CSUN Hosts UC Santa Barbara In Big West Tilt

Jan. 29, 2010

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Northridge Notes
Two straight one-point losses and a three-game losing streak have put a serious dent in CSUN's attempt to contend for a third-straight Big West Conference regular season title ... Now UC Santa Barbara, 6-2 in the conference, winners of three straight games and an 11-7 overall record arrives at The Matadome on Saturday, January 30 ... Tipoff time is 7:05 p.m. ... CSUN has won its last three games against UC Santa Barbara, but the Gauchos still feel right at home at The Matadome ... UCSB holds a commanding 11-4 margin on CSUN's home court, including three wins in the last four games

Shoe Story
Coaches vs Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness weekend, a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), is slated for the weekend of Jan. 29-31, 2010 ... Participating NABC member coaches (including CSUN) will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits during weekend games to demonstrate their support for the American Society Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. charity chatter With at least 12 more games to play (nine conference, two non-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 592 free throws, an average of 29.6 attempts per game ... At that pace, the Matadors would finish the next 12 games with 947, easily breaking the school record of 868 (26 games) during the 1966-67 season ... The 592 charity tosses currently ranks CSUN fourth nationally behind Kansas State (659), according to NCAA Statistics ... Wyoming is second with 614, New Mexico is third with 608, followed by Cal State Northridge (592) and Morgan State (589) ... 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 23 blocks this year, and is tied for the tenth position in the CSUN record book held by Cliff Higgins (1983-84) ... 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 BWC 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 eleven has more double-doubles ... 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, second-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 (23, 1.2 bpg) ... Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) is fourth and eighth, respectively, in field goal percentage (.487) and scoring (14.7 ppg) ... Daniels also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.802) ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS Sophomore, Guard, Oakland, Ca) is eighth in the Big West Conference in three-pointers made at 2.0 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).

Foreign Facts
Several former CSUN players are enjoying playing professional basketball in Europe ... The list includes Ian Boylan (Austria), Markus Carr (Vienna, Austria), Jayme Miller (Holland, The Netherlands), Jonathan Heard (Chile), Calvin Chitwood (Japan), Ron Haynes (Finland) and Tremaine Townsend (Prague, Czech Republic) ... Boylan (2001-05) is CSUN's second all-time leading scorer (1,160 points), Carr (1998-02) is #1 all-time in assists (767), Miller (2006-08) was a highly productive player for two seasons, Heard (2004-08) is #3 all-time in scoring (1,362 points), Chitwood (2004-08) is tenth all-time in scoring (1,170 points), Haynes (2005-09) is second all-time in three-pointers (163), and Townsend (2007-09) is ninth all-time in rebounds (537).

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 684-729 (.484) ... In the 1,413 games that Cal State Northridge has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 104,269 points.

Team Totals
The latest Big West overall stats show that CSUN is first in rebounding (37.9 rpg), second in steals (7.5 spg), third in scoring offense (71.7 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.427), and fourth in blocked shots (54, 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.

Gaucho Gossip
UC Santa Barbara is 11-7 overall and 6-2 in the Best West Conference ... Two Gauchos, Orlando Johnson (6-5, 205, Junior, G/F, Seaside, Ca) and James Nunnally (6-5, 205, Sophomore, F, San Jose, Ca), lead the team in scoring at 17.3 points and 14.2 ppg, respectively ... Johnson and Nunnally are also the team's top rebounders at 5.7 and 5.2 rebounds per game, respectively.

Series Story
UC Santa Barbara holds a sizable 27-12 lead in the series against Cal State Northridge, including an 11-4 lead at The Matadome ... The Gauchos have won three of the last four games on CSUN's home court ... However, the Matadors recorded a 62-57 decision last year as Rodrigue Mels came off the bench to score 19 points ... Kenny Daniels added 13 points and nine rebounds ... Although UCSB hold a commanding 15-game lead in the series, the Matadors have won the last threegames including a 67-60 decision in the semi-finals of the Big West Tournament during the 2008-09 season.

Coaching Chatter
Bobby Braswell is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... His overall record is 212-194 (.522) ... 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 ... Bob Williams is in his 12th season at UC Santa Barbara with a mark of 190-153 ... William's career mark (2 seasons at Menlo College, 8 seasons at UC Davis, 11+ plus seasons at UCSB) is 379-253.

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