Cal State Northridge Hosts UC Riverside
Jan. 13, 2010
Cal State Northridge returns home to complete a three-game home stand against UC Riverside in a crucial Big West Conference game on Thursday, January 14 ... Game time at The Matadome is 7:05 p.m. ... A Matador win is crucial if CSUN intends to remain a contender in the regular season league race ... Cal State Northridge is looking to become only the fourth program in Big West history to capture three straight regular season titles - shared or outright ... The Matadors earned a three-way share of the title in 2007-08 at 12-4 ... CSUN boasted the outright championship last season with an 11-5 mark ... CSUN then onto to win Big West Tournament for the first time, thus earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Some interesting notes about Kenny Daniels (6-6, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) memorable 39 points against Idaho (12/3/09) ... The 39 points was third-best for a single game in Cal State Northridge history ... Only 40 points by Mark Cooley at Cal State Fullerton (2/18/67) and a school record 47 points by Ollie Carter vs Westmont (2/1/66) ... Daniels hit 12-of-17 shots along with 13 of 15 free throws ... Daniels completed the evening with ten rebounds in 31 minutes of play ... The 39 points is the most by a Big West player in 2009-10.
Kenny Daniels' (6-6, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) 39 points against Idaho (12/3/09) remains a Big West best in 2009-10 ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has recorded a team-best four double-doubles (points-rebounds) this season ... Only T.J. Robinson (Long Beach State) with nine, Will Donahue (Cal Poly) and Joe Harden (UC Davis) with five have more double-doubles ... UCR's Kyle Austin has four double-doubles along with CSUN's Daniel ... Daniel has two double-doubles in his last three games ... In CSUN's recent 98-90 victory over Seattle (1/10/10), Daniel tallied a team-high 12 rebounds along with eleven rebounds ... In a recent game at UC Davis (1/4/09), Daniel recorded team-highs in points (21) and rebounds (12) ... Daniel, a junior forward, collected 14 points and 13 rebounds against Denver (12/8/09), and 12 points and 14 rebounds vs Cal State Bakersfield (11/30/09) ... In his last eleven games, Daniel has averaged 9.1 rebounds per game ... During that span, Daniel has collected ten or more rebounds in four games ... Daniels has now raised his season rebound average to 7.7 rpg, third-best in the league ... Tony Osunsnami (6-4, 190, Senior, Forward, Ontario, Ca) has been a reserve during his three-year Matador career, but he has started the last four games ... Osunsanmi is making the most of that opportunity ... Osunsanmi has grabbed 24 rebounds in those games, an average of six boards per game.
Cal State Northridge has seen a lot of the country during the 2009-10 season ... The team's games have included games at Purdue (11/13/09), at the Pre-Season NIT Tournament at Arizona State (11/16, 11/17/09), at Western Kentucky (11/23/09), at Washington (12/6/09), at Denver (12/8/09), and at Colorado (12/22/09) ... Another road trip looms at Seattle on Jan. 19 ... The longest trip was the game at Purdue (11/13/09) in West Lafayette, Ind., a distance from CSUN to Purdue of 2,113 miles ... The trip from CSUN to Western Kentucky (11/23/09) was 1,847 miles.
Several Matador players are among the leaders in the Big West stats ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) ranks third at 7.7 rpg ... Daneil ranks fifth in blocked shots (11, 0.9 bpg) ... Kenny Daniels (6-6, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) is second and ninth, respectively, in field goal percentage (.526) and scoring (14.6 ppg) ... Daniels also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.792) ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS Sophomore, Guard) is sixth in the Big West Conference in three-pointers made at 1.7 per game
Cal State Northridge will be among eight schools that will be a part of the fourth annual 76 Classic to be held on Thanksgiving weekend in 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center ... In addition to the Matadors, the tournament field will included Oklahoma State (Big 12), Penn State (Big Ten), DePaul (Big east), Stanford (Pac-10), Tulsa (Conference USA), UNLV (Mountain West) and Virginia Tech (ACC) ... The 76 Classic features four games each day through three days, Nov. 25, 26 and 28 ... Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a backet-tournament format ... The team teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on Sunday, Nov. 28 ... The Big West Conference is hosting the 76 Classic ... Games will be televised on ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN2 ... The Big West Conference and the Honda Center (home of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks) have teamed up to form a five-year partnership to host the annual men and women's post-season basketball tournament beginning in 2011 ... The Big West Tournament is the oldest NCAA Division I post-season basketball tournament in the west dating back to 1976 ... The Big West Tournament has been held at the Anaheim Convention Center (1977-82 and 2001-2010).
The latest Big West overall stats show that Cal Stat Northridge is second in scoring offense (72.5 ppg), rebounding (37.7 rpg), second in steals (7.7 spg), and third in blocked shots (40, 2.7 bpg) ... The 98 points scored by Cal State Northridge over Seattle (1/11/10) is the second--best effort by a Big West team this year ... UC Davis scored 99 points against Winston-Salem State (11/15/09) ...
52nd Season Of Northridge Basketball
The 2009-10 season marks the 52nd season of Cal State Northridge basketball ... Since the program's inception in 1958-59, the Matadors have posted an all-time record of 682-726 (.484) ... In the 1,408 games that Cal State Northridge has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 103,922 points.
The Matadors will make five (possibly six) regular season television appearances during the 2009-10 season ... Cal State Northridge made its Fox Sports debut on Dec. 6 when the Matadors took on the Washington Huskies on FSN Northwest ... The Northridge-Colorado contest on Dec. 22 was seen on FSN Rocky Mountain ... The Matadors will make three (possibly five) appearances as part of the Big West television package ... Cal State Northridge will appear on FSN West on Feb. 6 (at Long Beach State), Feb. 17 (Cal Poly) and Feb. 27 (at UC Irvine) ... The Matadors could also be selected among a wild card game on Feb. 24 ... Last season, Cal State Northridge was on television a school record nine times.
The 2009-10 season marks the 35th year the Big West Conference has held a post-season basketball tournament (March 10-13) ... This year's tournament will again be held at the Anaheim Convention Center for the tenth consecutive year ... For ticket information, visit the conference website at www.bigwest.org ... All Big West home games will be available again this year on BigWest.TV ... The conference has partnered with CBS College Sports to bring live coverage of Big West sports to your computer ... Watch all the action at www.BigWest.TV.
UC Riverside has chalked up a 7-8 overall mark and a 1-2 ledger in the Big West Conference ... After opening the league season with three straight home games, the Highlanders will be hitting the road for their first road league contest ... Overall, UCR is 1-6 on the opponents court ... Kyle Austin (6-8, 215, Junior, Forward, Pasadena, Ca) is the key player for UC Riverside ... Austin is third in the Big West Conference in both scoring (16.2 points) and rebounds (7.5 rpg) ... Austin has collected four double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year ... His best offensive output was a 28-point performance vs USD (12/4/09) ... Austin has collected a season-high 14 rebounds in games against San Jose State (11/22/09) and Southern Utah (12/21/09).
Cal State Northridge currently has a ten-game winning streak against UC Riverside ... That winning tally has jumped the Matadors into a 33-28 advantage in the 61 game series that dates back to the 1959-60 campaign ... Cal State Northridge has won the last five games against the Highlanders at The Matadome ... In each of the five wins, the Matadors have won by least at 12 points ... The winning success against UCR included a 77-64 decision last year (2/14/09) ... Josh Jenkins (19 points), Rodrigue Mels (16 pionts) and Tremaine Townsend (ten points) all came off the bench to give the Matadors the victory ... In a starting role, Kenny Daniels tallied 13 points and five rebounds ... Cal State Northridge is 18-12 against UC Riverside in The Matadome ... The last Highlander victory was a 72-71 overtime decision on Mar. 4, 2004.
Bobby Braswell is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... His overall record is 209-191 ... Braswell has guided CSUN to back-to-back Big West regular season championships (2007-08, 2008-09) ... For his efforts, Braswell has been awarded Big West Coach of the Year honors ... Jim Wooldridge is in his third season at UC Riverside with a mark of 33-42 ... Wooldridge is 345-279 in 22 seasons as head coach at Central Missouri State, Texas State, Louisiana Tech, Kansas State and UC Riverside.