September 30, 2013

Athlon Sports Magazine Picks CSUN For Second Place in the Big West

Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director, Strategic Communications

Northridge, Calif. –
The first of several pre-season collegiate basketball magazines has hit the newsstands.

Cal State Northridge basketball is looking good if you believe the pre-season prognosticators.

The Matadors, with three key returnees and an influx of talented newcomers, is predicted to finish in second place in the Big West Conference.

UC Irvine is favored to win the conference followed by CSUN, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, Cal Poly, Hawai'i, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside.

"No Big West team can match the offseason buzz created by the Matadors, who hired former NBA star Reggie Theus as head coach" said Athlon Sports Magazine. "Theus, who guided New Mexico State to an NCAA bid in 2007, will bring the up-tempo style he learned playing under Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV. He also spent two seasons as head coach of the Sacramento Kings."

Cal State Northridge men's basketball is off-and-running in 2013-14. Fourteen players, including eight newcomers, are practicing at the newly renovated Matadome in anticipation of their first regular season game on Nov. 8 against Hope International. The Matadors will enjoy a 14-game home season that includes eight conference games.  

Theus, who is only the fifth head coach in the 55-year history of Matador basketball, will be beginning his second stint as a head coach on the collegiate level. For two seasons (2005-06, 2006-07), Theus directed New Mexico State basketball program to a 41-23 record that included a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2006-07 with a 25-9 mark.

Matador Memo …
In the past several years, the Big West Conference has received only one-bid into the NCAA Tournament … The winner of the Big West Conference Tournament winner is granted the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament … The winner of the Big West regular season is guaranteed a spot in the NIT (National Invitation Tournament) … Twice in school history CSUN has been a participant in the NCAA Tournament … That took place during the 2000-01 season and also during the 2008-09 campaign … The pairings for the Central Michigan Invitational Tournament on Nov. 21-23 have been announced … On Nov. 21, CSUN will face Montana State at 4:30 pm (et) … Then on Nov. 22, the Matadors will play Austin Peay again at 4:30 pm (et) … On Nov. 23, CSUN will face Central Michigan University at 7:30 pm (et) … All games will be played at McGuirk Arena, a 5,300 seat facility that opened in 2010.

"Our objective is to make a student-athlete successful not only at CSUN but in life. This is the start of their journey. We want to make the Northridge community, the university, the student body, and the faculty and staff be proud of the product we put out on the basketball court." – CSUN head coach Reggie Theus