Big West Preview: Titans @ Northridge

A rivalry that is rarely dull will take center stage this evening, as the Cal State-Northridge (4-12) Matadors will host the Cal State Fullerton (6-11) Titans in a Big West Conference bout at the Matadome.

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 15th, 7:05 p.m. (pt)

FACTS & STATS: Site: The Matadome (1,600) -- Northridge, California. Television: None. Home Record: Fullerton 4-2 CS-Northridge 3-3. Away Record: Fullerton 2-7, CS-Northridge 0-7. Neutral Record: Fullerton 0-2, CS-Northridge 1-2. Conference Record: Fullerton 2-3, CS-Northridge 1-3. Series Record: Fullerton leads, 35-26.

GAME NOTES: The Titans hold a 35-26 edge over CSN in the all-time series, but the most surprising part about this series is that Fullerton has won the last seven games at the Matadome, including an amazing 113-112 triple overtime extravaganza this past season.

There has not been much for the fans of Fullerton to cheer about, as the team has yet to put together a winning streak. Each of the team's six victories are surrounded by losses, including the team's last win, an 83-77 overtime decision against UC Riverside. That win is sandwiched between losses to UC Irvine and most recently Cal Poly.

It has actually been worse for the Matadors, who come into this game with just four wins. The last time CS Northridge was in action the team fell to 1-3 in league play with a 70-61 loss to UC Riverside. It was the third straight loss for the Matadors, and their sixth loss in seven games.

Fullerton was ice cold the last time the team was on the floor, as the Titans finished with just 54 points in a loss to Cal Poly. The Titans shot a meager 32.7 percent from the field, and made only two of their 18 three-point attempts. Devon Peltier led the way with 13 points, while Andre Hardy added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jer'Vaughn Johnson tallied 10 points and also grabbed eight boards. It was one of the worst offensive showings for Fullerton, which comes into this matchup averaging a mediocre 70.4 ppg. Hardy has only played in five games this season, but in that small amount of time he is producing 14.6 ppg, while also grabbing 9.8 rpg. Johnson is helping out with 14.5 ppg and 6.3 rpg, while Orane Chin is registering 14.3 ppg, to go along with 6.0 rpg.

The Matadors have been nothing special at the offensive end of the floor this season, as the team comes into this matchup netting just 69.9 ppg. Lenny Daniel and Rashaun McLemore have been the only two consistent scoring threats for the Matadors, as Daniel is averaging 16.8 ppg and 9.5 rpg, while McLemore is registering 15.7 ppg. The last time the Matadors were in action the team tallied just 61 points in a loss to UC Riverside. CS Northridge shot just 37.3 percent from the floor and also had trouble from behind the arc (8-of-23) and the foul line (15-of-25). Josh Greene led the way with 17 points off the bench, while Daniel added a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. McLemore also tried to get the team in the win column, but he connected on just two of his seven shots and finished the game with 10 points.

Homecourt advantage is big and the fact that the Titans have gone to Northridge seven consecutive times and left with a win is astounding. The team will likely continue its success at the Matadome this evening.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton 77, CS-Northridge 76