Northridge, Calif. - The 2008-09 Cal State Northridge men's basketball team, expected to be the favorites to repeat as Big West regular season champions, will be gathering thousands of frequent flier miles during the early portion of the 2008-09 schedule which was announced on Wednesday by Matador head coach Bobby Braswell.
Following a Nov. 14 (7:05 p.m.) regular season home opener against Cal Lutheran at The Matadome, the Matadors embark on a highly competitive six game road trek that begins at one of the toughest venues in the Pac-10, Maples Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University (Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.). For the past several years, the Cardinal has been one of the top teams in the country.
From Palo Alto, the Matadors head south to the home court of Cal State Bakersfield for a Nov. 21 (7:00 p.m.) non-league encounter. Then the six game road trip kicks into high gear when Cal State Northridge travels to The Pit in Albuquerque to face another high profile national program, the New Mexico Lobos on Nov. 24 (7:00 p.m.).
From there, the Matadors travel to relatively uncharted territory with two games in the East. Only four other times in the previous 50 years of Matador basketball has the team ventured this far from home. First, there is a stop on Nov. 29 (3:00 p.m.) at Rider College which is located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Two days later, the Matadors will take a 45-minute bus trip to Philadelphia to play Drexel University on Dec. 1.
Then on Dec. 7 (7:00 p.m.), the six-game road trip ends with a highly anticipated contest at Pauley Pavilion to face the powerful UCLA Bruins. The Bruins, who have played in three straight Final Fours, are again expected to dominate the Pac-10 in 2008-09, and are again contenders to make the Final Four in 2009. The last time these two teams collided, the Matadors upset the nationally-ranked Bruins, 78-74, at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 21, 2000.
The Matadors finally return home for two games on Dec. 1 (7:05 p.m.) against Denver and Dec. 18 (7:05 p.m.) against Pepperdine. But then again, it's back on the road, this time with trips to San Diego State (Dec . 22, 7:00 p.m.) and to open the Big West season on Dec. 29 (7:00 p.m.) at Cal State Fullerton.
Cal State Northridge will have 12 regular season home games including nine Big West contests. The conference home opener is Jan. 2 (7:05 p.m.) against another league favorite, the Pacific Tigers. Note: There is the possibility that another home game will be added to the existing schedule.
The 2008-09 CS Northridge Men's Basketball Schedule
Note: One more home game may be added at a later date
3 (MONDAY) - LA VERNE (EXHIBITION), 7:05 p.m.
8 (SATURDAY) - CARROLL COLLEGE (EXHIBITION), 7:05 p.m.
14 (FRIDAY) - CAL LUTHERAN, 7:05 p.m.
18 (Tuesday) - at Stanford, 7:30 p.m.
21 (Friday) - at Cal State Bakersfield, 7:00 p.m.
24 (Monday) - at New Mexico, 7:00 p.m.
29 (Saturday) - at Rider, 3:00 p.m.
1 (Monday) - at Drexel, tba
7 (Sunday) - at UCLA, 7:00 p.m.
9 (TUESDAY) - DENVER, 7:05 P.M.
18 (THURSDAY) - PEPPERDINE, 7:05 P.M.
22 (Monday) - at San Diego State, 7:00 p.m.
*29 (Monday) - at Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m.
*2 (FRIDAY) - PACIFIC, 7:05 P.M.
*5 (MONDAY) - UC DAVIS, 7:05 P.M.
*14 (Wednesday) - at UC Riverside, 7:00 p.m.
*17 (Saturday) - at Long Beach State, 7:00 p.m.
*21 (WEDNESDAY) - CAL STATE FULLERTON, 7:05 P.M.
*24 (SATURDAY) - UC IRVINE, 7:05 P.M.
*29 (Thursday) - at UC Santa Barbara, 7:00 p.m.
*31 (Saturday) - at Cal Poly, 7:00 p.m.
5 (THURSDAY) - CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD, 7:05 P.M.
*11 (WEDNESDAY) - CAL POLY, 7:05 P.M.
*14 (SATURDAY) - UC RIVERSIDE, 7:05 P.M.
*18 (Wednesday) - at UC Irvine, 7:00 p.m.
21 (Saturday) - at ESPN Bracketbuster, tba
*25 (WEDNESDAY) - UC SANTA BARBARA, 7:05 P.M.
*28 (SATURDAY) - LONG BEACH STATE, 7:05 P.M.
*5 (Thursday) - at UC Davis, 7:00 p.m.
*7 (Saturday) - at Pacific, 7:00 p.m.
11-14 (Wednesday-Saturday) - at Big West Tournament (Anaheim, Ca), tba
19-22 (Thursday-Sunday) - at NCAA Tournament, tba
26-29 (Thursday-Sunday) - at NCAA Tournament, tba
4-6 Saturday-Monday - at NCAA Final Four (Detroit, Mi), tba
*Big West Conference Game