Cal State Northridge Hosts Pacific In Big West Opener
Dec. 27, 2010
This is it ... The start of Cal State Northridge's second season which means the start of the 2010-11 Big West Conference campaign ... And from the get-go, the Matadors face a tough nemesis, the Pacific Tigers on Tuesday, December 28, 7:05 p.m. at The Matadome ... In 24 games between the two schools, Pacific has won 19 games including two straight wins at The Matadome ... How tough is Pacific? ... The Tigers recently handed Santa Clara a 69-59 defeat, the same Santa Clara team that beat CSUN last week, 99-79 ... The Tigers are picked to finish third in the Big West Conference this year behind league favorite UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State ... The league opener features the #1 and #3 rebounders in the Big West Conference ... UOP's Sam Willard (6-9, 230, Senior, F/C, Pierre, S.D.) leads the conference at 10.8 boards per game while CSUN's Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) checks in at 9.0 per game ... Following the season league opener against Pacific, Cal State Northridge hosts UC Davis on Thursday, December 30 ... Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m.
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) is #1 in the Big West field goal percentage (.570), third in the league in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and seventh in blocks (1.0 bpg) ... Daniel has grabbed ten or more rebounds in five games, including a career-high 15 boards at Air Force (12/2/109) ... Daniel is shooting .667 (56-for-84) from the floor in his last seven games. *** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has four double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year, third-best in the Big West Conference behind Sam Williard of Pacific with nine and T.J. Robinson of Long Beach, who has seven. *** Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) is #3 in assists (4.82 apg) ... In three games, Lyles has dished out seven or more assists, including a career-high nine against Vanguard (11/20/10) ... Lyles has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 53-29. *** Vinnie McGhee (5-10, 165, Junior, Guard, Oakland, Ca) is eighth in the BWC in three-pointers made (19, 1.74 pg). *** Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) is eighth in the league in scoring (15.1 ppg) and tenth in 3-pointers made (1.70 pg). *** Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Dixon, Ca) is eighth in the BWC in blocked shots (0.91 bpg). *** Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) is fourth in the BWC in blocks at 1.18 per game ... Eteuati blocked a season-high three blocks in games against DePaul (11/26/10) and at Air Force (122/2/10).
*** Cal State Northridge is ranked #1 in the Big West Conference in rebound margin (+2.4) ... CSUN has outrebounded its opponents in six games. *** Cal State Northridge is #2 in the Big West Conference in steals (7.26 spg). *** Cal State Northridge is ranked #2 in the Big West Conference in rebounding at 36.2 per game. *** Cal State Northridge is ranked #3 in the Big West Conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.328). *** Cal State Northridge is ranked #3 in blocked shots (3.55 bpg).
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has moved to the top of the scoring charts for Cal State Northridge ... After scoring only two points and shooting 0-for-12 from the floor in the first two games of the year, Daniel has caught fire on the offensive and defensive ends of the court ... In the last seven games (DePaul, Tulsa, Air Force, Denver, Cal Lutheran, Cal State Bakersfield, Santa Clara), Daniel has averaged 21.7 points (152 points) and 9.9 rebounds (69 rebounds) per game while shooting .667 (56-for-84) from the floor. *** Daniel has now upped his season average from 1.0 ppg in the first two games to 16.1 ppg (#5 in the BWC). *** Daniel is shooting .570 (65-for-114) from the floor, #1 in the Big West Conference. *** Daniel is now third in the Big West Conference in rebounding at 9.0 per game. *** Daniel has recorded four double-doubles in the last six games ... Against Cal Lutheran (12/7/10), Daniel tied his career-high in points (31) and field goals (15-for-18) along with 13 rebounds and three blocks. *** Daniel has recorded 12 double-doubles in two seasons at Cal State Northridge. *** The superb performance by Daniel at the recent 76 Classic in Anaheim netted the senior forward Big West Player of the Week honors ... Daniel averaged 20.7 points (#2 in the tournament) and led all rebounders (10.3 rpg) during the three-game tournament that featured a high quality field of eight teams, five of whom competed in NCAA or NIT post-season competition last year ... In helping Cal State Northridge to an 86-66 victory over DePaul (11/26/10) of the Big East Conference, Daniel scored a career-high 31 points (11-for-15 from the floor) along with a game-high ten rebounds ... The 31 points scored by Daniel against DePaul were the most points scored by any player in the 76 Classic, and the third-best scoring effort in the four-year history of the tournament ... The 31-point, ten-rebound performance against DePaul also gave Cal State Northridge its first victory over a Big East school in the 53-year history of Matador history ... In the first game of the 76 Classic, Daniel collected 13 rebounds against Virginia Tech (11/25/10), the most by any player in the 76 Classic ... In the final game of the 76 Classic on Sunday, Daniel scored 24 points (9-for-12 from the floor) along with eight rebounds and two blocks against Tulsa ... Daniel was outstanding from the field at the 76 Classic, hitting 23-of-36 shots for .639. *** Daniel has blocked eleven shots (#7 in the BWC) this year to give him 55 for his career, sixth-best in school history.
*** Over the last two seasons, CSUN has played in ten games (2-8) decided by three points or less ... CSUN has played in five one-point games (0-5) during that span. *** Go figure ... CSUN lost to Air Force (63-72, 12/2/10)) despite the fact they scored more baskets (23-to-21) and outrebounded the Falcons (49-to-30), and lost to Denver (63-66, 12/4/10) despite the fact CSUN scored more baskets (18-to-15) and outrebounded Denver (31-to-22).
*** Challenging is always the trademark of the CSUN basketball schedule, and this year is no exception. *** CSUN started the year with two games against Pac-10 schools at UCLA (L, 53-80, 11/12/10) and at California (L, 63-80, 11/16/10). *** In Bobby Braswell's previous 14 years as head coach at CSUN, the Matadors have scheduled at least one Pac-10 school in 13 of those years ... The Pac-10 opponents have included Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, UCLA, Washington and Washington State. *** CSUN competed against national notables Virginia Tech (L, 56-72, 11/25/10), DePaul (W, 88-66, 11/26/10) and Tulsa (L, 63-80, 11/28/10) in the 76 Classic (11/25 to 11/28/10) at the Anaheim Convention Center.
*** Five Cal State Northridge men's basketball games will appear on ESPN's family of networks and Fox Sports Net. *** CSUN's game at Denver (12/4/10) was televised on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain. *** CSUN's three games (Virginia Tech, DePaul, Tulsa) at the 76 Classic (Nov. 25-28) were televised live on ESPNU. *** One Big West Conference game will be televised on Fox Sports Net (Prime) ... That game will be CSUN's home contest against Cal Poly on Saturday, January 22 ... Game time at The Matadome is 1:00 p.m. *** CSUN will have other opportunities to be on television during the 2010-11 season ... The ESPN Brackbuster games that are slated either Friday (Feb. 18), Saturday (Feb. 19) or Sunday (Feb. 20) will be on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU ... The semi-finals of the Big West Tournament on Friday, March 11, will be televised on ESPNU ... The Big West Championship game will be seen on ESPN2.
*** Pacific is predicted to finish third in the Big West Conference behind league favorite UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State ... The Tigers are 7-5 overall but only 2-4 on the road ... Their most notables wins this season have been against UTEP (66-61, 11/12/10) and Nevada (64-53, 11/15/10) ... Pacific has also beaten Santa Clara (69-59, 12/14/10), a team which recently handed CSUN a 99-79 loss (12/22/10). *** Sam Williard (6-9, 230, Senior, F/C, Pierre, SD) is the top player on the Pacific team at 16.6 points (#4 in the Big West conference) and a league-leading 10.8 rebounds per game ... Willard is also the team leader in blocks (13, #6 in the BWC). *** Demetrece Young (5-11, 180, Senior, Guard, Oklahoma City, Ok) is the UOP's other double-digit scorer at 12.8 ppg (#15 in the BWC) ... Both Young (.510, #5 in the BWC) and Willard (.503, #7 in the BWC)) are shooting better than 50 percent. *** Bob Thomason is in his 23rd season as head coach at Pacific with a mark of 394-280.
*** Pacific has dominated the series with Cal State Northridge, 19-5. *** Four of CSUN's five wins against the Tigers have been at The Matadome ... However, Pacific has won the last two games at The Matadome, including a 66-47 victory last year (3/6/10) ... Sam Willard (6-9, 230, Senior, F/C, Pierre, S.D) paced the Pacific attack with 20 points and eleven rebounds in 38 minutes ... Terrell Smith (6-4, 210, Senior, Guard, Federal Way, Wa) added 19 points for the Tigers ... Kenny Daniels led CSUN with 17 points.
*** The Big West Conference and the Honda Center (home of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks) have teamed up to form a five-year partnership to host the annual men's and women's post-season basketball tournies beginning in 2011. *** The Big West Tournament is the oldest NCAA Division I post-season basketball tournament in the west dating back to 1976 ... The Big West Tournament had been held at the Anaheim Convention Center (1977-82 and 2001-2010). *** Tickets are on sale for the 2011 Big West Tournament which will be held on March 10-12, 2011 ... All-Session tickets are good for all games ... The regular price is $64 per ticket ... Go to www.bigwest.org for more information.
*** For the first time in the 53-year history of Cal State Northridge basketball, the Matadors scored a win over a Big East school when they scored a 88-66 win over DePaul (11/26/10). *** Lenny Daniel, Dathan Lyles & Rashaun McLemore are serving as team captains this year. *** With ten new players, including eight freshmen, on the 17-man CSUN roster in 2010-11, this is the youngest team head coach Bobby Braswell will coach as he is in the midst of his 15th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... CSUN only has nine years of NCAA season experience, three of those seasons by senior Michael Lizarraga ... Only Cal State Fullerton (6 years) and UC Riverside (7 years) have younger Big West Conference teams than CSUN. *** Cal State Northridge has employed six different starting lineups in eleven games this year.