November 3, 2008

Big West Favorite CSUN Hosts La Verne in Exhibition Game

Nov. 3, 2008

Northridge, Calif. - The 2008-09 men's basketball regular season doesn't official start until Nov. 14 for Cal State Northridge, but two exhibition games are being offered as a sneak preview of what lies ahead this year.

Monday (Nov. 3, 7:05 p.m.) at The Matadome, Cal State Northridge hosts the La Verne Leopards. On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Matadors hosts Carroll College at 7:05 p.m.

"With the veteran players and the newcomers arriving, we think we have the opportunity to be successful this year," said head coach Bobby Braswell, who is entering his 13th season as head coach of the Matadors. "We're hoping everybody comes out to watch us at The Matadome in 2008-09."

In years past, Cal State Northridge has played the role of underdogs. This year the role has changed dramatically. Expectations are very high this year with the return of several all-league caliber veteran players, a talented cast of reserves, another group of talented newcomers, and several redshirts who eagerly learned the Northridge system last year.

Last year, the Matadors chalked up a 20-10 overall record, and earned a share of the Big West regular season title at 12-4. With so much talent returning this year, the pre-season experts are predicting a league title for Cal State Northridge in 2008-09. The Big West coaches and media, and national magazines such as Blue Ribbon College Basketball, The Sporting News College Basketball Magazine, Lindy's College Basketball Magazine and Athlon Sports College Basketball Magazine have all predicted a league championship for Cal State Northridge.

La Verne Ledger ...
It has been more than 48 years since Cal State Northridge has played La Verne in men's basketball ... In fact, the first victory in the 51-year history of Matador basketball came on Dec. 13, 1958 when the Matadors scored a 73-64 decision over the Leopards ... La Verne, an NCAA Division III member, chalked up a 12-13 overall record last year and a mark of 6-8 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) ... Rich Reed is in his second season as head coach.

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