If you think UCLA is young and inexperienced, that is nothing compared to tonight's opponent C-SUN:
Ten new players, including eight freshmen, will join forces with seven returning lettermen to make up the 17-man CSUN roster ... The 2010-11 Matador varsity has only ten years of NCAA season experience.
There only returning starter is a shot blocker and should be more competition for Josh Smith than he has so far.
Cal State Northridge returns one starter who is expected to be one of the top players in the Big West Conference ... Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) collected a single season school record 44 blocks and led the league in that category (1.52 bpg) ... Daniel also ranked third in the Big West with 7.8 rebounds per game ... Daniel will also become more of a focal point on offense in 2010-11 ... Last year, the honorable mention BWC selection tallied 11.7 ppg, second-best on the team .
Jones and Anderson may also get tested CSUN may be able to put some pressure as they had 18 steals in their exhibition game but UCLA front line should enjoy a significant advantage:
Redlands did win the battle on the boards, out-rebounding CSUN by 11, 55-44. The Matadors forced 25 Bulldog turnovers, resulting in 18 points for Northridge. CSUN finished with 18 steals in the game.
UCLA has owned the CSUN UCLA series and should tonight as well. But we should not forget we lost the opening game last year to CSUF:
UCLA is entering its 92nd season and is 71-20 (.780) in season openers and 57-8 (.877) in home openers (since 1945). UCLA is also 6-1 (.857) in home and season openers under head coach Ben Howland. Last year, the Bruins suffered a 68-65 setback in double overtime to CS Fullerton (Nov. 16).
SERIES VS. CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
This is just the seventh meeting between UCLA and Cal State Northridge with the Bruins leading the series 5-1. All six prior meetings have been in Pauley Pavilion.
CSUN ranked fourth nationally last year in free throws attempted and could draw some fouls on our guys as well. Basically this is a game we should win but is harder than our last two as the games continue to get more difficult.