February 2011 Archives

    As the regular season winds down, college basketball conference tournaments are on the horizon, and ESPN's Joe Lunardi is casting his bracket predictions for the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.  Check out how your Dogs faired against his bracket forecasts Brigham Young University, Utah State and Colorado State.

    Fresno State kicked off its 2010-11 season with one of the biggest road games in recent history, as the Dogs ventured to Provo, Utah to face a No. 24 BYU in a sold-out battle and homecoming for head coach Steve Cleveland, who resurrected the BYU program in his tenure with the Cougars, 1997-2005.

    The recent meeting between the Dogs and then ranked No. 24 Cougars began as a competitive game early for the visiting Bulldogs, who entered the game with an aggressive defensive game plan, but surged too late in the game that led to an 83-56 victory for BYU. BYU currently holds a 26-2 record overall, and is 12-1 in the Mountain West Conference. Lunardi predicts BYU to be a second seed in the tournament, and will meet with the 15th seed Long Beach State in the Western Region (Anaheim, Calif.)

    The Bulldogs hosted BYU one year prior at the Save Mart Center for the first time since the Cougars left the WAC.

    In their fourth WAC game of 2011, Fresno State hosted  Utah State at the Save Mart Center in a hard, physical battle that ended in a 52-39 Aggie victory. The Dogs held Utah State to its second lowest scoring outing of the season (52 points), but took their eighth consecutive loss against the three-time defending WAC Champion.

    Utah State is expected to be the No. 8 seeded opponent against a No. 9 seeded UCLA in the Southeast Region (New Orleans, La.)  The Aggies currently lead the Western Athletic Conference 12-1 and with a 25-3 record overall.

    Colorado State, who is projected to play a "play-in" game against an also No. 12 seeded Richmond for a spot in the round of 64,  is currently fourth in the Mountain West Conference with an 8-5 record, 18-9 overall.

    The Dogs met with the Rams this season in Fort Collins in a game that became the Bulldogs' best offensive outing of the season.  With a strong offense in Garrett Johnson, and strong efforts from Greg Smith and Tim Steed, but despite efforts, fell 87-74 on the road.

    Don't miss your Bulldogs in WAC tournament action in Las Vegas beginning March 9, 2011.



    Opening Day is upon us and the Fresno State baseball team is getting lots of attention both locally and nationally. Baseball websites and blogs are talking about the Dogs and the possibility of a postseason run. The Bulldogs begin the quest to the postseason tonight at 6:05 p.m. against Gonzaga.

    ESPN named the Top 10 NCAA Baseball Places to be this weekend and Beiden Field was No. 8. ESPN writer Eric Sorenson said this about the Dogs:

    8. The Fresno tournament

    Teams involved: Fresno State, Oregon State, Gonzaga

    The two Cinderella programs of the 2000s face off with another Northwest squad that should be much improved. All three teams will feature a handful of players who got drafted in June but decided not to go pro. Fresno's power lineup gives the Dogs a decided edge if the pitching is slow to get going.

    Key matchup: Bulldog arms versus the bats of the Beavers and Zags. Fresno returns all four weekend starters (they play four in the WAC), and also get 14th-round draftee Tyler Linehan added to the arsenal. The Beavers hit a Pac-10-worst .267 last year and the Zags were a WCC-worst .282. Those two units must establish a better 2011. Log on to ESPN.com for its full season preview.

    Many writers and bloggers are also talking about the Bulldogs playing Omaha again. Baseball America writer, Aaron Fitt picked the Dogs as his choice for Omaha Sleeper. Fit said this about the Bulldogs:

    My Omaha sleeper is familiar to college baseball fans: Fresno State. We were high on the veteran-laden Bulldogs heading into 2008, ranking them No. 18 in the preseason, and they wound up winning the national title. The coaching staff believes this team is constructed similarly, with stars like Jordan Ribera and Dusty Robinson surrounded by an experienced core. That could be a recipe for a deep postseason run. Log on to baseballamerica.com for full season preview.

    Don't miss any of the action at Beiden Field as the Dogs host Gonzaga on opening night Feb. 18. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.

    To our Red Wave,

    On Saturday night, we need you in the Save Mart Center when your Bulldogs host Louisiana Tech at 8 p.m. on national television.

    There will be fun for the whole family and our area code - 5-5-9 - will mean that all tickets cost $5, everyone gets $5 in Bulldog Bucks and $9 food deals will be offered all night long!

    To honor our university's celebration of its' first 100 years, this is our team's Centennial Night and all Fresno State staff and faculty are invited to attend the game for free.

    When you come out in force and wear your Bulldog red, you can help give us the surge of energy to defend our home court.

    Free t-shirts, pom poms and mystery cards will be given away while supplies last.

    For our students -- one lucky student will win an iPad, one lucky organization will win an HD Bulldog TV and there will be a student tailgate one hour before tipoff.  It's also Greek night - so to our fraternity and sorority members, we thank you for your support!

    This is a game you won't want to miss!  Grab your family and friends and let's provide a fun and exciting environment to show the nation the power of the Red Wave.

    It will be a night full of great entertainment and I want you to be part of it!

    You can help us fill the Save Mart Center and beat Louisiana Tech!

    Steve Cleveland
    Fresno State Head Men's Basketball Coach