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December 22, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Scouting report: Cal State Northridge

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Scouting report: Cal State Northridge
Game info: 7 p.m. Thursday at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000 capacity)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Record: 3-6.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Bobby Braswell, the former Oregon assistant, is 233-226 in 16 seasons with the Matadors.
Prediction: Picked to finish eighth in the nine-team Big West by media.
Series: Washington leads 4-0.
Last meeting: Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points and Quincy Pondexter tallied 20 to lead Washington to a 88-76 win on Dec. 6, 2009. The Huskies never trailed after taking a 14-13 lead. UW was ahead 46-34 at halftime, but Cal State closed to within a point 48-47. The Huskies used a 18-2 spurt to take a 66-49 and regain control. Abdul Gaddy (11 points) and Darnell Gant (five rebounds) are the only UW players remaining available who played against the Matadors.
Previous game: Cal State beat Division III Pacifica College 99-58 on Saturday. The Matadors have won two straight games.

Photo credit: Getty Images – Jeff Golden

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Freshman guard Stephan Hicks leads Cal State and is third in the Big West with a 17.6 scoring average. His team-leading 8.7 rebounding average is also second in the conference. Hicks is a high-energy player on both ends of the court. He takes twice as many free throws as anyone one the team and shoots 89.1 percent at the line. From the field, he has 44.4 percent accuracy. However, he’s limited outside the arc where he’s made just seven of 28 three-pointers (25 percent).
— Sophomore guard Josh Greene is CSUN’s second-leading scorer (10.6 ppg) and top player maker with a team-best 3.5 assists per game average. He’s also a phenomenal free throw shooter. Last season he converted 82.6 percent (57 of 69). This season he’s made 19 of 21 (90.5 percent) at the line. Greene has taken at least six three-pointers in eight games this season.
— The NCAA granted forward Michael Lizarraga (above), the nation’s only deaf Division I men’s basketball player, a waiver last week that gave him eligibility to play the final 20 games of the season. He averaged 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds playing in all 32 games as a senior last season. Lizarraga petitioned the NCAA for another year because he only played in 35 minutes and seven games as a freshman. The 6-7, 230-pound forward made his season debut last week. He scored 10 points and collected seven rebounds as a reserve.


OVERVIEW:
— The lineup is constantly changing as 11 players have started for Cal State this season. Hicks has been the only constant and has started every game. Fourteen players also average at least nine minutes per game.
— The Matadors are an up-tempo squad. They press full court. They trap in the back court. They create an average of 17.2 turnovers per game and they’re pretty good at taking care of the ball. Cal State leads the Big West in turnover margin with a plus 3.56 margin.
— Cal State is 1-5 on the road.
— The Matadors average 69.8 points, but have only made 37.3 percent of their field goal attempts and 26.4 percent of their 3-pointers . They allow 74.3 points per game.
— CSUN have been out-rebounded by an average of 38.6 to 36.3. Hicks is their best rebounder and their tallest player is 6-10 Frank Eteuati, who averages 2.1 rebounds. He’s tall, but weighs just 190 pounds.
— The Matadors are the youngest team among the 345 NCAA Division I schools in the country. The 18 players on the roster combine for 12 years of collegiate basketball experience, an average of 0.67 years. These statistics factor in the team’s total years of previous collegiate experience with the number of players on the roster. The Matadors have three seniors, no juniors, six sophomores, seven freshmen and two redshirt freshmen.
— Cal State is the best free throw shooting team in the Big West. The Matadors are hitting 77.2 percent (152 of 197) from the charity stripe. Four CSUN players (Allan Guei, Vinnie McGhee, Hicks and Greene)
are shooting at least 81 percent at the linie.
— Cal State began the season with a 66-59 defeat at USC.
— The Matadors were removed from the 2011 Big West Tournament last year by the NCAA due to a low APR. Braswell has changed the team’s recruiting emphasis, which partly explains why so many freshmen are playing this season.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Frank Eteuati, 6-10, 185, Fr., 1.4 ppg., 2.1 rpg., 0.5 apg.
G – Stephan Hicks. 6-5, 190, Fr., 17.6, 8.7, 1.0
G – Aqueel Quinn, 6-4, 190, Fr., 8.6, 3.6, 2.2
G – Josh Greene, 6-0, 180, S0., 10.6, 2.6, 3.6
G – Vinnie McGhee, 5-10, 165, Jr., 9.7, 1.2, 2.7
KEY MATCHUP:
— It’s difficult to know what lineup Braswell will start the game with because he changes the starters so frequently. He may continue with the lineup (above) assuming Washington rolls out its four-guard lineup. Regardless of the lineup, the Huskies will need to play close attention to Hicks. His career best is 23 points and he’s taken as many as 21 shots in a game this season. Washington has had difficulty shutting down the opposing team’s star and Hicks will give the Huskies problems because of his ability to draw fouls and get to the line.

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