Bulldog Basketball Is Back In Action!

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    It's almost that time of year again for the Save Mart Center to fill with passionate basketball fans.  The men's basketball team starts their regular season campaign during Fresno State's Centennial academic year on Wednesday, Nov. 17 against Vanguard at 8 p.m.


    The 'Dogs have been working hard all summer in the weight room and the gym.  They are more than ready to tip off at home in front of all their fans.


    Last season the 'Dogs recorded a 12-5 record during their home games, which tied for the second most wins in the arena's history.  They are 77-38 overall in games played at the Save Mart Center.  The team is ready to continue to their impressive winning record at home and encourage all Bulldog fans to get their season tickets early and get ready to fill the seats with Bulldog Spirit. 


    The Bulldog's home court is located on the South East corner of campus and can hold as many as 15,596 fans.


    This season the men's basketball team is scheduled for 16 home games.  Seven of those contests will be Bulldog doubleheaders and will fill the Save Mart Center with double the action.  This means that the men's and women's basketball team will be playing home games on the same night at the Save Mart Center.  On these nights, the women's team will tip off at 6 p.m. and the men's game will start around 8 p.m. 


    Head coach Steve Cleveland is returning for his sixth season with the Bulldogs this year.  In Cleveland's second year with Fresno State he led the 'Dogs to a 22-10 record which was the most wins for the Bulldogs since the 1995-96 season.


    Returning to the court this season are fan favorites: senior Nedeljko Golubovic, junior Steven Shepp and sophomores Jerry Brown Garrett Johnson and 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year Greg Smith.


    Junior Jonathan Wills, who joined the team last season, but had to redshirt as a transfer from New Mexico, will compete for immediate playing time in his first season on the floor and sophomore Justin Johnson is working to return from a knee injury.


    The newcomers who will be wearing the Bulldog uniform this season are: Bracken Funk, Tyler Johnson, Kevin Olekaibe, John Ryan, and Tim Steed.  Two more additions have joined the team and will be announced in the near future.


    Last season, Smith scored 230 points at home, just 20 less than new NBA draft star Paul George tallied in his final year as a Bulldog in 2009-10.  Smith practiced hard all summer and expects to be bigger and better this year.


    The Bulldogs have a great mix of veterans and fresh faces on the team with the potential to make a huge statement this year.  The hard work during the end of summer training camp and fall sessions have led to high anticipation for the home opening game night. 


    The basketball team is ready to shine this year at each one of their 16 home games and you do not want to miss out on any of the action.  Season tickets are available through the Bulldog Foundation by calling 559-278-7160.


















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