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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 26, 9:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Worthington Arena (7,000) -- Bozeman, Montana. Television: None. Home Record: CSUN 1-0, MSU 0-1. Away Record: CSUN 0-3, MSU 0-2. Neutral Record: CSUN 2-0, MSU 0-2. Conference Record: CSUN 0-0, MSU 0-0. Series Record: Cal State Northridge leads, 11-6.
GAME NOTES: The Cal State Northridge Matadors play their sixth game away from home on Tuesday, as they take on the Montana State Bobcats in non-conference action at Worthington Arena in a rematch of last week's tournament action.
Reggie Theus' first season at the helm of the Matadors has seen the team split its first six games. CSUN recently took part in the Central Michigan Tournament last week and went 2-1 in the event, topping Montana State in the first round (74-73), followed by a win over Austin Peay (80-77 OT) and a loss to host Central Michigan (90-76).
Bob Huse's Bobcats have struggled this far with just one win in five games this season. The team's trip t0 Mt. Pleasant last week resulted in a pair of losses to Cal State Northridge (74-73) and Austin Peay (78-72) sandwiched around a win over Central Michigan (59-54).
This marks the 18th meeting all-time between these two teams and the second this season. With the one-point win last week, Cal State Northridge now holds an 11-6 series advantage.
Cal State Northridge limped out of Mt. Pleasant with a lopsided loss to the Chippewas. The Matadors did not falter offensively, shooting 52.2 percent from the floor, but couldn't match CMU's 56-percent clip, which included 12 3- pointers. Stephan Hicks led four Matadors in double figures in the loss with 22 points. Aaron Parks poured in 17 points off the bench, while Stephen Maxwell and Josh Greene finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Through six games, the Matadors are netting 76.5 ppg on .437 shooting. The team possesses a potent trio of scorers in Hicks (17.8 ppg), Maxwell (17.7 ppg) and Greene (15.2 ppg). Just a freshman, Parks has done all his damage off the bench and has made an immediate impact with 10.0 ppg. Offense has certainly not been a problem for CSUN, but the defensive effort will need to improve going forward. The Matadors are allowing a generous 81.5 ppg, as foes are shooting .487 from the field overall.
The Bobcats got as close as three points in the waning moments of their contest with Austin Peay, but could not close the gap and fell to the Governors to close out play in the Central Michigan Tournament with a 75-72 defeat. Marcus Colbert led the way in the loss with 17 points. Eric Norman added 11 points in 17 minutes of work, while Paul Egwuonwu recorded a double- double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
There hasn't been a whole lot of offensive fireworks for Montana State this season, as the team has just one double-figure scorer after five games and that is Colbert with just 10.0 ppg. Egwuonwu (9.6 ppg), Flavien Davis (9.2 ppg) and Terrell Brown (9.0 ppg) are just under the mark. On the year, Montana State is averaging just 65.2 ppg, with a shooting average below 40 percent (.398). Egwuonwu is capable of recording a double-double most nights, as he leads the team by a far margin on the boards at 9.4 rpg.
The Matadors edged out the Bobcats last week on a neutral floor, but Montana State should have the upper hand at Worthington Arena tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Montana State 64, Cal State Northridge 61
11/26 10:36:03 ET