Fresno State makes second appearance on national television this season as Hawai'i visits the Save Mart Center at 8 p.m. on Thursday night
Feb. 18, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. -
With just five conference games left in the regular season, Fresno State appears for the second time this season on national television as the `Dogs welcome the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors to the Save Mart Center on Thursday night at 8 p.m. for a contest broadcast on ESPN2. Later in the week, the Bulldogs exit WAC play for the final time with a road trip to Northern California and a Saturday night date with the UC Davis Aggies as a part of the ESPN BracketBusters event.
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This Week in Fresno State Men's Basketball...
Fresno State (10-16, 2-9 WAC) vs. Hawai'i (12-12, 4-8 WAC)
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2009 (Tip Off: 8 p.m. PST)
Site: Save Mart Center (15,596), Fresno, Calif.
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler/Randy Rosenbloom)
TV: ESPN2 (Bob Wischusen/Adrian Branch)
Online: www.kmj580.com (Audio) / www.gobulldogs.com (All-Access Video)
Later in the Week...
Fresno State (10-16) at UC Davis (11-14)
Date: Saturday, February 21, 2009 (Tip Off: 7 p.m. PST)
Site: The Paviliion (7,100), Davis, Calif.
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Randy Rosenbloom/Steve Gonzalez)
Online: www.gobulldogs.com or www.kmj580.com (Audio only)
About the Warriors
Hawai'i currently sits at 12-12 on the year and 4-8 in WAC play. The Warriors are led by Roderick Flemings with 17.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Hawai'i was picked to finish seventh in the WAC by the coaches and eigth by the media in preseason polling.
Against the Warriors
Fresno State leads the overall series with Hawai'i, 16-15 in non-vacated contests. Hawai'i won the first meeting this year, 69-43. The `Dogs have won five of the past six games with Hawai'i played in Fresno, Calif., including a 70-65 victory last season.
About the Aggies
UC Davis sports an 11-14 season record as a member of the Big West Conference. Sixth-year head coach Gary Stewart holds a 62-105 tally at the school. Vince Oliver paces the Aggies with 15.9 ppg. The Aggies are 5-4 in their last nine games.
Against the Aggies
Fresno State leads the overall series with UC Davis, 37-18. The Bulldogs hold a 10-game winning streak over the Aggies and have won 17 of the last 18 meetings. The schools last met on Dec. 1, 1983 when Fresno State defeated UC Davis, 92-49.
LAST WEEK: George Leads `Dogs Past Broncos; Rough Road Trip
Freshman guard Paul George broke out for a career-high 29 points while grabbing 10 rebounds for his sixth career double-double as Fresno State beat second-place Boise State, 88-82. George shot 9 of 11 from the field to climb into the spot as the sixth highest scoring freshman in the country. Junior forward Sylvester Seay netted 23 points as four Bulldogs reached double figures. On Thursday night, Seay scored 11 points to lead Fresno State, who made a late 11-2 run before falling on the road to Louisiana Tech in a "Battle of Bulldogs." In the `Dogs third game in six days, freshman guard Mychal Ladd earned his second career double-double with 22 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in an overtime loss to New Mexico State. Fresno State led 31-24, including a 20-5 first-half run. Seay recorded a game-high 25 points.
Golubovic Named First-Team Academic All-District 8
Nedeljko Golubovic, a sophomore originally from Pljevlja, Serbia, earned an exclusive spot on the First-Team Academic All-District 8 team and now is on the ballot to be selected as an Academic All-American. This is believed to be the first such honor for a Fresno State men's basketball student-athlete in the history of the program. Golubovic earned a cumulative 3.76 grade point average in his three semesters at Fresno State, including a distinction on the President's List during the Fall 2007 semester for a perfect 4.0 GPA. Golubovic's selection puts him in an elite group, as he was the only University Division student-athlete from a California college and the only representative from a Western Athletic Conference school to earn recognition.
Fresno State to Play UC Davis in ESPNU BracketBusters
The Bulldogs will play on the road at UC Davis on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 at 7 p.m. This is Fresno State's first matchup with the Aggies since 1984 as the `Dogs have won the past ten contests. The ESPNU BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of teams from these conferences in NCAA Tournament play through the years, provides programs an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents about three weeks before Selection Sunday.
National Exposure for the Bulldogs
Fresno State will play at least twice before national television audiences on ESPN and ESPN2. The Bulldogs' first appearance came on Nov. 17 in their road opener against Saint Mary's College at 11 p.m. as part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip Off, featuring a 24-hour marathon of college basketball programming. ESPN2 will showcase a WAC battle with Hawai'i on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
Bulldog Sports Network Broadcasts Seven WAC Games
Bulldog Sports Properties and Fresno State Athletics will broadcast a seven-game men's basketball schedule for the 2008-09 season on the Bulldog Sports Network. New this year, KAIL-TV Digital 7.1 (MY 53) will serve as the flagship station of Fresno State sports and air all of the Fresno State games in their entirety. Fresno State broadcasts can also be seen on MD Digital 7.1 on HDTV.
"I Love Bulldog Hoops" T-Shirts Makes February Free
For just $25 (or free with a $200 purchase from The Bulldog Shop), you can own a limited edition "I Love Bulldog Hoops" t-shirt to receive one free admission to all six February Bulldog Basketball games if you wear the t-shirt to each game. To buy the t-shirt, visit The Bulldog Shop inside the Save Mart Center (NE corner of the concourse).
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"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs return to the Save Mart Center on Thursday, February 19 as they host Hawai'i at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. It's Thursday Night at the Save Mart Center and all Fresno State and Fresno Unified School District faculty and staff can receive $2 tickets with presentation of their ID (limit 4 tickets) at the Save Mart Center box office. Tickets are on sale now through the Save Mart Center box office, by calling (559) 485-TIXS or online at ticketmaster.com.