Cal State Northridge (6-0) at BYU (3-2)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Marriott Center (22,700) -- Provo, Utah.
Television: BYUtv. Home Record: CSUN 2-0, BYU 3-0. Away Record: CSUN 1-0, BYU
0-0. Neutral Record: CSUN 3-0, BYU 0-2. Conference Record: CSUN 0-0, BYU 0-0.
Series Record: BYU leads, 4-0.
GAME NOTES: A streaking Cal State Northridge team tries to move to 7-0 on the
season this Saturday, as the Matadors clash with the BYU Cougars in non-
conference action at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.
The Matadors are off to their best start since the 1981-82 campaign when they
began with nine straight wins, but it is still the best start for the program
since it moved to Division I beginning in 1990-91. Considered a top-notch Mid-
Major program, CSUN last hit the floor against Northern Kentucky last weekend
and claimed a 69-58 victory as part of the NUCDF Challenge in San Diego.
Meanwhile, the Cougars have won three of their first five games, all three
coming at home. The program was last in action on Wednesday when it defeated
visiting Texas-San Antonio in an 81-62 blowout in order the snap a brief two-
There have been four previous games in this series, all of them played in
Provo and all won by the home team. The most recent meeting took place in 2001
just after Christmas, with the Cougars posting an 84-70 triumph.
Against Northern Kentucky in the most recent outing, the Matadors dialed up
the pressure on defense as they held the opposition to just 36.9 percent
shooting from the floor and 6-of-24 behind the three-point line, not to
mention outscoring NKU by a margin of 22-4 at the charity stripe. Josh Greene
and Stephan Hicks both tallied 14 points, the latter also clearing a game-high
10 rebounds, while Allan Guei tacked on 13 points as he nailed down 6-of-9 at
the charity stripe. Playing close to the rim at both ends of the floor, Hicks
leads the team in both scoring and rebounding after six games with 17.3 points
and 8.5 boards per contest. Greene is suffering with a mere 32.7 percent
accuracy from the floor, but is still an integral piece of the offense with
14.0 ppg and a team-high 33 assists.
UTSA shouldn't have given the Cougars much trouble at the Marriott Center,
especially with such a huge crowd backing the home team, and that was pretty
much the case as BYU sprinted away with the 19-poiint win. Brandon Davies
erupted for a double-double consisting of 22 points and 10 rebounds, shooting
a perfect 8-of-8 at the free-throw line, although he was charged with six of
the unit's 18 turnovers as well. Tyler Haws tacked on another 20 points and
six boards as the team hit on 51.7 percent from the floor and held the
Roadrunners to just 39.3 percent. Playing almost 35 minutes per game, Haws has
been dominating the action for the Cougars at the offensive end of the floor
with his 21.6 ppg, shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 90.5 percent at
the free-throw line. Davies is in for 19.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg to help provide the
Cougars with a rebounding edge of more than seven per game at the moment.
Obviously the Matadors are off to a terrific start to the season, but for them
to take on Haws and Davies in enemy territory is asking quite a bit of the
group in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: BYU 73, Cal State Northridge 65
11/24 10:38:22 ET