February 18, 2010

CSUN Hosts Drake In ESPN BracketBuster Game

Feb. 18, 2010

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Northridge Notes
The Cal State Northridge basketball team is in a better mood these days ... Previous to last Wednesday's (2/17/10) 73-68 win over Cal Poly, CSUN had lost their previous two games in the final seconds ... A well-earned five-point Big West Conference win over the Mustangs helped erase a 59-57 loss at CS Bakersfield (2/10/10) when CSUB hit a basket at the top of the key at the buzzer, and an historic 113-112 overtime decision to CS Fullerton (2/13/10) ... CSF won the game on a basket and free throw in the final seconds ... CSUN now takes a break in the BWC schedule to host Drake in an ESPN Bracketbuster game on Saturday (2/20/10, 7:05 pm).

Close Calls
Hang on to your seats ... Matador basketball has been intense from start to finish ... Nine games (3-6) have been decided by five points ... Eight CSUN games (2-6) have been decided by three points or less ... CSUN has played four one-point games (1-3) this year ... Three of the four one-point losses were against Big West schools, a 73-72 loss at Cal Poly (1/23/10), a 69-68 loss to LBS (1/28/10) and a 113-112 overtime decision to Cal State Fullerton (2/10/10) ... Prior to this year, CSUN had played in only three one-point games against BWC schools since joining the league in 2001-02 ... CSUN hasn't played four one-point contests since the 1992-93 campaign ... Cal State Northridge has not played so many close games (five points or less) since the 2004-05 season when the Matadors played eleven games (5-6) decided by five points or less ... During the 1999-00 season, CSUN also played eleven games decided by five games or less (7-4).

Triple Text The classic game (2/13/10) between Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton featured a number of mind boggling stats ... The two teams combined for 225 points, 155 field goal attempts, 110 free throw attempts, 109 rebounds, 81 free throws made, 75 fouls, eleven player foul outs, 17 ties and 15 lead changes ... Ten players scored in double figures ... CSUN's bench outscored CSF's bench, 77-28 ... The nine-member Big West schools have played 15,415 games dating back to the 1921-22 season ... Only 20 of the 15,415 games have gone into triple overtime ... CSUN's 52-year basketball history includes just two triple overtime games ... The Matadors are 1-1.

Player Points
Several CSUN players are among the stat leaders in the Big West ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Jr, F, Richmond, Va) has moved to the top of the blocked shots list (31, 1.3 bpg), third in rebounding (181, 7.5 rpg) and seventh in field goal percentage (.485) ... Daniel has recorded a team-best six double-doubles (points-rebounds) ... That stat is second-best in the conference behind LBS's T.J. Robinson's 15 ... Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Sr, F/G, St. Louis, Mo) is fifth and ninth, respectively, in field goal pct. (.500) and scoring (14.8 ppg) ... Daniels also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.810) ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS So, G, Oakland, Ca) is eighth in the BWC in three-pointers made at 1.7 per game ... Mark Hill (5-11, 175, Sr, G, Los Angeles, Ca) remains sixth in the Big West Conference in steals (36, 1.4 spg).

Northridge Notables
Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Senior, F/G, St. Louis, Mo) has been CSUN's most productive offensive player in the last four games ... Daniels has put together totals of 18, 24, 25 and 19 points in his last four games against Long Beach State (2/6/10), Cal State Bakersfield (2/10/10), Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10) and Cal Poly (2/17/10) ... Daniels has hit 30-of-51 shots (.588) along with 24 rebounds ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has collected double-digits in points in ten of his last 12 games ... Three of those games have been double--doubles (points-rebounds).

Lizarraga LEdger
Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 230, Junior, Forward, Dixon, Ca.) continues to be an inspiration and a hero to many people ... Lizarraga is believed to be the only deaf player competing in NCAA Division I major college basketball ... Lizarraga has been the subject of numerous feature stories including the Los Angeles Daily News (2/4/10), ESPNU, mattbrownphoto.com and upcoming major features on Channel 2 in Los Angeles, the Daily Sundial and during halftime of the CSUN-UC Irvine game on Feb. 27 on Fox Sports ... Lizarraga has been a starter in eight of the team's 26 games ... His best game of the year was an eight-point, six rebound, three block and two steal performance at Washington (12/6/09) ... Lizarraga has grabbed six or more rebounds in five games.

Charity Chatter
With at least six more games to play (four conference, one non-league, at least one Big West Tournament game), CSUN is on pace to break the school record for single season free throw attempts ... CSUN has attempted 761 free throws (#7 all-time in school history), an average of 29.2 attempts per game ... At that pace, CSUN would finish the year with 936, easily breaking the school record of 868 (26 games) during the 1966-67 season ... The 761 charity tosses ranks CSUN fourth nationally behind Kansas St. (792), Vermont (767), and Wyoming (765), according to the NCAA ... The 49 free throw attempts against Seattle (1/11/10) and Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10) are third-best for a single season in school history.

Conference Corner
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 tourney field includes 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 BWC is hosting the 76 Classic ... Games will be televised on ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN2 ... The BWC 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 tournies 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).

Record Review
The Matador record book is in for an update in 2009-10 ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has collected five blocks in three games this year (Idaho on 12/3/09, UC Riverside on 1/14/10 and CS Fullerton on 2/13/10), one short of the school record ... Daniel now has 31 blocks this year, third-best for a single season in school history ... The school record is 37 set by Tremaine Townsend during the 2007-08 season ... 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 ... Mark Hill (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) had 12 free throws against Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10), ninth-best in school history ... All the following record book stats took place vs Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10) in the classic triple overtime game - the 37 free throws made is second-best all-time at CSUN, the 49 free throw attempts are third-best for a single game, the 39 CSUN fouls tied The Matadome record originally set vs Nevada (11/17/01), the 112 points scored by CSUN is 15th-best for a single game in school history, the 61 CSUN rebounds were ninth-best for a single game in school history, and the seven CSUN team blocks were seventh-best for a single game in CSN history.

Defensive Doalogue
Every coach will tell you "Defense Wins" ... In five of CSUN's nine wins, the Matadors have held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... From behind the arc, the stats show an impressive slate of six games in which CSUN has held the enemy under 32 percent from behind the arc ... In the nine wins, Cal State Northridge has outrebounded the opposition six times including 54 rebounds against Seattle (1/11/10) and 50 against Cal State Bakersfield (11/20/09) ... CSUN's defense resulted in opponents lows (47 points, field goals made with 15, and field goal attempts with 47) in a 63-47 win at UC Riverside (2/4/10) ... The 12 steals at UC Riverside were season-bests ... Give the offense a little props as well ... The ten three-pointers at UCR were a season-best ... Nine players played at least 13 minutes with three reserves (Raymond Cody, Kenny Daniels, Michael Lizarraga) playing 25, 21 and 13 minutes respectively ... CSUN reserves accounted for 35 of the team's 63 points.

Team Totals
The latest Big West overall stats show CSUN is first in rebounding (38.0 rpg), second in scoring (71.8 ppg) and steals (7.5 spg), and third in field goal percentage defense (.416) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.337) ... The 112 points scored by CSUN vs Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10) is the second--best effort by a Big West team this year ... Cal State Fullerton tallied 113 points against CSUN (2/13/10).

Drake Data
Drake University brings a 12-16 overall record into Saturday's game against CSUN ... Three players are scoring in double figures led by Josh Young (6-1, 174, Senior, Guard, Lawton, Ok) at 14.1 ppg, Ryan Wedel (5-11, 177, Junior, Guard, Minneapolis, Ks.) at 11.5 ppg, and Adam Templeton (6-6, 220, Senior, Guard, Rapid City, SD) at 10.0 ppg ... Templeton is the team leader in rebounds (7.3 rpg) ... Seth VanDeest (6-10, 223, Fr., Center, Bettendorf, Ia) has 47 blocks in 28 games ... Drake has enjoyred post-season play the past two seasons ... Two years ago (2007-08)m the Bulldogs enjoyed a super season with a 28-5 record, a 15-4 ledger in the Missouri Valley Conference and a trip to the NCAA Tournament ... Last year (2008-09), the Bulldogs competed in the inaugral CollegeInside.com Tournament and ended the season with a 17-16 mark ...

Series Story
This is the first meeting between Cal State Northridge and Drake.

Coaching Chartter
Bobby Braswell is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... His overall record is 215-197 (.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 ... Mark Phelps is in his second season as head coach at Drake University ... Phelps' record is 29-32.

History Hoopla
The 2009-10 season marks the 52nd season of Cal State Northridge basketball ... Since the program's inception in 1958-59, CSUN has posted an all-time record of 687-731 (.484) ... In the 1,418 games that CSUN has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 104,715 points.

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