Cal State Northridge (6-0), off to its best start since the 1981-82 team began 9-0 and the program's best start since moving to the NCAA Division I level in 1990-91, faces its toughest challenge of the 2012-13 season when CSUN travels to Provo, Utah, to face Brigham Young (3-2) on Saturday, November 24 (7:00 pm, mt) ... The game will be played at BYU's Marriott Center ... This will be the largest on-campus road arena CSUN has ever played ... The Marriott Center seats 22,700, the third-largest on-campus arena in the nation ... Only Syracuse's Carrier Dome (33,000) and Kentucky's Rupp Arena (23,000) have bigger on-campus facilities ... In its first two games, BYU has drawn 16,283 fans for the home season opener against Tennessee State (11/9/12), and 13,181 spectators against Georgia State (11/13/12) ... The CSUN/BYU game will be broadcast live on gomatadors.com with Alan Zinsmeister handling the broadcast chores ... Live Stats and Twitter coverage will also be available at gomatadors.com ... The game will be televised on Channel 290 on Verizon FiOS, Channel 9403 on DISH, Channel 374 on DirecTV, Channel 567 (Standard Definition) and Channel 1567 (High Definition) on ATT U-verse; and Channel 268 on Time Warner Cable San Diego ... The CSUN/BYU game will also be available as a free live TV stream at http://byutv.org/watch/livetv ... Matador fans will need to register for a free account to access the game ... CSUN is ranked 23rd in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll.
Only six games into the 2012-13 season, and already the record book has undergone change ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) has hit 29 straight free throws over the last four games, only three short of the school record set by Markus Carr during the 2000-01 season ... Greene's 14-of-14 free throw effort in the 92-76 victory over Tulsa (11/17/12) was second-best for a single game in school history ... Greene dished out 13 assists against Eastern Washington (11/12/12), a career-best and sixth-best for a single game in school history ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, RS Sophomore, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) also added his name to the CSUN record book with a 9-for-10 shooting effort at San Diego (11/15/12) ... That stat proved to be third-best effort in Matador history for a single game ... Hicks produced a career-best seven steals at San Diego (11/15/12), fifth-best for a single contest in CSUN history.
CSUN is off to its best season opening start (6-0) since the Matadors joined the ranks of the NCAA Division I level in 1990-91 ... CSUN leads the conference in free throw percentage (.797) and steals (10.50 spg), and is third in scoring (80.0 ppg) and blocked shots (3.50 bpg) ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, G/F, RS Sophomore, Thousand Oaks, Ca) leads the team in scoring (17.3 ppg, #5 in the BWC) and rebounding (8.5 rpg, #6 in the BWC) ... Hicks is shooting .556 (35-for-63, #12 in the BWC) ... Hicks is eighth in the conference in free throw percentage (.861, 31-for-36) and eighth in steals (1.67 spg) ... Josh Greene's (6-0, 180, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) free throw percentage (.932, 41-for-44) is fourth-best in the Big West Conference ... Greene ranks second in assists (5.5 apg), third in steals (2.17 spg) and 16th in scoring (14.0 ppg) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Sophomore, F/C, Woodland Hills, Ca) is among the league leaders in scoring (13.7 ppg, #17 in the BWC), rebounding (7.3 rpg, #10 in the BWC), and shooting percentage (.526, #15 in the BWC) ... Allan Guei (5-9, 160, Sophomore, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) and Donovan Johnson (6-3, 185, Freshman, G/F, Los Angeles, Ca) are fourth (1.83 spg) and 15th (1.33 spg), respectively, in steals in the BWC ... Tre Hale-Edmerson (6-9, 215, Freshman, F/C, Sheridan, Or), Brandon Perry (6-7, 275, Freshman, Center, Fresno, Ca) & Trevone Williams (6-6, 225, RS Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) rank sixth and tenth, respectively, in the Big West in blocks.
Free Throw Facts
Last season, Cal State Northridge led the Big West Conference in free throw percentage (.755, school record) ... This year, the trend continues ... The Matadors have hit .797 (137-for-172) from the charity stripe in the first six games, including 25-of-27 (.952) against Pepperdine (11/9/12) in the season opener, seventh-best for a single game in school history ... CSUN's starting five has hit 111-of-132 free throws for .841 ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is the CSUN free throw leader at .932 (41-for-44) ... Greene's career free throw percentage (.853, 162-for-190), is fourth-best in school history ... Greene has hit 29 straight free throws, only three short of the school record set by Markus Carr in 2000-01.
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).
Cal State Northridge basketball has proven to be a popular commodity ... During the previous 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 CSUN five times on television during the 2012-13 men's basketball season ... The CSUN at Brigham Young game (11/24/12) will be televised to a number of media outlets listed on the first page of this press release ... 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).
Brigham Young is 3-2 ... The Cougars have beaten Tennessee State (81-66, 11/9/12), Georgia State (80-62, 11/13/12) and Texas-San Antonio (81-62, 11/21/12) but have lost to Florida State (70-88, 11/16/12) and Notre Dame (68-78, 11/17/12) ... Tyler Haws (6-5, 200, Sophomore, Guard, Alpine, Ut) and Brandon Davies (6-9, 235, Senior, Forward, Provo, Ut) lead the Cougar attack at 21.6 points and 19.4 points per game, respectively ... Davies and Haws rank 1-2 in rebounding at 7.2 and 6.8 caroms per game, respectively ... Davies is hitting .586 (34-for-58) from the field while Haws is .905 (19-for-21) from the free throw line ... BYU's home court is the Marriott Center which seats 22,700, the third-largest on-campus arena in the nation ... The Cougars have gone 182-19 in the Marriott Center over the past 13-plus years.
Brigham Young holds a 4-0 lead in the series against Cal State Northridge ... All four games have been played in Provo, Utah ... The last meeting took place on Dec. 27, 2001, with BYU winning, 84-70.
The 55th season of Cal State Northridge basketball promises to be just as competitive and exciting as the previous 54 years ... Three Pac-12 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 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 (Cal State Fullerton), Kwame Vaughn (Cal State Fullerton) and Michael Wilder (UC Irvine).
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.
Cal State Northridge has played 1,483 games since the start of the basketball program in 1958-59 ... There will 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 played Portland followed by the men's game against Pepperdine ... 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 women play Cal State Fullerton at 5:00 pm followed by a 7:00 pm contest for the men's team 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 602 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.