Cal State Northridge Hosts Pepperdine in 2012-13 Season Opener
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College Basketball is here again ... The 2012-13 Cal State Northridge varsity will be unveiled on Friday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m., when the Matadors host rival Pepperdine University in the season opener for both teams at The Matadome ... The Matadors played their first on-campus home game (then called Matador Gymnasium) on Nov. 30, 1962, against the Pepperdine Waves ... Following the opening contest against Pepperdine, the Matadors will host Eastern Washington on Monday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. ... Beford the Cal State Northridge vs Pepperdine contest, at 5:00 p.m., the Matador women's basketball team, pre-season favorites in the Big West Conference, will host the University of Portland ... The CSUN/Pepperdine game will be broadcast live on gomatadors.com with Bill Courtland and Alan Zinsmeister handling the broadcast chores ... Live Stats are also available at gomatadors.com
Which NCAA Division I basketball team is the youngest in the country? ... Look no further than Cal State Northridge ... In a nationwide survey conducted by the Naval Academy media relations office, in terms of playing experience, the Matadors have 17 active players with only eleven years of collegiate basketball experience, an average of 0.65 years per player ... Three of the nation's least experienced teams hail from the Big West Conference ... Following the average of 0.65 years per player by Cal State Northridge, Dartmouth is second nationally at 0.73 years per year, followed by Navy (0.76 years), UC Santa Barbara (0.78 years) and UC Riverside (0.79 years) ... Their are NO seniors on the 17-man Cal State Northridge active roster ... Their are ONLY three juniors ... The rest of the Matador squad is either freshmen (seven) or sophomores (seven).
Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, RS Sophomore, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca), Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) and Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Sophomore, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) will spearhead the Matador attack in 2012-13 ... Hicks led the team in both scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg) last year ... For his efforts, Hicks was named Big West Freshman of the Year ... Greene earned All-Big West Honorable Mention accolades in averaging 12.4 ppg, and being the among the league leaders in several statistical categories including scoring (12.4 ppg, #10 in the BWC) and free throw percentage (.831, #3 in the BWC) ... Maxwell averaged 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game (#7 in the Big West Conference) ... Maxwell was tops on the Matadors in 2011-12 with a .524 field goal percentage.
The 55th season of Cal State Northridge basketball promises to be just as competitive and exciting as the previous 54 years ... Three Pac-10 Conference teams (UCLA, Arizona State, Utah), a game at Brigham Young (BYU), and the addition of Hawai'i to the Big West Conference calendar are just a few of the highly competitive games that are on the 2012-13 docket ... Thirteen home games will be played at The Matadome ... Nine of those 13 home games will be Big West Conference games includings contests against defending league champion Long Beach State (Feb. 9, 7:05 pm) and Hawai'i (March 7, 7:30 pm) ... The CSUN-UCLA game will be played at the new renovated Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 28 ... The Big West Tournament is slated for March 14-16 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Cal State Northridge basketball has proven to be a popular commodity ... During the past five seasons, Cal State Northridge basketball has been featured prominently on television (32 times to be exact), including games on CBS, Fox Sports Net and ESPNU ... During CSUN's march to the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09, Matador games were televised a school record nine times ... Matador basketball fans will have the opportunity to see Cal State Northridge four times on television during the 2012-13 men's basketball season ... The Pac-12 Networks will televise CSUN's games at UCLA (Nov. 28, 9:00 pm), Arizona State (Dec. 8, 11:00 am) and at Utah (Dec. 21, 7:30 pm) ... The Big West Conference game at UC Irvine (Jan. 12, 4:00 pm) will be televised on Prime Ticket ... Prime Ticket will serve as the official regional telecast home of the Big West Conference ... Prime Ticket will televise four Big West Tournament Quarterfinal games on March 14 from the Honda Center in Anaheim ... In addition, either Prime Ticket or Fox Sports West wil feature second day coverage of the Big West Men's & Women's Track & Field Championships which will be hosted by Cal State Northridge on May 11 ... The championship game of the 2013 Big West Tournament will be televised on ESPN2 on March 16 (7:30 pm).
Cal State Northridge has been picked to finish eighth in the annual Big West Conference pre-season media poll ... The Matadors generated 83 points ... Long Beach State, the defending league regular season and league tournament champion, earned 13 first place votes and 194 points to emerge as the league favorite in 2012-13 ... The 49ers outdistanced Cal State Fullerton, which accumulated 164 points, and third place UC Irvine's 153 points ... The 21-member media panel tabbed Big West member Hawai'i for fourth place with 132 points followed by UC Santa Barbara in fifth place (129 points) ... Pacific was picked for sixth place (113 points) followed by Cal Poly (100 points), Cal State Northridge (83 points), UC Davis (44 points) and UC Riverside (43 points) ... CSUN's Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, RS Sophomore, F/G, Thousand Oaks, Ca), who gained Big West Freshman of the Year honors in 2011-12 with a 15.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game average, has been named to the pre-season media all-conference team ... Also named to the pre-season team were James Ennis (Long Beach State), Vander Joaquim (Hawai'i), D.J. Seeley (CS Fullerton), Kwame Vaughn (Cal State Fullerton) and Michael Wilder (UCI).
Cal State Northridge played one exhibition game prior to the start of the 2012-13 campaign ... That game resulted in a Matador win ... Cal State Northridge recorded a 72-61 decision over Cal State Los Angeles (11/4/12) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Sophomore, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) paced the Matador attack with 19 points (9-for-15 from the floor) and ten rebounds in 26 minutes ... Stephen Hicks (6-6, 200, RS Sophomore, Thousand Oaks, Ca) added 15 points and eight rebounds while Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) collected ten points (7-for-7 from the free throw line) along with four assists and three rebounds ... Cal State Northridge outrebounded the Golden Eagles, 54-38, and held CSLA to .359 shooting (23-for-64).
The Matadome, home to the Cal State Northridge men's and women's basketball programs, has undergone significant renovations since the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign ... A new floor, air conditioning, and visual upgrades completed this past summer have given the Matadome its first siginificant makeover in a decade ... Last season, new baskets and shot clocks were installed for basketball games as well as new press row tables, video display boards, a scoreboard above center court, and wall graphics ... With a brand new floor and a redesigned court, the Matadome received a dramatic overhaul just in time for the 51st anniversary of the first home game played in the facility this November ... Fans will notice wall graphics on the east end of the Matadome commemorating Cal State Northridge's post-season successes and a mural of fans cheering on the Matadors ... In addition, a new public address system has been installed ... New renovations also allow for the expanded use of live video for all competitions.
Pepperdine will be a much improved team in 2012-13 following a 10-19 campaign last year ... Jordan Baker (6-4, 185, Sophomore, Guard, Tempe, Az) and Caleb Willis (6-2, 220, Senior, Guard, Stockbridge, Ga) will be the team's top returners this year ... Baker is Pepperdine's top returning scorer at nine points per game (2011-12) ... Baker did average 11.3 points in conferene play, fourth-best among the WCC's freshmen ... Willis led the team with 107 assists last year, the first Wave with more than 100 assists in a season since 2005, and the most since 2005 ... Pepperdine is picked to finish ninth in the West Conference (WCC) in 2012-13.
Pepperdine leads the series with Cal State Northridge, 8-7 ... However, CSUN has won the last four games since the 2006-07 season ... That includes a 73-70 victory at Pepperdine last year (12/10/11) ... Four Matadors scored in double figures led by Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, RS Sophomore, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) with 18 points (10-for-12 from the free throw line) ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) added 15 points, four rebounds and three steals.
The Big West Conference and the Honda Center have announced that all-session tickets for the 2013 Big West Men's and Women's Basketball tournament are now on sale in conjunction with the official start of the college basketball season ... The 2013 Big West Tournament will be third year the event has been hosted by the Honda Center in Anaheim ... The 2012 tournament saw a 23 percent increase in attendance from the previous year ... The Big West Tournament is the oldest NCAA Division I post-season basketball tournament in the West, dating back to 1976 when the conference was known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association ... The Big West is comprised of ten schools: Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Hawai'i and Pacific ... Additional ticket information for the 2013 Big West Tournament is available at hondacenter.com ... For up-to-date team schedules and general information regarding the 2013 Big West Tournament, please visit BigWestTournament.com
Cal State Northridge has played 1,484 games since the start of the baskeball program in 1958-59 ... The Matadors have never played on Nov. 9 untl this year when Cal State Northridge played Pepperdine ... There wil be three doubleheader games along with the Matador women's basketball team this year ... The dates are Nov. 9, Dec. 5 and March 7 ... On Nov. 9, the Matador women are slated to play Portland at 5:00 pm followed by the men's game against Pepperdine at 7:00 pm ... On Dec. 5, the CSUN women will play USF at 5:00 pm followed by a 7:00 pm men's contest against Vanguard ... Then on Mar. 7, the Matador play Cal State Fullerton at 5:00 pm followed by a 7:00 pm contest for the men against Hawai'i ... The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team is the pre-season favorite to win the Big West Conference title ... Since the 1962-63 season, Cal State Northridge has played 600 home games at The Matadome with a winning percentage of .655 ... In 50 seasons on CSUN's home court, the Matadors have produced 41 winning seasons, five .500 seasons and only four losing seasons ... Entering the 2012-13 season, 407 players have won the Red, Black & White of Cal State Northridge ... Thirty-one states have been represented in years past on the Matador roster ... Entering the 2012-13 season, Cal State Northridge has played 213 colleges and universities that have represented 43 states ... Geographically, Cal State Northridge has played as far west as Hawai'i (played at Hawai'i in 2011-12) and as far east as New Jersey (played at Rider in 2008-09).