January 26, 2010

Cal State Northridge Hosts Long Beach State In Big West Game

Jan. 26, 2010

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Northridge Notes
If Cal State Northridge is to remain in contention for a third straight Big West Conference regular season title, the Matadors need to protect its home court, The Matadome, by winning all its remaining home league games ... That needs to start this week with two home games against teams that were considered pre-season contenders for top league honors ... Cal State Northridge hosts Long Beach State, the pick of the media in the pre-season to win the BWC regular season title ... Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m. ... The 49ers are 8-11 overall and like CSUN are 2-4 in the league competition ... Then CSUN hosts UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, January 30, in a 7:05 p.m. tipoff ... The Gauchos are 10-7 overall and hold a second place position in the BWC at 5-2 ... CSUN is trying 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 won the Big West Tournament title for the first time, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament ... Bill Courtland and Alan Zinsmeister will have the internet broadcast (www.gomatadors.com), the telecast on BigWest.TV, and live stats on Gametracker (www.gomatadors.com).

Charity Chatter
With at least eleven more games to play (ten conference, at least one Big West Tournament game), Cal State Northridge is on pace to break the school record for single season free throw attempts ... CSUN has attempted 578 free throws, an average of 30.4 attempts per game ... At that pace, the Matadors would finish the next eleven games with 912, easily breaking the school record of 868 (26 games) during the 1966-67 season ... The 578 charity tosses currently ranks CSUN second nationally behind Kansas State (643), according to NCAA Statistics ... New Mexico (575), Wyoming (570) and Vermont (565) round out the nation's Top 5 ... The next closest Big West team in free throw attempts is Long Beach State (440) ... The 49 free throw attempts against Seattle (1/11/10) is third-best for a single game in school history, and the 34 free throws made against the Redhawks was fifth-best for a single game.

Record Review
The Matador record book is in for an update in 2009-10 ... Lenny Daniels (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) collected five blocks against UC Riverside (1/14/10), one short of the school record ... Daniel now has 21 blocks this year, and is approaching the #10 position in the CSUN record book held by Cliff Higgins (1983-84) with 23 ... Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) had 13 free throws against Idaho (12/3/09) which ranks seventh-best in the school record book ... Daniels' 39 points vs Idaho (12/3/09) is third-best for a single game in CSUN 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) are better ... 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.

Matador Minute
Mark Hill's (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) career-high 24 points at Cal Poly (1/23/10) included career-highs in field goals (9), three-pointers (5) ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has recorded a team-best five double-doubles (points-rebounds) this season ... Only T.J. Robinson (Long Beach State) with ten has more double-doubles ... Daniel has three double-doubles in his last seven games ... In his last 15 games, Daniel has averaged 8.9 rebounds per game (134 rebounds) ... During that span, Daniel has collected ten or more rebounds in six games ... Daniel has now raised his season rebound average to 7.9 rpg, third-best in the league.

Mileage Minute
Cal State Northridge has seen a lot of the country during the 2009-10 season ... The travel itinerary has 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), at Colorado (12/22/09) and at Seattle (1/19/10) ... 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.

Player Points
Several Matador players are among the leaders in the Big West stats ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) ranks third at 7.9 rpg ... Daniel ranks third in blocked shots (21, 1.1 bpg) ... Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) is fourth and eighth, respectively, in field goal percentage (.494) and scoring (15.1 ppg) ... Daniels also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.807) ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS Sophomore, Guard, Oakland, Ca) is eighth in the Big West Conference in three-pointers made at 1.8 per game.

Conference Chatter
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 two 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).

Home History
On Jan. 28, 2010, Cal State Northridge hosts Long Beach State ... Forty-two years ago (1967) on the same date (1/28), the same two teams met with the Matadors recording a 93-80 victory ... Cal State Northridge has played 581 home games at The Matadome with a mark of 388-193 (.668) ... CSUN is 5-1 at home this year.

History Hoopla
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 684-728 (.484) ... In the 1,412 games that Cal State Northridge has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 104,200 points.

Team Totals
The latest Big West overall stats show that CSUN is first in rebounding (37.8 rpg), second in steals (7.5 spg), third in scoring offense (71.9 ppg), and fourth in blocked shots (51, 2.7 bpg) ... The 98 points scored by CSUN 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).

TV Talk
The Matadors will make five 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 four) 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) ... Last season, Cal State Northridge was on television a school record nine times.

Tournament Tidbits
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.

49er forecast
Long Beach State, the pre-season choice of the media to win the Big West Conference regular season race, is 2-4 in league play and 8-11 overall ... The 49ers have played the league's toughest schedule with games vs Kentucky, Duke, Clemson, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Texas ... LBS is 2-8 on the road ... T.J. Robinson (6-8, 210, Soph., Forward, West Haven, Ct), who has a league-leading ten double-doubles (points-rebounds) is the team's leading scorer (15.5 ppg, #6 in the BWC) and rebounder (9.9 rpg, #1 in the BWC) ... Other double-digit scorers are Larry Anderson (12.8 ppg, 6-5, 200, Soph., Guard, Long Beach, Ca), Casper Ware (11.3 ppg, 5-10, 175, Soph., Guard, Cerritos, Ca) and Stephan Gilling (10.5 ppg, 6-2, 250, Sr., Guard, Chino Hills, Ca) ... Ware is the BWC leader in assists (5.3 apg) and third in steals (1.9 spg) ... Anderson is second in the conference in steals (2.1 spg) ... Eugene Phelps (6-6, 213, Soph., Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) is another strong rebounder for the 49ers at 6.3 rpg, sixth-best in the BWC ... Long Beach State leads the Big West Conference in scoring at 72.6 ppg.

Series Story
Forty-six games between CSUN and LBS have produced a 26-20 record in favor of the 49ers ... However, CSUN won the last meeting (2/28/09), a 95-74 decision at The Matadome ... Six CSUN players scored in double figures ... Mark Hill had 15 points and a career-high eleven assists, while Willie Galick added 14 points and six rebounds ... CSUN holds a 12-6 mark over the 49ers at The Matadome ... That includes a 93-80 victory on Jan. 28, 1967 ... Forty-two years later, both teams are playing at The Matadome on the same date (1/28/10).

Coaching Chatter
Bobby Braswell is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... His overall record is 212-192 (.525) ... Braswell has guided CSUN to back-to-back Big West regular season championships (2007-08, 2008-09) ... For his efforts, Braswell was awarded Big West Coach of the Year honors in both seasons ... Don Monson is in his third season at Long Beach State with a record of 29-51 ... Monson's career record (2 seasons at Gonzaga, 8 seasons at Minnesota, 2-plus seasons at LBS) is 199-174.

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