By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Communications
Denver, Colorado – The Cal State Northridge men's basketball team averted another major storm system in the Midwest and was able to fly out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, early Sunday morning for a flight to Denver, Colorado.
When the team checked out of the hotel in South Dakota, the temperature was -12 degrees with a wind chill factor of -28.
The 20-foot walk from the hotel entrance to the team bus was a test of endurance. The artic cold simply cuts through your skin despite several layers of clothing.
When the team arrived in Denver after a two-hour flight, the temperature was nine degrees with light snowfall. Sunday night's temperature was expected to fall to 0 degrees.
The temperature in Denver seemed like a "heat wave" compared to the artic cold in Sioux Falls.
No flights were available to Los Angeles on Sunday night so the basketball team will stay overnight in Denver. The NFL playoffs on television plus a chance to finally relax knowing that home is getting closer has kept the players in good spirits.
During the trip thus far, CSUN has played, traveled to and stayed in hotels in six cities (Sioux Falls, Vermillion, Nacogdoches, Dallas, Houston, Denver).
Cal State Northridge has a scheduled flight to Los Angeles on Monday morning. CSUN is expected to be back on campus in the late morning – weather permitting.
No rest for the weary. The Matadors will practice on Monday afternoon to begin preparations for Thursday's Big West Conference season opener against UC Davis. Tipoff at the Matadome is 7:00 pm.
As Day 9 of this road trip nears an end, a final look at the temperatures in both Denver (Colorado) and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Temperature: -17 degrees; -42 wind chill
Denver, Colorado – Temperature: 0 degrees; -13 wind chill
Matador Memo …
Sunday was CSUN's ninth day on the road, tying the school record set earlier this year when the Matadors traveled to Michigan and Montana … Cal State Northridge isn't the only team experiencing travel problems … Sunday afternoon, Long Beach State was stranded in St. Louis after their game at the University of Missouri … Cal Poly was stranded in Philadelphia after their game at the University of Delaware.