July 16, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - It promises to be one of the most anticipated men's basketball games in Cal State Northridge history.
On Dec. 7, 2008, the Matador basketball team will invade UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion for a non-league game against the powerful Bruins.
It is the latest game to be added to the Matador basketball schedule for 2008-09. Already on the non-league slate is a Nov. 18 game at Pac-10 power Stanford, along with an intersectional contest at New Mexico on Nov. 24.
The Matadors in 2008-09 will be a top contender to repeat as Big West champions, and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Among the returning lettermen are Tremaine Townsend, the league's top rebounder (9.8 rpg), Deon Tresvant, the team's top scorer (13.6 ppg), and Josh Jenkins, the league's top assist player at 6.4 apg. Along with three-year starter Rob Haynes, a strong group of redshirts, and an outstanding incoming class of recruits, it is easy to see why the Matadors will attract capacity crowds to The Matadome next season.
This will be the sixth meeting between the Matadors and the Bruins. The previous five games were all played at UCLA, with the Bruins holding a 4-1 margin. However, the last meeting at Pauley Pavilion resulted the biggest victory in the 50-year history of Matador basketball. On Nov. 21, 2000, the nationally-ranked Bruins were heavily favored, but a trio of Matador players (Jeff Parris, John Burrell and Brian Heinle) combined for 57 points to lead CSUN to a 78-74 victory over UCLA.