NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
A large, boisterous, highly enthusiastic, high-octane crowd of students, CSUN Matador fans, and members of the community jammed into the Matadome on Friday night to be a part of Matador Madness – an unveiling of the men's and basketball teams at Cal State Northridge.
The evening began with the introduction of both the women's and men's basketball teams which will not only be exciting and talented, but also contenders for post-season honors in the Big West Conference in 2013-14.
The combination of hundreds of glow sticks that were passed out to the Matador fans along with special lighting, and the pulsating sounds of high-energy dance music got the crowd into a festive mood. The atmosphere set the tone for the remainder of the program that lasted nearly two hours.
"This is the right time to be with Matador Nation," said Matador women's head coach Jason Flowers. "The party has just started. Thank you for your support."
Each member of the CSUN women's basketball team was introduced. The crowd roared its approval. The team responded by throwing many Matador t-shirts into the stands.
Guest host Kel Mitchell from the Nickeloden sitcom "Kenan and Kel" then introduced first year CSUN head's men's coach Reggie Theus.
"It is great to be here in Matador Nation," Theus told the large crowd. "This team is working hard and has a great attitude. You will be proud of this team."
The Matador dance team then entertained the crowd. CSUN guard K.J. Smith showed his dancing talents by breaking away from the Matador bench to join the CSUN dance team. Smith wasn't shy with his dance moves. The crowd roared its approval.
Both the men's and women's CSUN teams then participated in a free throw contest followed by scrimmages by both teams.
"Is this going to be a great season?," said the announcer. The crowd unanimously said "Yes."
A slam dunk, with Stephan Maxwell stealing the show with a thunderous dunk that swayed the backcourt violently, again got the crowd on its feet with approval.
The evening began with a pre-event fun zone on the Matadome Plaza that included games, prizes, and free food for CSUN students. Athletes from Matador sports teams participated in the pre-event party by meeting the fans, taking pictures and signing autographs. The teams included softball, water polo, men's volleyball, baseball and track & field.
This year's Matador Madness was co-hosted by DJ Malski (Jamal McCoy).
Go Matadors !!!