November 30, 2008

Cal State Northridge vs Drexel in Philly

Nov. 30, 2008

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Game Gossip ...
Four down and two to go ... Cal State Northridge is nearing the end of its longest road trip in 15 years ... After games at Stanford (11/18/08), Cal State Bakersfield (11/21/08) and at New Mexico (11/21/08), Cal State Northridge boarded another jetliner on Thanksgiving Day and traveled from the West Coast to the East Coast for games at Rider (11/29/08, 3:00 p.m. et) and at Drexel (12/1/08, 7:00 p.m. et) ... This six-game trip will cover more than 4,000 miles when it finally ends on Dec. 7 at UCLA ... The Matadors will try to end a four- game losing streak when it travels to Drexel (Philadelphia, Pa) on Monday, Dec. 1 (7:00 p.m. et) ... The games at Rider (Lawrenceville, NJ) and at Drexel (Philadelphia, Pa) are the furthest east a CSUN basketball team has played since the Matadors traveled to Lafayette (Easton, Pa) and Fairfield (Fairfield, Ct) during the 2004-05 season; at Howard (Washington, D.C.) during the 2001-02 season; and at James Madison (Harrisonburg, Va) during the 2000-01 campaign.

Matador Memo ...
Cal State Northridge is 1-4 thus far ... Following a 73-62 win over Cal Lutheran (11/14/08) in the season opener, the Matadors have dropped games at Stanford (85-103, 11/18/08), at Cal State Bakersfield (65-67, 11/21/08), at New Mexico (74-85, 11/24/08) and at Rider (72-85, 11/29/08) ... Senior point-guard Josh Jenkins (5-10, 185, Senior, Guard, Albuquerque, NM) continues to lead the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and steals (10) ... Tremaine Townsend (6-9, 225, Senior, Forward, Phoenix, Az), with a season-high 20 points at Rider (11/29/08) is second in scoring (12.3 ppg) ... Townsend, with 29 rebounds in his last three games, has jumped hi seasn rebound average to 7.8 per game ... Willie Galick (6-8, 225, RS Junior, Forward, Nanaimo, B.C.) checks in at 12.0 ppg ... Galick is shooting a conference-leading .657 (23-for-35) from the floor ... As a team, the Matadors are shooting .821 (64-for-78) from the free throw line ... CSUN opponents have attempted 92 more free throw attempts.

Drexel Data ...
Drexel (1-1), picked to finish 12th in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), opened the 2008-09 season with a 66-64 victory at home against Penn (11/18/08) ... However, in their next game, Drexel dropped a 81-53 decision at Georgetown (11/22/08) ... Three players are scoring in double figures led by guard Scott Rodgers (13.0 ppg), guard Tramayne Hawthrone (11.5 pg) and guard Jamie Harris (10.5 ppg) ... Forward Samme Givens leads the rebounding attack at 7.0 per game while Harris checks in a six per game.

Series Saga ..
This is the first meeting between Cal State Northridge and Drexel.

Schedule Story ...
This current six game road trek is the longest since the 1993-94 season when the Matadors packed their suitcases for a seven game journey to UC Irvine, St. Mary's, Colorado, Northeastern Illinois, Notre Dame, Sacramento St. and California ... After games at Stanford (85-103, 11/18/08), at Cal State Bakersfield (65-67, 11/21/08) and at New Mexico (74-85, 11/24/08), the Matadors are currently traveling to relatively uncharted territory with two games in the East ... Only four other times in the previous 50 years of Matador basketball has the team ventured this far from home ... First, there was a stop on Nov. 29 at Rider University which is located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey ... The road trip continues in Philadelphia when the Matadors play Drexel University on Dec. 1 (7:00 p.m. et) ... On Dec. 7 (7:30 p.m.), the six-game road trip ends with a contest at UCLA.

Coaches Corner ...
Bobby Braswell, the 2007-08 Big West Coach of the Year, is in his 13th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... Braswell has coached 360 games in his duties as head coach, and has produced a record of 189-171 (.525) ... Braswell has guided Cal State Northridge to post-season play in each of his 12 seasons, reaching the conference tournament championship game on four occasions ... In past seasons under Braswell, the Matadors have prided themselves on tough defense and a productive offense ... Last year, the Matadors forced the opponents into 557 turnovers, produced 274 steals (#1 in the Big West, #15 in the nation), and outrebounded the opposition, 1,113-1,092 ... Braswell's teams have been ranked in the Top 25 in steals nationally in eleven of the last 12 seasons.

Rapid Rewind ...
The game at New Mexico (11/24/08) was the second trip to "The Pit" for Matador head coach Bobby Braswell ... In 1983, as a high school coach, Braswell witnessed the classic game between North Carolina and Houston with the Wolfpack (coached by Jim Valvano) scoring a last second basket to win the NCAA title.

Fast Facts ...
On his 23rd birthday, Deon Tresvant (6-0, 170, Senior, Guard, Long Beach, Ca) scored a team-high 15 points at Cal State Bakersfield (11/21/08) ... Rob Haynes (6-4, 185, Senior, Guard, Cerritos, Ca) now has 114 career three-pointers which is eighth-best in the Cal State Northridge record book ... Josh Jenkins (5-10, 185, Senior, Guard, Albuquerque, NM) has 218 career assists and is tenth all-time at CSUN along with Jonathan Heard (218, 2004-08) ... The 40 career blocks by Tremaine Townsend (6-9, 225, Senior, Forward, Phoenix, Az) has moved him into a seeventh place tie in the school record book with Jeff Parris (1997-01).

Team Talk ...
Tremaine Townsend (6-9, 225, Senior, Forward, Phoenix, Az), Deon Tresvant (6-0, 170, Senior, Guard, Long Beach, Ca), Josh Jenkins (5-10, 185, Senior, Guard, Albuquerque, NM) and Rob Haynes (6-4, 185, Senior, Guard, Cerritos, Ca) lead a chorus of eight talented letter winners plus the influx of four new recruits and four redshirts in 2008-09 ... Townsend led the Big West in rebounding (9.8 rpg) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg) while Jenkins led the conference in assists (191, 6.4 apg) ... Tresvant led the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) despite the fact he didn't start one game last year ... Haynes is a three-year starter who provides offensive firepower from behind the three-point line ... There is plenty of veteran experience from such players as Rodrigue Mels (6-3, 180, Senior, Guard, Les Abymes, Guadeloupe), Tony Osunsanmi (6-4, 190, Junior, Forward, Ontario, Ca), Therin Taylor (6-6, 185, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Ca) and Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 230, Sophomore, Forward, Dixon, Ca.) ... Four redshirts are expected to play a lot of minutes this year ... This quartet includes Willie Galick (6-8, 225, RS Junior, Forward, Nanaimo, B.C.), Jermaine Smith (6-9, 230, RS Junior, Center, Irvington, NJ), Mark Hill (5-11, 175, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) and Matthew Wallace (6-2, 170, RS Freshman, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca) ... The list of new players includes Vincent Cordell (6-6, 210, Junior, Forward, Huntsville, Al), Xavier Crawford (7-0, 220, Junior, Center, Richfield, Mn), Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Junior, Forward/Guard, St. Louis, Mo) and Dallas Rutherford (6-2, 175, Freshman, Guard, Northridge, Ca) ... CSUN is expected to be strong at both ends of the court ... Last year in chalking up a 20-10 record, CSUN led the league in holding the opposition to only .419 shooting, .307 in 3-point field goal percentage defense, steals (274), rebounding (37.1 rpg) and blocked shots (3.23 bpg) ... CSUN was second in the league in scoring (78.0 ppg) and third in field goal percentage (.463) ... The Matadors return four of its top six scorers from a year ago.

Pre-Season Predictions ...
Cal State Northridge is the choice of the Big West coaches and media, and five national pre-season magazines to win the Big West title ... The Matadors received eight first place votes and 64 points from the conference coaches ... UC Santa Barbara received the other first place vote and a total of 56 points ... Pacific was picked to finish third (48 points ) followed by Cal State Fullerton (42 points), UC Davis (28 points), Cal Poly and UC Irvine with 23 points apiece, Long Beach State (21 points) and UC Riverside (19 points) ... The Big West media poll has the Matadors atop the pre-season league standings with 173 points (14 first place votes) followed by UCSB (156 points, three first-place votes), Pacific (107 points, three first place votes), Cal State Fullerton (107 points, one first place vote), Long Beach State (96 points), UC Irvine (73 points), UC Davis (65 points), Cal Poly (54 points) and UC Riverside (49 points) ... The Sporting News, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Lindy's College Basketball Magazine, Athlon Sports College Basketball Magazine and Basketball Times have all picked the Matadors win the Big West title in 2008-09 ... Tremaine Townsend (6-9, 225, Senior, Forward, Phoenix, Az) and Deon Tresvant (6-0, 170, Senior, Guard, Long Beach, Ca) were named to the pre-season Big West All-Conference team.

Television Time ...
Last year, Cal State Northridge was on television a school record eight times ... That included games on ESPNU and Fox Sports Prime Ticket ... This year's schedule finds the Matadors on television six times ... That includes four games on Fox Sports Prime Ticket (Dec. 7 at UCLA, Jan. 31 at Cal Poly, Feb. 14 vs UC Riverside, Feb. 28 vs Long Beach State), and two games on ESPNU (Jan. 29 at UC Santa Barbara, Feb. 18 at UC Irvine) ... For the fourth straight season, the Matadors have partnered with CSTV and the Big West Conference to present live video streaming of all league games and non-conference home contests ... Click on the Big West TV banner on the front page of www.gomatadors.com for more information.

Pre-Season Potpourri ...
In its pre-season college basketball issue, Sports Illustrated has predicted a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the Matadors ... This recognition is just the latest in a series of lofty predictions for the 2007-08 Big West regular season tri-champions ... Cal State Northridge was ranked 25th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 pre-season poll ... The Matadors generated 118 points, and was only one of four teams from the west to be ranked in the Top 25 among mid-major teams ... The other west teams are Gonzaga (#1, 754 points), St. Mary's (#3, 616 points), and San Diego (#8, 481 points) ... For the first time in school history, the Matadors received a vote in the pre-season Associated Press men's basketball poll ... Cal State Northridge is the only school from the Big West Conference to receive a vote in the Associated Press pre-season poll.

Graduated Gossip ...
All four seniors on last year's 20-10 Matador team are doing just fine ... Calvin Chitwood is playing professional basketball in Japan, while Jayme Miller is playing professionally in Holland, while Jonathan Heard is playing professionally in Finland ... Rai Colston is an assistant basketball coach at Chaminade High School in Woodland Hills ... Chitwood is playing for Niigata Albirex BB ... Chitwood, a four-year starter, ended his CSUN career as the school's #10 all-time leading scorer (1,170 points) ... Heard, who ended his four-year Matador career as the school's #3 all-time leading scorer (1,362 points) and #9 all-time rebounder (534), is playing for Team LoKoKo in Finland ... Miller, who started all 30 games in 2007-08, and provided strength and leadership during his senior season, is playing for Aris Friesland (Holland) in the Dutch Professional League ... During their tenure at Cal State Northridge, Chitwood, Heard, Miller and Colston combined to play 350 games, score 3,065 points, and grab 1,311 rebounds.

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