January 9, 2008

First Place Matadors Host UC Davis, Pacific


First Place Matadors Host UC Davis, Pacific
This Week's Matador Men's Basketball Release



Game Gossip ...
The excitement is growing and the attention is building as the nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge basketball team begins another week of play ... After spending eight of the last ten games away from home, the Matadors return to The Matadome to host UC Davis (1/10/08, 7:05 p.m.) and Pacific (1/12/08, 7:05 p.m.) ... CSUN is 10-3 overall and sits atop the Big West standings at 2-0 ... CSUN plays five of its next seven games at home where it has won five straight games dating back to last year ... CSUN is ranked 17th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll ... The latest RPI poll (1/7/08) also finds CSUN ranked 61st in the nation, and 69nd in the Sagarin poll (1/5/08), the team's highest ranking in school history ... According to the ESPN Bracketology (1/7/08), if the NCAA Tourament was to start today, the Matadors would be a 13th seed and be playing Marquette (#4 seed) at the Anaheim Regional.

Series Story ...
CSUN holds an 11-6 advantage over UC Davis ... Last year, the Matadors avenged an earlier 93-88 double overtime loss at UCD to score a 91-74 victory at The Matadome ... Thomas Shewmake collected 25 points and ten rebounds in 26 minutes to lead the Matadors while Jonathan Heard added 21 points and seven rebounds ... CSUN is 7-1 against UCD at The Matadome ... Pacific holds a 14-3 advantage over CSUN ... The Tigers have won eleven of the last 12 games against the Matadors ... CSUN's only win during that time was a 76-73 decision last year at The Matadome ... Heard led the Matador attack with 16 points while Shewmake collected 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Coaches Corner ...
Bobby Braswell is in his 12th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... Braswell has coached 338 games in his duties as head coach, and has produced a record of 178-160 (.527) ... Braswell has guided Cal State Northridge to postseason play in each of his previous eleven seasons, reaching the conference tournament championship game on four occasions ... In past seasons under Braswell, the Matadors have prided themselves on tough defense and a productive offense ... Last year, the Matadors led the Big West Conference in rebounding margin (+6.9) and steals (8.97) ... Already this year, the Matadors have forced the opponents in 259 turnovers, produced 120 steals (#2 in the Big West), and have outrebounded the opposition, 517-479 ... Braswell's teams have been ranked in the Top 25 in steals nationally in ten of the last eleven seasons ... Braswell is assisted by second year assistant coach Louis Wilson, and newcomers Stan Johnson and James Blake ... Ryan Dodd is in his first season as Director of Basketball Operations.

League Leaders ...
Cal State Northridge and several players are among the leaders in the Big West Conference ... The Matadors are #1 in rebounding (39.8 rpg), offensive rebounds (13.8), defensive rebounds (26.0), blocked shots (4.5 bpg), and #2 in scoring (80.2 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.416), rebound margin (+2.9), assists (15.8 apg) and steals (9.2 spg) ... Tremaine Townsend, senior all-conference candidates Jonathan Heard and Calvin Chitwood are 1-5-8 in the Big West in rebounding (8.8 rpg, 6.1 rpg, 5.8 rpg) ... Heard leads the conference in offensive rebounds (2.8 orpg) while Townsend is #1 in defensive rebounds (6.38 drpg) ... Townsend, Heard and Chitwood and are 2--5-8 in field goal percentage (.539, .508, .496) in the league ... Chitwood maintains his league lead in blocked shots (2.0 bpg) .. Chitwood is trying to become the first CSUN player to lead the Big West in blocked shots ... Townsend is third in blocked shots (1.2 bpg) ... Josh Jenkins continues to lead the conference in assists (6.5 apg), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.53) and ninth in steals (1.46 spg) ... Paul Wayne is sixth in steals (1.54 spg) and eighth in free throw percentage (.818) ... Chitwood is ninth in free throw percentage (.816) and 15th in scoring (11.8 ppg) ... Heard is fifth in rebounding (6.1 rpg), and 13th in scoring (12.8 ppg) ... Deon Tresvant is second in three-point goals per game (2.7) and 11th in scoring (13.0 ppg).

Scoring Story ...
Four players are averaging in double figures, three players are shooting .508 or better, two players are shooting 39 percent or better from three-point territory, and two players are shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line.

Defensive Data ...
Cal State Northridge has showed signs of an improved defense in 2007-08 ... The Matadors have held the opposition to only .417 percent shooting (#2 in the Big West) and has forced the opposition into 259 turnovers in 13 games ... Cal State Northridge has collected 120 steals (#2 in the Big West) in the ten games ... In only three games this year has the opposition shot 50 percent or better ... In only three games has the opposition hit 40 percent or better from three-point territory.

Rebounding Raves ...
Rebounding has vastly improved for Cal State Northridge in the last three seasons ... During the 2005-06 campaign, CSUN ranked last in the Big West, but improved to second-best last year, and are currently first in the Big West averaging 39.8 rebounds per game compared to 36.8 rpg for the opposition ... In nine of the 13 games, the Matadors have outrebounded its opponents ... The 50 rebounds at Pepperdine (11/17/07) is a Big West best this year ... Four CSUN players are averaging 4.8 or more rebounds per game, including a conference-leading 8.8 rebounds per game by junior center Tremaine Townsend ... Senior all-conference candidates Jonathan Heard and Calvin Chitwood are fifth and eight at 6.1 rpg and 5.8 rpg, respectively ... Chitwood's 18 rebounds against Chicago State (11/10/07) is a Big West best in 2007-08 ... In fact, Chitwood's 18 rebounds, and Tremaine Townsend's 15 rebounds at Cleveland State (11/28/07) and 14 vs Utah Valley State (12/5/07) are the three best rebounding efforts in the Big West this year.

Broadcast Barometer ...
All Matador men's basketball games can be heard live over the internet at GoMatadors.com with Bill Courtland and Alan Zinsmeister providing the broadcasting duties ... For the third-straight season, the Matadors have partnered with CSTV and the Big West Conference to present live video streaming of all league games and non-conference home contests ... Click on the Big West TV banner on the front page of GoMatadors.com for more information.

History Hoopla ...
The 2007-08 season marks the 50th season of intercollegiate basketball at Cal State Northridge ... During the previous 49 years, Cal State Northridge has produced several great teams, and numerous great players ... A history of many of the great moments in CSUN baskeball history is availiable on the Northridge website at www.gomatadors.com

Dynamic Duo ...
Jonathan Heard and Calvin Chitwood were expected to be the dominant 1-2 scoring punch for Cal State Northridge this year, and the two senior all-conference candidates have not disappointed ... Chitwood and Heard have played a total of 197 games in four seasons, and a combined 139 starts ... Heard is the second on the team in scoring (12.8 ppg, #13 in the Big West) while Chitwood is 15th (11.8 ppg) ... Chitwood is the league leader in blocked shots (2.0 bpg), eighth in rebounding (5/8 rpg), eighth in field goal percentage (.496) and ninth in free throw percentage (.818) ... Heard is fifth in field goal percentage (.508), and fifth in rebounding (6.1 rpg) ... Heard has scored in double figures in eleven of the 13 games whlie Chitwood has eight double-digit point games ... Chitwood has been the scoring leader in four games while Heard in three games ... Chitwood has grabbed ten or more rebounds in two games including an 18-rebound effort in the season opener against Chicago State (11/10/07) ... In the 2007-08 season opener, Heard and Chitwood combined for 51 points and 26 rebounds to help the Matadors to a 96-85 victory over Chicago State (11/10/07) ... Heard scored a career-high 29 points (fourth-best in the Big West this year), including 19 in the second half, while Chitwood added 22 points ... Chitwood added to his all-around great numbers with a career-high 18 rebounds (ten offensive rebounds), four blocks and three steals in 38 minutes of play ... In addition to his career-high 29 points, Heard added three steals, one block and an assist in 35 minutes of action ... Combined in four seasons at Cal State Northridge, Chitwood and Heard have scored 2,222 points and grabbed 882 rebounds.

Depth Dialogue ...
There is no doubt the team's talented depth has contributed to the fast start in 2007-08 ... Nine players are averaging 14.8 minutes or more ... Two reserve players, Tremaine Townsend and Deon Tresvant are averaging 25.8 and 23.8 minutes per game, respectively ... Tresvant is CSUN's leading scorer (13.0 ppg), Townsend is fourth in scoring (10.2 ppg) ... Townsend, is #1 the league in rebounding (8.8 rpg), #2 in fg pct (.539) and third in blocked shots (1.2 bpg).

Team Talk ...
The 49-point margin of victory (94-49) vs Vanguard (12/20/07) is the ninth-largest in school history ... The 43 points given up against NC Central (69-43, 12/1/07) is the sixth fewest for a game in school history ... In five games, the Matadors have scored 92 points or more ... The 40 field goals vs Vanguard is a Big West (2007-08).

Aggie Anaysis ...
UC Davis is 7-7 overall and 1-0 in the Big West ... Vince Oliver is the leader scorer (12.9 ppg) ... Brucculeri and Mark Payne are each averaging 4.1 rpg.

Pacific Points ...
Pacific is 10-4 overall and 1-0 in the Big West ... Steffan Johnson is the scoring leader at 15.0 ppg) ... Anthony Brown tops the rebounding chart (6.2 rpg).

Footnote Facts ...
The two road conference victories at Cal Poly (1/3/08) and at UCSB (1/5/08) hasn't happened since the 2000-01 season, the same year the Matadors went to the NCAA Tournament ... CSUN has notched seven of its ten wins by double-digit margins ... In 2006-07, the Matadors played 31 games and had five wins by ten or more points ... The 12 assists by John Jenkins against Cal State Bakersfield (11/21/07) is a Big West best in 2007-08 ... Calvin Chitwood's 18 rebounds against Chicago State (11/10/07) is a Big West best in 2007-08 ... Chitwood's six blocks at Washington (12/22/07) is a school record and a Big West season-best (2007-08) ...







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