No. 25 UNM Up Next for Bulldogs
Fresno State will play its second-straight Top 25 opponent when the Bulldogs travel to the Pit for the first time since 1999.
Jan. 10, 2013
Fresno State Game Notes
Game 15 Fresno State (6-8, 0-1 MW) at No. 25 New Mexico (14-2, 1-0 MW)
Jan. 12, 2012 Noon p.m. PT Albuquerque, N. M. --- The Pit (15,411)
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Live Online Audio: www.gobulldogs.com (Subscription required)
TV: My50 TV (Scott Stiegler & Hunter Greene) - Not available in Fresno
Series record: New Mexico leads 8-7 overall and 6-0 at the Pit
Last Meeting: UNM 83, FS 81 - Feb. 13, 1999 (Albuquerque, N.M.)
This is the 16th meeting between Fresno State and New Mexico.
Fresno State has held 13 of its 14 opponents to under 70 points.
Fresno State last defeated a Top 25 team on Feb. 10, 2002 when the Bulldogs beat then-No. 14 Oklahoma State 58-52 at Selland Arena.
Senior Garrett Johnson has played in 99 games in his 4-year FS career
Inside the Numbers
This season, Fresno State owns a +50 steal margin (116-66).
Under Terry, Fresno State has a +147 steal margin (351-204) by averaging 7.3 steals per game and a +3.0 steal edge per contest over 47 games.
This season, Fresno State owns a +67 points off TOs margin (231-164)
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 42 of 47 games.
Fresno State is 4-0 this season when recording 10 or more assists.
Fresno State Enters Pit to Face No. 25 New Mexico
Fresno State (6-8, 0-1 MW) visits the Pit to battle No. 25 New Mexico (14-2, 1-0 MW) on Saturday at noon PT. The game will be broadcast on KMJ 580 AM and the live audio feed will be available at www.gobulldogs.com (All-Access subscription required).
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About the New Mexico Lobos
The New Mexico Lobos started conference play off in the Pit with a win over UNLV in a duel of nationally ranked squads. Sixth year head coach Steve Alford's Lobos are currently ranked No. 25 in the AP poll and boast a 14-2 record on the year. Junior guard and preseason All-MW team member Kendall Walker leads New Mexico on offense averaging 14.6 ppg, shooting over 40 percent from the floor and 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore Alex Kirk leads on the boards with 7.6 rpg and is coming off a 23-point performance in the conference opener.
Against the New Mexico Lobos
This will be the 16th meeting between Fresno State and New Mexico and the first since 1999. The Lobos have the edge in the series by the slimmest of margins, owning a 8-7 advantage. The 'Dogs will look for their first win against the Lobos on the road in the seventh meeting in Albuquerque. The last time the teams met was in 1999 when the two split games with each team winning the game on their home floor. The Lobos won by a single possession, 83-81, while the Bulldogs secured a two possession victory, 86-80, in Fresno.
Playing in the Pit, Recent Close Battles
New Mexico's Pit is universally regarded as one of the greatest environments in college basketball. The Bulldogs, who are still looking for their first win in Albuquerque, have given the Lobos scares in each of the last three meetings in the Pit, including a 104-99 triple overtime WAC Tournament win for UNM back on March 3, 1996. And if you look back at the last six meetings (regardless of where the game was played), the contests have been decided by a collective five points, with five of the six decided by three or fewer points at the end of regulation.
Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 42.5 percent shooting (294-of-692) from the field and 30.5 percent 3-point shooting (58-of-190). Fresno State has forced an average of 15.6 turnovers per game (218 total) and own a +67 points off turnover margin (231-164), as well as a +50 steal margin (116-66).
Bulldogs Play With aggressive Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 59.6 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Mountain West lead as well as in the top 50 nationally. The 'Dogs have also held 13 of its 14 opponents under 70 points and limited opponents to under 60 points in eight of their 14 games, including six of the past nine contests.
Valuing the Basketball
One of Rodney Terry's points of emphasis is the importance of valuing the basketball. Since Terry's arrival, Fresno State has not committed more turnovers than its opponents in 42 of the 47 games, including 36 of those 46 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
Bulldogs Focused on Executing Down the Stretch
The Bulldogs' losses have come by a combined 52 points (6.5 points per game) and three of the defeats were decided by a single possession (three points or fewer). Fresno State has outscored opponents by an average of 2.5 points per game (62.1 to 59.6), and have played much better offensively in the second half of games by owning a +36 point advantage (472 to 436) in the final 20 minutes of regulation this season.
Olekaibe Moving Up The Bulldogs' Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 25th on Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 1,045 career points in 76 games. He also ranks seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (513) and 3-point field goals made (168). Olekaibe owns the seventh-best career free throw clip (191-240, 79.5%).
Bulldogs Begin Mountain West Era
Fresno State is in its first season as a member of the Mountain West, which produced four NCAA Tournament teams last year. The MW features four teams ranked in the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 16/15 San Diego State, No. 24/19 UNLV, No. 25 New Mexico and Wyoming).
Fresno State Picked To Finish Seventh in MW
Fresno State was projected to finish seventh out of nine Mountain West schools, as selected by a voting panel comprised of Conference media, during preseason voting. Defending MW co-regular season champion San Diego State edged UNLV as the Conference media's preseason favorite to win the MW men's basketball regular-season title in 2012-13.
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