) is a school record ... Evan Scott will miss the remainder of the season with a thumb injury that will require surgery.







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