Matadors Travel To Tulsa On Saturday In Second Midwest Jaunt
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MATADORS THIS WEEK:
Game #6 Northridge (44) at Illinois State (66) • Monday, November 20 • Redbird Arena • Normal, IL
Game #7 Northridge at Tulsa • Saturday, November 25 • Reynolds Center • Tulsa, OK • 7:05 p.m. CST
MATADORS TRAVEL TO TULSA IN SECOND MIDWEST JAUNT IN ONE WEEK
Cal State Northridge (4-2, 0-0 Big West) looks to get back on track after a 66-44 setback at Illinois State on Monday as the Matadors return to the midwest to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-1) on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CST. Northridge and Tulsa have met once in the all-time series when the Matadors came away with a 77-71 win in The Matadome last season. The Tulsa game wraps up a two-game road trip for the Matadors, who will return home to open a three-game homestand on Dec. 3 against former Big Sky rival Eastern Washington.
Despite the loss at Illinois State on Monday, the Matadors have four wins in their first six games which matches last season’s 4-2 start. In head coach Bobby Braswell’s 10 seasons, Northridge has started a season-best 6-2 twice (1998-98 and 2002-03).
BIG WEST/CSTV LIVE VIDEO STREAMING
Fans can log on to the Big West Conference website (bigwest.org) and click the Big West.TV link to watch Matador basketball this season. For the second year, the Big West Conference is partnering with CSTV to bring every Big West men’s basketball game to fans via the Big West Conference website and BigWest.TV. Fans can purchase a month to month package for $9.95 per month or the season package for all three sports (women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball) and all Big West schools is $79.95.
MATADORS SET FOUR SCHOOL RECORDS IN 159-97 WIN OVER REDLANDS
Northridge shattered its school scoring record with 159 points in the Matadors' 62-point win over Redlands on Nov. 15. The previous game-high in points was 123 against US International on Jan. 28, 1991. The 256 points scored by Northridge and Redlands also also set a new Matador record. Northridge also set school records for field goals in a game (62) and assists in a game (43). The Matadors also broke the Big West Conference record for most points scored in a non-conference game. Cal Poly held the record with 143 points against Cal Baptist on Dec. 3, 1996.
NORTHRIDGE ALSO EQUALS NCAA RECORDS AGAINST REDLANDS
With 43 assists as a team, the Matadors equaled the NCAA record set by TCU in 1998. Northridge and Redlands combined for 65 assists in a regulation which also tied the NCAA record set by Dayton and UCF in 1988.
MATADORS STILL SCORING AT A RECORD PACE
Prior to the Illinois State game, Northridge was averaging 99.0 ppg after its first five contests. After scoring 44 in the loss to the
Redbirds, the Matador scoring average dropped to 89.2 which is still hovering around the all-time Northridge record of 90.0. The scoring average is slightly skewed due to the record-setting
159 points scored against Redlands, but the Matadors have also posted 95 points against Pepperdine (Nov. 18) and 90 against Portland State (Nov. 10). Northridge has averaged 74.3
points per game over Bobby Braswell’s 10+ seasons on the bench.
SHEWMAKE MOVES INTO SECOND IN CAREER BLOCKS
With his first two blocks this season, senior center Thomas Shewmake has moved into a tie for second place on the all-time Northridge blocks list. Shewmake now has 66 career blocks in 95 career games which ties him with Cliff Higgins (1981-84) who amassed 66 blocks in 76 career games. Brian Heinle remains the Matador all-time leader in blocks with 76 from 1997-2001.
STARTING LIENUP REMAINS INTACT
Always one to go deep into his bench, Braswell has gone with the same starting five over the first six games of the season. So far the Matadors are 4-2 with the starting lineup of Hill-Haynes-Heard-Chitwood-Shewmake. However, Chitwood and Heard are the only Matadors averaging over 20 minutes per game. The Matador bench, always an important factor in Northridge’s
success, has outscored their opponents in all six games this season. Eight players, outside of Chitwood and Heard, are averaging at least 10 minutes per game.
70 POINTS OR BUST
The 70-point plateau has been the benchmark for the Matadors over the past few seasons. In 2004-05, Cal State Northridge was 11-7 when it scored 70 or more points and 7-6 when it failed to reach the 70-point plateau. Last season, the Matadors were 10-7 when scoring 70 or more points and 1-10 when they didn’t. After six games in 2006-07, the Matadors have scored at least 70 points in five of their six games and are 4-1 in those games. The lone game Northridge didn’t reach 70 was the last outing at Illinois State when the Matadors scored 44. Now in the 11th season of the Bobby Braswell era, the Matadors are 135-74 (.649) when they score 70 or more points but just 23-68 (.250) when they score fewer than 70 points. Additionally, of Braswell’s 158 career victories, 135 of them have been when Cal State Northridge scores at least 70 points.
MATADORS CLAIM SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON OPENER
Cal State Northridge is now 24-25 (.490) all-time in season openers after Friday’s win over Portland State. The Matadors’ NCAA Div. I season-opening record is 5-13 (.278). Northridge is 8- 21 (.276) alltime in road season openers. The Matadors have now opened up 14 of its 17 D-I seasons on the road and have a 3-11 (.214) mark in those contests. The only other season-opening wins on the road in the D-I era came when the Matadors opened 1998 with an 83-65 win at Long Beach State and last year when Northridge defeated USC in overtime 81-76.
FORCING THE ISSUE
The Matadors are picking up where they left off in terms of steals and turnovers forced after six games this season. Always a team to generate points off its opponents miscues, Northridge has forced five of its six opponents this season into at least 20 turnovers while recording an average of 11.3 steals per game. In 2004-05, the Matadors ranked second in the country in steals
at 11.0 per game and fifth in turnovers forced at 20.0 per contest. That enabled Cal State
Northridge to force 20 or more turnovers in 14-of-31 games. CSUN registered 10 or more steals in 20-of-31 games during the 2004-05 campaign. Last season, the Matadors only recorded double-digit steals in 4-of-28 games, leading to 20
or more turnovers in 12-of-28 contests. Northridge ranked tied for 10th in the country at forcing turnovers at 19.0 per game. The Matadors forced an average of 22.8 turnovers per
game in contests they win, but only 16.3 per game in contests they lost. In the BracketBuster
loss at Boise State (Feb. 18, 2006), the
Matadors registered a season-low two steals, snapping a 62-game streak (since Feb. 14, 2004)
of recording five or more steals as a team.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Northridge’s 66-44 loss at Illinois State left the Matadors 0-2 on opposing courts this season. Northridge has posted two neutral site wins, 90-65 over Portland State and 74-68 over Lehigh at
Oregon’s McArthur Court ... Monday’s loss was also the Matadors’ first loss this season when they outrebound an opponent.
CHITWOOD NAMED BASKETBALL TRAVELERS ALL-TOURNEY
Junior Calvin Chitwood was the lone Northridge players chosen the the Basketball Travelers All-Tournament Team last weekend. Chitwood finished the three-game tournament with averages of 10.0 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game. His best game of the tournament, statistically speaking, was the opener against Portland State when he scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in the 90-65 win. Chitwood also reached double figures in scoring against Lehigh when he tossed in 11 to again go with six boards. For the weekend, he shot 52.4% (11-21) from the field, made two-of-four three-point baskets and converted six-of-seven free throws. Chitwood also stood out in the defensive end as he posted four blocks over three games.
The Golden Hurricane opened their season with a pair of wins at home over St. Gregory’s (88-64) and Arkansas-Little Rock (66-60) before droppng their first road contest 65-63 at North Texas on Tuesday (Nov. 21). Junior guard Roderick Earls led Tulsa with a season-high 17 points in the loss at North Texas and averages 10.0 ppg this season. Senior forward Darold Crow leads Tulsa in
scoring at 12.3 ppg while freshman guard Ben Uzoh is second at 10.7 ppg. As a team, Tulsa is averaging 72.3 points per game while giving up 63.0. The Golden Hurricane has outscored their opponents by a combined 113-77 in the first half
this season. Head coach Doug Wojcik is in his second season at Tulsa and sports a 13-18 overall and school record. Saturday’s game will be just the second meeting all-time between Cal State Northridge and Tulsa. The Matadors own
the slight 1-0 advantage in the series after coming away with a 77-71 win in Northridge last
season as junior Mike Efevberha poured in 36 points for Northridge in the win.
Following Saturday’s game at Tulsa, the Matadors return home to open a three-game homestand beginning Dec. 3 against former Big Sky rival
Eastern Washington. Northridge will also host Boise State (Dec. 9) and The Master’s College (Dec. 14) during the homestand.
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