While the 2006-07 basketball schedule is still being decided one big game has been inked: UCLA.
The Titans are scheduled to play the Bruins on Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 at Pauly Pavilion. Cal State Fullerton last played UCLA during the 1997-98 season where they lost 120-91. Bob Hawking was the Titans coach at the time. CSF is 0-8 all-time versus UCLA.
This is somewhat surprising considering that UCLA head coach Ben Howland was a little agitated with CSF head coach Bob Burton's comments last year (refer to Q&A) regarding the possible first-round NIT tournament matchup. UCLA is coming off a NCAA Tournament run where they lost in the championship game to Florida by the score of 73-57.
This game also has a chance to match up potential first-round point guard draft picks with CSF's Bobby Brown and UCLA's Jordan Farmar. Both players recently participated in the NBA's Pre-season draft camp held in Orlando, Florida. While neither player has withdrawn their names as of today both are expected to do so within the next week.
The game is expected to be televised on Fox Sports West or Prime Ticket.
December should be a good month for Titan fans this year as Cal State Fullerton is expected to play Pepperdine on the road as well as four other Division I home games which are still being solidified.
In other news, wing player Jerard Moret will be transferring to a community college in the Los Angeles area and center Gary Nunez has transferred to Northwestern Oklahoma State, an NAIA school. In additon to post player Manny Montano, this marks the third Titan to transfer this year.
Moret will be able to play one year of JC ball and will then be able to go through the recruiting process where he will have two years of eligibility remaining if he chooses the DI route.
Moret averaged 3.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 11.3 minutes in 23 games. He started four games. Nunez played in 20 games and averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 6.2 minutes.