Nov. 10, 2010
We're back ... One of the most exciting portions of the school year is the arrival of the collegiate basketball season ... It all starts again this week, and for Cal State Northridge, the 53rd edition of Matador Basketball begins on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 when CSUN travels to Pauley Pavilion to face the UCLA Bruins ... It is also UCLA's season opener ... Matador fans will definitely need a game program to keep track of this year's group ... Ten new players, including eight freshmen, will join forces with seven returning lettermen to make up the 17-man CSUN roster ... The 2010-11 Matador varsity has only ten years of NCAA season experience, three of those years by senior Michael Lizarraga ... Only Cal State Fullerton (6 years) and UC Riverside (7 years) have younger teams than Cal State Northridge ... This is the youngest team head coach Bobby Braswell will coach as he begins his 15th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... Braswell enters the new year with a coaching record of 216-202 (.571) ... Cal State Northridge is 26-26 in season openers ... Braswell is 7-7 in season openers as head coach at Cal State Northridge.
Cal State Northridge returns one starter who is expected to be one of the top players in the Big West Conference ... Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) collected a single season school record 44 blocks and led the league in that category (1.52 bpg) ... Daniel also ranked third in the Big West with 7.8 rebounds per game ... Daniel will also become more of a focal point on offense in 2010-11 ... Last year, the honorable mention BWC selection tallied 11.7 ppg, second-best on the team ... Daniel scored in double-digits in 20 games, including five games in which he scored 20 or more points ... Daniel provides an inside scoring threat while Vinnie McGhee (5-10, 165, Junior, Guard, Oakland, Ca), whose 53 (1.65 pg) three-pointers ranked ninth in the conference, provides scoring from the outside ... Six returning players started at least five games last year ... Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) and Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) battled injuries last year, but both players are healthy and both are projected starters ... McLemore scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds in 20 minutes of play as a starter in CSUN's 85-81 overtime victory over Redlands in an exhibition game (11/6/10) ... Lyles started at point-guard against Redlands and responded with 12 points, five assists, three steals and no turnovers in 27 minutes ... Raymond Cody (6-5, 190, Senior, Guard, Lancaster, Ca), a projected starter at the off-guard position, scored a team-high 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and 6-of-7 free throws ... Eight freshmen players have been added to the CSUN roster, and five played against Redlands ... Josh Greene (6-0, 175, Freshman, Guard, Lakeview Terrace, Ca.) had eleven points and three steals, while Thomas Jacobs (6-7, 205, Freshman, Forward, San Diego, Ca) grabbed five rebounds, two steals and a block in a reserve role ... Another new player, John Hayward-Mayhew (6-8, 220, Junior, Eugene, Or), started against Redlands and collected a team-high nine rebounds.
Challenging is always the trademark of the CSUN basketball schedule, and this year is no exception ... CSUN starts the years with two games against Pac-10 schools, including Pac-10 champion California on Berkeley on Nov. 16, 2010 ... But first, CSUN begins the year by traveling to UCLA on Nov. 12, 2010 (7:30 p.m.) ... In Bobby Braswell's previous 14 years as head coach at Cal State Northridge, the Matadors have scheduled at least one Pac-10 school in 13 of those years ... The Pac-10 opponents have included Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, UCLA, Washington and Washington State ... Later this month (Nov. 25-28), CSUN will compete in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center ... Five of the eight teams in the 76 Classic reached the post-season (NCAA Tournament or NIT) in 2009-10 ... CSUN's first game will be against nationally-ranked Virgina Tech on Nov. 25, 2010 (11 a.m.) on ESPNU ... Virginia Tech returns its Top-10 scorers and will be a contender in the Athletic Coast Conference (ACC) ... Cal State Northridge is guaranteed three games in the 76 Classic ... The second round game will be against either DePaul or Oklahoma State on Nov. 26 ... Game time will be either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. ... The third-round game opponent on Nov. 28 will be determined by CSUN's record in the first two games ... This is the fourth year of the 76 Classic which is hosted by the Big West Conference and ESPNU ... UC Irvine (2007), Cal State Fullerton (2008) and Long Beach State (2009) have been the other Big West representatives in the 76 Classic.
The 2010-11 season marks the 53nd edition of CSUN basketball ... The Matadors began NCAA Division I competition during the 1990-91 campaign ... Since the program's inception in 1958-59, CSUN has posted an all-time record of 688-736 (.483) ... In the 1,424 games that CSUN has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 105,131 points.
Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va.) has a chance to break the school record for career blocks ... Entering the 2010-11 season, Daniel has collected 44 blocks, seventh-best in school histroy ... The school record is held by Thomas Shewmake (2003-07) with 82 ... Daniels' 44 blocks last year was a single season school record ... A new addition to the Matador coaching staff is Jay Morris, who served last year as Director of Basketball Operations at Long Beach State ... Morris replaces Louis Wilson, who is the new head coach at Adams State in Colorado.
CSUN is hoping to continue a couple positive trends from a year ago ... CSUN broke two single season records for free throw attempts with 933 and free throws made with 624 ... The 933 free throw attempts broke the old mark of 868 (26 games) set during the 1966-67 season ... The 933 free throw attempts were ranked fourth nationally behind Kansas State (29-8) with 1,098, Morgan State (27-10) with 983, and Kentucky (35-3) with 971 ... The Matadors made 624 free throws, 14th-best in the country ... The old school record was 613 set during the 2000-01 season ... Kansas State (29-8) led the nation with 734 free throws made ... The 49 free throw attempts against Seattle (1/11/10) and Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10) were third-best for a single game in school history ... The final Big West overall stats from 2009-10 showed CSUN was first in rebounding (37.9 rpg), second in scoring (71.3 ppg) and blocked shots (99, 3.1 bpg), and third in steals (239, 7.5 spg) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.345).
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's 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 had been held at the Anaheim Convention Center (1977-82 and 2001-2010) ... Tickets are on sale for the 2011 Big West Tournament which will be held on March 10-12, 2011 ... All-Session tickets are good for all games and available now ... The regular price is $64 per ticket ... Go to www.bigwest.org for more information.
Season tickets for Cal State Northridge men's basketball games are now available for the 12-game home season at The Matadome ... As an added bonus, for each men's basketball season ticket purchased, Cal State Northridge will provide a complimentary women's basketball general admission season ticket package for the upcoming season ... The Matador women will have 14 home games including a non-league matchup against Washington from the Pac-10 Conference ... For more information, go to www.gomatadors.com or call the A.S. Ticket Office directly at 818-677-2488 ... Tickets are also available for the 76 Classic on Nov. 25-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center ... CSUN's men's basketball team will face nationally-ranked Virginia Tech in a first round game on Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. ... Cal State Northridge is guaranteed two other games on Nov. 26 and 28 ... Cal State Northridge will face either DePaul or Oklahoma State in the second round ... Fans can purchase tickets through www.ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster at 714-704-2000 ... For more information, go to 76Classic.com
Five Cal State Northridge men's basketball games will appear on ESPN's family of networks and Fox Sports Net ... CSUN's first round game at the 76 Classic against Virginia Tech at the Anaheim Convention Center on Thursday, November 25, will be televised live on ESPNU at 11 a.m. ... The following day (Saturday, Nov. 26), the Matadors contest against either DePaul or Oklahoma State will be televised live on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU at either 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. ... On Sunday (Nov. 28), Cal State Northridge's game at the 76 Classic will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU ... CSUN's opponent will be determined based on their previous games against Virginia Tech, DePaul or Oklahoma State ... One Big West Conference game will be televised on Fox Sports Net (Prime) ... That game will be CSUN's home contest against Cal Poly on Saturday, January 22 ... Game time at The Matadome is 1:00 p.m. ... CSUN's game at Denver (12/4/10, 4:30 pm mt) will be televised on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain ... Cal State Northridge will have other opportunities to be on television during the 2010-11 season ... The ESPN Brackbuster games that are slated either Friday (Feb. 18), Saturday (Feb. 19) or Sunday (Feb. 20) will be on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU ... The semi-finals of the Big West Tournament on Friday, March 11, will be televised on ESPNU ... The Big West Championship game will be seen on ESPN2 ... The Big West Tournament will be held this year at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
UCLA is picked to finish third behind Washington and Arizona in a Pac-10 pre-season poll ... The Bruins are hoping to rebound after going through a 14-18 overall campaign last year ... Malcolm Lee (6-4, 195, Junior, Guard, Moreno Valley, Ca), Reeves Nelson (6-8, 235, Sophomore, Forward, Modesto, Ca) and Tyler Honeycutt (6-8, 183, Sophomore, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) headline the UCLA roster in 2010-11 ... Lee averaged 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last year ... Nelson averaged 11.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and shot 65 percent from the floor in 2009-10 ... Honeycutt checked in at 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a freshman last year ... UCLA won its two exhibition games, including a 84-59 decision over Cal State Los Angeles (11/9/10) ... Honeycutt scored 15 points and added 15 rebounds in the win ... In UCLA's 95-59 victory over Westmont College (11/4/10) ... Reeves Nelson led a trio of double-digit Bruin scorers with 20 points (9-for-13 from the floor) and grabbed a game-high ten rebounds ... UCLA shot 54 per cent in each of the two exhibition wins.
It will be nearly two years when Cal State Northridge renews its series with the UCLA Bruins on Nov. 12, 2010 (7:30 pm) at Pauley Pavilion ... The last meeting took place on Dec. 7, 2008 with the Bruins scoring a 85-67 decision ... However, on Nov. 21, 2000, CSUN scored perhaps its greatest win in school history with a hard-earned 78-74 decision over 15th-ranked UCLA at Pauley Pavilion ... A trio of CSUN players, Jeff Parris (27 points), John Burrell (17 points) and Brian Heinle (13 points) scored 57 of the team's 78 points ... Parris added eleven free throws in 13 attempts, and garnered five rebounds as the Matadors battled back from a 39-92 halftime deficit ... Later that year, the Matadors won the Big Sky Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time as a NCAA Division I member ... The series between Cal State Northridge and UCLA started during the 1992-93 season ... UCLA holds a 5-1 edge in the series with all six games played at Pauley Pavilion.