Cal Poly (15-11) at Cal State-Northridge (6-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 15th, 10:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matador Gymnasium (1,600) -- Northridge, California. Television: None. Home Record: Cal Poly 8-4, CS-Northridge 3-6. Away Record: Cal Poly 5-7, CS-Northridge 3-11. Neutral Record: Cal Poly 2-0, CS-Northridge 0-0. Conference Record: Cal Poly 6-6, CS-Northridge 2-10. Series Record: CS- Northridge leads 35-31.
GAMES NOTES: The Cal Poly Mustangs and the Cal State-Northridge Matadors will hook up for a Big West showdown at Matador Gymnasium this evening.
The first meeting between these squads back in January was not a very tight affair as the Mustangs rolled up a 100-54 rout of the Matadors. It was the second win in a row against CS-Northridge for Cal Poly as the two teams split the season series a year ago. The Matadors still hold the all-time series advantage at 35-31.
Cal Poly has put together back-to-back wins after a stretch in which the Mustangs went just 4-7. Cal Poly is now an even 6-6 in conference play which is good for fourth place in the Big West. The Mustangs will be out of conference to take on Northern Colorado next time out.
Cal State-Northridge may be hoping for a quick end to this brutal season, as the Matadors have posted just a 6-17 overall record. With its fourth straight loss on Saturday, CSN is just 2-10 in the Big West, which is ahead of only UC Davis in the standings. The Matadors play against Fresno State in a non-conference matchup on Saturday.
The past two wins for Cal Poly have been in tight contests with the Mustangs winning by an average of 2.5 points per game. The matchup with UC Irvine on Saturday ended with Cal Poly posting a 77-74 victory on its home floor. The game shouldn't have been so close as Cal Poly led 45-32 at the half but the Anteaters charged back and tied the game at 73-73 with 1:33 remaining. The Mustangs held on by knocking down their free throws, going 16-of-17 from the charity stripe in the game.
As its record indicates Cal Poly has been a mediocre team in terms of scoring 64.2 points per game which is sixth in the nine team conference. The Mustangs have been a better defensive squad allowing just 59.3 points per game to its opponents. Chris Eversley (7.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg) continued a recent three game spurt in double figures by scoring a team high 18 points in the win over UC Irvine. David Hanson (11.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg) also put together a solid game scoring 15 points to hold on as the Mustangs leading scorer this season. Senior forward Will Taylor has been an effective player on the inside scoring 10.3 points and bringing down 7.2 rebounds per game but was limited on Saturday scoring only 4 points and notching three rebounds. Senior guard Amarys Fermin (9.7 ppg, 3.5 apg) has been a solid point guard for the team adding scoring as well as putting up the third most assists in the conference.
Northridge came within a point of putting an end to its current losing streak on Saturday but came up short falling to Pacific 62-61. The Matadors had a 33-21 half time lead evaporate in the second half with Pacific opening the second period on a 42-10 to grab a 45-43 lead. The teams traded leads down the stretch and the Matadors went up 61-60 on a Stephen Maxwell dunk but Pacific's Ross Rivera knocked down a game winning lay up in the waning seconds to give the Tigers the win.
Josh Greene really kept the Matadors in the game against Pacific, scoring a team-high 19 points including an impressive performance from three point range as he was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Greene is normally the second option for CSN, putting in 11.7 points per game. Freshman swingman Stephan Hicks (15.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg) has been a bright spot in a poor season for the Matadors but took more of a back seat offensively putting up only five shots and scoring eight points against Pacific. It is the second time in the past three games he has been under 10 points after doing so only once in the first 20 games this season. CS-Northridge scores better than the Mustangs netting 67.1 points per game but is inefficient in doing so shooting a conference worst 38.1 percent from the floor. The Matadors are also hampered by its porous defense that allows an astounding 74.5 points per game to its opponents.
Cal Poly made light work of CS-Northridge the last time these two teams met up and although the Mustangs will be the visitors in this matchup, the Matadors are outgunned once again.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal Poly 78 Cal State-Northridge 60
02/15 10:52:38 ET