A good friend of mine once worked at Cal State Northridge; an aunt lived nearby in Reseda. I've been out that way a few times, and there is nothing more forgettable than the strip-mall California of San Fernando Valley, an area known for... well... other things that sports and sun and sand.
I bring that up because I think it's pleasant that St. John's has invited the Northridge basketball team out for a game. St. John's fans hope that this trip will be a chance for Reggie Theus to show his team the wonders of New York and colder weather, not a victory they will be talking about for years, pointing at as a momentary turnaround for the Matadors, a team whose defense is appropriately reflected in their name.
(Though Matadors also allowed the bull through until it's time for a kill shot, so, let's not have that either.)
The Matadors also keep everything inside - they score inside the arc, they force teams inside the arc - so foul trouble could be a factor, as could the St. John's big men's ability to handle and score inside.
Who: St. John’s Red Storm (3-5) versus Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-5)
Where: Carnesecca Arena, Queens, NY
When: Monday, December 5th, 6:30 PM ET
TV: Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports Go
Audio: St. John’s TV All-Access will provide free audio for the contest. That station can be found by clicking here. Also live game audio can be found on 970 WNYM.
Twitter: Follow @rumbleSBN and @StJohnsBBall for updates.
Tickets: Get-in price for Monday’s contest is set at $3. Purchase those seats by clicking here.
Fun Fact: Actress Eva Longoria attended California State University, Northridge
Preview: Scouting Cal State Northridge