Cal Poly (8-14) at Cal State Northridge (12-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 13, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Matadome (1,600) -- Northridge, California. Television: None. Home Record: Cal Poly 5-4, CS Northridge 9-2. Away Record: Cal Poly 2-9, CS Northridge 1-11. Neutral Record: Cal Poly 1-1, CS Northridge 2-0. Conference Record: Cal Poly 4-5, CS Northridge 4-6. Series Record: Cal Poly leads, 49-43.
GAME NOTES: The Cal Poly Mustangs have lost four games in a row, and will try to put an end to that streak as they travel to face the Cal State Northridge Matadors in a Big West Conference tilt at the Matadome.
Cal Poly has lost four in a row and five of its last six, including a 69-60 defeat at the hands of Hawaii on Sunday. The Mustangs started conference play at 4-1 this season, but have since dropped to 4-5 with the four-game skid.
Cal State Northridge hasn't had much success in the past few weeks in conference play either. The Matadors have lost six of their last eight games, but are coming off a 92-83 overtime victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
Cal Poly holds the all-time series lead against Northridge, 49-43. The Mustangs extended their series lead over the Matadors with a 62-52 victory earlier this season at San Luis Obispo.
Hawaii went ahead of Cal Poly by eight points at the end of the first half, and never looked back. The Mustangs dropped slightly further behind the Rainbow Warriors in the second half in the nine-point defeat. Kyle Odister and Dave Nwaba each chipped in 12 points to pace the Mustangs in the loss. They were the only players to register double-digit point totals for Cal Poly. The Mustangs shot 38.6 percent from the floor in the loss.
Chris Eversley, who was held to just two points by Hawaii in the team's recent loss, still has a hold on the team's top scoring average at 13.2 ppg. The big man is also tops on the squad with 7.1 rpg and 31 steals on the year. Nwaba is the only other Cal Poly player to net a scoring total in the double figures with 11.9 ppg. Jamal Johnson leads the squad with 66 assists on the year.
Cal State Fullerton led by two points at the end of the first half against Cal State Northridge, but the Matadors made up the deficit in the second half, which forced overtime. Northridge prevailed in the extra period, 24-15. Stephan Hicks scored 27 points in the win to pace the Matadors, adding 13 rebounds for the double-double. Stephen Maxwell contributed 22 points, and Josh Greene netted 19. Northridge shot 41 percent from the floor in the contest.
Maxwell has been a beast for the Matadors this season, netting 17.4 ppg on 57.6 percent shooting. His 8.7 rpg mark is also a team high, although Hicks, the junior guard, has an impressive 7.4 rpg mark behind Maxwell. Hicks is just behind in scoring, too, averaging 17 ppg on 52.6 percent shooting from the field. Greene checks in at 15.4 ppg, and Landon Drew tops the squad with a 3.2 apg average.
Neither team has been able to string anything together recently, but the battle for the conference's top spot is far from over. The Matadors have several strong pieces, and Cal Poly, on the road, may have a hard time trying to contain them all.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Northridge 76, Cal Poly 65
02/13 10:20:56 ET