Top Two Men's Hoops Squads Take Win Streaks On Road
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This Week In The Big West - February 4-10, 2013
Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 14
Winners of eight and four in a row, respectively, Long Beach State and Pacific look to remain atop the Big West men's basketball standings as they venture out on the road this week.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
• Long Beach State continues to lead the Big West race entering the second half of conference play. The 49ers are 9-1 after winning a pair of tight battles at home against UC Santa Barbara (57-55) and Cal Poly (50-48). Of the nine league victories, seven have come by single-digits and four have come by four points or less. The two wins last week extended Long Beach State’s home court win streak against Big West opponents to 23 straight. The 49ers have not lost a Big West game at the Walter Pyramid since Feb. 17, 2010.
• Under head coach Dan Monson, Long Beach State has won 39 of its last 43 regular season games against Big West competition, dating back to the final regular season game in 2009-10.
• Long Beach State takes its eight-game win streak on a tough road trip this week to Hawai’i and Cal State Northridge. The Warriors won the final three games of their four-game road swing and moved into third place at 7-4. UH is 4-1 in Big West home games. The Matadors have shaken off the effects of an 0-7 league start to win three of their last four Big West contests, including last week’s road sweep of Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside without leading scorer Stephan Hicks.
• Pacific has won four straight and seven of its last eight games, maintaining hot pursuit of Long Beach State in the standings. The Tigers are in second place with a 7-2 mark with the hallmark of their success balanced scoring and stingy defense. They have held the last 10 opponents under 70 points, going 8-2 during that span with the only setbacks coming to LBSU and Hawai’i on the road. Pacific is 5-0 inside the Spanos Center during Big West play, but must take to the road against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara this week.
• Cal State Northridge sophomore Stephen Maxwell has developed into one of the league’s better frontcourt talents. The 6-7 forward has scored in double figures the last 11 games and has posted seven double-doubles during that stretch. He ranks 10th in the Big West in scoring (14.9 ppg) and third in rebounding (8.1 rpg). His nine double-doubles on the season tie him for No. 17 nationally.
• Cal State Fullerton senior D.J. Seeley is just 40 points shy of becoming the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000 for his career. With 960 points in 53 career games, he would become the fifth fastest Titan to achieve the milestone if he can do so in the next two games. Seeley suits up next Saturday against UC Riverside for the FOX PRIME TICKET Game of the Week.
• For the eighth year, institutions will air all home and conference matches on BigWest.TV. For the 2012-13 season, all BigWest.TV events will air free of charge. Head to thisweek for weekly event schedules.
Big West.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West’s 10 member institutions. Now in its eighth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s basketball. Also covered are select contests in men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and Big West Championships.